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Vampire Circus mockup screenshot

Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Fri, 08 May 2009
Subject: Vampire Circus

Ste Pickford

This is a mockup screenshot I did for our Vampire Circus project - a Gauntlet / zombie horde type game we started work on at Zed Two in 1996, intended for the N64, but never completed.

This uses sprite graphics from Ken Griffey Baseball on the SNES, which was something like the last but one project I did at my previous studio, Software Creations, before John and I left to set up Zed Two.

The baseball sprites were ideal as I had them in loads of running and standing frames, pointing in 8 directions, and they were rendered at the right angle. I think we had the early demo of the game working with these sprites, before I replaced them with proper graphics for the game.

This is something that happens a lot. The very early prototypes of new games often get populated with graphics and sound effect (and code) from the previous project. It's rarely seen outside of a dev studio, as putting some proper graphics in is usually the very first thing you do before presenting even an early prototype to anybody outside the studio.

Just this week we demoed an early prototype of our new project to somebody, and that had some Naked War graphics in there!


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