Down by Life on Mars
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release date : june 2014
release party : Sundown 2014
compo : oldskool demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 63%
  • 0.83
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alltime top: #1895
added on the 2014-06-21 22:58:16 by introspec introspec

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rulez added on the 2014-06-21 23:00:46 by g0blinish g0blinish
nice tunnels!
rulez added on the 2014-06-21 23:11:41 by gentleman gentleman
expected more strobo after the warning :D
rulez added on the 2014-06-21 23:14:58 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
this was nice!
rulez added on the 2014-06-21 23:18:26 by keito keito
rulez added on the 2014-06-21 23:22:09 by n1k-o n1k-o
We wait final version with easter eggs! ;-)
rulez added on the 2014-06-21 23:34:00 by nyuk nyuk
I am sorry everyone if this party version hangs on your ZX Spectrum clone.
I'll prepare a properly tested and disked final version asap.
added on the 2014-06-21 23:35:10 by introspec introspec
such demo! very effect! woow!

please provide us details about this gfx engine (resolution, framerate, technology)
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 00:15:52 by ded^RMDA ded^RMDA
this was amazing on the big screen - I have no idea how technical it was, but it ROCKED!
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 00:23:28 by spiny spiny
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 00:51:15 by Noby Noblnoch Noby Noblnoch
Very good looking demo! I hope, this is not animation ? :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 01:01:18 by alffcpu alffcpu
alffcpu, let me assure you, there is nothing in this demo, which is NOT an animation :)
The only technically interesting thing here is an asynchronous kernel, which plays animations from one buffer and unpacks new animations from another at the same time. All animations are designed with the idea that inverted frames are also frames, so that you get to play 4 frames at the price of storing two by inverting attributes.
added on the 2014-06-22 01:16:28 by introspec introspec
Wow !!
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 03:26:48 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
Cool! Enjoyed it on the stream.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 07:15:57 by hedning hedning
hard 5!!!
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 07:46:04 by psndcj//tbk psndcj//tbk
Yep, I assumed it was animation. Most of these can be animated, it's repeative few frames. But I liked the overall flow. I liked also the noise touch. It somehow makes it look better.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 08:08:23 by Optimus Optimus
rulezcdc added on the 2014-06-22 08:56:40 by VBI VBI
Introspek, menos mal que finalmente cambiou de idea e deixou de facer calquera entrada innecesaria. Agora chegou a un novo nivel - DEMO. Agora creceu, só creceu, e iso é importante! Olle primeira demo e inmediatamente o primeiro posto, e non hai moito tempo sobre as alzas que ten AAA levantada. Agora grande! Vostede bombeado!
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 09:07:38 by 3ASOFT 3ASOFT
awesome looks, next time make it realtime for my thumb,
added on the 2014-06-22 09:48:59 by Oswald Oswald
great prod!
more like this please :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 09:56:20 by jok jok
Cool demo!
Gypnotic & psychotropic.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 10:35:22 by Kakos_nonos Kakos_nonos
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 10:48:11 by kempy kempy
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 11:21:56 by aki aki
I love this style of demo :D The noise is good too, gives it a really nice raw look.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 11:36:27 by psonice psonice
Really enjoyable.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 12:19:44 by Shifter Shifter
What spiny said.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 12:25:15 by mantratronic mantratronic
somehow felt like finally someone ported Jesus on E's to the speccy...a little long and repetitive, but great fun to watch
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 12:47:09 by Triace Triace
what Oswald said!
added on the 2014-06-22 12:53:53 by baah baah
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 13:23:55 by Buckethead Buckethead
Lovely stuff.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 13:51:01 by Preacher Preacher
Nice mood.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 17:17:11 by Moving along Moving along
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 21:00:54 by YERZMYEY/H-PRG YERZMYEY/H-PRG
Animation or not, I liked the design. Not too bad music either.
rulez added on the 2014-06-22 21:15:36 by break break
Music and visuals are way too repetitive, got bored after a while.
added on the 2014-06-22 22:00:07 by StingRay StingRay
took me so long to make a comment, because i wanted to say something worthy and fit. and i didn't think of anything better than: it seems that this demo have just completely destroyed those idiotic boundaries between "code" and "animation"which seems to remain only on zx spectrum nowadays. it almost finished that greatest deal that tbk+4d started years and years ago.
we all still have much to do in that direction. but for today - just applause and hail to the supernova of zx!
rulez added on the 2014-06-23 07:52:28 by sq sq
Super nice :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-23 14:50:26 by evilpaul evilpaul
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rulez added on the 2014-06-23 15:41:56 by ton ton
color me impressed! i can't tell how difficult the grafic part was (since i don't know the hardware) and it's quite cool ... but HOLY SHIT the soundtrack is awesome <3

really great overall!
rulez added on the 2014-06-23 16:25:07 by HellMood HellMood
i love the noise effect and overall style. i don't usually like animation, but this one is very good.
rulez added on the 2014-06-23 17:11:17 by randomi randomi
Nice design and music.
rulez added on the 2014-06-23 19:08:23 by at0m at0m
Awesome !
added on the 2014-06-23 22:44:45 by Ziutek Ziutek
nice design, music, excelent tunnel, cool prods
rulez added on the 2014-06-23 22:48:20 by Ziutek Ziutek
well sync'd and thought of prod, just my cup of tea :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-23 23:37:12 by dv$ dv$
It could be cool effect for 1k (or well, 4k) prod. I'm not sure if remaining 100kb of data are worth of those 6 or so simplistic pictures that flash sometimes.

