Solstice by Valhalla
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release date : november 1995
release party : Wired 1995
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
  • 70
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  • 1
popularity : 67%
  • 0.95
  • 2
alltime top: #1213
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Phong shading makes it good!
My favoritest demo from Valhalla! Great 3d algos like phong shading, a 3d stonehenge with flare effects and especially that great mirrored and bump mapped crystal sphere at the screenshot!

I love very much the music from Big Jim too..
added on the 2001-03-08 14:53:28 by Optimus Optimus
It ownz ur Geforce3 =)
rulez added on the 2001-10-24 14:47:51 by Optimus Optimus
rulez added on the 2002-09-15 15:10:52 by diver diver
I love it.
Phong shading is beautiful.
Music is beautiful.
rulez added on the 2002-11-10 05:14:40 by HeLLoWorld HeLLoWorld
rulez added on the 2003-02-09 17:21:53 by gg|rhg gg|rhg
well, it's not phong shading you poor fools...
It's just plain-out-of-the-box-ordinary-vanilla environment mapping. And tha lens-flare's fake to (it doesn't get affected when occluded by other objects) but well, hey...
rulez added on the 2003-04-27 03:14:52 by sofokles sofokles
don't you read the paper? everything is fake, but valhalla is still valhalla. :)
rulez added on the 2003-04-27 03:35:19 by gloom gloom
Divine music and divine env-mapped fake phong stone (not to mention the reflections).
rulez added on the 2003-11-30 01:21:59 by Preacher Preacher
no choice, another thumb up
rulez added on the 2004-01-16 11:57:51 by makc makc
Excellent demo with excellent music as usual with Valhalla :)
rulez added on the 2004-10-02 18:29:11 by keops keops
Great piece of code. Envmapping to the max
rulez added on the 2005-01-22 16:01:16 by the_Ye-Ti the_Ye-Ti
A Classic!
Great use of 13h colors, quick routines and cute harmonious music.
This is beauty.
rulez added on the 2005-06-03 05:10:17 by bdk bdk
...hint: the soundtrack is in the file SOLSTICE.MOO (wich is a mod) and contains the greetings of Big Jim, the composer :)
added on the 2005-06-03 05:16:36 by bdk bdk
not really my cup of tea, but a nice piece of code/music/design.
rulez added on the 2005-08-11 14:49:52 by rez rez
The bump-mapped objects rocked!
rulez added on the 2005-09-08 22:55:55 by shash shash
Solid demo for its time.
rulez added on the 2005-09-09 20:06:09 by exocet exocet
i loved it at the time, the music was really good. i'm pretty sure i wouldn't like it much anymore. :)
rulez added on the 2005-10-11 15:34:04 by chavez chavez
Good job.
rulez added on the 2005-12-12 08:19:21 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
nice demo.
rulez added on the 2006-06-20 22:01:55 by anesthetic anesthetic
rulez added on the 2007-01-25 16:10:00 by Radiant Radiant
I really loved this back in the days. Great demo, and wonderful music.
rulez added on the 2007-02-26 04:04:36 by Anders_A Anders_A
Great coup de cour
added on the 2007-07-18 17:52:43 by Optimus Optimus
totally forgot that this thing even existed..
rulez added on the 2007-07-18 18:01:22 by toxie toxie
Old-skool soft rendering like in this demo can be much more tasteful than modern shader v 42 GFX.
rulez added on the 2007-07-19 02:51:14 by nitro2k01 nitro2k01
rulez added on the 2007-07-19 03:25:51 by parcelshit parcelshit
Damn, haven't commented yet. A great demo with some really lurvly music.
rulez added on the 2007-07-19 13:46:50 by britelite britelite
i loved it
rulez added on the 2007-07-19 21:09:12 by pasy pasy
definitively a coup de cour!
rulezcdc added on the 2007-07-20 02:50:04 by oldaccount oldaccount
ahhhh... good old days... I better don't watch it again and keep it in my mind as I remember it :)
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 05:25:30 by mrdoob mrdoob
What can I say.. a classic.
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 08:12:41 by melw melw
Nice visuals and very suitable music
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 09:24:25 by JAC! JAC!
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 09:55:36 by p01 p01
Never watched this before! Really great for its time!
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 10:23:39 by raer raer
The music was sooooo cool. The graphics were really neat (good object normals). Me like. :)
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 10:32:22 by TomS4wy3R TomS4wy3R
A worthy choice for the pouet CDC.
added on the 2007-07-20 10:58:34 by Preacher Preacher
Crashes everytime at Valhalla Screen even with DOSBox
sucks added on the 2007-07-20 13:19:57 by Shiranai Shiranai
dunno when I watched this.. really impressive.
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 13:25:12 by mad mad
@Unkown: It works for me in DOSBox 0.70. So there is no real reason thumbing it down.. :)
added on the 2007-07-20 13:57:39 by raer raer
Thumbing something down because you can't get it to work in an emulator must be the epitome of lameness.
added on the 2007-07-20 14:20:48 by Radiant Radiant
Unknown: did it occur to you that YOU might have done something wrong?
added on the 2007-07-20 14:27:02 by keops keops
Ah, Wired '95 ... why have I missed thumbing this up yet?
