Philips CDI

The CD-i or Compact Disc Interactive is the name of an interactive multimedia CD player developed and marketed by Royal Philips Electronics N.V. CD-i also refers to the multimedia Compact Disc standard utilized by the CD-i console, also known as Green Book, which was co-developed by Philips and Sony in 1986. The first Philips CD-i player, released in 1991 and initially priced around USD $400, was capable of playing interactive CD-i discs, Audio CDs, CD+G (CD+Graphics), Karaoke CDs, and Video CDs (VCDs), though the last required an optional "Digital Video Card" to provide MPEG-1 decoding.

Early software releases in the CD-i format focused heavily on educational and self-improvement titles, with only a handful of video games, many of them adaptations of board games like "Connect Four". The most popular games for the system were The 7th Guest and Burn: Cycle. Later attempts to develop a foothold in the games market were rendered irrelevant by the arrival of cheaper and more powerful consoles, such as the Sony PlayStation. CD-i is noted for the release of several spinoffs of popular Nintendo video games featuring characters typically seen only on Nintendo consoles, although those games were not developed by Nintendo.

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Hotel Mario was a puzzle game that featured Super Mario Bros. characters and three Legend of Zelda games were released: Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon and Zelda's Adventure. Nintendo and Philips had secured an agreement to co-develop a CD-ROM enhancement for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Philips was contractually allowed to continue using Nintendo characters after the deal fell through.

Although extensively marketed by Philips, consumer interest in CD-i titles remained low. By 1994, sales of CD-i systems had begun to slow, and in 1998 the product line was dropped. With the home market exhausted, Philips tried with little success to position the technology as a tool for kiosks and industrial multimedia.

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Steel Machine

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£14.00
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£14.00

You’re the pilot of the Steelmachine – and it is up to you to fight off an attack by 6 battle cruisers intent on invading your planet. They’ve broken through all defences now Steelmachines is the last hope. You’ll have to fight your way through 6 levels of deadly combat and battle with fleets of enemy ships sent to destroy you. It’s your toughest challenge ever.

Tetsuo Gaiden

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£16.00
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£16.00

Tetsuo Gaiden, a fantasy flight through the realms of alien darkness. Featuring the best CD-I has got to offer; amazing 3D full motion video, riveting gameplay and a smack in your face soundtrack…Prepare for more than 80 blazing levels filled with the best and fastest gameplay ever created on CD-i.

Solar System

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£9.00
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£9.00

Fly to the planets, fly to the sun, asteroids and comets. Patrick Moore the world famous astronomer and television personality is your in flight guide to the planets. Tom Baker, time traveller extraordinaire will take you back in time to explore the beginning of the solar system and to discover how the planets got their names. You’ll test your interplanetary flying skills to the limit when you pit your wits against the force of gravity in the fascinating games of planetball and gravity golf.

Shark Alert

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£12.00
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£12.00

Shark Alert shatters the myths and unleashes the fascinating truths about these magnificent creatures and how they fulfil their role as apex predators. Examine the behaviour and amazing diversity of sharks, manipulate the ecosystem to understand the part sharks play in maintaining the health of the ocean, explore man’s complex relationship to sharks and face teeth-rattling questions in a Trivia Game with real bite.

Shadoan

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£20.00
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£20.00

Travel across distant lands encounter friends and strangers and gather magical items to aid you in your battle against Torlok the Twisted to restore freedom to the Five Kingdoms. Courage and ingenuity will be required to survive in these dangerous lands. Every move you make will present you with greater challenges and more fantastic rewards.

Sargon Chess

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£12.00
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£12.00

Sargon was the warlord who ruled the ancient world. Patient, cunning, a master strategist…now Sargon has inspired the first CD-I chess programme to challenge, coach and entertain you.

Rise of the Robots

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£10.00
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£10.00

Rise throws you into a future world where technology has developed out of control. You have been chosen to fight your way through the Electrocorp plant to face The Supervisor. Only then will the future of the human race be assured.

Rodeo Bloopers

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£5.00
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£5.00

Welcome to wild world of rodeo craziness where the broncs, the bulls and even the calves often come out on top. Rodeo Bloopers I captures the best incredible wrecks and spontaneous fun of the most unpredictable sport. Join the fun in reliving the spills and thrills of the wildest rodeo action you’ll ever see on Video CD.

Pecos Bill

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£8.00
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£8.00

‘If it weren’t for Bill there wouldn’t have been a Wild West. It just would have been plain old mundane’. And so begins the colourful retelling of the legend of Pecos Bill – fearless buckaroo raised by coyotes. Narration by Robin Williams and music by Ry Cooder evoke the Texas of crusty cowboys and campfire tales. In addition to engrossing storytelling, this interactive experience offers a detailed parents’ guide which will help you enrich your child’s learning experience. You can choose an age level for games, display the story text on screen so kids see the words as they hear them, select activities related to the story and much more. Children can practice such important skills as recall, visual discrimination, classification, positional concepts and more. Pecos Bill is one in a series of interactive storytelling adventures.

Pac Panic

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£20.00
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£20.00

Much more than the return of the ghost chompin’ legend, Pac Panic is a thick fast challenge and a puzzle game too. As the blocks fall, you gotta think quick and mover quicker to line ‘em up and make ‘em vanish.

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