MS-DOS, 320x200, sprites and only sprites...
Please note: the AVI's quality is quite poor.
I don't know a way to perform the video capture from an MS-DOS app, so I just set the TV-out as "primary monitor", wrote entire thing to the VHS video tape, and later captured back. Need I say, how "quality" this video source is, especially taking into account my cheap video capture card?.. Plus the powerful noise reducing filter applied afterwards.
Oh, and didn't I forget to mention that audio is slightly desynchronized?..
Video format: 328x244 (although the original screen resolution was 320x200), DivX MPEG4 AVI with MP3 audio.
Clip #1: Zmey Gorynych engagement
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Note - he completely ignores denture missiles hitting him, but just one mushroom changes things dramatically... Clip ends with bombing to MS-DOS command prompt due to array overflow (too many explosions in too short time). But hey, MS-DOS is dead, and I'm dancing on its grave. Farewell, my 64Kb limit, and rest in peace!
Clip #2: shooting the fir trees
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IMHO, the grass looks not bad. And explosions too. Clip ends with player killing self by point-blank shoot at the nearby spruce.
Ролик #3: drowning in the river
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Shooting the ogres across the river with mushroom gun. Mushrooms trow ogres off-balance and they slip into the river and drown. Then player drowns. Unfinished: there are no splashing sounds from ogres, and player drowning sound is just plain stupid...
Clip #4: perversion
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Ogre walks around and gropes the bondaged girls. The animation (standard attack) works wrong here, because the monster algorithms were in process of redesigning when I dropped the project. Ogre shouldn't continue to move when he attacks. Ends with killing the ogre with Magic Wand (he vanishes into thin air).
All screenshots made in 8-bit (256-color) mode, because Windows just can't capture screen in the more colorful 320x200x16...
Basic monster - an ogre, and basic melee weapon - the frying pan.
Basic missile weapon - the mushroom gun. (Such way, ammo scattered all arould looks much more realistic) And very nasty thing: mushrooms ricochet from anything but monsters, and yoh can easily kill yourself if use this gun in closed areas, he-he...
More powerful weapon - the dragon's dentures. Too short range but really devastating. Note the massive multi-sprite explosion - in dynamics it looks much more impressive than on this screenshot.
And most deadly (and funny) weapon - the magic wand. It's a melee weapon, but it exterminates any monster in one touch. Ogres vanish into thin air or t urn to mushrooms (which you later can pick as ammo for mushroom gun), spruces turn to cristmas trees, cheburashka-mutants (there's noone of them on these screenshots) turn to stone statues, and naked women turn to dressed ones.
Landscapes consist of absolutely flat ground with sprite trees rocks and rivers scattered on it. All building are made from sprites too...
Getting into water leads both player and monsters to imminent drowning - just look at these ogres shoot off the river shore.
The last picture - player drowning in quicksands ("You're dead")
The endboss - Zmey Gorynych (Russian three-headed dragon). Note, that only heads ale vulnerable and only to mushrooms! His own fire missiles as well as those from yor dragon-dentures just don't affect him!
Note also that initially he just randomly wanders around, ignoring the player - but after first mushroom hits, the musical theme from "Terminator" plays as Gorynych engages you.
The only way to kill him - circle-strafe and shoot from behind (he turns slowly).
Plus, full ammo load (66 mushrooms without cheats) isn't enough to finish him off - so you need to interrupt somewhere in the process and go find more mushrooms.
He just smashes anything on his way - the lesser monsters, trees, player...
...And last screenies on this page show us the elements of psychodelics and BDSM...