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Philips CD-i School 2000

>> Monday, April 12, 2010

The School 2000 series was developed by Philips for use in School or Home Schooling environments. The materials were developed, tested and approved by professional teachers. Each set is held in a binder with substantial sleeve containing:
-New copies of the relevant CD-I titles (see below for description for this kit).
-A section dedicated to teacher guide materials, explaining how best to use the materials to teach the subject, including proposed lesson plans.
-A section of student materials (designed to be photocopied) providing exercises to reinforce the lessons learnt.

Millions of dollars were invested in the School 2000 series which is still current today ? these kits allow you to turn your CD-I machine into a home schooling system.

All sets include a teacher's guide and student worksheets. Also includes case and binder. It's pretty amazing Philips released more than twenty teacher's kits like this, ranging from Language Arts to Science. Among the latest Teacher's Kits are four additions to the School 2000 Language Arts category: The Chronicles of Narnia(TM) - 9 Discs - $129.99 Based on the acclaimed BBC production of C.S. Lewis' children's classics, The Chronicles of Narnia discs take students into a magical world where animals speak, mythical creatures roam the land and four children fight an epic battle. That sounds like a very interesting education, who have ever seen these?

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Zeneca Pharma as CD-i innovator

>> Wednesday, April 7, 2010

One area of business CD-i succeeded in was in the professional market, even way after the games market on CD-i was already dead. For those long enough around the CD-i web will remember the name Zeneca. It was once featured at the site 'The World of CD-i' with an interesting video. The video showed the content of the Zeneca Pharma CD-i, which was sort of a medical guide to all products Zeneca offered. The interesting part in my view was the use of Digital Video on the background while showing thumbnails and menus on the screen. The content was technically impressive on CD-i, although it was ' just' a professional title. I tried to find the video again but it's nowhere available as far as I can see. Some old members of the 'Le Monde du CD-i' team should be able to get it back, but unfortunately there's no news on that since ages. The reason I mention it is because I saw a copy of this on ebay: that might be the first one I see on sale!

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A closer look at the Philips 350 & 370 portable models


[Thanks, Seb]

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CD-i Video review of Zenith

>> Tuesday, April 6, 2010


[Thanks, Seb]

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Distort faces on Photo-CD with Caricature CD-i

>> Monday, April 5, 2010

Caricature CD-i is a unique CD-i title. Created by the same team that was behind the excellent 7th Guest on CD-i and also prepared Microcosm on CD-i (but never finished), Caricature was set to do something unique: It could take a snap of a picture on your Photo-CD and alter the image to get funny caricatures of the faces that are on it. That means while playing the title, it asks for your Photo-CD to insert into the CD-i player while the program is still running in the background; a unique feature that I've only seen in Creature Shock CD-i (the only game that was released on two discs on CD-i). From the release:

Prepare yourself for hours of fun and facial mayhem with Caricature. With a few simple clicks on the CD-I controller you can distort, disfigure or improve some very famous faces from a library of over 100 photos on this disc. Included amongst these are royalty, politicians, sportsmen and women, and celebrities. As an added bonus, some photographs hold a short video clip of your chosen personalities as realised by Spitting Image.

Even better, by using a Photo CD disc, you can create caricatures of your own family, friends, enemies or pets. With the help of Spitting Image, you can explore the realms of caricature from its 18th century origins through to the present day. Learn the background behind Spitting Image and acquire some tips on the techniques of caricaturing, followed by a demonstration. With this dics anyone can create expert caricatures - of almost anyone else - in next to no time at all.

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Nobody knows Big Bang Show on CD-i

Looking for a game with a difference on Philips cd-i? Well you've found it. Big Bang Show combines arcade action with puzzle solving, and even an optional quiz if you get stuck!

The object of the game is to guide Sparky, a ball of energy, around a series of 100 game screens (like mazes). You must avoid obstacles, use objects which you collect (for example, water droplets to put out fires) and also your strategy to find the goal at the end of each level which allows you to progress. There are several options to the game... you can have full commentary from Professor Albertus (the creator of Sparky), a fast or slow moving game, quiz on/off and you can save your progress continuously.