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 14:33:36 by kb_ kb_
Reminds me of someone giving one star at Nectarine for a tune because he didn't know how to play a .mod
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 14:45:23 by Serpent Serpent
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 14:56:18 by las las
Good code and music.
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 15:01:12 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
a shining moment from the old britscene. mostly a show of 3d effects (but hey, bump map with reflection was great for '95), but the music is uplifting, the transitions are good, and some 2d fakemode is thrown in for good measure. so why the hell would you thumb this down if you can't get it to work in an emulator?
rulez added on the 2007-07-20 15:11:41 by phoenix phoenix
The Farnar/Nostalgia mentioned in the .nfo file should actually be Farang/Nostalgia, but I'm gonna thumb it up anyhow :-)
rulez added on the 2007-07-22 12:59:06 by sparcus sparcus
Solid multipart demo and the .mod is so cool
btw works fine with Dosbox 0.7
rulez added on the 2007-07-24 22:31:23 by BackSpace BackSpace
I cant believe I never saw this. Classic.
rulez added on the 2007-07-25 14:38:40 by Rubicante Rubicante
Ooh, this was pretty cool IIRC. How come I haven't thumbed this up yet...
rulez added on the 2007-07-25 15:18:19 by teel teel
nice one and VALHALLA : )
rulez added on the 2007-07-27 07:20:15 by gr gr
rulez added on the 2007-07-28 15:55:22 by evil evil
for old memories...
rulez added on the 2007-08-05 20:19:23 by thec thec
i wonder why it's cdc... but still rocks :)
added on the 2007-08-08 22:06:35 by makc makc
hadn't voted :)
rulez added on the 2007-08-10 18:08:31 by Jcl Jcl
nice and enjoyable!
rulez added on the 2007-08-10 20:09:45 by piksi piksi
The fakemode plasma and environment mapped objects are gorgeous. The other parts aren't of the same quality, but the excellent soundtrack helps bring up the overall quality of the demo.
rulez added on the 2007-08-10 20:40:28 by Gordon Bennett Gordon Bennett
one of the first demo i saw :)
rulez added on the 2008-02-19 15:40:41 by zefyros zefyros
great soundtrack and nice effects
rulez added on the 2008-11-29 11:39:53 by hollowman hollowman
Great demo. Very good sound
rulez added on the 2008-11-29 12:59:14 by Chainsaw Chainsaw
simple fx used best
rulez added on the 2009-02-25 03:43:04 by T$ T$
Nice envy-map, fake-truecolor, great music
rulez added on the 2009-03-30 17:39:06 by bitl bitl
missing thumb
rulez added on the 2009-06-19 14:09:09 by noby noby
Still stands up quite well today, the polar effects are particularly nice.
rulez added on the 2009-08-23 16:27:15 by Shockwave Shockwave
Good one!
rulez added on the 2009-12-28 14:53:31 by RA RA
The music really helps elevate this above other prods at the time. Kudos to Big Jim.
rulez added on the 2010-08-10 10:15:03 by jonnyram jonnyram
rulez added on the 2010-11-21 01:05:28 by spritus spritus
rulez added on the 2010-12-23 23:14:30 by Negostrike Negostrike
a bit onedimensional contentwise but obviously good code (though i just hate the shaky cams in the beginning, prolly the precision issue)
rulez added on the 2010-12-23 23:31:31 by superplek superplek
From 1995... I don't know when exactly I saw it the first time, must've been in my teens...I was discovering demos.
I'm 29 now.
Could not know that today it would give me the chills...still.
Thank you.
I'd love to see a win2 port.
rulez added on the 2011-04-10 16:51:59 by tomba tomba
slick stuff O_O
rulez added on the 2012-01-19 19:14:03 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Some pretty hardcore stuff for '95. :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-02 11:40:39 by tomaes tomaes
Year is 2014 and this one still holds in my long term memories :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-27 12:29:31 by andwan0 andwan0
not bad, music is average but some of the effects make up for that.
rulez added on the 2014-09-24 00:15:46 by keito keito
Yes, this prod rulez.
I's been 21 years since this demo was relased.
And still kicking! Especially music!
rulez added on the 2016-05-18 21:09:45 by thePink thePink
I totally missed this for 21 years, so here is thumb.
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 19:55:22 by Emod Emod
Very good technology, even impressive for it's time, but together with soundtrack does not build a complete idea.
added on the 2019-10-30 21:07:54 by vdr vdr
Nice demo
rulez added on the 2020-06-20 16:40:35 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
neat one, and the music is more than awesome :)
rulez added on the 2023-05-31 12:56:31 by wbcbz7 wbcbz7
everything I hate about demos of the period but god damn is it great
rulez added on the 2023-05-31 13:05:59 by ferris ferris

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