This is really impressive. I would LOVE to see an arcade perfect VCS version, so I am not detracting from any effort to make this arcade perfect. However, I remember that part of the VCS charm was making the games compliment the limitations of the system. In this demo's state, I would prefer this over the original version. The original is impressive to me, as I am not completely familiar with the VCS concepts, like cycles and the limits that come with that. If I am to understand correctly, these cycles are also an advantage (allowing more colors than one would have expected, in a time that multi-colored "sprites" were not common place).
My understanding is that the original version, due to the memory limitations of the time (price and probably Coleco not wanting any chance of upping their quirky port), the ramped (angled) girders were quite a feat. The sound is nowhere near as bad as the original 7800 version, and It's challenging withing the limits of the port.
My point is that a few minor tweaks would make this more presentable than the original. We gave up ramps for multicolor. There's not even a fireball on the original ramps port. I'd be happy with two barrels and that fireball. For the converyors, I'd be happy making the pies go all the way across and wrap around. I would be fine with no moving elevators (if restrictions come about). Maybe just make the spring bounce and repeat. The firefoxes could move back and forth like the original VCS version.
I am not suggesting to drop it and not even try. I am just saying that those above tweaks would still make the game about 4x more fun and playable than the original... It looks WAY better, Mario jumps backwards, it has intermissions. Anything beyond this demo is just more icing on an already GREAT cake. This is amazing given today's standards, but this is unconcievable if one were to truly put this into a historical context. I can't help but think about how I would have reacted back in the 80's. Would I have just taken it for granted at the time? Would I have complained about the limitations, disappointed it wasn't exact? Or, would this have been as unbelievable as the idea that I would be playing Atari games from my phone someday (let alone MAME!)..
Edited by darryl1970, Mon May 13, 2013 7:58 AM.