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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

November 18, 2007
Dale DeSharone Statement
18/11/2007 | 11:37 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

A long time ago, in a RetroGamer Magazine far far away, an article all about CD-i was published! Now thanks to the generosity of the journalist who wrote that piece we can bring you some of the original research material that was used. Specifically that of Dale DeSharone who provided a very detailed account of his time working for American Interactive Media (AIM), the American multimedia arm of Philips that later became simply 'Philips Media'. It's a fascinating read providing a rare insight into one of the few studios outside of Nintendo ever allowed access to the highly sought after Zelda franchise. Read it all in the Statements section for the words of Dale DeSharone.
November 5, 2007
New RasterSoft Project
05/11/2007 | 20:42 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

RasterSoft have yet again exceeded expectations and released another CD-i demo of an upcoming project known as CANNAONE. This has been previously reported on Interactive Dreams both here and here.


The demo is available from this link but is rather limited at the moment. Although Frog Feast followed a similar curve of development as readers will be well aware. Bas describes the game on Interactive Dreams as a freeware DOS game mixing elements of platform, side-scrolling and even some first person action! Upon closer inspection the game originates from Korea, apparently based on a cartoon from this region. We fiddled about with the DOS version but it proves a little awkward to implement thanks to a lack of functional DOS emulation. However what we did play managed to wet our appetites for the plug and play potential of a new CD-i game. Although an early 2008 release seems a little optimistic to us, then again RasterSoft have surprised us before!
October 8, 2007
Search for the 8th Hotel
08/10/2007 | 21:58 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

We love flogging a dead horse at Black Moon and Hotel Mario is no exception! A decade after its release and we're still talking about it. This time it's about a rumoured 8th Hotel, only unlocked once the game has been trashed in under an hour. Impossible I hear you cry. Well there is some evidence pointing to its existance thanks to a little investigative work by Goodtime Retro Cafe. Black Moon has also confirmed this evidence as you can see from this IsoBuster screenie...

Evidence of the 8th Hotel?

Although we'd argue the alleged 8th missing hotel is in fact the zeroth. Perhaps we should explain! Delving beneath the file structure on the Hotel Mario CD-i disc, several files called cdi_LX are present, replace the X with the level number and various nonsensical file extensions follow. Nevertheless it seems that every hotel has 6 accompanying files that follow a logical format. Confused? Good! I'll continue then... Levels for hotels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 are present but number 6 is missing. Then the cdi_LX files picks up on 7 and then 8. All these files are labelled identically with the same types of file except the zeroth hotel! So we summise this is the lost hotel that could, perhaps, be unlocked. It's not an impossibility!

Besides this tentative evidence we have further proof that an 8th Hotel Stage exists. Although we're not entirely sure it was ever implemented within the game itself with the final proof required in the form of vids or screens. So put on your gamer helmets because Black Moon demands some hard evidence. Shakey-Cam footage our poor camera screenshots are more than welcome and if we can confirm it as the lost 8th Hotel we'll shower you in CD-i games... or at least whatever we have littering the floor at Black Moon HQ!
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