|Game Title||Publisher||Producer||CD-i Conversion||Date||Genre||Requirements||CD-i Emulator Compatibility|
|Arcade Classics||Philips Media||Namco Ltd||Philips ADS (Advanced Development and Support)||1996||Arcade||-||Silent support (title plays without some sound/music)|
Game Facts: Conversions of three Namco classics including Galaxian, Ms Pac-man and Galaga. NAMCO took special interest in this project even though they weren't directly involved with the development of the CD-i version, the quality of the Intellectual Property had to be maintained. This went as far as the packaging itself which is detailed in the below Suggestive Themes boxout. Philips ADS were given a Pac-man arcade board with the chipset for Ms Pac-man to wire up so they had everything to do a decent conversion. It wasn't a straight port however, the entire game was upgraded to a 256 colour palette and also extra levels were added courtesy of Johnny Wood and authorised by NAMCO.|
From the Disc
Most CD-i Games have "Abstract", "Bibliographic" and "Copyright" details on the softwares disc itself, any interesting information in these files can be found below.
Abstract: Namco compilation, consisting of three games. Galaxian, Galaga and Ms Pacman.
Bibliographic: People involved in title.
Copyright: Copyright Philips Media Games, (c) 1996
Suggestive Themes: The original artwork for the jewel case covers of Arcade Classics was far more raunchy and risque than NAMCO wished for it's highly protected Intellectual Properties. Produced by Johnny Wood who worked on the art for a host of other games including Pac-Panic and Atlantis - The Last Resort, his design for the Arcade Classics cover featured Ms Pac-man in leather boots holding a power pellet suggestively while the ghosts cower around the corners (Pictured to the left). NAMCO voiced concern over this inital cover which was immediately reissued in a family friendly version (Pictured to the right) stripping Ms Pac-man of the previous sexy imagery, wiping away the lipstick adding a pair of wellington boots and cute eyelashs with non-suggestive themes and NAMCO were happy!
CD-i Emulator Compatibility: This section covers crucial details concerning performance of this specific game under emulation through CD-i Emulator. It will state the CD-i Player Rom used during the test, what version of CD-i Emulator was used, which program the Disc Image was created from, specifications of the test PC and also provide screenshots of the emulator in action. Also included is an account of the test and most importantly if the game is playable through CD-i Emulator. Rather than an exhaustive list of tests with various ROMS and different PC rigs it's hoped that this section gives some insight into the progress of CD-i Emulator. For the most recent updates to CD-i Emulator and compatibility it's suggested you visit the CD-i Emulator Homepage.
CD-i Player ROM: CD-i 350
CD-i Emulator Version: 0.5.2
CD-i Disc Image created using: Golden Hawk Technology CDRWIN 4.0A
Operating System: Windows XP Professional
Processor (CPU): 3.2GHZ Intel Pentium 4 HT
Graphics Card: 256MB ATI 9800XT
Graphics Depth: 32BIT
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Platinum Audigy 2 ZS
Details of Tests: The Philips Media bumper rolls up as expected, apart from a minor clicking artifact from the audio the music plays just fine. Title screens are displayed correctly and both Galaxian/Ms Pacman are perectly playable. Having said that both experience audio problems where the sound simply cuts out altogether and sometimes resumes later in the game. Although the Galaga title screen can be viewed the emulator hangs after this point and you can't even access the Galaga menu. The screen just turns black.
Release Information & The Rumour Mill
European Release: This game was distributed in a regular CD jewel case with a golden CD-i impression on the top left front of the spine.