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Mekanix   [2010]

Mekanix Released by :
Booze Design, Instinct

Release Date :
3 October 2010

Type :
C64 Demo

Released At :

Achievements :
C64 Demo Competition at X'2010 :  #3

User rating:*********_  9.2/10 (58 votes)   See votestatistics
*********_  9.4/10 (27 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Dane of Booze Design
  HCL of Booze Design
  JackAsser of Instinct
Music .... Dane of Booze Design
  RaveGuru of Instinct
Graphics .... Archmage of Andromeda, EN0NE, Instinct, SHAPE
Loader .... HCL of Booze Design
Help .... iopop of Triad

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User Comment
Submitted by Rhythm on 26 June 2018
My two worlds come together in this excellent demo \o/ The Rubik's Cube & The C64! Very Cool! Love the music!
User Comment
Submitted by ChristopherJam on 30 March 2017
Oh wow, I missed this gem back when it was released.

Also, gdit, I've been meaning to do a realtime rubik's cube for years; didn't realise Booze had already done such a lovely job back in 2010 :)
User Comment
Submitted by Testa on 30 October 2013
hahahaha they boozed me real good... this plasma effect should be used by a psychiatrist..just like the what do you see in this card trick.......wtf was i thinking..
i think my head was twisted....
User Comment
Submitted by Sith on 7 October 2013
A solid demo that deserves a great score. My fave parts are the Rubik cube and the isometric word art. Also you gotta love Archmage's pictures.
@Testa: yes you can clearly see a face in there that gets swirled and twisted.
User Comment
Submitted by Testa on 1 October 2013
maybe a strange guestion, immediately when the twist en wobble plasma begins i always see a face, is this my imagination or is it obviously that this is the intention.. and no i dont use drugs... oh boy i really love this demo..
User Comment
Submitted by Shine on 5 November 2012
f_ack ... very cool demo with monster sound!!! :) Sound starts and then ... step for step it gettin' b@ttr'n'b@ttr
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Submitted by OMP on 5 November 2012
great demo - killer soundtrack!
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Submitted by Mr Wegi on 8 April 2012
Great - love Rubik and this demo:)
User Comment
Submitted by Heavy Stylus on 30 November 2010
Ahhhh, that explains it then. Thanks - at least I *should* be able to use this on my 1541 Ulimate II (when it arrives).
User Comment
Submitted by WVL on 30 November 2010
It's not a single file, it just looks that way. There's data on the rest on the disk aswell.

You will not be able to run it with your MMC-replay. Best is to transfer it to a real disk.

In WinVICE, use True Drive emulation, or it will not work.
User Comment
Submitted by Heavy Stylus on 30 November 2010
No idea what I am doing wrong... I can't get this to work at all. In winVice I get a CPU Jam after the initial screen wipe from the basic prompt. I tried copying over the single-file to my MMC-REPLAY and it seems to stop at the same place :(
User Comment
Submitted by Stainless Steel on 25 November 2010
Had a couple of EOD dejavu's design and musicwise. Good stuff though.
User Comment
Submitted by snerg on 17 October 2010
Having all those math power "enslave" all in ure hands why so cold demos? No place for art anymore? 100% pure code yes/but
User Comment
Submitted by ZZAP69 on 12 October 2010
Thanks for this one guys, excellent work! I was hoping to finally get a pedagogical lesson on how to solve the Rubik's cube, but got a little disappointed there. :)
User Comment
Submitted by Oswald on 12 October 2010
Listen up HCL! I know what you did: lda sta, but no: lda ora ora ora sta ! :)
User Comment
Submitted by Lowboy on 10 October 2010
This demo grows after seeing it some times, love the opening part of the demo combined with the great music. This demo for some reason reminds me of an old amiga demo by the kefrens called D.A.N.E same sweet flow and design. Love it!
User Comment
Submitted by grasstust on 8 October 2010
When watching this demo, I feel like I'm seeing it with the music from a different demo running beside it. I just don't think it fits. I'm a huge fan of Dane's work, and I also think this tune is great too, I just don't think it fit like it did in Andropolis and EOD.

