>> Wednesday, February 18, 2009
CD-i gaming was mainly based on single player titles, and two-player games were rare and difficult to handle on CD-i. The 2xx series offered a second controller port on the back of the player (which was also used for the Modem/Interlink). The 4xx series required an external splitter which allowed to connect a second controller to the first controller port. However, games like Pac-Panic, Rise of the Robots, Whack a Bubble and Micro Machines made clever use of the two-player action and caused major fun on CD-i. Dutch based Creative Media realized multiplayer games had a lot of potential and built a prototype splitter to use with four players! They called it the Family Box Plug and created two playable games for it in 1996/1997: Taco's Toyroom Troopers and Tank Doodle, which was covered on Interactive Dreams here. Click on the image to see a high res version!