>> Saturday, February 9, 2008
After Philips released the 4xx series of CD-i players it turned out "The 7th Guest" didn't play on it. It crashes when a puzzle was loaded, while the 2xx series did play fine. So in 1995, Philips had to rebuild the disc, and a new version came out eventually. Interactive Dreams reported this earlier. The new version was released in a video cd jewelcase. I hardly see any of these anymore, I guess the majority is of the first batch. However, the case is a very bad way to tell what version it is. The jewel cases get broken a lot, so a lot of people replaced the box. XCLTempesT investigated every "The 7th Guest" disc he owned and he reported a remarkable difference. XCLTempesT: "If I look at the number at the center of the disc I get 8110033V113 and on others 8110033V203. Not all v203 discs come in VIDEOCD cases (2 out of 3 do) and not all V113 discs had CD-I printed on the case (1 out of 11 came in a videoCD case, but the previous owner may have switched the case, I don't know)
I own 15 copies of the 7th Guest, 1 US title (a different pressing so no number) 11 discs are marked v113 discs (1 UK, 10 Dutch), and 3 are V203 discs (Dutch). So if this is a representative group, that would mean 1 in 5 discs are V203."
Personally I also changed my patched version into a CD-i case, because it's no VideoCD! The first version of The 7th Guest hangs when trying to start the first cake puzzle. It's basically the very first puzzle you enter when playing the game. The intro plays fine, the menu works fine. So you enter the dining room (left door from the start entrance) en you watch the cut-scene. After that, you click on the cake when the cursor changes in a skeleton. At this point the system hangs. The new patched version doesn't. I only have the new version. Mine is a V203, so that could be true!
But XCLTempesT did a quick test with one v113 and one v203 on a cdi-450/00 and on a CDi470/00 player. "All discs worked without any problem, I could play the puzzle normally. I tried it on a CDi-220/60 and on a CDi-370/00 player, both work without any problems. I checked both discs using iso buster, and they are (a little bit) different. The only file that has a different date (and size) is the "cdi_t7g" file on the disc. On the v113 discs it is 153600 Bytes with date 29-3-1994, on the v203 discs it is 151422 Bytes with date 1-3-1996. There seem to be only these 2 versions. the US disc I have has identical file sizes and dates as the v113 discs. Also the dates of the files suggest the game wasn't released for cd-i in 1993 at all, but in fact it was 1994 (probably April or May )."
In the end, we still don't know the exact size of this compatibility problem with "The 7th Guest" on CD-i. The different versions and dates still hint at the identification of a patched disc, but we need more testing to conclude which version hangs on which type of CD-i player!
Thanks to XCLTempesT for his tests with this game on various players!