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screenshot added by Blueberry on 2013-04-01 11:36:26
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release date : march 2013
release party : Revision 2013
compo : amiga demo
ranked : 1st
  • rulez 150
  • is ok 6
  • sucks 3
popularity : 2%
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  • rulez 0.92
alltime top: #308
added on the 2013-04-01 11:36:26 by Blueberry Blueberry

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Steampunking! Perfect demo!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:43:33 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
The start is awesome. Interference by Sanity. That train by Couger ehm Slayer is so nice!
Great 2 other pictures in this release aswell. Nice flow and design and some effects. Can't wait on the next easter release from you guys! You simply rock!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:45:44 by magic magic
Best in the compo, no contest. Well designed and consistent visuals, matching soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:45:55 by break break
Fast effects, cool music, great design and neat graphics!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:59:47 by ham ham
Absolutely amazing! SteamPunk theme roxxx hard here! Mood, colors, and music and perfectly match :) A true masterpiece!!!!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:00:06 by Sir_Lucas Sir_Lucas
very good graphics, music was nice but not my cup of tea..
like the 3d!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:03:59 by -Exit!- -Exit!-
Stunning Amiga release! So well executed in every way possible!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:10:20 by ekoli ekoli
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added on the 2013-04-01 12:14:24 by ham ham
Super awesome
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:16:15 by the-other-pigpen the-other-pigpen
super super awesome
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:19:51 by lordnkon lordnkon
Awesome!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:30:51 by FL1NE FL1NE
Loved it. The best Amiga demo in the Amiga demo compo.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:34:03 by CreaMD CreaMD
sexy!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:43:57 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 12:44:40 by Manwe Manwe
This demo shows perfectly how important it is to have great style. All objects, effects, graphics and music contribute to the theme and transform this from an effect-show to pure emotional art. Thanks for this.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:20:49 by gaspode gaspode
WOW.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:26:05 by xeron xeron
.good job chłopaki
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:30:06 by kempy kempy
Amazing attention to detail, such as the radial blur transitions and all of the camera movements. This is just extremely well done, almost immaculate.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:30:50 by noby noby
These guys know what they are doing.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:30:58 by SandLover SandLover
Woha... amazing work guys.. I spotted an Interference-reference in the beginning. NICE!! :D
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:39:24 by Virgill Virgill
Fantastic in every way.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:44:46 by Sixx-GP Sixx-GP
This is a great demo, no doubt. I love the graphics work the most. Sadly some of the gfx was released in some other context year(s) ago. But nonetheless, great work!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:00:44 by CONS CONS
what noby said \o/
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:01:47 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
C= !!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:21:07 by AMB AMB
Nice looking visuals, good work!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:27:58 by 4pLaY 4pLaY
Well deserved 1st place. Great job!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:29:28 by martin martin
wow! this surely does work for me, excellent music and mood
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:39:38 by skirk skirk
not enough mem, duhh
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:49:49 by comankh comankh
Codi excellent 3D!!!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:51:25 by jack-3d jack-3d
Everything is perfect in this production, thanks for the show!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:11:50 by JamieSkarla JamieSkarla
RULEZ!!!!!!!!!!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:19:47 by madbart madbart
Very well done.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:24:31 by tomaes tomaes
absolutely Rulez!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:26:18 by at0m at0m
woo...
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:27:19 by Bartoshe Bartoshe
wow
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:42:46 by wullon wullon
great athmospheric demo, brilliant music!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 15:47:47 by dimouse dimouse
nice demo
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:47:43 by psenough psenough
Nice Steampunk demo.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:49:31 by Forcer Forcer
amiga demo scene dope at its best
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:55:28 by scicco scicco
Considering the title it should've had even more crazy fakes and precalcs but this will do for now. :)
Kudos for doing textbook steampunk without feeling as ridiculous as a 19 year old in a top hat.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 16:59:16 by Korvkiosken Korvkiosken
really loved the graphics in this one! those stills all look mindblowing! the windblowing effect and radial blur transitions looks terrific. Look forward to seeing it on the real thing.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 17:23:21 by loaderror loaderror
Stunning demo .. well deserved 1st place !
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:02:21 by hUMUNGUs hUMUNGUs
Awesome !
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:17:37 by Moby Moby
Wow.. Just Wow!

