>> Friday, January 9, 2009
Perhaps one of the rarest genres on CD-i is the sim-genre. Popular games like Theme Park and Virtual Hospital never got a release on CD-i, and most of you only remember the solitary attempt of Earth Command which was a unique title on CD-i. Welcome BP (Petrochemical giant): In 1995 they launched a CD-i simulation game, called "Making the Grade", which challenges players to mastermind a multi-million pound business project. Prize money of 1000 pounds was allocated every three months to the person with the highest score.
To play, you must plan, construct and run a plastics production plant. At the end, your score depends on three criteria: Your overall profit or loss, PR skills and environmental issues. You can be fired at any time during the game. Your score is encrypted in a special code, which must then be sent to BP if you wish to enter the competition.
It has been taken three years to produce this title! Much of the filming of the digital video sequences was done at the BP plant in Grangemouth, Scotland.
The game has three phases. First, you must choose a suitable site to build the plant and select the project manager to help you. Next, you must get the plant built and finally you must start production in order to make a profit. You can select three difficulty levels: simple, medium, complex.
Copies of the game were available for around 40 dollars from BP only. CD-i member Alan is the only known person who has an original copy. Alan: "The game was exclusive to the UK - it was made by BP (British Petroleum) and is a game a bit like 'Theme Park' or 'Virtual Hospital' - you have to run a business from scratch (A Polyethlene Plant) and overcome several obstacles along the way. How much profit you make determines whether you are asked to stay on as General Manager. Although time consuming, it is one of my favourite games and uses the cd-i power to the max - tons and tons of DV."
Thanks to Alan