Hi tom.

I'm not saying that simplification in audio isn't needed sinse obviously the amount of information you can display in audio is much smaller, however there are occasions I feel where a developer has simplified things rather too much thus leading to a fairly basic left/right sterrio targiting affair.


Myself, what I'd prefer to see is instead of developers saying "well concept x isn't possible" and simplifying the game, adding something extra in instead which adds another layer of complexity to the game.

Say for instance in montizuma's revenge, if you decided bouncing skulls weren't workable have some other form of hazard added to the game instead which you could! show in audio, and would add in an enemy or layer of complexity to the game that you were missing with the skull movements.

for instance, have firing horizontal arrows which would hit you either when jumping in the air or when climbing up and down ropes if you didn't time things correctly.

Like the bouncing skulls these would add an element of danger into the game which specifically targited vertical movement, but would be quite possible to show in audio.

A good example of where this has been done is actually in both alien outback and troopanum.

Admitting that it is not possible to have 30 or so invaders on screen at once in an audio game, developers instead made different types of ships to make life interesting, and in alien outback, gave those ships unique attacks and weaponry such as bombs.

ditto with the esp pinball tables and their minigames, sinse obviously it's not possible to include quite as much in an audio table as a graphical one simply for purposes of the scan, however by including some more complex routes and gameplay changes they give a similarly tricky experience.

Beware the grue!

Dark.

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