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Inca

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Coktel Vision 1993
Genre: Action, Puzzle
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: CD-i

History will need to be rewritten soon! In the early 16th century, the Spanish conquest / genocide of the Inca empire began. 500 years later (so… about now), it will finally come to a conclusion – in space! El Dorado, the mythical leader of the, well, not the Inca, but the Muisca (but who am I to quibble about historical accurace in a game with Incas in space…), finally arrives and with the advice of Huayna Cápac's ghost, he confronts Spanish baddie Aguirre in a decisive battle.


Kether

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Infogrames / Philips Interactive Media 1993
Genre: Action, Puzzle
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: CD-i

Planet Kether, a dying world. An evil force which goes by the name of Khork gains stronger and stronger influence. His latest coup has been the kidnapping of Princess Eta Carene. The Emperor of Light (another disembodied mystic force) tasks the Cosmic Knight Melkhor to free her and overcome his adversary. To gain entry into Khork's space ship, Melkhor first needs to visit four temples (Malkhut, Hod, Hokhmah, Gevurah) and retrieve insights…


Laser Lords

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Spinnaker Software / Philips Interactive Media 1992
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: CD-i

In the early years of the CD-i's lifetime, it had received almost only very simplistic games; mostly adaptions of board games. Laser Lords marked the release of one of its first "full-sized" game concepts as usually found on computers/game consoles. Of course, the standards of size, length and scope for this new CD-based system had not yet been set. So everything was wide open for experiments and at least length-wise, Laser Lords turned into a massive one…


Link: The Faces of Evil

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Philips Interactive Media 1993
Genre: Action
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: CD-i

It's hard to give this game a fair chance. Not only is it on Wikipedia's list of universally hated games, but once you enter its title in your favourite search engine, you will get tons of videos of guys swearing a lot, apparently feeling pretty good about themselves for being such "witty" commentators. Right, because it's so elite to go with the flow and agree with everybody else!


Lords of the Rising Sun

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Philips Interactive Media 1992
Genre: Action, Strategy
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Commercial
System: CD-i, Amiga (OCS/ECS)

You'd think that a company like Cinemaware should really have loved a CD-based games system. After all, it was their proclaimed business case to produce games in the style of classic Hollywood movies and CDs offered so much more space to live this out.


The Wacky World of Miniature Golf

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Philips Sidewalk Studio 1993
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Commercial
System: CD-i

If something calls itself "wacky", it's usually a bad sign. It looks like a clinical case of overcompensation. "Weird" Al Yankovic anyone? Then again, a straight miniature golf game on a computer may not be considered too exciting.


Voyeur …don't get caught

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Philips P.O.V. Entertainment / Philips Interactive Media 1993
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: CD-i

In the early 1990s, owning one of these CD-based systems was like the holy grail of gaming. At least from an outside perspective, without having played the games available on them. The CD-i in particular, being much more graphically advanced than its contemporaries (Commodore CDTV or Sega Mega CD) looked like a dream! A dream which never came true for me – I never touched this system until this day, for the sake of this review (and even then, only via emulation). A couple of years later, one of my first real jobs was actually at Philips Semiconductors, but although I would have loved to enquire about it, by then, the CD-i's life had already run its course and, having been written off as one of the company's biggest failures in its history, and I assumed it was better not to mention it.



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