Monday, October 17, 2005

Bob Wizard

Today I present you a screenshot of my first semi-professional program written in 68'000 Assembler. It was called Bob Wizard and it was meant to be an editor for designing Blitter Objects that later could be used in games:

Unfortunately I was so focused on the design of it that instead of making a logical size of the pixel area like 32x32 or 48x48 I used 40x40 which was complete nonsense. That's probably the reason why it was not even a desired object on copy parties. However - I worked out a cool fill routine which was my pride and joy.

Pixel Art #2

Et voilĂ ! Here he is - errrr - before the conversion. Yes - this little girl was the first draft of the hero (or better heroine) for Traps'n'Treasures or at least the beginning of it. Actually at the time the game was called "Scooter" which was nothing more than a working title. Over the years the plot and the character changed into something more adventurous as you know.

Here is the complete metamorphoses:

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Pixel Art #1

Okay. Here's a little eye-catcher for a change. This little hero here is called Flynn - Jeremy Flynn.

He's the main character from Traps'n'Treasures, the game I designed with Ruedi Hugentobler (Level Design, Music) and Orlando (Graphics) in 1992. Orlando, responsible for most of the graphics, did a great job especially on the wonderful title screen, but more about that project later.

However - It took Orlando and me several weeks or even months until the final shape of Jeremy was formed the way he appeared in the game.

Next time you'll find out what Jeremy looked like before his workout sessions... You'll see and be flabbergasted :-)

Cover Versions

Not like today but around the 80's it was quite a challenge to bring real music onto a computer like the Amiga. The SCA (Swiss cracking Association) group successfully demonstrated a digitized version of the Miami Vice score spread on several swap disks.

An alternative way (and sizewise more moderate) was to sample only some core instruments or beats of the original song and rewrite the song with the help of a soundtracker. Here are some results of that approach:

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


When Hewson's Atari ST version of Eliminator was converted to Amiga, Linel needed a title song for it. Just one day before mastering I was asked to provide the missing element. Unfortunately I said yes, worked the whole night through and delivered a rather disappointing piece of music. Nevertheless it made it onto the disk:

This is what the title screen had looked like:

By the way: I have only contributed the main intro title song for the AMIGA version of Eliminator.
The other in-game songs and sounds were 1:1 converted from the original version of the Atari ST.

Leonardo 2 - In the Circus

Unfortunately this game never made it into the shelves. Orlando started designing some great artwork, characters and even a titlescreen for this game but somehow the project got buried after some time.

Inspired by Orlando's graphics I provided two songs for the circus theme. On the titlescreen you could see Leonardo on a unicycle doing some magic tricks out of a hat (As far as I remember):

Monday, October 10, 2005


Leonardo was the first official project I participated on and off course was very flattered when I was asked to provide the in-game-sound for a commercial game. It's kind of a mind-puzzle game and I think it was for everybody of the team the first step into commercial game programming with all its pluses and minuses. The game was not incredibly successful but everybody was very proud to see the reviews in the computer mags.

To make yourself a picture of the look:

Note: If you once play the game then listen carefully to the sound effect that the squelching rock makes - It's a bag with cornflakes being crunched in my right hand :-)

Sunday, October 09, 2005


The following SoundFx Mod I wrote for a game called Clown-o-Mania by Roman Bosshart. I think especially the first song conveys the right kind of jolly-factor to the gamer.

The graphics wizard Orlando (Roland Petermann) designed the picture for the title screen which is one of my favourites from his portfolio (Just after Traps'n'Treasures):

Ever heard of LINEL's SoundFX?


In the next days I will upload some of my old Amiga tunes of which many of them never made it into a game. However most of them are unfinished or short harmony trials. Also the variety of samples used in my songs is a bit limited because at these days good quality samples were not that wide spread. I had my set of instruments that I preferred - and reused them a lot. :-)

Nevertheless - Just listen and feel the good old 4-Channel-Sound-Memories return.

All songs were composed with SoundFX, a great soundtracker made by Christian Haller for Linel.

To convert them to MP3 I first used DeliPlayer (The only mod player I know that manages to play SoundFX Mods on the PC) with its great recording feature to save the output as wave file and then encoded it into MP3. The free version of DeliPlayer only supports Mono output but it's actually quite pleasant to listen to the songs that way.