After you've completed a series of screens, you move either forwards or backwards in time. During the game you visit five different ages.. The Big Bang, Prehistoric times, The Middle Ages, The 20th Century and the future. Your enemies and objects to collect therefore vary in appearance considerably!

There are some points in the game where you find yourself in an impossible situation. This is where the quiz can help. If you set this to ''on'', you can try and answer a question on the various ages which, if correct, will get you out of the hole.

You can also choose to have a 1 or 2 player game, although this is not split screen.

The instructions are complete and in both English and French. The game can either be played in English or French. A digital video cartridge is not required. The game will play on all Philips cd-i players worldwide.

[Thanks, Alan]

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Burn:Cycle internet marketing promotions

Black Moon updates the frontpage with a news paper article about the way how Philips promoted Burn:Cycle in a true online internet campaign. For being a (september) 1994 game, this must be some kind of pioneer for getting its own website at burncycle.com - a website even too old for the Internet Archive to retrieve! Read the full article here.
I always wonder if this marketing was one of the reasons that the CD-i version of Burn:Cycle has been viewed as one of the most prominent titles on its system, with Electronic Gaming Monthly awarding it "Best CD-i Game of 1994", and GamePro calling it "just what the CD-i needed". The magazines lauded the game's audio and cinematics. GamePro gave it a 5/5 score for three categories (graphics, sound, and fun factor), rating control at 4.5. 1UP.com, impressed by its futuristic setting and storyline, referred to Burn:Cycle as "one of the best showcases of the console's strengths."

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CD-i Reader Rating: The 7th Guest is worth a 8,3

In the following months we let you decide what each CD-i game is worth. We like to know how you would rate every single CD-i game. Keep an eye on the polls in the right column to see if a new game is up. We'll come up with lists once we have some input. Thanks for your vote!

The 7th Guest was rated with a 8,3 in total (10 being the highest/best). Search the site to find more info on the game. From today, we start with Accelerator, the SPC Vision racing game from 1997.

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Games 0-F

3rd Degree - PF Magic
7th Guest, The - Philips Freeland Studios
Accelerator - SPC/Vision
Adventure of the Space Ship Beagle, The - Denshi Media Services
Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
Backgammon - CapDisc
Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
Christmas Country - The Lost Levels - Creative Media
Christmas Crisis - DIMA
Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
Creature Shock - Argonaut (for Virgin)
Crime Patrol - CapDisc
Crow, The - Philips POV
Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
Dame was Loaded, The - Beam Software
Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
Dragon's Lair - Superclub / INTL CDI
Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
Drug wars - Crime Patrol II - CapDisc
Dungeons & Dragons - PF Magic
Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
Family Games II - Junk Food Jive - DIMA
Felix the Cat - Philips Sidewalk Studio
Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

CD-i Games Index G-M

Go - CapDisc
Golden Oldies - SPC Vision
Golden Oldies II - SPC Vision
Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
Great day at the races, A - CD-I Racing, Dove Films, Total Vision
Guignols de l'Info, Les - Canal+ Multimedia / INTL CDI
Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Philips Kaleidoscope
Holland Casino CD-i - HMO
Hotel Mario - Philips Fantasy Factory
Inca - Coktel Vision
Inca 2 - Coktel Vision
International Tennis Open - Infogrames
Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
Jeopardy - Accent Media
Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
Mystic Midway - Rest in pieces - Philips POV
Mystic Midway 2 - Phantom Express - Philips POV

Compact Disc Interactive

Compact Disc Interactive

Games N-Z

Name that tune - Philips Fantasy Factory
New Day - Bits Corporation
NFL Hall of Fame Football - Philips POV
Othello - HMO
Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
Text Tiles
Thieves' World - Electronic Arts
Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
Uncover featuring Tatjana - SPC Vision
Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
Zenith - Radarsoft
Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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