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First post, by ibm5155

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I'm wondering, what are the games that has a cdrom version but also can play midi musics.
-I only know Dune 1 and Lands of Lore 1, and it's quite cool to play it using my midi hardware *__*

Reply 2 of 37, by Zup

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- Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII. Both use MIDI, and both include a soft synth (in case you don't want to use FM synth). Also, FF7 have special music for general MIDI, XG and Sound Blaster AWE (includes some soundfonts). Note that Steam versions of that games use digital audio.
- Heroes of Might and Magic II. Although it uses CD music, it has an option to play with MIDI music.

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Reply 3 of 37, by leileilol

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DOS:
Battle Arena Toshinden
Super Street Fighter II Turbo
Stellar 7
CyClones
Hexen
Whiplash/ Fat Al Racing
Extreme Assault
Descent II (though, the soundtracks are completely different)

Windows:
Fire Fight
Hexen II
Return of the Incredible Machines: Contraptions (rare post-Y2K example)

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Reply 4 of 37, by Dominus

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aren't there countless ones?
Many that were initially on floppies but later were released on CD as well play Midi music. For example Ultima VII, Ultima VIII, Ultima Underworld I+II. You could count Ultima I-VIII since it was released as Ultima Collection on a CD-Rom...
King's Quest as well.... 😀

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Reply 6 of 37, by sndwv

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A few DOS games spring to mind:

WarCraft II / Beyond the Dark Portal
Die Höhlenwelt Saga
Inherit the Earth (later versions)
Settlers II
TFX
EF2000
Secret of Monkey Island

^^ also: 'Fat Al Racing'? 😜

edit: by the way, I have both Dune and Lands of Lore on CD, and while Dune has the complementary Exxos 'Spice Opera' soundtrack CD, neither have redbook audio for in-game use. Or do you mean Adlib vs. MIDI? Because there are probably quite a few of these as well (though none spring to mind).

Reply 9 of 37, by Lo Wang

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That's only partially true. Look into D:\goodies\midi

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Reply 10 of 37, by Malvineous

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Yeah but they are the same MIDIs from the shareware release, and to my knowledge there's no way to get them to play in the registered version.

Reply 11 of 37, by Lo Wang

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I'd say that's where "partially" comes into play. The same is also true for the Carmageddon CD; it's got a couple of midi's I believe, but they're not used in the game (and for a very good reason)

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Reply 12 of 37, by collector

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All of the Sierra SCI CD games up to SCI3 used MIDI. But of course that is a little after when some of them started to be Windows only games.

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Reply 13 of 37, by Marek

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sndwv wrote:

Secret of Monkey Island

Only the floppy versions, which infact counts, as the vga version was available on countless magazine CDs and also on some compilation CDs.
However, the enhanced CD has no midi music. Yet, it has the midi drivers intact, since it uses them for a few sound effects like the fire played through opl.

Monkey Island 2 on the other hand has no enhanced CD. Thus, all CD versions are exactly the same as the floppy versions.

Sam and Max hit the Road: The CD has some audio tracks, but the game is still midi, and the sampled song is merely of 8 bit mono quality.

Dark Forces. There is no floppy version of the game, yet it has a full midi soundtrack. Even the videos have midi music.

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Reply 15 of 37, by Davis

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Wing Commander 3 - Four cds if I recall correctly and still midi music. I had a great time with it and an AWE64 back in the day (I got to it quite late).

Duke Nukem 3d - Cd release only and MIDI soundtrack all the way.

Most of these came from the 1995 transition period to red book audio - I was quite sad to see MIDI go. A good example was Mechwarrior 2 which has one midi track for the menu screens and mech setup, but uses redbook ingame (and it has a great music).

Reply 16 of 37, by leileilol

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Mech2's midi had valid reasons though. Constant disc access (for the 2d frontend animations and minimum installations) and Redbook streaming isn't something very mixable.

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Reply 17 of 37, by Myloch

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Davis wrote:

I was quite sad to see MIDI go.

Yeah considering that midi with the proper soundfont can give amazing results.

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Reply 19 of 37, by gdjacobs

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leileilol wrote:

Mech2's midi had valid reasons though. Constant disc access (for the 2d frontend animations and minimum installations) and Redbook streaming isn't something very mixable.

Does anyone know what Mech2 was composed/synthesized with?

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