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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: A tactical word game for two, three or four players.
Program notes: Programming was done using Balboa, on top of which lies a proprietary scripting language similar to HyperTalk. This compiles to efficient code that is interpreted at run-time. Graphical objects such as the buttons, letters and numbers are processed by a separate "object" compiler, which generates a list of named objects for use at run-time, each having information about size and position. The title and credits animations are RL7 movies; other animations were generated by a proprietary sprite compiler as tables of frame differences. The dictionary is Huffman coded and memory resident. It occupies about 100k bytes. The project took about a year of intermittent effort by one designer and one programmer.
Bibliographic: This game was originally published in 1977 in an early issue of Personal Computer World, under the name of "Scramble". The basic game strategy, which remains the same, was wholly an original idea by Graham Trott, owing nothing to any other word game past or present.
Copyright: Copyright 1993 Backs Electronic Publishing Limited. Unauthorised reproduction of this CDi disc or of the instruction booklet is forbidden.
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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