DEF DEMO by Stefan Posthuma
Due to some heavy malicious hangover feelings, Richard passed
the honour of describing this remarkable demo over to me.
A new demo group has emerged from the bubbling surface of ST
68000 freaks and they are very, very talented judging from their
first big demo. They call themselves the Lost Boys (nice movie!)
and the members are: Manikin (18), Spaz (15), Sprog (15) and
Sammy Joe. The first three are from London and Sammy Joe is from
I was quite impressed by these guys. Only 15 and being able to
create such a masterpiece? Wow. I think they are much promising.
After the demo has booted up, the first screen will appear with
Mad Max (from TEX of course) music and the names of the Lost Boys
members will be introduced with large sprites which perform the
most crazy things, like bouncing, distorting, sinussing,
wobbling, flopping and a lot more. This screen also contains some
tracking sprites. In fact, if you wait a while, a whole lot of
After this, you will be presented with a title screen which has
a rotating credits 'tube' just like TEX did in their "TEX demo
III". In the middle of the screen are a lot of rotating rasters
and the bottom of the screen, including the lower border are used
for a transparent scrolling message.
From this screen, you can press some keys to get to the various
other screens. Let's see which keys they are...
- D This is a sample screen. The music used is 'Hey music lover'
by S-Express. The quality of the sample is excellent. Also,
it has large transparent scrolling, some vertical scrolling
and a large distorting S-Express logo. It is amazing what
these guys do at the same time.
- S The sprites screen. You will see a 'Lost Boys' landscape
with some nice color scrolling which looks like it comes
towards you. The sprites in this screen follow a certain
pattern which can be influenced with some keys. If you do it
right, you can get the most stunning effects. There are some
presets under the function keys which are really nice. Also,
different sprites can be selected.
- T The revolutionary 'Twist' scroller. You have to see it to
believe it. Two scrollines 'rotate' around each other in
such a way that it looks like a corkscrew or something.
Really amazing. Check the end of this article.......
- B The Bigscroller. Surely the biggest scrolline ever. It's an
enormous, gigantic two-plane scroller with a lot of effects
like sinussing, sloping, mirroring and all sorts of
combinations of these. Again, you have to see it to believe
- M Music selection screen. All titles of the available musix
will be presented on a large tube, rotating as you select
them. Together with a scrolline crediting the various music
programmers, and a mirror image, this looks pretty fancy.
The musix are:
Army moves, Bomz, Delta, Enduro racer, Foundations waste,
Garfield, Goldrunner II, Guardian Moons, Leatherneck,
Outrun, Overlander, Rampage, Return to Genesis, Speedball,
Thrust, Thundercats, Turbo, Vixen, Warhawk, Xenon and Xrun.
- L The loopy scroller. A parallax scrolling screen like the
background of the TCB sinus-3d-etc. scrolling screen from
the Union Demo (Richard!!! Control yourself!!).
A scrolling message will be presented to you using sprites
which follow a preset pattern. Four patterns can be selected
using the function keys. Nice.
We have contacted the Lost Boys to see if they were interested
in writing any stuff for ST NEWS and they reacted.
Oh yes, they reacted.
In fact, they decided to write a new series. In each forthcoming
issue of ST NEWS (except 4.4...we will visit the Lost
Boys...real-time article entries of them will surely be featured
then!) one of the demo screens will be discussed and the SOURCE
will be included!!! In this issue, the Twist scroller will be
explained and in the PROGRAMS folder, a source can be found which
will produce the exact scroll effect.
Isn't this something?
Well, I guess that this demo again proves what kind of talent
there is out there, and this time it is not TEX and friends! Even
Richard, who adores the TEX products was massively impressed by
Like all other demos, this one is Public Domain.
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.