Quest for the Precursor

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Post » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:27 pm

Hi there!

Im curious to find the precursor of the 2D platformer with pitch black foreground and lit background. You know, the kind of game that comes out every 2 days..

Like Limbo
http://indiegames.com/2011/06/xbla_hit_ ... to_pc.html

or Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
http://indiegames.com/2011/06/xbla_summ ... ludes.html

or Operation Overkill (which is not always like that but hey..)
http://indiegames.com/2011/06/xbla_hit_ ... to_pc.html

You know, those games. There must be a first one and I'd like to see where it comes from.

Thank you if you can help me clear my path!
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Post » Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:42 am

I believe the word you are looking for is "silhouette."

As far as finding the first game to use that style, good luck :P. People have been doing that for years now.
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Post » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:46 am

Aaaaaah I know which one you're talking about! Very old game in the 80s or 90s, you were only seeing a silouhette knight fighting silouhette monsters. The character proportions were realistic, the sprite was actually pretty big for the time, like one third of screen high if I remember well, background was a reddish dusk, and overall style was very tortured... I have no idea what the name is, though, I hate when it happens, I'll try to look.

(and I realize Google is not very useful when you have only the image in mind...)
...but this is mostly psychological. Check my devlog
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Post » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:59 am

Got it! Blade Warrior, in 1989, on Amiga. It's blue background though... I remembered it red somehow.



A video of the gameplay here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgIKO8uG6lo

And you can download the full game here ^^:
http://free-game-downloads.mosw.com/aba ... rrior.html


And by the way, if you are french or just curious, you have all the Tilt magazines downloadable here:
http://www.abandonware-magazines.org/af ... =28&page=5

Edit: I found the ad, and it has red background! Everything makes sense now : http://www.lemonamiga.com/games/details.php?id=166
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Post » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:21 am

Woah nice thanks! You made my day, twice!
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Post » Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:55 pm

I remember playing the demo to Ico:
[url:wrf5sytb]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ico[/url:wrf5sytb]

While it's 3d with full color and everything, the way they did the monsters is a lot like the silhouette style.

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