Arsantica by Desire [web]
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release date : april 2014
release party : Revision 2014
compo : oldskool demo
ranked : 5th
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popularity : 61%
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alltime top: #2560
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nice gfx!
reminds me Robotech
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 14:44:51 by EviL EviL
Finally some gfx from Premium and not just ace music! And ALien pheew. Great stuff.
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 15:06:35 by Rebb Rebb
Tested on space panda's .. Keep on going Desire!
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 15:08:17 by magic magic
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 15:19:36 by Baudsurfer Baudsurfer
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 15:41:31 by Morden Morden
Yesterday we presented our latest demo for 130XE. Here is a video of the competition version only as I will release final next couple of days. I simply forgot the credits scroller in the end

Code: heaven
Gfx: alien, bokanoid, jac, lowlife, premium, no-xs
Msx: bewu, triace

Tools used:

wudsn, mads, rmt, g2f, xboot128 by xxl, turbo basic XL

Would be a nice game
Superb, loved to see how this grow over time.
added on the 2014-04-20 15:50:37 by Ramon B5 Ramon B5
And here YouTube http://youtu.be/qE-UrcmsbeU
great music the solo sometimes sounds so fat its ammazing. phat code & gfx aswell.
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 16:26:20 by Oswald Oswald
My favourite from the compo. Some scene switches are kind of weird, but the design is great.
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 16:33:11 by Trilkk Trilkk
they are weird because the music stops when loading the next part .. next time i will draw less gfx so Heaven has more room for code =)
added on the 2014-04-20 16:47:53 by alien^PDX alien^PDX
@oswald thx. I had no transitions and the used loader does not allow music while loading... ;) but sequel planned. You know what we are discussing at formatwar.net ;)

Interesting that the realtime radial fire is the most advanced part ;)
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 19:36:47 by Iapetus Iapetus
Yeah.... :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 20:23:20 by crayon crayon
Yeah. It looks unfinished, but it's the 1st time to see an A8 Demo that uses the right features of the A8 for creating working visual FX. Even POKEY usage is better than average. It's in the combination. Thanks.
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 21:23:54 by emkay emkay
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 21:24:05 by sINk sINk
http://youtu.be/eY_YsoR11d8 with better encoding and having all voices in the last part msx.
I simply love the graphics, all of them and the ideas. "If it's not 4 colors, it's not oldschool". I don't think any Atari 8-bit demo had so many pixel graphics included. Looking forward to the final! And no, this is no self-vote as Heaven only used a font I did in 1989. And hopefull it will no longer be needed in the final :-)
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 22:19:33 by JAC! JAC!
rulez added on the 2014-04-20 22:59:44 by evills evills
Oh yes... Arsantica... that's south of the south polar circle, right..? ;)

Excellent graphics put to good use... I have a thing for space demos :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 01:38:59 by Photon Photon
Thank you.
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 02:53:23 by SubV SubV
Great job Heaven! :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 03:10:40 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
nice music, but nothing interesting around fxes.
added on the 2014-04-21 04:42:19 by g0blinish g0blinish
Great stuff! I love it!
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 07:51:24 by hedning hedning
This? Boring...
added on the 2014-04-21 09:13:34 by aki aki
Thumb up for the storyline and for capturing the very essence of the "Alien" movies.
And for the platform, too, hellyeah.
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 09:24:54 by fra fra
That was something!
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 10:06:38 by Emod Emod
I appreciate the effort of programming for the XL! The abilities of coders never ceases to amaze me and the same goes for the gfx and msx.
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 11:24:38 by KiLLraVeN_DSR KiLLraVeN_DSR
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 13:34:14 by s7ing_ATZ s7ing_ATZ
Simply awesome, I love the graphics and the music.
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 17:10:09 by Lonewolf10 Lonewolf10
Good work on this one, nice chiptune :).
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 18:41:36 by 4pLaY 4pLaY
Just to give non atarians some insights

Btw. Demo imho shows off why Lucasfilm Atari games stood out of the crowed... They used and combined all Atari features cleverly so did I.

