Mellow Chips/Reviews

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Jees! (1996, 28.04, AGA HD Multifile)

Review by Glenn Lunder

The worst thing about this, to start, is the graphics. I'm sorry, people, but you need to get better painters! The graphics here are just not up to scratch... Try to draw individual pixels next time, and go a little easier on the smoothing tools :)
The code is not the best either, it's the usual C2P stuff. We've seen it a million times, and almost always better than this. The music suffers from the same syndrome, actually. Been there, heard that a million times.
Originality and quality is what these guys need to look into. It's like they've tried to make the demos they love themselves, but haven't got the talent or the skill. Still, practice makes perfect. The bad news is that these guys will need a lot of practice.
Will run on standard A1200, but benefits greatly from a 030+
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Dose (1997, 04.10, AGA 8MB HD Multifile Demo)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Wow, this is an awesome demo... "Dose" is certainly one of the top three demos of 1997! From the very first beats of the strong, fiery introduction sequence you know you're looking at something professional here... There is some truly amazing, groundbreaking 3d in this demo, routines that are worthy of demos on PCs with twice the horsepower of my humble 030-50! Sure, not everything runs at 60fps, not everything is 1x1, but it just doesn't seem to matter much as you sit there with your mouth open and stare at the awesome display on the screen. Let me just mention the especially impressive transparency and lighting routines, and the professional, catchy soundtrack before I leave you to go download this great demo for yourself. If you don't you'll have missed one of the best ever demos for this machine! Go!
Dose was released for TRSI. You can decide the mixing frequency of the OctaMED SoundStudio soundtrack yourself, and I watched it with the recommended mixing frequency for 030 machines of 15000. Minimum processor requirements are just 020, but they recommend at least 040-40.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.

Rise (1998, 11.04, AGA 8MB HD Multifile Demo)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Rise is a massive, 5.5MB demo that will blow your socks off! Not as truly spectacular, perhaps, as last year's winner "Captured Dreams", this does offer some unparalleled 3d scene rendering on the Amiga.
I have seen demos like this before, but only on heavily accelerated Pentium PC's... We get to follow a woman clad in a VERY yellow bikini, travelling Tomb Raider-style through several scenes. The best part is where she dives through a waterfall to some beautiful scenery below, and in a spectacular finale is lifted towards the sky in a beam of brightly lit colors. All this and a very scary snake make this one the strongest demos of 1998 so far. The music is great, the graphics are at times excellent.
Rise has Risen, and Mellow Chips should change their name to Extreme Chips! Though the demo will theoretically run on 020 machines, at least 030-50 is recommended. The demo seemed unstable on my machine, crashing twice in the time I used to test it.
GLE tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.