>> Friday, January 4, 2008
I never thought the original CD-i prototypes of Oldergames would appear on ebay after Bivins sold them to Gamgator in 2004. This is exactly the same appearance as my Microcosm CD-i prototype, so if I were smart I should make a 'release' of it just like Jack Sprite. I'll always have a mixed feeling about these CD-i prototype releases of Oldergames, but these pictures are a very nice memory of the originals. True point, without Oldergames I would probably have never heard of Jack Sprite anyway as this game by PF Magic (who also brought us Max Magic on CD-i) was never advertised or previewed anywhere as far as I know. Another lost CD-i prototype, so far the only copy in the world. Collecting CD-i has never been so exclusive before. Gamgator: "JACK SPRITE vs THE CRIMSON GHOST, Prototype from Philips Interactive Media, for the PHILIPS CDi Game System. *** Letter of Authenticity signed by R.W. Bivins, 8/21/2004 from the oldergames Development / Publishing team! ***"
Jack Sprite versus the Crimson Ghost is a very unique blend of videogaming combining old black-and-white film clips with different kind of minigames including 2D fighting games and racing games like Micro Machines. The movie "The Crimson Ghost" was a detective movie from around 1950 about a terrifying villager with a ghostly mask in the shape of a skull.
Most sequences of the movie were about simple old-style fistfighting which was obviously an inspiration for the game elements in Jack Sprite. In this game you play the role of Jack Sprite, a colourful computer animated geek who is made in sharp contrast against the old black and white movie about the Crimson Ghost. Jack Sprite is controlling a computer desk which plays video clips of the movie, seperated in seven locations.
Places you'll visit straight out of the movie are the warehouse, the office and the hotel. Jack Sprite tells you about the story of the movie and his favourite parts. At certain moments he'll ask you if he can jump in the screen by pressing a button. If you do so, Jack Sprite will transfer from behind the desk into the movie setting, making it all colourful and playable as a game.