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Strategic War Game by blind-ice Strategic War Game by blind-ice
Here is my entry for the pixel art competition.

I came up with this idea because everyone seemed to be creating Platform like games and I wanted to be different (like always) so I created an isometric war game. I tried to get it looking like an old Super Nintendo and Amiga game... I think I succeeded, and if you have played a significant amount of games on these platforms then I would think that you know where I am coming from.

Total of 30 colours was used
Created in Photoshop 7
Resolution: 320*240
Time Span: Created in about one week.

If you were wondering what the menu icons mean, then here is what they are:

Top Left:
Numbers represent: Gold, Minerals and Gas.

Top Right:

Bottom Right (Menu):
Build Units
Build Buildings
Move Units

Middle Bottom (Menu Selections):
(From right to left starting to the left of the jeep)
Move Unit (O with arrow)
Attack Unit (Target)
Guard moving back and forth (S type Arrows)
Stop (Hand with S)
Guard standing still (binoculars)
Scrolling Arrows

Bottom Left:
War Tank = current unit selected (as noticed on the screen)
Jeep = current unit being built (progress bar above jeep picture)

[edit] I made the bottom control bar more defined; now it is a lot easier to recognise and doesn’t blend in so much with the rest of the picture. This is something I had wanted to do from the start but never got around to it until I realised once I finally uploaded the picture.
I also added the blood colour, so there are now 26 Colours not 25, because the blood looked pinkish and not red.

Another edit, this time I have taken in some advice and added shading to the cliffs in the back and around the water. I also actually edited the fire, even though I thought it looked alright, I edited it more and now it looks a little better. due to these edits the picture now uses 30 colours.
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The-Bug Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006
D: not working for me
Popc0rn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2006
very nice
darkstar33066 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2004
talk about oldskool. man this is hot. i love the game look. makes me feel like im playing a game right now. good use of the colors and what not. must have been hard to get everything looking nice based off of color scheme u chose. ::feels like playing red alert now::

very nice man. very nice. :+fav:
IMgregBitch Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2004
that takes so much time your crazy
Cheezeh Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004
BenWPearson Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2004   Digital Artist
I don't know how old this contest is, but if you did THIS in a week, you deserve to win.
charliemars Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2004
Vicious Graphik blind-ice... F'ing Vicious
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2004
This scene would be at home with some PC RTS games too. C&C (command & conquer) comes to mind but your graphics are better.

Looks great.
Arillivent Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2004
aww i think you won :D great job on the overview map and the whole thing it reminds me of a cuter version of army men, nice job :w00t:
Gelios Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2004   Photographer
This is actually good! In fact it is amazing... but it is a bit too blury... as in there are too many colours
XTRMINATOR Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2004
Nice art! It's command and conquer forever???
splat Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
This is so unbelievably detailed, it took me a minute or two just to take all of it in. Great work on this with some excellent design ideas and really cool displays. I love the little map in the upper left corner, something I think you did very well. As for the other displays such as the items and the time, they're necessary pieces to this screen.

It's the detail in the actual game window that blows me away. So much going on yet so simple to understand. I love the colors of the earth and water along with the men and tanks. Just... beautiful.

Love it. Probably my favorite of the contest entries so far. =)
yehez Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Takes me back to the good old days...
agent-sarah6 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2004
THAT.....IS....SO....DAMN....KOOL! Nice work yet again.
Astharoth Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004   Digital Artist
This is a good job, but I agree with dark-bear-shmee : it's a bit chaotic and explosions could be better. And when he say " i may be the only one in this thread who doesn't think this one should win." well, I'm with him. Do not misunderstand: this is a cool job but...look at this for example : [link] wonderful...
assemble Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2004
Nice work, but I wish it was bigger
OldSapphire Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2004  Professional General Artist
EXCELLENT work... this is original and just spectacular.
Dark-Pablo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2004
wow man i havent been here for a long time, sorry for havent commented on yer work
thats awesome, looks so real
ur work is everyday better, keep it up
cya! :D
SQUZZLE Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2004
you're crazy man :) i'm putting you on my watchlist ;)
great detail!
Marku Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
I really can see where your coming from and I have to say I really like this piece and thats not because everyone else is saying "omg you rock" etc, I have seen some very bad pixel art and I can say yours is good. It is very faithful to the sort of sprite/pixel count found in many early SNES games and amiga games. The mini-map is an excellent touch, as is the money, minerals and gas counters. It reminds me a bit of Z mixed with General Chaos......don't ask me why it does, it just does!

