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 Lemmings - Psygnosis

Well its appeared on pretty much every platform of its time from the humble Sinclair Spectrum to the awesome Atari Lynx and become one of the most popular strategy puzzle games of all time. This CD-i version has a fantastic new cartoon intro as well as some swanky re-mixed CD music to listen too and apart from that its just classic Lemmings. All the levels complete with a password system and all the features that were in the other versions too. If you are a Lemmings fan then this is a must have version and I was pleased to get it as the only other version I own is the Lynx version (I have somehow lost the ST disc) and its nice to play it once more on a big screen!

Review by The Laird

9/10

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 Link: The Faces Of Evil - Philips Interactive

We all know that as well as going for insanely high prices on eBay the CD-i Zelda games also have a very bad reputation. I have never been a fan of Zelda games anyway so was just waiting to see how bad this was. However on this occasion I was pleasantly surprised and didn't think the game was anywhere near as bad as people like Angry Video Game Nerd have made out. It's not an RPG, as many may know, and instead takes the form of a side scrolling adventure game more like Castlevania or Shadow Of The Beast. You have to collect items and defeat baddies, choose where to go on the map and watch the cartoon style FMV telling you the story. Graphics are really nice, sound is pleasant and the gameplay isn't too bad either. If you can pick this up for a decent price like I did then its actually well worth a look.

Review by The Laird

7/10

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Mad Dog McCree - American Laser Games

This was the very first of the laser disc light gun games that was developed by ALG and distributed by Atari and was incredibly popular in its day despite the cheesy acting and limited gameplay. Using the digital video cartridge this conversion is perfect in every way and uses the excellent and very accurate CD-i light gun that was bundled with many copies of this game in a giant box. For those who don't know its a wild west shoot out where you must blast away the bad guys before they shoot you and try not to kill the civilians. All this leads to a final square off with Mad Dog McCree himself. If you like these games then you will love it and get a lot of fun out of it and if you don't like gun games then this is hardly likely to convert you. Personally I quite enjoyed it even if the hit detection is a little off at times, thankfully American Laser Games seemed to learn a lot from this and their later releases are even better.

Review by The Laird

6/10

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Max Magic - PF Magic

Billed as a "Family" experience Max Magic is an interesting little affair and claimed to be the world's very first magic simulator. Probably the most interesting thing about Max Magic is that it was designed by none other than Rob Fulop who was one of the top Atari 2600/Imagic programmers. He also created the controversial Mega CD game Night Trap before he started the popular Dogz/Catz/Hamsterz/Petz game franchise. You become a magicianís assistant and Max himself, who is an animated character, helps you along the way. In reality itís really just a host of mini games that are played with Max or with a group of other people. There are card games, skill games, puzzle games and even noughts and crosses! There is a basic magic theme through out and it is all very well presented. This would probably make a great party game and kids would have a lot of fun with it too. Pretty good stuff and quite fun indeed.

Review by The Laird

7/10

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Mega Maze - Polymedia

There are a lot of puzzle games for the CD-i and mostly they are pretty good too, this is just another one to add to the collection. Remember those plastic games we had as kids where you had to tilt them up and down to move the ball bearing round the maze and into the holes? Well thatís the best way I can describe this game, as the concept is very similar. Really the only difference is that each direction on the pad moves all the balls in that direction unless a wall is in the way in which case they stay where they are. You must move the balls past obstacles, some of which actually eliminate your balls and require you to start the level again. The graphics are very simple and the sound is nothing special either but it is very fun and challenging to play. I would certainly recommend it to puzzle game fans everywhere and is certainly not an expensive game to pick up.

Review by The Laird

7/10

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 Micro Machines - Codemasters

I have always been a massive fan of top down racers with classics like Powerdrive Rally and Badlands among my favourites. I have also always been a massive fan of Codemasters games going right back to my Spectrum owning days so I had high hopes of this title and it didn't disappoint. Based on the NES and Megadrive versions it has 36 tracks, 9 different vehicles to race and a 2-player mode. As well as being tremendous fun it controls really well, has nice graphics and great music. While I was never crazy about the toys I certainly am about the game and it already ranks among my favourite games for this much-maligned machine!
 

Review by The Laird

9/10

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 Mutant Rampage Bodyslam - Philips

Another game I was really looking forward to this is the CD-i's answer to Streets Of Rage and I can already say itís a fine effort at that. Choose one of 3 human characters and set off around the world fighting against the mutants. Itís your usual fare with the 3 players; one is really strong but slow, one is fast but weak and one is good all round. But where this game differs massively from other beat 'em ups is that during the levels you come across tag points that allow you to switch characters! Also each of these has their own health and own lives which means you can swap around once you are nearly dead. Each of them also has their own special moves that I have found each work better than others against certain bosses. Another nice feature is also the ability to save the game so you can come back to it later. The graphics are nice, the sound is likewise and it plays pretty good too. I have always been a sucker for scrolling beat 'em ups and have to say that I really enjoyed this game, even the FMV sequences aren't too annoying!
 

Review by The Laird

8/10

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 Mystic Midway: The Phantom Express - Philips Interactive

After the incredibly mediocre Mystic Midway: Rest In Pieces I was not exactly excited about playing its sequel. The start wasn't too good when I was presented by the same annoying music and irritating FMV host as the first game in the series. The game is supposedly, according to the fat old man, a journey through your life starting from child hood. In reality itís a crap plot for a very dull game. You ride life's roller coaster (cheesy yes, I did try to tell you!) and, as you do, objects from your life fly towards you. So on the first level its baby bottles, dummies and nappies etc. You must then shoot these objects before they fly past you. Like the first game you must reach a set points total in order to progress. The next level is just the same only with different objects and a higher points total to reach. Pretty boring, pretty pointless and pretty crap.

Review by The Laird

4/10

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Mystic Midway: Rest In Pieces - Philips Interactive

What an utter waste of CD game this is. Best way I can describe this is a flash game with some annoying FMV. Its basically just a shooting gallery game not unlike the classic Sega arcade game Carnival, that also appeared on the 2600 among other systems. You have a gun at the bottom of the screen and shoot targets, with a horror-based theme, that move across the screen on 4 levels. The top 3 levels vary in speed and the bottom one has gravestones on it that block your shots, as the levels go on these get in the way more and more. All you need to do is hit the specified score to get to the next level, the targets also change from level to level and later you get ones that move all over the screen. Some fat annoying idiot presents the whole thing and makes stupid comments when you die or get to another level. I really wish you could shoot him! A totally uninspiring affair that just left me thinking is that it?

Review by The Laird

5/10

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