Majic 12/Reviews

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Ray of Hope (1991, 23.02, ECS File)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Unfortunately I wasn't able to run this M12 demo. I tried both KillAGA and TUDE's degrade option, but it still kept guru'ing with a 0000000E error. Too bad. The partial information is extracted from text I found in the depacked file.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.
Note: Does not work.

Ray of Hope 2 (1991, 07.09, ECS Trackmo)

Review by Glenn Lunder

The first thing that strikes me about RAY 2 is that the in-between font is very good. It's very Global Trash-y... Anyway, it opens with some blue/black interference, like in the original, followed by what it calls 'copper magic'. I rather like this effect, it's perhaps the best implementation ever, and the only part of the demo where the music coincides with the effects. If only the powerful part of the music had lasted a little longer... Next we're given what they call 'a boring sinusplotter'. They're right. Next is the real showstopper of the demo: a new kind of RGB plasma! Actually I don't think I've ever seen this effect replicated? Anyway, M12 were first! A very good effect, and one that makes this one notable. Next is another highlight; a BIG gorgeous logo by Rack. It's not hard to see why he became a living legend back in those days. The rest of the demo is rather unexciting. The tune is another thing worth noting here; it's a bizarre mixture indeed, ranging from great to just plain nondescript. The pan pipes have POWER; the pling-plong shit has only the power to irritate. Noteworthy, but not great.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.
Note: WORKS(!) with TUDE's Degrade option. ADL suckerz!

Techno Intro (1992, .05, ECS Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Techno-Intro is its name. I should perhaps mention that I hate techno? OK, I'll admit that I like SOME of the stuff - like Clawz' tunes. However, even I can hear the difference between original and downright 'let's do what they do' tunes. This one falls into the latter category.
The rest of this intro, though, is pretty un-techno. It's not UGLY, but won't set anyone on fire with enthusiasm either. It's a pretty standard little intro that's way too big for what it offers.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0 -- Note: Needs KillAGA.