Games like Frelon

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Games like Frelon

Post by ibisum » Thu May 17, 2018 2:34 pm

In my quest to discover more about AIC, I've been going through the games archive to discover games where the attribute clash is not so evident, or cleverly masked, or just plain absent due to clever use of AIC .. and I have to say that Frelon is one of those Oric games that makes me forget about the attribute system altogether .. but, how does it achieve this effect? Is this game using Text mode with double-height attributes to do its magic, combined with clever use of the invert bit? It sure seems colourful and smooth - two things not every Oric game can promise, alas...

https://www.oric.org/software/frelon-282.html

Can you think of other games that achieve similar results?

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Re: Games like Frelon

Post by NekoNoNiaow » Wed May 23, 2018 6:04 am

This answer is not going to be very useful but the only Oric game I can recall playing back in the day is a text-mode F1 game written in BASIC which scrolled vertically line by line (no pseudo 3D rasters back then :D). It was quite far from Frelon it seems. ;)

But I would definitely be interested to watch and play such games so I hope others will be able to contribute to this post more productively than I can. ;)

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Re: Games like Frelon

Post by ibisum » Wed May 23, 2018 8:22 am

I was really surprised with how little attribute clash there is in Frelon, and still don't properly grok how it is achieving such a smooth use of colour - it would have to be one of the oldest games in the Oric archives with the least noticeable attribute clash .. I'd really love to know other examples, if anyone spots them - I'd kind of gotten used to thinking that only the 21st Century programmers for Oric have been able to accomplish smooth/colourful graphics with no clash, but this is clearly not the case with Frelon. It is, to me, a real gem of Oric graphics programming and I'd love to hear thoughts from the pro's who have time to analyse its technique.

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