A good friend of mine from the UK, Alan (@Alan_Bradford on Twitter), apparently decided to send me a random gift in the mail. I wasn’t sure what it was that he was going to send once he told me he had something on its way, but as it turns out he sent me some really nice collectible CD-i goodies! Indeed, the package came with a product guide from 1994-95, the second issue of the UK CD-i Magazine (featuring a preview of “The Seventh Guest,” one of my favorite point-and-click games of the era and a game I have a CD-i prototype of!), and a special photo-CD from a photographer.
While all of that is neat, I think my absolute favorite part of it all is a toss-up between the article about “The Seventh Guest” and the reviews of “Link: The Faces of Evil” (1993) and “Zelda: Wand of Gamelon” (1993). Both of those games are almost-universally panned by critics and players alike, especially those that are fans of the Nintendo franchise, but interestingly enough these games scored a 65/100 and a 75/100 respectively in this issue. It’s obvious that the magazine was written by CD-i enthusiasts (potentially who did not know much about the original series) and may have been highly-influenced by Philips at the time, yet even so, it’s neat to see a review from people who didn’t absolutely hate those two titles.
Now, I cannot help but wonder what they thought of the 1994 follow-up “Zelda’s Adventure.”
I must thank Alan for his awesome gift. You may recall that I mentioned that he had a special CD-i fan-page, and so if you have not checked it out yet, you really should!
Here are three more images to enjoy (be sure to view the full-sized pics if you want!):