Oh, and Archmage: Dane competed with EOD's soundtrack at X'2008 and got 4th place, so no excuses! ;)

Anyway, a nice production!
User Comment
Submitted by JackAsser on 7 October 2010
Thank you folks for all the nice comments and special thanks to iopop/triad.

He was the one who came up with idea on how to render isometric-graphics really fast and simple. Without his ideas the isometric parts in this demo would never have existed.
User Comment
Submitted by booker on 6 October 2010
Arch: fair enough. And no, I don't think there are such rules you mention (at least not at X) but again I can have a lookie at the still-frame on here whenever I like so it's fine with me :))
User Comment
Submitted by Dane on 6 October 2010
Ptoing: My bad. :) I always used to pick them apart and glue them back together anyway.
User Comment
Submitted by ptoing on 6 October 2010
Really nice demo, for sure the most polished one in the compo.

The rubix cube in the demopart is not solvable anyways, it has a block which is blue on 2 sides :P
User Comment
Submitted by Archmage on 6 October 2010
@Shadow: That is, I am sad to say, an unforgivable neglection on our part. Of course you belong in that list mate. Sorry. :(
@Booker: I thought of doing that for a second, but the pixels are made for this demo specifically so I decided not to. And besides, aren't there rules against that? I am sure there were in the olden days of yore.
@Truck: Oh, but it was solved. Last picture.
User Comment
Submitted by booker on 6 October 2010
Cheers for this folks!

(Archmage, you could've put this dude with the rubik cube on the compo, no? :P )
User Comment
Submitted by Valsary on 6 October 2010
Brilliant demo and, as usual, jawdropping gfx by Archmage.
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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 5 October 2010
@Shadow Mekanix is compo winning material, although it didn’t feel as fresh as the two demo’s that ranked higher. If you have seen the excellent demos released recently by Booze Design, at times Mekanix felt like more of the same, without being as good as those demos. The zooming side-border scroller is a classic example, Edge of Disgrace features a really good zooming side-border scroller.
User Comment
Submitted by Steppe on 5 October 2010
Shadow, it's referring to Demode. And nice one indeed, especially the rotzoomer was beautiful!
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Submitted by Shadow on 5 October 2010
I can't believe that this didn't win the compo!
Excellent in every aspect, fantastic code, supersmooth design and transitions and beautiful graphics etc.
The isometric-voxel-thing was really fresh and interesting.

Btw. what is the story behind the call-out of Clarence in the DYPP-part? I get the feeling that there is some demo I should watch get the start of this!

Only one complaint - what is up with blatant omission from the greetings? Archmage, Dane, come on guys - we have even worked on a demo together!!? :P
User Comment
Submitted by Optimus on 5 October 2010
This was by far my favorite of the compo. It contains several effects, some original (gouraud looking shade edges as lines), some seemingly impossible (massive rotozoomers and isometric volumes).

I literally screamed HOW? HOW? BUT HOW? with the volume effects rendered in the isometric style, they seemed so smooth, so good and so impossible at first (but giving it a second thought,.. mmm)
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Submitted by Norvax on 5 October 2010
I agree that this demo could have won the compo if it were from another group. We were all in big expectations and I guess that's why it didn't rank much higher. I very much appreciate the work you do in this demo. It is so polished, fast pacing with such professional touch. You always keep producing with such an effort that no one can keep up. Thanks for this nice demo and for all your efforts. You rock!
User Comment
Submitted by Oswald on 5 October 2010
I guess after EoD and Andropolis my expectations were too high for this one :) Top notch material, but I'd have preferred a bit less recycling. Still a lot of ass kicking and inspiring parts are in there. Dont get me wrong tho, its the best one from the compo for me :) And now that I see its not always an EoD or Andropolis coming from you guys, I feel more like doing a big and serious demo, because of having more chances ;)
User Comment
Submitted by WVL on 5 October 2010
I now feel like I was fisted in the ass by HCL after he showed how much better the rotator looks when it's textured and a bit bigger. And my ass was still a bit sore after Crossbow's attack ;)