There are NO new school tricks involved... All out of the box features:

- mode10 - 9 color mode for desire logo 4:1 aspect ratio
- mode9 for the raycaster and using sprite overlays (16 shade mode)
- unlimited bobs... 96x58 full screen in again mode10
- 160x240 4 col screen with some sprite overlays (no Raster irqs)
- loading scroller using VBL only
- planet screen mixing gr.15 4col panels with sprite underplays with mode9 and multicolor PMs overlays left/right. (Main inspiration Star Raiders 2) Shaking done with altering display list. 160x240 resolution. Planet appearing with altering display list, same scrolling and distorting of the planet surface... For Amiga coders display list=copper list
- battleship 4 color in charmode. Simple color cycling for engine fire. Shaking with Hscrol and Vscrol. 2 multicolor sprite comets
- 3d warp tunnel mixing again same modes like the surface part. No shaking here because no CPU time left to run it in 50 fps. Mixing 4 col 160x mode with 16 shade mode. Square pixel 4:4 done via display list.
- 160x96 realtime radial bitmap fire with Sprite scroller. Mirroring done via hardware = copper list ;)
- flickering 160x240 4 col corridor with random color changes

Alien who did the gfx wanted to use 3 colors only for all artwork. On a 256 col machine... So don't blame me ;)

I am just telling that to show how clever you can do nice looking games etc by only using build in features when having good artists. And of course the msx done by BeWu which was written exclusively for the demo.

While watching the revision videos... Well... When strollers appear I am loading next part. I am using 128kb ram banks to preload stuff like ram disk. Each fx would run on 64k machine.

Last but not least.... Why no irq loader. On A8 it is not easy to have stuff running esp music while loading because pokey who does I/o needs 2 sound channels for serial interrupts. And I played around with using XXLs track loader but failed as I am using low ram. Means $0800 ff. and XXL has a boot loader which can handle such low ram but uses OS disk routines and therefor no music while loading possible. More info http://xxl.atari.pl

Inspiration sources from my side:

- axelay on snes
- Electra glide
- koronis rift by lucasfilm
- rescue on fractious intro by lucasfilm
- star raiders 2
- turrican 2 intro
nice demo, good gfx (as expected)
rulez added on the 2014-04-21 22:38:50 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
and now u tell me it has 256 colors..


and yes fra, thank u for recognising. both movie and machine are from the same year ;) just check the 'no escape' timelapse for a hidden reference ;)

here i have some timelapses of the pixelwork on this.



No escape

the end
added on the 2014-04-21 22:48:17 by alien^PDX alien^PDX
Gool prods! Great graphics!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 08:21:29 by at0m at0m
Solid demo. Nice, consistent graphics and design. One of my favorites from this competition.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 08:29:05 by slayer slayer
Nice graphics going on here.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 10:16:40 by elend elend
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 11:46:31 by dstar dstar
a solid production
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 12:09:20 by mueslee mueslee
Cute production. I loved the planet scene in the star ship. Beautiful graphics. Should have ranked higher.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 12:11:30 by neoman neoman
nice work mates.....looking forward to work on the next release ;)
added on the 2014-04-22 13:34:31 by Premium Premium
yup, should've ranked higher. nice work ;)
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 18:55:37 by oerg866 oerg866
Nice A800 Demo :)
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 21:59:36 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
Great work! Despite the tough competition I would've liked seeing this end up a bit higher.
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 22:32:05 by Alpha C Alpha C
Lovely demo - gfx, msx and design, ideas. I felt like Heaven ;) (kudos to Karolj Nadj). Real surprise from Revision!
rulez added on the 2014-04-22 23:50:59 by grey grey
Tough Competition if sth like this ends up 5th!
Everything rules in here.
But it feels unfinished...especially the abrupt absence of sound in the middle kills the mood.
rulez added on the 2014-05-02 02:31:18 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
This must have been quite a bit of work, great music, superb graphics and nice effects, rules!
rulez added on the 2014-05-02 09:50:33 by StingRay StingRay
rulez added on the 2014-05-02 09:55:56 by Virgill Virgill
seen this going from testfx videos to this, and i must say: great job.
rulez added on the 2014-05-02 18:56:31 by superplek superplek
not bad
rulez added on the 2014-05-02 19:40:54 by spritus spritus
Heaven did a great job as well as BeWu, Alien and all others. Proud to do a little contribution to this nice demo.