Have seen in a long time not such a great Demo with such high production Values.. Graphics Ace, Sound Ace, Design Ace... Very well done, instant favourite :)

Amiga kicks PC's Ass every time :D
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:34:51 by SaphirJD SaphirJD
Demo with special theme, amazing artwork involved, and Tesla of course! You can bet on Ghostown. Amazing!!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 18:43:03 by Optimus Optimus
proves that it's not just about dropping tons of effects, it's about making it all look good, and fit together :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:15:59 by BarZoule BarZoule
Awesome! Amiga Rulez!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:38:11 by Tygrys Tygrys
yeah!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:56:10 by fyrex fyrex
a worthy winner
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 19:58:08 by tripper tripper
Really nice.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 20:21:14 by Stebo Stebo
artistic and well...even moving, great job! thats what the scene is all about ihmo
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 20:31:48 by gorgh gorgh
I like this eventhough i generally find steampunk boring, well done indeed!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 20:44:28 by whizzter whizzter
There is so much style in there! <3
Simple things but put so well together, it's just enjoyable to watch.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 20:52:48 by Zavie Zavie
This is exactly what a demo is about. Great coding, graphics, music and design. Amiga still rules PC in that sence. I think this is best Amiga demo since Starstruck. Just ran it on my Amiga 1200 and it ran really smooth. Thanks!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 21:49:03 by Alkaron Alkaron
Ace,nothing more nothing less :-)
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 21:53:42 by Corial Corial
Great!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:24:46 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
everything is so polished. really liked it
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:26:43 by wurstgetrank wurstgetrank
Clear Winner
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:35:56 by Sir Sir
Alles klar, Herr Kommissar !!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:37:33 by d0DgE d0DgE
Top notch!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 22:41:01 by BackSpace BackSpace
fantastic demo
Creativity and heart.
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 23:38:53 by Mithaldu Mithaldu
i dig it!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 00:00:02 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Wow!!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 01:08:03 by spotUP spotUP
I dug this!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 10:55:52 by gloom gloom
Very very nice!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:01:48 by Mystra Mystra
Exactly what BarZoule said. Well done, guys!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:09:23 by AzzaroMWI AzzaroMWI
Rocks!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:18:22 by Raven^NCE Raven^NCE
Not the one I wanted to win, but still an amazing prod. :D
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:30:40 by Xanthe Xanthe
What raven said.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:32:05 by psonice psonice
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 12:04:20 by Eldrik Eldrik
This is awesome.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 12:08:06 by xylo xylo
nice, but got bored halfway trough, too much scene and effect recycling (all scenes shown like atleast 4 times? meh). nice design, but no surprises, just all the scene cliches nicely wrapped.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 13:05:23 by Oswald Oswald
Oooh, the quality of YT capture is HORRIBLE. Can someone please fix the link? Here's the good one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKiftizQoNY
added on the 2013-04-02 13:15:30 by jazzcat jazzcat
very well done ... in every aspect
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 14:18:41 by gopher gopher
Blew me away. Solid thumb up and a big thank you for making this!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 14:25:08 by numtek numtek
great. lots of nice detail.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 15:58:53 by cp_ cp_
Great demo! very nice...
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 16:29:00 by kwe kwe
Live from compo
Great work guys, it's got the amount of "real" graphics a proper amiga demo should have, and even the temporal reprojection artifacts are barely visible now ;)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 16:33:43 by Psycho Psycho
cool and amigaaa
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 17:29:48 by pista pista
Great demo! I like the style.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 19:48:56 by wej wej
God damn that looked and sounded gorgeous.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:16:02 by pmc pmc
Music by Jazzcat/ 2D art by Slayer owns a compo. I dont like repeating scenes and pictures, rest is great demo.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:46:36 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
Very good production! I love Human Traffic and this is really a good successor!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:49:07 by Infinity Infinity
Very nice, great music, great visual direction, nice 3D.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:52:34 by elend elend
Nice MPEG player, dudes. :P
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 21:10:50 by Exin Exin
wow just great..
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 21:58:32 by rage rage
hubba-hubba!!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 22:14:50 by bonefish bonefish
@Blueberry: how much FastRAM does this Steampunk Engine eat ? I'm getting "not enough free memory" returns trying to run it on reduced OS configs that give me: 1.9 MB Chip and 63.9 MB Fast
added on the 2013-04-03 00:14:46 by d0DgE d0DgE
@d0DgE: According to the hunk report of ExeCruncher2, the demo uses a total of 62964924 bytes fast and 1750688 bytes chip (plus hunk overhead of 26 hunks), so it should run on your config.
added on the 2013-04-03 09:33:47 by Blueberry Blueberry
Just great! Loved the theme and style. My only criticism is with the greetings part as the names are quite hard to read. I guess that's due to the picture forcing a weird angle though.

