>> Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Have you played Asterix on CD-i? On first sight I thought it was a platform game like in Lucky Luke and all other Asterix games that appeared on SNES, Megadrive and Playstation. However, Asterix on CD-i was different and showed the family theme of CD-i perfectly. It was a board game. Produced by Infogrames in France. Here in the Netherlands we call it Ganzenbord, and probably there's an english word for it too. But the board game as a videogame was pretty unique in the world of videogames. While other consoles lured you in with action platform games and RPG's, CD-i was unique and a little Wii-like with games Like Asterix. You can play it wit four people alternatively, switching the remote once every turn. If you hit a certain number, you have to play a minigame, which was something of a puzzle or small action game. Many gamers at the time never played Asterix because of its childish theme, but if you can find one of the many translations, go get it. The animations are perfect and the colours are bright. It's not as clever as the Telesmurf game (a lot more rare on CD-i, mind you)! But they don't create games like this anymore. The fact I wanted to post this was actually about the little picture which shoed the german title: Die Grosse Reise. Remarkable, because all the other translations were about "Ceasar's Challenge".
If you want to see some footage check out this video; It's made of the CD-ROM version but it is identical to the CD-i game.