Or when some guys think it's necessary to show us crappy old stuff...
Some months ago Master Leonard, also known as the guy who saved the ST Scene
all alone (refer to Nostalgic'O intro text for exact quote), dug out the very
first demo he coded, gosh like +10 years ago. I can't remember the exact date
of theis screen but I guess it was somewhere in the late eighties. While some
guys, like Chuck of DUNE, are still reluctant to release long hyped demos such
as ILLUSION, Leonard dares give us this intro. DoH! Call me lucky :(
Okay let's get thru the boring zip-msa-disk process once again and see what
Leonard has to say. This screen being kind of really old, I guess it only works
on STs. Yep, Falcon owners won't have a chance to see it :)
The first screen, displayed in overscan, features a huuuuuge red and green
OXYGENE logo on top while some text in a one plan font (but filled with
rasters) is shown below. The tune is damn famous but I just can't put a name on
it. Still I remember it from many crackers intros.
Next screen shows a painted chessboard with mountains in the background.
Funnily enough there's a Leonard logo carved into the mountain, thus showing
the extent of his ego :) A crappy blue OXG logo stands on top of it while two
wireframed OXG logos keep spinning all over the chessboard. Last but not least
a huge raster filled horizontal scrolltext stands at the bottom of the screen.
Definitely feels brutally designed like most demos were at that time.
After some loading we reach the main part : it features four sprites on top
that will shrink with the music, some sort of equalizers. In the middle of the
screen there's a box filled with a vertically scrolled red motive while some
white text gives you the same info about who did what... Another scrolltext,
this time green, fills the bottom and tells us about all kind of stuff. The
whole screen is just ugly.
Press F1 to F10 to change soundtrack, as we are talking about mods here.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of mod composers at that time I suppose, most
soundtracks are the same as in almost all mods compils back in the late 80s :
some JM Jarre, Depeche mod, Axel Folley... That total absence of originality
added to a low replay quality (12.5 Khz I think), make me think I should NOT
have wasted time downloading this demo. There's no reset nor endscreen... You
just reboot the ST.
Bottom line : if this old demo had been good stuff like the Animal Mine and
Synergy screens released about a year ago, I would have felt the old school
vibe go thru my spine, but it's no good at all : crappy design, already heard a
million times before soundtracks, no originality and almost no effects at all !
Don't bother wasting a disk for that crap.