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8-bit graphics that really made you go 'wow' at the time

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:18 pm
by samuelpepys
I've always been a bit of a sucker for good graphics in games - many a title was bought based on the pictures on the back of the game box before sensibly reading a review.

I'm wondering which 8-bit software stands out in people's memories for making a real impression at the time of the game's release?

Some I'd go for...

Atari VCS - Skiing by Activision

Dragon 32 - 3D Seidabb Attack (was this by Hewson?)

C64 - Merry Christmas from Melbourne House (does anyone else remember this free adventure given away with a December C&VG?)

C64 - Rupert and the Toymaker's Party (Quicksilva)

C64 - Dallas (US Gold, on disk)

C64 - Winter Games (Epyx)

Most of mine would come from the C64 seeing as that's what I moved onto after the Dragon.

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:32 pm
by Spiff
I remember being wowed by a screenshot of Shadowfire in the first issue of Zzap... and that was 'cos of a metal grille that featured as a small piece of decoration!

As a C64 owner, was of course jealous of Ant Attack and Knightlore's graphics on the Spectrum.

Before that, was impressed with the sprites in the Atari VCS's H.E.R.O, a great selection for the humble machine.

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:41 pm
by SirClive
Probably an obvious one but Popeye and Trap Door on the speccy with full colour and no clash.

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:25 pm
by Mort
Probably Last Ninja,Koronis Rift and the Eidolon on the C64, closely followed by Fairlight on the Spectrum :-)

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:34 pm
by James A
Last Ninja on the C64 was amazing graphics at the time. Also Salamander had some great graphics and smooth gameplay plus good music to boot.

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:10 pm
by roberthazelby
Booty (Spectrum) - The animated sunset on the water shown on the initial splash screen once loaded and/or starting a new game. Also, the smoothly animated waves you could see going up and down through the portholes.

Knightlore (Spectrum) - I'd never seen graphics like these before, and I was absolutely stunned. So stunned in fact, that I can remember exactly where I was, who I was with, and what the weather was like when I saw this for the first time.

Myth (Spectrum) - Everything was just so wonderfully animated, and no colour clash to be seen.

Chase HQ (Spectrum) -The closest the Spectrum could get to the arcade version. Very impressive.

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 3:06 pm
by SirClive
I think the game was called Spectre on the Speccy and it had beautifully drawn characters

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:03 pm
by necronom
As a C64 owner, was of course jealous of Ant Attack and Knightlore's graphics on the Spectrum.
I don't really understand that. Click here for a comparison. I personally think the one on the left looks better.

Someone once said that the freescape games looked better on the Spectrum, so I tried them both. The Spectrum one ran much faster, but didn't look better at all.


Anyway, back to the question. I thought that Summer Games on the C64 looked amazing when it was released (and it still does). The Last Ninja was another one that looked fantastic.

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:44 pm
by andy vaisey
I was always bloody amazed by the main sprite animation in Impossible Mission on the C64, back in the days... 8)

Re:

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:31 pm
by roberthazelby
necronom wrote:
As a C64 owner, was of course jealous of Ant Attack and Knightlore's graphics on the Spectrum.
I don't really understand that. Click here for a comparison. I personally think the one on the left looks better.

:shock:

Lime green! Yuckety yuck! ;)

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:19 pm
by Sabreman
The Freescape games, but of course most notably Driller on the Speccy. I explored every nook and cranny of that game from every angle. I'd never felt that immersed in a gameworld before.

I also rather admired the style of the Dan Dare games on the Speccy, they just had a certain level of polish and great animation. Same could be said of the Gargoyle adventures (Tir Na Nog et. al.).

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:35 pm
by AmazingJas
C64-Turrican
censored Smith Wizzard/Creativision: Tank Attack
NES-Contra
PC-Command & Conquer
GameCube-Donkey Konga:Jungle Beat

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:28 am
by Dizrythmia
Titus the Fox on Amstrad CPC. Finally got to play it a few months ago & was a bit disappointed with the actual game itself though.....

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:56 am
by revgiblet
Karateka on the C64. Amazing animation, and you can see the seeds of Prince of Persia there too.

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:02 am
by planetmatt
Strider - MD It was the arcade

Links - PC As photorealistic as MCGA would allow