To avoid misunderstandings, I only did that little endpart tune, the good part of the soundtrack was done by Master BeWu.

Final is in the Making btw.
added on the 2014-05-05 23:48:28 by Triace Triace
Really pleased to see such a cool demo on XL =)
rulez added on the 2014-05-06 18:34:17 by hylst hylst
was cool to see this thing grow....and thx for letting me contribute ;) and thx alien for alienating my logo ;)
added on the 2014-05-06 21:56:40 by Premium Premium
nice stuff
rulez added on the 2014-05-07 10:53:52 by las las
thx to the admins to add the final version here.

this is my final version of Arsantica demo presented first at Revsion 2014 demo party and gained 5th place in oldscool compo.

changes to the compo edition:

- credits now included ;)
- loading sound while loading the parts ("IRQ loader")
- small timing issues fixed
- Tweaking logo fading
- alien corridor kicked of the compo edition so Triace' music can play longer and the credits scroller
Thanks for sharing the final version!
rulez added on the 2014-05-26 19:43:09 by twh twh

is the music somewhere separately for downloading available? Really awesome songs in this prod! congrats to TRiACE!!
added on the 2014-05-26 19:51:45 by twh twh


regarding main tune still awaiting the MP3 from Bartek.
Good stuff!
rulez added on the 2014-05-30 17:29:04 by Daniel Daniel
I guess the main problem is to make people clear what are the limits of the A8 and that it is originally a 70s computer. The resulting demo is more than people may recognize , when watching it. OR , in other words: This is more outstanding than a viewer may recognize. Particular the "going to planet crash" part.... This is really a great job. In GFX and music !!!......! ;)
If people knowed, they really would push it with more positive comments :)
added on the 2014-05-31 21:48:26 by emkay emkay
great music and pixel art. tested on animals!
freaking hell. this was nice. more scenes, less time per scene next time please :)
rulez added on the 2014-07-03 04:07:47 by iks iks
oh and sincere likings on your ascii like pixels at the end. this was really nice.
added on the 2014-07-03 04:08:15 by iks iks
still fascinated by the great music. I'm listening in endless mode the song of the last part .. very catchy !!
added on the 2014-07-05 19:52:58 by twh twh
@Triace: Thank you! Wonderfull song. I can enjoy it in an endless loop :)
added on the 2014-09-10 23:16:46 by twh twh
good shit
rulez added on the 2014-10-01 04:55:23 by gentleman gentleman
holy shit! what a nice demo and what a great music!
rulez added on the 2014-12-07 09:53:49 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Didn't know Atari 8 bit could sound like this!
rulez added on the 2015-05-13 16:37:54 by Alone_Coder Alone_Coder
Very nice effects which fit perfect to the story. Also thumb up for the great music.
rulez added on the 2015-07-23 21:52:45 by dissident dissident
- nice tunes
- some kickass feects
- interesting story told
so guess what it deserves.

Also, please add HD-quality utube if you can, since 240p utube obviously shits at times.
rulez added on the 2015-07-23 23:32:15 by lvd lvd
Nice overall!
rulez added on the 2015-08-02 22:39:10 by miker miker
rulez added on the 2019-07-23 23:40:22 by breeze breeze
Great graphics and presentation. The effects however dont impress me that much. Still, a nice polished production, so thumb it is.
rulez added on the 2019-11-07 22:27:47 by spkr spkr
obviously thumb up
rulez added on the 2021-02-02 16:26:38 by Blast! Blast!
Very nice!
rulez added on the 2021-02-23 10:39:55 by MKM MKM

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