Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

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Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:07 pm

Yes, it's the opposite of this thread.

The stickmen of Valhalla make it a contender...
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Lode Runner looks like a BASIC game made out of UDGs...
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To include a more modern game - LumASCII has to be noted, made out of the pure Sinclair ROM font. (It does look good when you see it play though.)
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But that's just what I think. Now it's your turn...
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Re: Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

Post by Spud » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:09 pm

Jumping Jack may qualify, right?
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Re: Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

Post by animaal » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:21 pm

Chaos? Probably my favourite Speccy game ever, but from a screenshot it looks like a type-in.

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Re: Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

Post by 8BitAG » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:36 pm

I can't agree with some of these definitions of "awful". Some of these graphics are just very stylised. Chaos is a classic.
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Re: Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:36 pm

animaal wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:21 pm
Chaos? Probably my favourite Speccy game ever, but from a screenshot it looks like a type-in.

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Chaos is my favourite game of all time. The graphics are quite UDGish, but at a really high standard for that format. It's a tricky one, as the game's layout makes it very difficult to make visual improvements.
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Re: Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

Post by animaal » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:03 pm

8BitAG wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:36 pm
I can't agree with some of these definitions of "awful". Some of these graphics are just very stylised. Chaos is a classic.
I suppose I'm remembering when I bought it. In the shop, looking at the screenshot at the back of the inlay. Comparing it to whatever games were next to it, possibly showing the Amiga screenshots...

I took a chance on Chaos, thinking I was going to regret it. Of course I didn't - it's the only Speccy game I still regularly play. But I think a Choas screenshot doesn't compare to the screenshots of hundreds of other mundane shooters.
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Re: Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

Post by Morkin » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:46 pm

I stumbled on Chaos quite late in the Speccy's life, but like others here it's my favourite Speccy game. :D

Being an impressionable kid at the time of release, I was quite susceptible to the magazine articles & reviews.

Perhaps it skipped my notice due to the magazines' lukewarm reception... But it was also a time where they were all still being a bit stingy on colour, so seeing small, static graphics rendered in dull greyscale probably didn't help bring it to people's attention...

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Re: Awful graphics, but a brilliant game

Post by uglifruit » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:11 pm

Return of the Things (Design Design software, 1984... but apparently had very little distribution at the time and slipped under most people's radar until it was on Sinclair User's cover tape in 1991)

The sequel to the equally spartan looking "Hall of The Things" and it is flipping brill. I want to go and play it right now. You should too. (And if you redefine the keys, make sure you define the keys so that the one for each direction also presses fire).

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Not beautiful is it? But it's blisteringly fast.
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