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CD-i Emulator
The first fully functional emulator for Philips CD-i system has been released named simply as CD-i Emulator. From this official website you can demo a time limited release of the emulator bearing in mind you need the full original CD-i ROM (BIOS) in order for the emulator to function. Full support including player compatibility listings and details about how to obtain your CD-i players ROM is also provided.
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A Great Day at the Races
Alice in Wonderland
Alien Gate
Arcade Classics
Asterix - Caesar's Challenge
Atlantis - The Last Resort
Axis and Allies

Big Bang Show
Brain Dead 13

Caesar's World of Boxing
Caesar's World of Gambling
CD Shoot
Chaos Control
Christmas Country
Christmas Crisis
Cluedo The Mysteries Continue
Connect Four
Creature Shock
Crime Patrol

Dark Castle
Defender of the Crown
De Zaak Van Sam
Dimo's Quest
Dragon's Lair
Dragon's Lair II - Time Warp
Drug Wars

Earth Command
Effacer - Hangman of the 25th Century
Escape from CyberCity

Family Games 1
Family Games 2 - Junk Food Jive
Frog Feast

Girl's Club
Golden Oldies 1
Golden Oldies 2
Golgo 13
Great American Golf 1
Great American Golf 2

Hotel Mario

International Tennis Open
Invasion from the Planet Skyron

Jack Sprite Vs The Crimson Ghost
Jigsaw - The Ultimate Electronic Puzzle

Kingdom - The Far Reaches
Kingdom II - Shadoan

L'affaire Morlov
Labyrinth of Crete
Laser Lords
Link - The Faces of Evil
Litil Divil
Lords of the Rising Sun
Lost Eden
Lucky Luke - The Video Game

Mad Dog II The Lost Gold
Mad Dog McCree
Marco Polo
Master Labyrinth
Mega Maze
Merlin's Apprentice
Micro Machines
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam
Mystic Midway - Phantom Express
Mystic Midway - Rest in Pieces

Name that Tune
NFL Football Trivia Challenge


Pin Ball
Power Hitter

Rise of the Robots

Sargon Chess
Scotland Yard Interactive
Secret Mission
Shaolin's Road
Solar Crusade
Space Ace
Space Ranger - Alpha
Sport Freaks
Steel Machine
Striker Pro
Strip Poker Pro

Tangram - The Ultimate Chinese Game
Tetsuo Gaiden
Text Tiles
The 7th Guest
The Apprentice
The Joker's Wild
The Joker's Wild Jr.
The Last Bounty Hunter
The Lost Ride
The Palm Springs Open
The Vision Factory Bundle Disc
Third Degree
Thunder in Paradise

Ultra CD-i Soccer
Ultimate Noah's Ark
Uncover Featuring Tatjana

Video Speedway

Whack a Bubble
Who Shot Johnny Rock?
World Cup Golf

Zelda's Adventure
Zelda - The Wand of Gamelon
Zombie Dinos

September 16, 2007
Interview with Trici Venola, Hotel Mario Developer!
16/09/2007 | 11:57 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

It's taken us some time but we finally found Trici Venola. Credited with the superb background renders produced for Hotel Mario we were quite keen to have a chat about her work. As fortune would have it so was Trici! If a full Interview isn't enough then your in luck as Trici was kind enough to contribute a generous scoop of original background imagery...

Hotel Mario Background Artwork

Developed by Philips satellite studio, the Fantasy Factory really pulled out all the stops for Hotel Mario. Although we find it difficult to argue the musings from multiple YouTube videos poking fun at the animated cutscenes, the game still holds a special place in our tiny gaming hearts! The colourful level design and playful puzzle mechanics really came together and made great use of the Nintendo franchise without being cliched. Trici certainly played her part creating this original theme, but as you'll learn Hotel Mario came dangerously close to becoming a real stinker of a game. This includes mention of a 'Cheese Hotel'! Have a read of the full Interview with Trici Venola for a taste of one of CD-i's most debated games.
August 15, 2007
Master of the Frogs
15/08/2007 | 21:51 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

Possibly the biggest news of 2007 (at least for CD-i!) is that of Frog Feast. A brand new game for Philips CD-i developed by Charles Doty of RasterSoft. We had to talk with this man and the possibilities Frog Feast has opened up for the CD-i scene. Read all about it in an Interview with Charles Doty.

Amphibians engaged in combat

A Frog Feast game page now takes pride of place in Black Moons Games Archive with further coverage on this fantastic homebrew release. Also including a range of developmental demos available for download, showcasing the evolution of Frog Feast complete with some text courtesy of Charles Doty describing each release. Of course the final Frog Feast demo is also available for download alongside the 'dev' versions!
August 11, 2007
Will CD-i Emulator work with Vista?
11/08/2007 | 16:26 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

Technology has proven relentless in the area of consumer electronics in the past decade. As we discard old machines in favour of the latest systems what becomes of the old tech and more over the software that used to operate upon it! Well that's where emulation saves the day, providing a software simulation of the hardware environment countless applications can again be used and enjoyed. Then what happens when the operating system used to run these emulators dies? Could we see emulators running within emulators mimicking operating systems within operating systems? Fortunately that question remains a few years off, however we're presented with a new windows based operating system in the here and now that offers limited compatibility with previous windows software. So how does CD-i Emulator fare on Windows Vista as we ditch the old tech and move into a new arena of faster Motherboards, RAM, Graphics and Sound Cards?

