Polka Brothers/Reviews

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Polka Brother? (1993, .08, AGA Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

This seems like a sort of first production, introducing the Polka Brothers to the world. There are some stuff inbetween the various text pages, like dots falling down on a spinning vector plate, but nothing to shout about. On the 030, the text pages switch so fast it's hard to read them though before it moves on to the next one.

Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Bobble Trouble (1994, 25.06, AGA File)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Typical early Polka production, with fast (mostly vector-based) effects in quick succession, this is sort-of FRIDAY AT EIGHT light. Some might find the 'spank my monkey' animation tasteless, but I guess that's all down to your sense of humour. This is not extraordinary in any way, I'm afraid. Not badly done, but failing to stand out from the crowd. Omar was not a Polka member, and only delivered the music for this demo.

Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Noname (1994, 25.06, AGA File)

Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

4k0 (1994, 28.12, 40k Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

It never lets up for a second, but just keeps going from start to finish. Polished but rough, and with a great sense of design, the german Crash dominates the Party 4 intro competition! Another great factor in the success of this intro is the music by Chromag, which also helps the adrenalin-pumping. Best part: The fabulously fast voxel routine which actually looks like mountains! Fabulous. Excellent. Awesome!

Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

The Prey (1994, 28.12, AGA Multifile, 2 disks)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Not bad early AGA demo, featuring ex-superstar Merge aka Laxity. This demo is most amusing as an 'early version of xxx effect' reference. Most routines in this demo have since been done a lot better. The music's the usual techno, tough not the worst tune I've ever heard. The two fullscreen pictures, Pixie's "Why?" and Devilstar's "Daddy Dearest", both competed in the graphics competition at The Party '94.

The demo can be run from disk or harddisk according to your own personal preference. Average.

Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

BlackBox-Symposium Party Invitation (1995, early, AGA File)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Heavy Metal music and lots of effects highlight this slightly unusual invitation intro/demo. Actually this is more like a demo with constantly changing effects, only with some party info overlaid, than anything else. This was made by Crash and Argon using their own utility DemoManiac, and that's the only reason I'm allowing it. Using something made with your own utility means you've still coded it yourself. Not bad, but far from great. A plus for unusual music, though. Ironically, Noodles won the music competition at the party he helped make the invitation for!

Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0.

Herb! (1995, 09.07, AGA 64k Intro)

Review by Glenn Lunder

Flames and large, afterburned vector objects make up the fuzzy start of this intro. Next there's a grey phong torus before we finish up with the best routine in the intro; a goodlooking voxel terrain. Everything except the phong torus in "Herb!" is terribly blocky, which draws the overall impression down a bit... This is still a nice intro, but nothing of extraordinary interest.

Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 16mb fast/3.0.

No! (1995, 28.12, AGA ?MB File)

Review by Glenn Lunder

This small demo (NO, I'm not talking about its disksize!) seems rushed and thrown together. It's not bad, albeit at this size perhaps a little short... They could have saved themselves the endpart, with the landscape and the sheep. It's not that pretty, and probably eats a lot of memory and diskspace. Still, the few effects here are reasonably good, with the standout one being a vector object with different rotating bitmaps on each side. The main tune is good, thumping techno, while the endtune is a little too weird for my taste. There is NO (hehe) mention in the demo of who made what tune, making it a little difficult for me to place the modules :) There's also a few OK pics by Pixie and Mount.

The file is 2.8mb in size (unpacked), so this probably won't work on 2mb only machines...

Tested A1200/030-50/2mb chip, 4mb fast/3.0. Tested A1200/030-42/2mb chip, 8mb fast.