How come no one has made any Astrocade demos in the European style? I'd love to see, at least, a 3D rotating cube on the Astrocade with some wierd-ish techno music. The Astrocade has a great 256 color palette; how come no coder has come along to show-off what the Astrocade is capable of doing graphically and/or musically?
If the Timex Sinclair 1000, which only features B&W, 2K of RAM, and no sound can pull this off...
Then I'd love to see what the Astrocade can do in glorious full color with sound. Hey, both of these computers use the Z80 CPU, so that shouldn't be an issue.
The Timex 1000's big brother from England, the Sinclair Spectrum, has thousands of demos for it. (Yeah, I know, the Spectrum is one of the most popular 8-bit computers ever sold and the Astrocade, uh, isn't). I just picked one demo at random. Check this one out:
Sure, I know, the specifications of the Astrocade and the Spectrum are quite different. For starters, the Spectrum's screen resolution is about four times higher (256×192 vs. 160x102), but the Astrocade's sound is much better (3-channel vs. mono "beeper" sound). So... I wonder... could someone pull off anything even close to this on the Astrocade?
Yes, yes... I know. The Astrocade is limited in more ways than I mentioned already For one thing, the Astrocade has access to only 8K or ROM. Still, couldn't it pull-off some of what's in the demo? I'd love to see the Astrocade's sound pushed to it's limits! Come on, there's got to be a bad-ass Z80 coder out there looking to conquer another system and show off mad-skillz on the Astrocade. Uh, right...?