Someone Bought This: Hulk Hogan Thunder In Paradise Interactive video game for the CD-I

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Hulk Hogan Thunder In Paradise Interactive Video Game cover box

Crappers; I have another really obscure “treat” for you, today!

If you’ve read R.D’s induction of 2/3rds of the “Thunder In Paradise” TV movies, or you’ve seen the show for yourself; you know just how bad Hulk Hogan’s Thunder In Paradise TV show really was. 

Okay, so it was pretty much just “Knight Rider” with a magic boat instead of a magic car.

But did you know there was a “Thunder In Paradise Interactive” video game? It was made for the CD-I- a system that nobody I know owned.

I didn’t own a CD-I, but I did have a Sega CD and I found that nearly all of these “interactive movie” video games sucked. 

The page on the game describes it with breathless excitement (I assume this is the same blurb that’s on the back of the box):

Here’s your shot at Paradise, bro. You’re in the middle of an action-packed adventure with your cohorts Spence (Terry “Hulk” Hogan) and Bru (Chris Lemmon). Blast your way through these mind-blowing action encounters as you attempt to rescue Spence’s daughter Jessica, regain control of the M.A.J.O.R., and crush your arch enemy, RAMPIKE! Race at hyperspeed through the Caribbean, aboard THUNDER, a 45-foot piece of hi-tech marine hardware. Take control of the boat’s weapon systems and defend THUNDER from a shower of deadly threats. Face down minions of the psychotic RAMPIKE on the eerie trails of Rossiter’s Island. Go toe-to-toe with the M.A.J.O.R., a bio-humanoid gone haywire, in a battle for Jessica’s life!

Uh, yeah…

Quoting from the Wikipedia article: 

The two-part episode “The M.A.J.O.R. and the Minor” was used as the basis for the Thunder in Paradise CD-i interactive game. In addition to the episode itself, additional footage was filmed for use at different stages in the game. Although video game tie-ins have been created for numerous TV series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, this is the only time in TV history that an actual aired episode was written and structured to serve as the basis for a video game.

I bet the actual episode is appalling to have to sit through with a contrived plot like that (Hey R.D- you want to watch that episode and induct it? Mwuhahaha!).

At the top of this page you will see the game’s “Attract Mode” which is an ironic name because it is sure not attracting me towards ever wanting to play this game.

Here is a German commercial for the game which makes it sound a whole lot more exciting than it probably is. 

Did any of you Crappers own this game or know someone who did? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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21 Responses to "Someone Bought This: Hulk Hogan Thunder In Paradise Interactive video game for the CD-I"
  1. Jamie says:

    Is it just me, or is that kid coming off the jetski and walking up the beach to meet Jimmy Hart at the beginning of the clip Brian Christopher?

  2. THE Jeffry Mason says:

    Nice one Paul. RD we await your induction of this. And halfway through you can give up and induct that Santo Gold movie Paul posted the other day 😉

  3. Andre R. says:

    Wow…the Angry Video Game Nerd never talked about THIS one in his reviews of the CD-i.

    He did a three-part review discussing the substandard quality of the console, and then featured Hotel Mario and the three incredibly terrible Zelda games it had. The truly god-awful animation and voice acting have become famous by being “Pooped” on YouTube. There must be thousands of them by now!

    AVGN would also showcase some Bible-based CD-i titles as well. But he NEVER made any mention of this one. I guess that’s a good thing!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I used to work as a games reviewer so this is hilarious to me.

    Honestly though it doesn’t even look as bad as some of the crap I’ve reviewed myself.

  5. Tempest_Fennac says:

    I remember seeing an advert for this which featured other CD-I games in the mid-’90s (I think it was in an issue of Games Master Magazine). It amuses me that the “game’s” cover suggests that Hogan is his real last name.

  6. John says:

    Somehow I see a very lonely Brutus Beefcake/Brute Force sitting on a cinderblock/chair playing this and saying, “Why Hulkster why did you pick Chris Lemmon over me? Even Jimmy Hart made the cut on this game.”

  7. Drew says:

    JD from Step By Step?

  8. twilite_rider says:

    That’s about the time Brutus would turn out to be the Zodiac and turn on Hogan. Who knew that the reason he did that was because of this game.

  9. Ripplin says:

    I came so, so close to buying a CD-i. I’m so, so glad I didn’t. :p

    • Jimbolian says:

      I would have loved to seen a kid all hyped up about a brand new CD-i system because there’s new Mario and Zelda games for it, only to discover this monstrosity as joy turns to tears.

  10. Mav says:

    This game looks terrible. Worse than VCR Wrestlemania, which I owned. You’re gonna have no chance in this game. Spence isn’t going to let anyone go over.

  11. Terrence says:

    Not ALL interactive cd based games sucked. Especially the one where Dana Plato and her friends got gang raped by the People Under the Stairs. “Night Trap” bitches!!!

  12. Sean Bateman says:

    I know what Wrestlecrap’s resident hobo will be getting Uncle Burt’s favorite nephew/Wrestlecrap’s boss for Christmas!

  13. Zigglypuff says:

    Oh my god, OF COURSE a game like this would be on the goddamn CD-i!

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