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Darwin   [2004]

Darwin Released by :
The Dreams [web]

Release Date :
10 April 2004

Type :
C64 Demo

Released At :
Breakpoint 2004

Achievements :
C64 Demo Competition at Breakpoint 2004 :  #4

User rating:*********_  8.5/10 (19 votes)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Code .... Doc Bacardi of The Dreams
  Ninja of The Dreams
Music .... Aleksi Eeben of CNCD
  GH of Toondichters
  Jeff of Bonzai, Camelot, Crest, Viruz
  No-XS of House Designs, Toondichters
Graphics .... Bugjam of The Dreams
  Jailbird of Booze Design
Charset .... Bugjam of The Dreams
Help .... Seba of Plush
Directory Art .... Bugjam of The Dreams

SIDs used in this release :
Darwin (Julia part)(/MUSICIANS/H/Hultink_Gerard/Darwin_Julia_part.sid)
One Channel Music(/MUSICIANS/E/Eeben_Aleksi/One_Channel_Music.sid)
Pacific Affairs(/MUSICIANS/H/Hultink_Gerard/Pacific_Affairs.sid)
Stardust Memories(/MUSICIANS/N/No-XS/Stardust_Memories.sid)
X-Large 2(/MUSICIANS/J/Jeff/X-Large_2.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by Wile Coyote on 20 May 2024
Seems some one bumped this release.
Watching it again today made me think i was watching a release i had not watched before, which is always good.

Checking the comments here, looks like i already did back in 2012 - Lol!

Watching Darwin today, i had the same thoughts and planned on posting:
'The World First / Record 6 sprites over FLI was interesting, although the picture could have looked more FLI like.
User Comment
Submitted by bugjam on 19 May 2024
@Jammer @iAN: Yes, hidden feature is only looping the demo. :)
User Comment
Submitted by WVL on 4 May 2024
@Rastah Bar:

Yes, you can make a computer program that tries all opcode combinations and registers. This is how Halloweed 3 came to be.

About your other question : If you have 6 sprites over FLI you can only have 8 cycles (4+4) per line for your code. If the last opcode is an RMW instruction, you can have 4+6 = 10 cycles per line. So for 8 lines you have a minimum of 8*8=64 cycles and a maximum of 8*10=80 cycles. 76 cycles means using RMW instructions for 6 out of 8 lines and no RMW instructions for 2 lines (6*10+2*8=76 cycles).

I agree there are some brilliant ideas in this demo, but the flow is a bit lacking.
User Comment
Submitted by Sith on 15 February 2018
Oldskool, modern, some code magic. This demo has a bit for everyone.
I loved the SID demonstration and the whale pic. The rest is cool too.
The scroller irritated me because it was nearly unreadable (like a lot of them).
User Comment
Submitted by Rastah Bar on 2 February 2018
Absolutely brilliant demo, IMHO. Way underrated.
User Comment
Submitted by Jammer on 2 February 2018
Quite overlooked gem, I'd say ;) Is hidden part anything more than restarting a demo?
User Comment
Submitted by Rastah Bar on 21 October 2015
I saw the code in Groepaz's his UOC doc.
I was wondering, wouldn't it be possible to write a computer program that finds more solutions? Check allowed/desirable register values for different combinations of starting values and instructions? It could go through billions of combinations.

Probably a dumb question, but the code for 8 lines takes 76 cycles, why not a number that can be divided by 8?
User Comment
Submitted by Wile Coyote on 25 January 2012
I liked the shakey rawness of Darwin.
The World First / Record 6 sprites over FLI was interesting, although the picture could have looked more FLI like.

Contains some neat little tunes.

User Comment
Submitted by iAN CooG on 6 August 2009
The loading tune is a version of
recoded/slowed down by Ninja to fit his needs =)
User Comment
Submitted by psych on 20 June 2009
Soooo freaking FRESH! Love the routines and soundtrack!
User Comment
Submitted by Jak T Rip on 29 April 2004
Completely ingenious routines, brilliant parts, interesting style, creative... it is one of the most skilled demos ever created IMHO, but it has no flow, no beat. The musics are changing abruptly and nothing seems connected to each other, all parts vary in speed. Yes, should have been 2nd, at least.
User Comment
Submitted by zdzisek on 15 April 2004
The sound quality of the digi jingle is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I do hope the digi routine will be further developed to allow to play longer tunes.
User Comment
Submitted by Cruzer on 15 April 2004
Should definitely have come in 2nd in the BP04-compo!
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