A worthy winner indeed! :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 09:42:27 by raizor raizor
Worthy winner it is.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 10:19:47 by Marq Marq
I really enjoyed it on the big screen!
Jazzcat and Slayer: your work is really fantastic! The Amiga scene is very lucky to have talented people like you!
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 11:47:44 by toms toms
I understood what you did, this is pure art !
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 12:07:34 by gibs gibs
I think this has to be one of the top Amiga demos every! Grats!
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 13:19:21 by Prot-DHS Prot-DHS
Usual quality by Ghostown & Lonnies.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 16:50:38 by Cj Cj
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rulez added on the 2013-04-03 17:19:27 by xeen xeen
My favourite from revision!
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 17:24:10 by Emod Emod
This looks really great!

I deliberately didn't watch Blueberry's screen, when he was working on this one at the Revision pre-hype miniparty a few weeks ago.

Highlights:
- those swinging lightbulbs - timed with the 2d. One of the things I will never forget from Revision 2013
- The lightball towards the end of the demo
- Nice 2d graphics
- soothing soundtrack

Some scenes/graphics might have been reused a bit much, and the scroller was hard to read, but damn everything looks coherent.
You yeah, and the filesize and requirements are uhm.. maxed out :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 19:40:45 by Puryx Puryx
A bit repetitive but solid work overall.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 22:13:31 by Alpha C Alpha C
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 22:19:10 by krusty krusty
cool and nice stuff a bit repetitive but well awesome :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 00:01:27 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
I really really really liked this on the stream but I'll be a good Amiga dude and watch it on real HW before I vote.
added on the 2013-04-04 00:47:10 by grip grip
So fucking great. I did notice some semi-painful slowdowns in the YT caps but apart from the fact I can't confirm them they didn't hurt that much. And I agree with Puryx, those lightbulbs were SO cool. Kinda easy if you look at what's happening but the idea works so well.