CD-i Emulator in Windows Vista

The answer is apparently very well! Actually CD-i Emulator performs too well under Vista, the graphical emulation zips past audio playback with ease, maintaining a startling 50 video updates per second of emulated time! These speeds were achieved using the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor overclocked from the standard 2.40GHz upto 2.92GHz. Outpacing the relatively old 3.2GHz rated Intel Pentium 4 under Windows XP. Unfortunately it's not all good news, the inevitable upgrade to Vista for most will mean computers dropping old ports that we used for the likes of CD-i Link which was so helpful when it came to retrieving Bios files from real CD-i players. The lose of the classic joystick port is also sorely missed from recent motherboards for use in CD-i Emulator.

There are alternatives however, where we owe a debt of gratitude to the Chinese market for devising all sorts of USB adapters and PCI serial cards that adopt and emulate the old tech incorporting it into the new! This includes a USB-RS232 Serial Port and probably more than likely the aforementioned joystick port. How well do these work under Vista? We'll save that for another time but at least CD-i Emulator works!
August 6, 2007
Dark Side of the Moon
06/08/2007 | 21:08 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

Okay, so lots of Black Moon is still broken! We don't just want to fix the site however, no that's too easy we're in the process of improving every last bit of information the project provides. To this end we've started a complete guide to CD-i Emulator v0.5.2 with CD-i games. In the coming couple of weeks you'll see the Games Archive light up with all sorts of compatibility information. Furthermore each individual game page will contain details of the compatibility test and the various problems we encountered or in the case of games like Accelerator the complete lack of issues and 100% playability! Testamount to the solid design of CD-i Emulator thus far, although all is not well...

CD-i Emulator Splash Screen

... can you see the problem? We've come to hate this Splash Screen and have decided to take direct action! Even if 'CD-i Fan' resists, it's time for change! If you can design a new Splash Screen that captures our attention then we'll shower you in CD-i games and goodies until your hearts content. Obviously the Splash Screen has to work in both PAL (768 by 560) and NTSC (720 by 480) modes so it displays correctly within CD-i Emulator. Here's a good example to draw inspiration from...

Kawaks Splash Screen

Extra points awarded for SPC influence... you know how we love SPC Vision games!
July 28, 2007
Interview with a CD-i Boffin
28/07/2007 | 20:50 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

Either one of two things about CD-i ever hit the mainstream. First and foremost it's the Nintendo License, then a close second comes the original first generation controllers. Especially the 'Thumbstick' design but some have even made fun of the genuinely innovative 'Commander' remote! For evidence of the former you need only browse the IGN Network to discover a 'Top 10 Worst Game Controllers listing. The CD-i Thumbstick comes in at number 5. However considering it was originally designed for simple cursor manipulation for Music, Documentary and Reference software such as encyclopedias seems to have escaped the people that compiled this list.

Thankfully the superb design of the Commander owes much to one Peer Custers who submitted to a detailed interview with much help from a collector that puts most of us horders to shame, Steph! We go into some detail about the thinking behind CD-i at Philips and also take a look at prototype hardware with plenty of photos to boot. Read the full Interview with Peer Custers for a rare glimpse into Philips HQ.
July 23, 2007
The Frog Feast Love Fiesta
23/07/2007 | 21:04 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

The updates keep coming thick and fast with the recent announcement from OlderGames that Frog Feast is ready for launch! Here's a sneak peak at the covers released by OlderGames...

Frog Feast Covers for CD-i

Bas has posted a very detailed column for the development of Frog Feast on CD-i through his Interactive Dreams blog. Click the following link for direct access to that story.
July 16, 2007
Frog Feast (BETA?) Demo
16/07/2007 | 21:17 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

I admit a little skepticism when Charles first proposed converting his multi-platform Frog Feast to our beloved backwater hunk of black box technology known as CD-i. However without a shadow of a doubt Frog Feast is back on the menu, just have a look at these screenshots from the latest freely available demo...

RasterSoft Frog Feast Menu Frog Feast Gameplay!

You can download this limited one-player only demo from RasterSoft at the following link. The games publisher, oldergames, has hinted towards a release within the next month! However we hope they air on the side of caution for some tough testing throughout the numerous makes and models of CD-i player. If you want to help be sure to download the demo and post your findings on CDinteractive Forums.

As if that wasn't enough great news for the CD-i homebrew scene there have been some interesting developments in store for CD-i Emulator. With rumours of a front end extension that should keep media player PC owners happy. Just think of the MODS this could inspire!
July 10, 2007
Let the Feast begin?
10/07/2007 | 11:11 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

In an effort surely designed to tease us to death, Charles Doty has updated his rather spiffy blog with information about the CD-i conversion of Frog Feast. More information on that available from the official website, if your interested. The update includes an old demo available for free download that Charles is using to test against various CD-i players... which is where you come in. Just burn the file to CD and pop it in your CD-i player then post if it worked correctly in the CDinteractive Forums under this thread. First impressions have been posted on the Interactive Dreams blog at this link.


Being an old demo the website listed as yields little more information. It's a broken site that we suspect as some marketing ploy similar to 'I Love Bees'! Either that or it's in a state of flux much like Black Moon. Never fear we're looking forward and fusing new content with old as the update rolls onwards! Expect broken links in the mean time...
July 8, 2007
The Art of Hotel Mario
08/07/2007 | 17:04 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

The Fantasy Factory™ developed Hotel Mario is one of those oddities that turn up in video games every so often. Even stranger is the often overlooked psychedelic level design and artwork attributable to one Trici Venola. In a tribute to the artist (...and because we failed to contact her!) we've put together an article of sorts entitled 'The Art of Trici Venola'. We found plenty of resources and some marvellous digital artwork by Trici Venola that goes some way to explain the influences that inspired the design of Hotel Mario. Although some of the artwork is quite shocking, the content is very powerful and the style should appear very familiar to those that have played the game.

The Art of Trici Venola
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