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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

October 27, 2009
Holy grail in reach? Have we acquired the marketed range?
27/10/2009 | 22:03 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

Being the 'Game of the Decade' on Black Moon it should come as no surprise that I am obsessed about Burn:Cycle! I know everything about this game and also that it doesn't bloody work in any emulator to date. Well, finally thanks to CD-i Fan the hordes of Sol Cutter worshippers can see a glimmer of hope with news that CD-i Emulator is showing signs of life when playing this game. Much better than the Black/Blue screen the emulator splutters out at the moment in the commercial release! It's reported the game plays just shy of 5 minutes before faltering, fingers crossed this number can be improved for the 'Green Stamp' of full support!

October 18, 2009
News Round Up - The Endians are Coming!
18/10/2009 | 14:27 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

In a feeble attempt to hold back the damn of CD-i news hitting us, here's another news round up!

First there has been a great deal of movement on the MESS CD-i driver as you can see from these videos showing Lemmings, Hotel Mario, Whack-A-Bubble and Pac-Panic.

In further news on the emulation front, the CD-i Emulator website has been updated with pretty pictures of the Digital Video Cartridge in various guises. Although be careful if your viewing these pictures in a place of work as they do contain bare circuit boards. A very fine selection of robot porn I might add, which can be found under the hardware section.

If that hasn't titilated you enough, then Bas has posted some more on interactive Dreams trying to define what it is to be CD-i, is it 16 bit or 32 bit? The mystery of CD-i continues!

October 14, 2009
Forget the Zelda Games!
14/10/2009 | 23:36 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

So if you had the time to read this months edition of Games™ you'll find yet another article about Zelda's Adventure and how crap it was! Well actually it was the 'collectors corner' where some Joe Smoe was showing off his original copy of the game like it's some fantastically rare item. Which incidentally, it's not, just over-priced and under-rated! Yet they still manage to put a shoe into CD-i with the classic line, 'it did have a few good games but nothing compared to the [insert console here].' Not that the publicity is unwelcome, I just wish they'd get over peddling CD-i as some mystical machine with strange, bizare and unknown games (List is under the Games Archive if you care to read Mr Games™!). Then again maybe a decent article in the 'Retro-Chic' of gaming publications is too much to ask for? An In-depth analysis of Philips ADS, the downfall of Philips Media empire and dare I dream it, an article about The Apprentice? No, it's Zelda games, that Mario prototype and the plumber in a Hotel!

October 13, 2009
Zenith CD-i Emulation
13/10/2009 | 13:22 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

This is a nice example of the synergy that the MESS guys and CD-i Fan have developed whilst working on their individual wares. So I've pulled it out of the techno babble posted on the Emuversal forums under the CD-i WIP thread, which, if you can make sense of it, your a better reader than me!

In laymans terms this is what CD-i Emulation of the pinball game Zenith looks like with v0.5.2...

Zenith Emulation

This is what it looks like on the developmental v0.5.2a courtesy of CD-i Fan on YouTube...

Quite a difference I think you'd agree!

October 12, 2009
News Round Up
12/10/2009 | 20:18 GMT - Devin | Blog | Forums

It seems the long CD-i drought has ended at last, so it's a pleasure to write a little news round up of all things CD-i...

First, after a vacation putting Black Moon to shame The New International CD-i Association has spun into action with a deluge of technical notes to daze and confuse most but maybe useful to a few of the engineer ilk. Speaking of which, if you have the notion to belittle yourselves with lack of 'te tek speak' then head over to the Emuversal forums where you will find some technical sorts discussing a new CD-i Emulator. Just check out this thread where the boffins working on MESS, otherwise known as Multiple Emulator Super System, are constructing a driver to enable CD-i wares! Our very own CD-i Fan is on hand to provide advice. With a wash of screen shots and videos it's fascinating to see the pace MESS CD-i Emulation is advancing!

Not one to be left out of the action, the CD-i blog, interactive Dreams, has produced news of a CD-i game in concept called 'Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur'. The article shows a mosaic of pixels typical of the time, displaying various icons, letters and characters intended for the game itself. It's a very intriguing find and one to keep an eye out for in the future. Also a few short days ago some cheeky chap going by the name Devin posted the following image on the CDinteractive forums...

Apprentice 2 NVRAM

Seems to be a teaser of sorts and I suspect we'll learn more in the coming weeks!

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