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The Apprentice (CD-i)

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Title Screen

The Apprentice

Developer: The Vision Factory
Publisher: Philips Media
Platforms: CD-i, CD-i Digital Video Cartridge
Released in US: 1994
Released in EU: 1994


DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
BonusIcon.png This game has hidden bonus content.


And you were just a scroll away from being fired too...
Oh dear, I do believe I have the vapors.
This page contains content that is not safe for work or other locations with the potential for personal embarrassment.
Such as: Pixelated nude women and cartoonish monkey gore.
Hmmm...
To do:
The file tit_gfx.dat contains a unique, unused background for the cheat menu.

The Apprentice is a rather charming platformer for the CD-i. Taking place over the course of a week, the apprentice wizard Marvin must do various tasks for the great wizard Gandorph as he can't be bothered to do them himself.

Most of the content on this page was revealed by a former Vision Factory employee in 2005.

Cheat Menu

ApprenticeCDi LevSel.png

On the main menu, hold Button 2 and press Up, Up, Down, Down, Right, Right, Left, Left to bring up a cheat menu that contains a level select, a life counter changer, and an invincibility toggle.

"Marvinvaders"

ApprenticeCDi Marvinvaders.png

Referred to as such by Vision Factory employees, this simple clone of Space Invaders can be accessed in a similar way to the Cheat Menu: on the main menu, hold Button 2 and press Up, Right, Down, Left, Up, Down, Left, Right. A reskin of this game would appear in a later Vision Factory title, Golden Oldies I.

Of note is that "裸猫女" translates to "Naked Cat Woman", which makes sense since the developer liked hiding naked women.

Secret Game Over Screens

A bunch of Mortal Kombat Fatality-themed game over scenes can be accessed by holding Button 2 while entering the following codes before Marvin stops walking;

Animality

Both Animalities feature Marvin turning one of the Bonus Stage girls into whatever animal their headband represents.

Code Pictures
Up, Right, Down, Left ApprenticeCDi Animality1 1.png ApprenticeCDi Animality1 2.png
Up, Left, Down, Right ApprenticeCDi Animality2 1.png ApprenticeCDi Animality2 2.png

Fatality

ApprenticeCDi Fatality 1.png ApprenticeCDi Fatality 2.png ApprenticeCDi Fatality 3.png

Pressing Down, Right, Left, Left will make a monkey appear. Marvin zaps it, the monkey's head falls off and explodes, and its body follows soon after, leaving only a tombstone and small pieces of ape. What the hell?!

Nudality

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Left, Right, Left, Right, Down, Up is supposed to activate another Nudality scene, but it doesn't seem to work. Is the code wrong?

Similar to the Animalities, but Marvin strips the girls instead of turning them into animals.

Code Pictures
Right, Right, Down, Left, Up, Up ApprenticeCDi Nudality1 1.png ApprenticeCDi Nudality1 2.png
Left, Left, Down, Right, Up, Up ApprenticeCDi Nudality2 1.png ApprenticeCDi Nudality2 2.png
Right, Left, Right, Left, Down, Up ApprenticeCDi Nudality3 1.png ApprenticeCDi Nudality3 2.png
Down, Down, Right, Up, Up, Left ApprenticeCDi Nudality5 1.png ApprenticeCDi Nudality5 2.png

Abstract/Bibliographic Text

THE APPRENTICE
This is the story of a week in the life of the 
wizards apprentice, Marvin. You must successfully 
complete the tasks set for you by Gandorph S. 
Wandburner. This will take you to many different 
places and you will have to solve various puzzles 
and defeat numerous enemies to accomplish your tasks.

This text is stored inside the file "abstract" and describes the game's story and gameplay.

The Apprentice
Programming by Tim Moss
Graphics by Luke Verhulst
Game design by Luke Verhulst and Tim Moss
Music by Joost Egmond

A 1994 Vision Factory production in cooperation with 
Philips Interative Media inc.

This text is stored in the file "bibliographic" and lists people who made the game.