Great demo guys!
User Comment
Submitted by Nightlord on 5 October 2010
My personal favorite from the demo compo. I liked the voxel torus, the dot record, and the dyspp a lot. the zoomers and the roto zoomer a lot again but not as much as the others. The voxel metaballs looked pretty confusing and were my least favorite. The 4x4 2d graphics effect was nice and fast too

Music was professional but not my cup of tea. The graphics were really nice.

I really enjoyed the competitive text :) the clarence-attack, the "condolances" to other groups etc :) I love that tone :)
User Comment
Submitted by Skate on 4 October 2010
This demo would have won if it came from an unknown/underground team. Unfortunately, creators lost against their past work. :) One of the best demos of the compo, that's for sure. Mostly improved effects, but that's not a bad thing.
User Comment
Submitted by Clarence on 4 October 2010
Code wise the best demo of the party. Feels like a cold blooded professional work, but a bit feels like there is missing something. Maybe too similar to earlier stuff, also I see a few recycled (slightly different) elements. Great demo nontheless!

@HCL, I was about to complain when will you release the dypps, that was our agreement if you remember (if I beat the 15 dycpers etc.). Now we are even, ok? :) For a while. :P
User Comment
Submitted by FATFrost on 4 October 2010
I wish Archmage would make a short film based on the motif within the screenshot!!! Absolutely awesome image!!
Demo as a whole brings new life to c64 again! when will the demo amazement end?? i thought it would be in 1994, not 2084!!
User Comment
Submitted by Sir Garbagetruck on 4 October 2010
Best part: NOT solving the rubik's cube, and avoiding the 2 traditional "rubik's cube" discussions - how solving it is a simple matter of playing back the scramble moves, and how it took too much time. effing brilliant cutting it short after just enough time (:
User Comment
Submitted by Xiny6581 on 4 October 2010
Wow what a coffee knocker! This demo blew me away into a new voxel world. Stunning and innovative code! Sexy and stylish design. Filter and dance music! This demo got me going I can tell to be my favorite demo, ya!
User Comment
Submitted by Perplex on 4 October 2010
Excellent stuff as usual from you guys! My personal favourite is the isometric voxel routine -- great idea flawlessly executed. Archmage's graphics are again unmistakable and awe-inspiring. Moar please!
User Comment
Submitted by Stone on 4 October 2010
Great stuff again, my favorite part was the Rubik's cube. As a coder, I love parts that make me go "how do they do that?" and this demo certainly has its share of those :)
User Comment
Submitted by Frantic on 4 October 2010
Power! :)
User Comment
Submitted by Axis/Oxyron on 4 October 2010
That voxel-thing was a real jawdropper. The rest of the demo was good and smooth like always from booze and instinct, but a little bit too predictable.
User Comment
Submitted by Flex on 3 October 2010
Really smooth presentation. Great demo!
User Comment
Submitted by Lowboy on 3 October 2010
Another nice Booze Design demo, great work!
User Comment
Submitted by Sander on 3 October 2010
Astonishing work by Archmage again.. The music was great and most effects were goodlooking aswell.
User Comment
Submitted by Ed on 3 October 2010
Cool stuff!
User Comment
Submitted by Wile Coyote on 3 October 2010
The blue screen zoomer looked great.
User Comment
Submitted by Prowler64 on 3 October 2010
Whoa, really cool! You didn't solve the cube though :) kjamiz!2
User Comment
Submitted by Testa on 3 October 2010
oh what a beast of a demo... killer!
Booze Design and Instinct are a powerfull combination.....
User Comment
Submitted by Frost on 3 October 2010
Hej! Jag ville bara säga att demot var jette fint! kjamiz!1
User Comment
Submitted by Nemezis on 3 October 2010
Respect :]
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