Also, music is rather old and reused: http://zxtunes.com/author.php?id=195 -- look for "Shiz0ide.pt2", direct link: zxtunes.com/downloads.php?id=8924
added on the 2014-06-24 14:12:44 by lvd lvd
lvd, in my book "reused" means "has been used elsewhere". Has it really been used elsewhere or did you mean to say "previously released"?

Your remark about 1k or 4k is genuinely funny and much appreciated. Would love to see you try.
added on the 2014-06-24 14:51:35 by introspec introspec
Cool, cool indeed!
rulez added on the 2014-06-24 14:59:31 by Logout Logout
If there is one thing I love in a demo is SYNC!! bloody great and a worthy winner of the compo.
rulez added on the 2014-06-25 20:33:38 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
Interesting visuals :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-26 12:29:58 by Dbug Dbug
I think this was probably my favourite prod from Sundown. It's a close call between this and Gasman's entry, but I think this just pips it for me. It looked really polished and keep me fixated on the screen the whole time. Very nice indeed! I will be hunting down some more of Introspec's stuff, that I've missed before. Looking forward to the next release :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-26 13:38:07 by raizor raizor
A final, proper, post-party fixed edition is now available. It looks pretty much identical, but is compatible with the vast majority of 128K ZX Spectrum clones out there. It also supports TR-DOS.

A tiny Easter egg has also been added (especially for nyuk).
added on the 2014-06-28 11:43:28 by introspec introspec
Hmm... after this demo I feel a bit tired (it really hypnotizing!). This patterns and animations are great (as music also), so grab a thumb up by me :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-28 17:15:16 by wbcbz7 wbcbz7
rulez added on the 2014-07-02 16:15:43 by fyrex fyrex
really loved this one.
rulez added on the 2014-07-02 16:23:56 by iks iks
Very cool.
rulez added on the 2014-07-02 23:28:48 by Baudsurfer Baudsurfer
Not bad. :)
added on the 2014-07-05 16:50:52 by AntDude AntDude
very stylish!
rulez added on the 2014-07-07 15:16:27 by utz utz
Normally I don't like pure animations because demos are all about realtime, but I love the looks and the great sync in this one! I only wish it had more "effects", i.e. variation. But great tune!
rulez added on the 2014-07-08 20:45:21 by Kylearan Kylearan
the way to animate!
added on the 2014-07-12 13:06:33 by evills evills
rulez added on the 2014-07-13 18:05:22 by _10b0 _10b0
added on the 2014-07-13 23:42:05 by Daniel Daniel
rulez added on the 2014-07-17 04:50:46 by lchbbr lchbbr
somehow I forgot to thumb up
rulez added on the 2014-07-17 09:19:54 by evills evills
Nice one.
rulez added on the 2014-07-19 16:48:06 by violator violator
let me assure you, there is nothing in this demo, which is NOT an animation :)

Extra plus point for being explicit! In first 2 minutes were nice and with a proper ending at that point the almost thumb would have been a definitive thumb. So keep 'em coming.
added on the 2014-07-19 23:06:58 by JAC! JAC!
Good going!
rulez added on the 2015-06-30 21:09:35 by cce cce
Не смотря на название которое просит поставить палиц вниз я ставлю вверх. Мне нравитс\я
rulez added on the 2015-07-24 18:46:51 by Medikoment Medikoment
No code, old music, dirt all over the screen. I'm not afraid of thumbing down.
sucks added on the 2015-07-24 19:10:57 by Alone_Coder Alone_Coder
Oh, how could I miss voting for this prod?..

Alone: дохлый верблюд ползущий по дороге, это конеш круче.
rulez added on the 2015-07-24 19:17:03 by TS-Labs TS-Labs
Pretty fun but I got bored halfway through. Repeats itself just a bit too much.
added on the 2015-07-29 20:11:42 by stijn stijn
black and white has a right to life :)
rulez added on the 2015-09-13 20:50:11 by SerzhSoft SerzhSoft
What Alone_Coder said.
and yeah, free glöp.
sucks added on the 2015-10-28 14:18:25 by lvd lvd
rulez added on the 2015-10-29 07:14:07 by MC68k MC68k
Proper meininki. Very smart design, not overtly complicated.
rulez added on the 2015-12-15 08:49:01 by noby noby
Once in the blue moon I would like to make such a precise designed and synced up demo. I clearly remember how I was speechless when I saw it for first time.
rulez added on the 2016-09-14 22:33:57 by mborik mborik
I like it, albeit being a bit repetitive
rulez added on the 2019-12-06 12:00:30 by spkr spkr
I've been binge-watching demos recently and wondered if I ever thumbed up this one. Well, I'm doing that now. It's very polished and ironically, after a decade of multicolor engine exploration it kind of stands out. It's a neat little demo with hypnotic quality if you watch it in a dark room on a big screen.
rulez added on the 2023-02-03 14:39:49 by baze baze

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