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In 1991, Phillips, the parent company of Magnavox (manufacturers of the Odyssey system), released the CD-i, (Compact Disc-interactive) console. The 16-bit CD-ROM based system was not promoted as a gaming platform. In advertising, Phillips highlighted the multimedia applications that the CD-i would be able to perform. The initial retail price for the system was $400, software ranged from $49.99 to $59.99.

The Digital Video cartridge could play movies or music videos with the MPEG-1 compression technology that Video CDs utilized. Several CD-i game titles like Mad Dog McCree featured full motion video when played with the Digital Video Cartridge.

Phillips did develop games for the system as well but did not solely focus advertising on them. This became critical decision in the ultimate failure of the Phillips CD-i as a console. Potential buyers who were looking strictly for a gaming system chose other platforms.

By Dave Beuscher
AllGame.com



The 7th Guest
Consoles: CD-i, Mac, PC
Year: 1993
Description: A stunning interactive drama of mystery and intrigue... more

Brain Dead 13
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, Jaguar, Mac, PC, Saturn
Year: 1995
Description: You are a young computer repairman who runs into trouble while fixing a computer in a castle... more

Burn: Cycle
Consoles: CD-i, PC, Mac
Year: 1994
Description: In the future, information is currency and data theft is a capital crime... more

Crime Patrol
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, PC, Sega CD
Year: 1993
Description: As a rookie on the force, you'll walk the beat and feel the heat... more

Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, DVD, PC
Year: 1994
Description: Fight the War on Drugs yourself in Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars!... more

The Dame Was Loaded
Consoles: CD-i, Mac, PC
Year: 1995
Description: In this detective story set in the 1940's, you are a private dick named Scott Anger who accepts a missing persons case... more

Dragon's Lair
Consoles: 3DO, Blu-ray, CD-i, DVD, HD-DVD, Jaguar, Mac, PC, Sega CD
Year: 1993
Description: The first and most well-known FMV game of all time... more

Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp
Consoles: CD-i, DVD, Mac, PC
Year: 1994
Description: The sequel to one of the popular Full-Motion Video Games ever... more

Escape From Cyber City
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1992
Description: A cartoon shooter based on the Japanese Anime "Galaxy Express 999" ... more

Girl's Club
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1992
Description: In this fantasy dating game, Nickelodeon's Heidi Lucas helps you choose which date to go on... more

A Great Day at the Races
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1993
Description: Video horse racing... more

Kingdom: The Far Reaches
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, DVD, Mac, PC
Year: 1994
Description: You're Thayer, a young man descended from kings who must find five hidden items that can be combined into a powerful artifact... more

Mad Dog McCree
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, DVD, Mac, PC, Sega CD, Wii
Year: 1993
Description: You must have a quick draw if you plan on defeating these cowboys... more

Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, DVD, PC, Sega CD, Wii
Year: 1992
Description: Mad Dog and his posse are back... more

NFL Instant Replay
Consoles: CD-i, PC,
Year: 1995
Description: Take on the role of an NFl official... more

Space Ace
Consoles: 3DO, Blu-ray, CD-i, DVD, Jaguar, Mac, PC, Sega CD
Year: 1993
Description: From the makers of the arcade hit "Dragon's Lair" comes this space adventure...more

Strip Poker Live
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1993
Description: Play poker with international models... more

Thunder in Paradise Interactive
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1995
Description: A shooting game based on a Hulk Hogan television show... more

Voyeur
Consoles: CD-i, PC
Year: 1993
Description: In this mystery game you are a detective out to bring down a corrupt CEO and future presidential candidate... more

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