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Merlin's Apprentice (CD-i)

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Title Screen

Merlin's Apprentice

Developer: Philips FunHouse
Publisher: Philips Media
Platform: CD-i
Released in US: 1995
Released in EU: 1995


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


Merlin's Apprentice has you solve alchemy-themed puzzles and brew potions in order to locate and become the apprentice of Hektan from Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon the wizard Merlin.

Puzzle Skip

Go to the game piece menu. From left to right, top to bottom, click the pieces in the following order; 11, 12, 4, 3, 8, 6, 12, 3, 6, 9, 5, 2, 10, 1, 7. If any mistake is made, leave and re-enter the menu. A magical chime sound will play once the code is entered correctly.

Once activated, puzzles can be instantly completed by moving the cursor to the top-right corner and pressing Button 1. On the magic potion screens, using the skip once will gather all ingredients, and a second use completes the potion and starts the next section of the game.

MerlinsAppCDi Colorbars.png

In addition, clicking the flower on the main menu while the mode is active will show a set of SMPTE color bars.

(Source: beholdnec)

Development Text

Located within the file cdi_merlin are error/debug strings for two pieces of CD-i development software, BOSS and Traffic Cop:

BOSS_Init:  NumBitsPerVar = %d.  Should be 1,2,4, or 8.            -- using 8.
BOSS: NVRAM is out of date
BOSS: NVRAM is missing or invalid, removing
BOSS: CurrentState = %d
BOSS: Returned from CurrentState = %d
BOSS_EXECUTE: Invalid Help ID
BOSS_Execute: Software Error occurred in state %d
BOSS_Execute: Illegal event %d returned from state %d

BOSS: Unable to play help audio correctly
BOSS: Unable to stop jukebox play
BOSS_NVPack: TokenNum value = %d
 exceeds the number of game tokens
BOSS_NVUnPack: TokenNum value = %d
pack: number of bits to pack into = %d
      should be 1, 2, 4, or 8
pack: number of bits to unpack from = %d

Traffic Cop Could Not Open Animation:%d
Traffic Cop Could Not play Animation:%d
Illegal Animation Definition:%d.
No Menubar should be allowed.
Traffic Cop Could Not Close Animation:%d

Unexpected signal number $%X - Application Terminating

Version Info

The abstract, bibliography, and copyright text files begin with a version number and the date they were last modified:

Abstract/Copyright Bibliography
1.1
2/25/94
1.2
6/7/94

Revisional Differences

A slightly modified version of Merlin's Apprentice was created for its demonstration/promotional discs. Labeled "Version 1.11" with a build date of February 1st, 1995 - the final is Version 1.10 and dated January 31st, 1995 - the only change made was enabling the puzzle skip (and, by proxy, the SMPTE color bar display) by default.