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CD-i game experiences with CD-i Emulator v0.52

>> Monday, August 6, 2007

You just downloaded the CD-i Emulator and you wonder what games are compatible with it. Our "CD-i Emulator Beta Team" tested the Emulator thoroughly and that's how we set up a list of games that work pretty good with this great piece of software. The CD-i Emulator doesn't yet support Digital Video so every game that needs the Digital Video Cartridge does not work for now. But you also have to watch out with the others because of some bugs still present between the game and emulator. Future versions will patch everything eventually, but for now, read on about our experiences which CD-i games play great on your PC. If you still haven't tried out the CD-i Emulator, please check out our tutorial for an easy set-up about how to get the CD-i Emulator running on your computer. In this article you can also read the list of CD-i games that work flawless with CD-i Emulator.

Version 0.5.2 of the CD-i Emulator program does not yet support the MPEG playing functions of any DVC (Digital Video Cartridge) model. It does however support the 1MB memory extension feature of most models. With the CD-i Emulator comes a dummy ROM file so that you can use the extra memory even if you don't actually have a DV cartridge ROM. Some titles can use this even without the MPEG playing function (e.g. The Apprentice).

Please note the upcoming re-release of the Games Index available at The Black Moon Project will feature a thoroughly play-back guide to every CD-i game. I know the links are dead now, but it will all be on its place soon, just watch the announcements here. As long this hasn't been finished (but check for updates!) we keep you busy on these games:

First: A list of games that play flawless. These game are perfectly playable with CD-i Emulator (maybe some minor glitches): The Apprentice, Accelerator, Dimo's Quest, Inca, Link: The Faces of Evil, Pyramid Adventures Episode 1, Solitaire, Steel Machine, Striker Pro, Tic-Tac-Toe, Video Speedway, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. Please let us know if you find more games!

I thought the type of BIOS would make a difference regarding the compatibility of CD-i games. But, cdifan sais: "The emulator was originally developed on the 605 ROMs (Mini-MMC hardware), but I don't think that really means much anymore."

Testing Platform: WindowsXP; ROM below

ABC Sports Presents The Palm Springs Open: Video works well, Audio works well, Hangs on course map overview (ROM: 910)

Accelerator: The Vision Factory title screen appears and plays with sound accurately and then remains until an action button is pressed. This leads into the title screen where you must press an action button again to get to the main menu screen. Music appears to play correctly and all options can be selected/viewed. Gameplay runs at the correct speed with music, so it appears this game is fully supported by CD-i Emulator.

Arcade Classics: The only problem i've encountered is with the Galaga game. Keep in mind this is a games compilation all the others work perfectly, for whatever reason CD-i Emulator just doesn't like Galaga at the moment! (ROM: 210/40p (CD-i Emulator Registers ROM CD-i 210 F3))

Battle Ship: Video works well, Very limited sound, Hangs on main menu (Gives Disc Read Error) (ROM: 910)

Burn:Cycle: Not a sausage, complete blackness no audio. (ROM: 210/40p)

Defender of the Crown: No video support, Audio works well, Does not hang, game itself runs correctly (ROM: 910)

Flashback: All the audio plays fine in the bumper, click the mouse button and it moves onto the menu audio. No video is displayed however, not for the bumper or the menu screen just complete blackness. (ROM: 210/40p)

Hotel Mario: The bumper screens run without any problems although you still need to click past the "Philips Interactive Media" one. Sounds and audio seem to be perfect on this time around and the in game gameplay for the first level looks fine although I haven't tested this extensively yet. Only problem is with the introductory animation where the images overlay onto each other. Quite a bizare bug actually it seems to pick and mix different parts of the scene whilst the audio continues as normal!! (ROM: 210/40p)

Kether: The newer version of the game (v3.11) works slightly better, by the way. With the 205/910 bios, it starts playing the introduction sequence after the main menu, but it's still not playable. The older versions hang at the main menu. (Older versions were pressed in the large CD-i boxes.) (ROM: 910)

Lemmings: Same problem with the emulation sticking at the Philips Interactive Media bumper needing a button click to move things along where your presented with the Psygnosis and DMA Design logo. The emulator plays the movie with some distortions again partially overlapping previous scenes like in Hotel Mario except this time the "ALERT" menu pops up a few seconds into the introduction informing me "Your disc may be dirty. We recommend that you remove the disc and clean it. Press a button on your controller to exit ..." (ROM: 210/40p)

Myst: Starts up good. Only the menu does not appear. So after the intro movie i see the cursor, i can move, but nothing appears. (ROM: 490)

