Panic on Screen was the first CD-ROM produced
by Magelis. It was released in France in June 1994.
It is an audiovisual memory game for one to six players aged from 3
to 103. The objective is to reassemble short video sequences where the
image and sound have been separated. The mismatches are sometimes spectacular
and frequently very funny.
The design of Panic on Screen was shaped by the financial challenge
of limited means, and had to answer to an intellectual challenge which
was novel for the epoch: how to fill a CD-ROM up with a large amount of
data, offering a real interactivity that would surpass the simple presentation
of media items.
The critics gave it good press, and it received a "Faust" Gold
trophy in Toulouse. Its first distributor, Euro'CD went bankrupt a few
weeks after sales started. It was subsequently distributed by Ubisoft
and Génération 5. It sold for a few years, but Magelis did
not cover costs.
The following people worked on Panic on Screen: Julian Alvarez, Alexis
Gautier, Marc Khanne, Marc Peyrucq, Americo Piagessi, Sylvie Rabie, Joseph