Thanks to palettes that MrFish so kindly posted on another thread (here), it reminded me of this question:
What would be some good universal palettes for 9 color gtia mode ?
No Dli changes, no separate regions for different colors, any pixel can be any out of 9 colors.
Besides going for simple solution similar to first 8 colors of C64 or Zx spectrum (Black, White, Red, Cyan, Purple, Green, Blue, Yellow) plus maybe Grey, what other combo would work well in some scenarios ?
Something like platform game with lots of vegetation and earth would benefit from more brown and green colors. Something 'technical' in space would need more shades of grey for example.
Bellow are example images scaled, cropped, converted to Atari pal palette and reduced number of colors to 9.
My guess is that custom palette and new graphics could look even better.
Turrican screenshot from Amiga:
Dragon Ninja screenshot from Amstrad:
What do you think ?