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Link: The Faces of Evil

Link: The Faces of Evil
GenreAction Adventure
DeveloperAnimation Magic
PublisherPhilips Media
Reviewed byndial
Faces of Evil is the first Nintendo-licensed games released on the Philips CD-i, and was a product of a compromise between Philips and Nintendo after the two companies failed to release a CD-based add-on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Link: The Faces of Evil
Link: The Faces of Evil (and also Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon and Zelda's Adventure) is an action-adventure game produced by Philips for the CD-i as part of The Legend of Zelda video game series. The Faces of Evil (and The Wand of Gamelon) was developed by Animation Magic and were both released on October 10, 1993 and Zelda's Adventure was developed by Viridis and released on June 5, 1994. You control Link, who must find and defeat "the evil forces of Ganon", rescue Princess Zelda and become the hero of Koridai. When you begin this quest, three areas are initially available, accessible through Gwonam's map. You can access the areas on the map by moving the on-screen cursor over one of the areas and pressing a certain button. Against all odds, Zelda must be freed and Koridai returned to harmony. The Faces of Evil is played using the side-scrolling view. Problems range from the quality of the CD-i controller, to the speed of the gameplay and the jerkiness of the character animations.

The game did receive praise for its detailed and well-drawn in-game backgrounds and "pretty decent" gameplay (well, compared to most of the “un-playable” games released on CDi), making it one of the good games for the Philip’s console (despite its nasty controls). Technically speaking, the negative aspect of the graphics lies with sprite movement. Both Link and his enemies move very badly. Their movements are jerky and there is very little detail paid attention to them. Also, the audio was thought to be "average", and not up to the usual Zelda quality. But some of background music is actually pretty good to listen while the sound effects in the game aren't so bad either.
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CDiCPU: 16/32-bit 68070 CISC Chip at 15,5MHz
MEMORY: 640Kb to 32MB RAM (typical up to 1996)
GRAPHICS: 24bit RGB 16,7 million-color palette (32,768 on screen), supporting resolutions from 384x280 to 768x560, supports VideoCD and Digital Video
SOUND: MCD 221 chip, 16bit 8 channel stereo sound, CD-audio
The CDi (default) color palette
24bit RGB 16,7 million-color palette (32,768 on screen)
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