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From the Disc
Most CD-i Games have "Abstract", "Bibliographic" and "Copyright" details on the softwares disc itself, any interesting information in these files can be found below.
Abstract: Hotel Mario. Nintendo type CDI video game.
Bibliographic: FPD on December 6, 1993.
Copyright: (C) 1993 Phillips Interactive Media of America.
The Art of Trici Venola: It's not often Black Moon fails to make contact with a CD-i developer once we've tracked them on-line, however Trici Venola has proved a slippery fish! This is probably with good reason, as some final remarks on her website state that she's 'Travelling alone and drawing everything', presumably in Turkey. The website is 'The Art of Trici Venola' where we first got excited by the passage describing her work on a certain Mario Bros game. A quick look at the credits of Hotel Mario confirmed our suspicions, this was the artist we had been looking for. Unfortunately several months and e-mails later and we're yet to make contact with Trici Venola!
So instead of an interview we're decided to take a look at the artists work, both on-line and in game. It's here we admittedly bend the rules and have taken a few artisitc examples of Trici Venolas work from her website. For the original site you really should visit 'The Art of Trici Venola' for further colourful pieces of her work. Described as 'L.A. - Driven Cyberart', Trici Venola tried to preserve classical painting techniques and principles when applied to the rather limited constraints of computer software. The artwork as might be expected is outlandish and definately aspires towards controversial content. None more so than the 'Monsters and Bimbos' collection, some favourites include 'California Girl' and 'Precious Little SanMo'...
The later is especially indicative of the style Trici Venola applied to Hotel Mario. A style that seemed to conflict with the 'normal' level design you'd expect to see in such a highly sought after franchise. Yet it actually worked! The bright contrasting colours set the levels of Hotel Mario apart. Screenshots do very little justice to the animated backdrops that feature in Hotel Mario, undoutedly the best of which was the first 'WoodDoor-Hysteria Hotel'. We can't help but giggle that it was probably the artistic direction of Trici Venola that influenced the imaginative approach when it came to the naming of each hotel. They certainly have an artistic eye for puns which has been well chronicled in a section on wikipedia (Hotel Mario link on wikipedia). Including an ice level themed 'Chillton Hotel', the casino 'Blitz Snarlton' and not forgetting the final Seizures Palace Hotel!
Have a good explore of 'The Art of Trici Venola' before you next play Hotel Mario and be inspired. Further research reveals that Trici is currently living in Istanbul and was involved in a book called 'Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey'. She also published her own book called 'Drawing Istanbul, Istanbul Izleri' and if your listening Trici, you've found a fan base in the most unlikely of places!
Release Information & The Rumour Mill
USA Release: This game was distributed in a plain regular CD jewel case with a closed slipcase.
European Release: This game was distributed in a regular CD jewel case with a golden CD-i impression on the top left front of the spine.
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