Elven 11/Reviews

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Another Rainy Day (1996, 28.12, AGA 4k Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

"ARD" is a really good 4k'er, actually! It opens with a bumpmapped Elven logo, and continues with what looks like an inverted voxel - with creaters rather than hills. This is followed by some blooming, mathematically created shapes in beautiful colors, before another bump example with a moveable lightsource. The show is rounded off with a real showstopper; a real good voxel routine. The entire 4k intro is set to a 'soundtrack' that sounds a lot like a heartbeat. E11 certainly managed to cram a lot into this small space, and here's one reviewer who's certainly looking forward to the next one! =)
tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.1.

Smart (1997, 30.03, AGA 4MB HD Multifile)

Review by Glenn Lunder

"Smart" is short but sweet, with good effects and excellent design. It opens with an atmospheric intro sequence, with a 'motion blurred starfield', over which the credits are overlayed. The combination of this and the stringbased music at this point makes it remind me of the intro sequence for Andromeda's mindblasting "Nexus 7" [12/94]!
It continues with a travel down a bumpmapped triangle tunnel, some very colorful truecolor 'motionblurring crossfade' and 1x1 18bit truecolor bumpmapping! The strengths of "Smart" lies in two things; its superior design and its effort to push the limits of resolution and color. Ofcourse, Parsec's commercial quality techno soundtrack is no drawback either! However, its length is also a small drawback...a demo that doesn't last more than a little while is not a party winner. If this is anything to go by, then I expect E11 to produce a truly great piece of demo entertainment sometime soon!
Multifile is a little misleading, as it's just a small executable and a large data file. Though it will work on all 020+ AGA machines, it requires at least 030-25 to maintain effect synchronisation.
tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.