Looker House/Reviews

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Deep Lies - Purptro #6 (1996, AGA Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

This intro was made just to address some lies LKR feels other groups and people had spread about them. Therefore it's just an opening logo, followed by an ok designed textplotter part, and an end logo. The most notable thing, I suppose, is the music. It gets my vote for weirdest MOD of 1996, for sure. How about some MUSIC? And besides, the use of eLEET lettering in the intro really bugs me. Please, people?
Can we confine that to the boards? nO rELEASE dATE aNYWHERE iN the iNTRO.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Enlight 96 Invitation (1996, Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Another production in the peculiar LKR style, but I like this one quite a lot! I guess it's the special graphics style that give all these LKR productions a look all of its own. Actually, it just struck me that these graphics are not entirely unlike something Ra might come up with!
The design is also nice; it looks like it was rushed but they managed to come up with some neat stuff anyway! The biggest asset of this invitation intro, though, is a great piece of music by Neurodancer. It's a kind of calm techno with a piano lead. Very very good!
Please note that this review caters for the fixed version. The original one didn't play any music on Amigas with fast RAM! :-/
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.

Northro (1996, 10.07, AGA Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

A lot more like a 'real' production than Deep Lies, this is a small intro to announce their new member Zinko and his BBS THE NORTHERN PALACE. It's not bad, with some nice design especially in the opening part, but it's not going to shake the world either.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Loony Tunes (1996, .10, AGA Musicfile)

Review by Glenn Lunder

First and foremost a plus to LKR for a different, slightly more elliptical design :) It's nice to see someone isn't thinking 'nice and square' when designing their productions. What we have here are some chippies from their new Swedish musician Tommy, none of which are anything outstanding.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

I Wonder If (1997, 11.05, AGA File)

Review by Glenn Lunder

This is not an intro or a demo, this is a piece of art. This amazing 'promotional intro' features a handdrawn animation that easily rivals what professionals create today. It's a surrealistic masterpiece. Once again, Looker House proves that they are uniquely different, and not afraid to think in new paths.
This intro was made to promote a new, forthcoming diskmagazine called "Insomnia". They are preparing the mag in cooperation with TRSI, and former "Suicid" editor Shade will be main editor of this new mag. It's a promising prospect, and if they can maintain the typical Looker House air of originality, it could well be that they've got a monster on their hands :) The accompanying text credits for music, but not a note left my speakers when I viewed it :( I'm basing the release date on the file dates of the archive, since no date appears in the intro or the text files that come with it.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Believe The Lie (1997, AGA File Demo)

Review by Glenn Lunder

LKR are a group that tries hard to be different, and to have productions that bear some kind of common mark. Sometimes they succeed, and sometimes they don't. In "BTL" they only succeed halfway. They also try hard to be original, and also do so to a certain degree. The palette choices are certainly something that can instantly make you recognize an LKR release, and BTL is not different here. That's a few plus points for trying to be original then, as well as an effect I don't believe I've ever seen before, sort of like a flame bursting out from the middle of the screen and dying away towards the edges. Real cool that one! Overall though, I'm afraid there's still not enough entertainment here to make this an essential download. Sorry.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.1.

Insomnia #2 (1998, 13.02, ECS/AGA 2MB Multifile Diskmag)

Review by Glenn Lunder

First impressions are very good, with a smashing title picture by Made/Bomb! The music could have been more inspiring, though.
Graphically, the mag looks like a cross between the standard Looker House offbeat abstract art design, ROM and late RAW. The mixture is not at all a bad one. Ofcourse, like all mags these days, this one also multitasks happily, making my job so much easier :)
The diskmag will happily run on any Amiga with at least 2MB of memory, though you don't get to see the welcome picture with a non-AGA machine.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.