Great, thank you guys.
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 01:00:00 by superplek superplek
At least they are honest about the slowdowns and don't fake it like, you know, other groups. ;)
added on the 2013-04-04 12:45:57 by tomaes tomaes
Brilliant stuff, such a tight team on code, graphics, design & direction. Slick!
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 15:10:34 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
Nice - I especially like the canyon city.
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 21:53:39 by cxw cxw
I already lost it at the scene with the lightbulbs, but everything after... fuck. so many polygons.
Everything is just awesome!
Best demo i've seen in a long time.
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 06:35:22 by Cosmocat Cosmocat
Dunno if i'm exactly a huge fan of steampunk but details and production is awesome in this demo.
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 07:19:34 by Serpent Serpent
I really liked this one, even if it's a tiny bit repetitive. Ghostown with Loonies is a awesome combination!
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 07:45:59 by britelite britelite
This is now officially my favorite amiga demo. Neat 3D garphics and amazing 2D. Wonderfull track...what a blast
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 13:47:55 by nytrik nytrik
I'm not a big fan of demos trying to tell a story, but this one is very well produced. The graphics are exceptionally good - the music is not.
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 14:20:57 by Optima Optima
What a demo. Stunning stuff.
rulez added on the 2013-04-06 22:24:14 by Intrinsic Intrinsic
Decent. :)
added on the 2013-04-07 00:00:54 by AntDude AntDude
Well done!
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 13:39:27 by Frequent Frequent
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 15:53:05 by moqui moqui
Amiiiiiiiiga!! Really great and well pulled off :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 17:28:38 by Xiny6581 Xiny6581
despite it's not my style.. it's an excellent demo.
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 20:35:59 by Maali Maali
Excellent :)

Where is TBL?
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 20:57:03 by mccnex mccnex
Solid presentation, although the start credits doesn't show long enough and it's a real shame about the greetings being practically unreadable
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 21:29:50 by dwarf dwarf
Excellent graphics!
rulez added on the 2013-04-08 16:03:34 by raer raer
Song Link also available? That song is so Amazing :)
added on the 2013-04-08 23:19:14 by SaphirJD SaphirJD
I kind of dislike showing effects again (the bit with them coming back to life), but this is just awesome in every other way.
rulez added on the 2013-04-08 23:41:10 by Preacher Preacher
Use your Amigas to do Amiga demos. It looks like a boring PC demo. Nothing exciting for me.
sucks added on the 2013-04-09 20:14:52 by Hexogen Hexogen
quality
rulez added on the 2013-04-11 16:24:47 by marsel84 marsel84
great gfx and a really effective soundtrack.
the only thing i don't like is that you show the same objects again and again and again (without changing much).
rulez added on the 2013-04-12 09:36:48 by a-move a-move
Excellent gfx, marvelous msx and so tightly put together and spiffed up by effects/coding. This is, in it's essence, a true masterpiece!
rulez added on the 2013-04-12 10:21:39 by Punqtured Punqtured
Excellent stuff - expected nothing less from GT & L.
Apart from that, after re-watching it a few times (on a real Amiga) I noticed some strange effects on textures and also at edges of objects in some scenes which remind me of (bad) video compression.
rulez added on the 2013-04-12 10:32:40 by pintcat pintcat
steampunk demo has combustion engine
excellent
rulez added on the 2013-04-13 00:17:31 by T$ T$
tbl, please respond!
rulez added on the 2013-04-13 03:01:46 by abductee abductee
yes, this rocks!
rulez added on the 2013-04-18 17:52:01 by ɧคɾɗվ. ɧคɾɗվ.
Very cool!
rulez added on the 2013-04-19 16:08:47 by bodo^rab bodo^rab
Great demo with extremely polished graphics&direction, but imo Human Traffic was much better demo.
My main complaint about S&M is recycling, it's clever, but still it's recycling in my book.
Then after watching the prod couple of times I've noticed the artifacts on 3D scenes, if they are from video compression, then as a coder I really dislike that.
P.S. 'Leafs in the wind' effect is so awesome :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-20 12:43:16 by Nitro/Black Sun Nitro/Black Sun
totally stunning demo with fantastic gfx!
rulez added on the 2013-04-20 18:22:51 by v3nom v3nom
Great stuff obviously, but a bit too stretched out for my taste
rulez added on the 2013-04-26 16:16:40 by toxie toxie
superb! (except for the scrolly angle of the greetings scene -- hardly readable)
rulez added on the 2013-04-28 02:14:06 by xyz xyz
Cool demo!
rulez added on the 2013-04-30 16:42:47 by BiTL BiTL
Magic story!
rulez added on the 2013-04-30 21:07:36 by VBI VBI
Ah screw it, I can't be arsed to plug in my 060. Rulez!
rulez added on the 2013-05-25 22:52:13 by grip grip
Very clever use of effects used to meld with the 2D gfx so that they work together as one. Good atmosphere and quality in every way.
rulez added on the 2013-05-25 23:16:53 by keito keito
<3
rulez added on the 2013-05-26 00:52:38 by ccr ccr
wonderful. your scroller ain't readable, though.
rulez added on the 2013-06-13 15:43:55 by iks iks
Superb!
rulez added on the 2013-06-13 15:54:30 by RDS RDS
A bit too long, but the steampunk theme is a nice choice :)
rulez added on the 2013-07-25 18:03:42 by rez rez
Nice mix of 2D/3D, coherent theme, good music. Scroller is utterly unreadable.
rulez added on the 2013-07-26 19:29:08 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
nice
rulez added on the 2013-07-28 07:04:24 by provod provod
Cool! :)
rulez added on the 2013-11-29 12:15:01 by kjb kjb
The best AGA demo in 2013.
rulez added on the 2013-11-30 17:36:14 by Flops Flops
Am I *seriously* the only guy who has noticed this demo is RIDDLED with pre-rendered scenes?
sucks added on the 2013-12-03 05:16:35 by bagnz0r bagnz0r
Quote:
Am I *seriously* the only guy...


