CD-i Console

The Philips CD-i (Compact Disc Interactive) is an interactive multimedia CD player developed and marketed by Royal Philips Electronics N.V. This category of device was created to provide more functionality than an audio CD player or game console, but at a lower price than a personal computer with a CD-ROM drive at the time. The cost savings were due to the lack of a hard drive, floppy drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor (a standard television is used), and less operating system software.

In addition to games, educational and multimedia reference titles were produced, such as interactive encyclopedias, museum tours, etc., which were popular before public Internet access was widespread. Competitors included the Tandy VIS and Commodore CDTV.

CD-i also refers to the multimedia Compact Disc standard used by the CD-i console, also known as Green Book, which was developed by Philips and Sony (not to be confused with MMCD, the pre-DVD format also co-developed by Philips and Sony). Work on the CD-i began in 1984 and it was first publicly announced in 1986. The first Philips CD-i player, released in 1991 and initially priced around US$700, was capable of playing interactive CD-i discs, Audio CDs, CD+G (CD+Graphics), Karaoke CDs, Photo CDs and Video CDs (VCDs), though the latter required an optional “Digital Video Card” to provide MPEG-1 decoding.

Seen as a game console, the CD-i format proved to be a commercial failure. The device was sold until 1998, aside claims that Philips had planned a discontinuation in 1996. The company lost nearly one billion dollars on the entire project. The failure of the CD-i caused Philips to leave the video game industry after it was discontinued.

The CD-i is also one of the earliest consoles to implement internet features, including subscriptions, web browsing, downloading, e-mail, and online play. This was facilitated by the use of an additional hardware modem that Philips released in 1996 for $150.

While video game consoles have been made by Japanese companies (and to lesser extent American companies), the CD-i is one of the very few created by a European company.

Games

3rd Degree
A Great Day At The Races
A Visit to Sesame Street: Letters
Accelerator
Alfapet
Alice in Wonderland
Alien Gate
Arcade Classics – Namco Compilation:
Galaxian, Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man
Asterix: Caesar’s Challenge
Atlantis – The Last Resort
Axis & Allies
Backgammon
Battleship
Beauty and the Beast
Big Bang Show
Brain Dead 13
Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby
Burn Cycle
Caesar’s World of Boxing
Caesar’s World of Gambling
Cartoon Carnival
CD Shoot
Chaos Control
Christmas Country
Christmas Crisis
Cluedo
Cluedo: The Mysteries Continue
Connaone
Connect Four
Crime Patrol
Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars
Cyber Soldier Sharaku
Dark Castle
Defender of the Crown
De Zaak Van Sam
Dimo’s Quest
Dragon’s Lair
Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp
Earth Command
Effacer
Escape from Cyber City
(Freedom Fighter)
Family Games
Family Games II Junk Food Jive
Flashback: The Quest for Identity
Flintstones & Jetsons: Timewarp
Foqus
Frog Feast
Go
Go – Special Edition
Goal!
Golden Oldies 1: Guardian and Invaders
Golden Oldies 2: Blockbuster and Bughunt
Golf Tips
Golgo 13
Great American Golf
Great British Golf
Haunted House
Hotel Mario
Inca
Inca II
International Tennis Open
Invasion From The Planet Skyron
Jack Sprite Vs The Crimson Ghost
Jeopardy!
Joe Guard
Karaoke Klassics Family Favourites
Kether[18]
Kingdom II: Shadoan
Kingdom: The Far Reaches
Labyrinth Of Crete
L’affaire Morlov
L’Ange et le Demon
Laser Lords
Lemmings
Les Schtroumpfs: Le Téléportaschtroumpf
Learn With Sooty – Start to Read
Lettergreep
Lingo
Link: The Faces of Evil
Litil Divil
Little Monster at School
Lords of the Rising Sun
Lost Eden
Lucky Luke: The Video Game
Mad Dog McCree
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold
Mahjong solitaire
Marco Polo
Master Labyrinth
Max Magic
Mega-Maze
Merlin’s Apprentice
Microcosm
Micro Machines
Mind Quest
Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam
Myst
Mystic Midway: Phantom Express
Mystic Midway: Rest in Pieces
Name That Tune
NFL Football Trivia Challenge (’94 – ’95 Edition)
NFL Hall of Fame Football
NFL Instant Replay
Othello
P.A.W.S.
Pac-Panic
Paint School II
Pecos Bill
Pinball
Plunderball
Power Hitter
Pyramid Adventures
Rise of the Robots
Rollerball
Sargon Chess
Scotland Yard Interactive
Secret Mission
Shaolin’s Road
Solar Crusade
Sonic Eraser
Space Ace
Space Ranger (game)
Sport Freaks
Steel Machine
Striker Pro
Super Fighter
Super Mario’s Wacky Worlds
Surf City
Tangram
Tetris
Tetsuo Gaiden
Text Tiles
The 7th Guest
The Apprentice
The Berenstain Bears On Their Own, And You On Your Own
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild Jr.
The Joy of Sex
The Last Bounty Hunter
The Lost Ride
The Ultimate Noah’s Ark
The Palm Springs Open
The Wacky World of Miniature Golf
Thunder in Paradise
Urban Murderfiles – Episode 1: New York City
Urban Murderfiles – Episode 2: New Jersey
Ultra CDi Soccer
Uncover: Featuring Tatjana
Vegas Girls
Video Speedway
Voyeur
Voyeur II
Whack A Bubble
Who Shot Johnny Rock?
Wordplay
World Cup Golf
Xplora1: Peter Gabriel’s Secret World
Zelda’s Adventure
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
Zenith
Zombie Dinos From Planet Zeltoid