||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...
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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