No, but you're probably one of the few who thinks that being 100% realtime is the only aspect whether or not a demo rules.
added on the 2013-12-03 07:05:57 by d0DgE d0DgE
Quote:
Am I *seriously* the only guy...


*gasp* No!

Plus what Punqtured said, basically.
rulez added on the 2013-12-03 10:06:54 by revival revival
rulez added on the 2013-12-20 22:33:07 by Gʀɪʍʍy Gʀɪʍʍy
Quote:
No, but you're probably one of the few who thinks that being 100% realtime is the only aspect whether or not a demo rules.


The thing is -- there is way too much pre-render. I would not complain if there was a little bit. Hell I can probably get away with making a demo that's 80% pre-rendered.
added on the 2014-01-07 08:25:30 by bagnz0r bagnz0r
Quote:
Hell I can probably get away with making a demo that's 80% pre-rendered.


You either talk the talk or walk the walk.
added on the 2014-02-27 16:09:47 by d0DgE d0DgE
I don't care how they did it. I like it, and saw it live at Revision 2013. The only shame here is how long it took me to get around to thumbing it up! This prod rocks.
rulez added on the 2014-03-06 09:31:33 by Starchaser Starchaser
Simple but catchy demo-theme, not too many scenes nor objects, but the final results is a real pleasure to watch and to listen to.
Impressive demonstration. Great music! Nice gfx!
Thank you dudes!
rulez added on the 2014-05-04 20:55:30 by sim sim
Anything that has Nikola Tesla in it - is fine by me!
Very good stuff !!!
rulez added on the 2014-07-15 14:04:07 by DJM/DTA DJM/DTA
Yay, animations presented as effects, what else is new.
sucks added on the 2014-08-23 02:38:29 by Photon Photon
Just because the design and the tune rock, I don't care how it's made...it's Amiiiiigaaaaah :)
rulez added on the 2014-08-23 04:24:19 by Triace Triace
prerendered gives this the meh
Was very pleasant to watch!!
rulez added on the 2015-03-22 01:19:05 by norecess norecess
I love that steampunk style! Nice guitars, too!
rulez added on the 2015-04-09 21:57:55 by novel novel
Yes, prerendered somewhere, but this is a trade-off to be that faast.
Some very nice artwork pictures inside.
And makes overall very positive and pleasant impression.
rulez added on the 2015-09-25 09:07:01 by lvd lvd
What a wonderful demo! The design is top-notch - steampunk always looks too damn cool on screen - and the music track is a perfect example of how to use guitars without making them SCREAM!! :)
rulez added on the 2015-11-16 18:06:16 by animehaus animehaus

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