I love that not only have you turned out a great piece of work, you've actually thought through every aspect of the screen itself. It almost looks like a screenshot.
zero-ex Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004   Digital Artist
perfect colors, all perfect.....:+fav:
j-tech Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004
you are the best of all pixel artists! thats why u are in my dev watch list
digea Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004
Very nice man - i love it :+fav:
manseri Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004   Digital Artist
if this isn't the winning entry... i don't know... i'll scream in anger, really loud...

however, some nitpicking - the tree in the middle of the image and the two green tanks should have shadows cast on the ground, shouldn't they? i mean, you made shadows for every other object but not those three... i also think you should add shadows to the corpses to make them look less flat, just a one pixel line or something...

anyway, this goes in my favs now...
manseri Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004   Digital Artist
when i think about it, the high ridge should have a shadow too...
zoanoid Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks great :D
nice chaotic war feel, very good

The soldiers look a little tacky, id like to see some more outlining there, but other then that it's awesome!
dark-bear-shmee Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004   Digital Artist
son, there is a load of differance between an old atari game and an old supernintendo game. let alone an amiga.
agreed. this has got way more colors than any atari or amiga game.

the grittiness that the dithering gives makes it a bit chaotic for my tastes, it makes it hard to really know what's going on. i think the two tanks in mid-explosion are a bit out of place... well... very out of place, and the explosion effect could be modified, maybe smokier or more dynamic. The trees are rough and the shading on them is rather flat.
good work, the amount of time is evident, the style is not really my taste, i guess. not an iso guy. i may be the only one in this thread who doesn't think this one should win. it likely will, though, congratulations if so, the people know best.
and yeah, very reminiscent of the command and conquer games.
olieviya Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Super Nintendo Red Alert?

blackice Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
you should find a programmer and get to work. :)

i like the menu and interface the most, especially the map.

as for the actual battlefield itself, it looks pretty faithful to snes games.
arekuchan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
Wow, once again I am impressed greatly with this pixel art!
whitz-art Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
what can i say, the detail is simply amazing
primalord Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
Very beautiful creation, even if I totaly disagree with the theme :D Congratulations
Cattee Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
I don't like strategic games but this screenshot looks very nice to me. I wish you a good luck in the competition. :)
techitch34 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004  Professional General Artist
wow! :omg: gr8 job.. the buttons kinda remind me o Age of Empires

Love the explosions, the flames on the tank and the guy with the flame thrower on the bridge.. hes got balls.. unlike the bloke standin at the back (above binoculars) doin bugga all.

The whole scene is spot on, havnt seen that much entries but this is def a winner.. ova n out :salute:
korimendocino Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
awesomely brilliantly magnificiently done:] [because of ppl like u ill never do any pixel art in my life] :] i love it, :favicon: from me
r34p3r Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
this rockz great stuff verry c&c generals like :clap: bravo
kasplatza Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
My compliments- superb job!
ultima-weapon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
Great JOB!
Almehikilje Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
wow, i love it!
good work! i need to learn from people like you...
...what i can say more... :+fav: for sure
olyne Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
Oh. +fav. Can't say anything else but "great! Good luck with the competition.
dealer-danny Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
i love it, reminds me of the old games i used to play.. damn i miss them
budgieisking Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
nice work, so detailed :)
Jamais-Labas Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
You should have worked for Nintendo in the age of the SNES. Lol. Very, very awesome. Love the detail.
ShiroShinobi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
Not too shabby. Reminds me Sega Genesis RTS games.
a-t-o-m-i-c Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
nice job! I like how you really made the whole game work together with the menus and health bars and other nifty features. I think you could have spared a few more colors, but great job on keeping them low!
lambi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
yep, definatelly reminds me of an old vidso game. Only 26 colours too? cool. I remember my old nintendo entertainment system, it could only use a few colours on screen at once, and they had to find ways of making the graphics look as colourful as possible. Its interesting to limit yourself that way and see how much you can do with it.
It looks like Warcraft meets Ikari Warriors. I love it!
strebor Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
in all honesty, when i saw your picture i thought "now why would someone submit a screenshot of some old SNES game on DA?". i didn't know about the pixel contest or anything. :D
wenstrom Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004   Digital Artist
Hey, I'm also thinking on doing something isometric and related to strategy, but no, it's not the same topic than this one, hehe. I'm truly impressed by it. Great color conservation, too. :)

Good job, and good luck with the compo, you may be a winner though. ;)
Coconut-Crab Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
Very cute :)
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