Paint School I and II: Video works well initially, but experiences several graphical errors when trying to display any of the paintable screens. Very limited sound (but if you time it right, you can click on the "help" icon and the system will play back every bit of recorded sound for the narrator). Does not hang, game itself runs correctly (ROM: 910)

Plunderball: The Emulator seems quite fussy with this game, just now I played it without any sound issues. Tried it again and I get the same distortion in the right sound channel like a repeating segment of audio. Got the following from debug: "IKAT PORT B => OVERWRITE". This is cotinuously displayed. (ROM: 210/40p)

Rise of the Robots: As long as the game is left alone it plays through the bumpers including the "Philips Interactive Media" one and through the introduction complete with perfect audio playback with Queens Brian May!! If you do try to speed things along by clicking a button the game simply resets the emulator. Introduction movie plays right upto the three minute limit. (ROM: 210/40p)

Secret Mission: Secret Mission plays fine with my 220 F3, but you need to make a fast click as soon as the Microids bumper shows. I tested this title on cdi910a, cdi350a, cdi220b and it does not play! Only on the cdi220c.rom, as long as you click the Philips and the Microids bumpers. (ROM: 220 F3)

Solitaire: Plays perfectly, no obvious difference between this and the hardware player!! Tested only briefly for half a round. (ROM: 210/40p)

Space Ace: Bumper plays just fine and continues without the need to click the mouse button!! Then you get a nice little reminder with junior Ace looking at the screen that reads "UNSUITABLE HARDWARE THIS APPLICATION REQUIRES A DIGITAL VIDEO BOARD AND AN EXTRA MEGABYTE OF MEMORY" what you mean cdifan haven't gotten round to this yet? (ROM: 210/40p)

Super Mario's Wacky Worlds: Sticks at the Philips Media bumper requires a button push as is expected, same for the Novalogic logo then the game seems graphically superb no obvious flaws at the moment, the music also plays fine. Only problem is the sound effects don't work with Mario jumping and taking out Koopas!! (ROM: 210/40p)

Surf City: Bumper plays just fine but hangs after that. The player resets itself... This happens to occur with every Sidewalk title i've tried! (ROM: 490)

Tetris: Intro plays fine, but the menu does not appear... (ROM: 490)

Zenith: plays fine, only the menus and the play-field have a white background, which makes it rather unplayable. Sequences play excellent. (ROM: 490)

Thanks to the CD-i Emulator Testing team! Please help us by testing more! It'll only help cdifan, the author of CD-i Emulator, to make the emulator even better.

9 reacties:

Devin,  August 6, 2007 at 8:44 PM  

I've actually found Alien Gate is not playable under version 0.5.2 of CD-i Emulator. Pleasantly surprised that Accelerator worked without a single flaw however! :)

Charles August 8, 2007 at 9:30 PM  

Would you care to share the updates in 0.55 beta? :)

Charles August 8, 2007 at 9:31 PM  

I mean share the details of the updates.

Bas August 8, 2007 at 9:49 PM  

I like that you notice these details, but there is no 0.55 yet! whenever updates are available, you'll be the first to know! We'll have to wait and see, maybe cdifan is working on CD-i Emulator right now....

Devin,  August 8, 2007 at 9:57 PM  

I though the 0.5.5 was a rouse so didn't rise to the bate! Always bemused by these version numbers, they seem random but I bet CD-i Fan has a strict regiment in place to classify them! :)

CD-i Fan August 10, 2007 at 7:57 PM  

Bas, where did you get that screenshot? Must be a very early version when I was still fiddling with the version numbering...

There is really no deeply-laid plan here; 0.5 is basically my feeling about the level of completeness (think 5 out of 10); the .1 and .2 after that are just sequential release numbers.

Bas August 13, 2007 at 6:31 AM  

Actually I'm not sure where it originates from. I've always saved every image I come across, so my archive is pretty large! Anyway, I'm also fond on using Photo Shop ;)

Anonymous,  April 12, 2009 at 7:35 AM  

Zelda is not working on this emulator. Too bad... I am also receiving this message after loosing a game on Hotel Mario:

Your disc may be dirty! We recommend that you remove the disc and clean it.

And the screen stops there. What the frack? (LOL)

There's a list of unsupported games here:

Why CD-I can't be emulated properly?

Bas April 14, 2009 at 9:20 AM  

That's mainly because too few people are interested in the format. CD-i have never been popular and the format is just too damn hard for most people to understand!

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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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