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shad by Cocoon [web] & Syndrome [web]
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release date : august 1998
release party : Wired 1998
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 67%
  • 0.84
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alltime top: #1582
added on the 2000-09-05 10:54:08 by mrdoob mrdoob

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a great show with a real gothic and oppressing mood ... because of the mood, many people don't like this demo, but it is a matter of taste ... anyway, this demo is technically perfect
added on the 2001-01-19 14:49:37 by flure flure
a great demo, with an incredible atmosphere, and some insanely great scary pictures by nytrik.
rulez added on the 2001-06-18 20:04:13 by fractalgp fractalgp
I'm just trying to catch up to fractalgp in glops. :) But of course I like this demo a lot. Not for the faint of heart.
rulez added on the 2001-06-19 00:53:04 by phoenix phoenix
I was there at Wired98 and this demo hit like a bomb. Everyone was totally smoked after seeing it - the dark atmosphere, created by the awesome artwork and soundtrack, holds you by the throat and won't let go until the very last pixel has moved out of sight.

A deserved winner, it enriched my experience of the very last Wired.
rulez added on the 2001-10-03 23:31:35 by Vip Vip
Awesome piece of art... one of my fave demos of that year... IIRC the problem wasn't speed, but the RAM the thing needed, the code was cool enough
rulez added on the 2001-10-04 04:16:58 by mac mac
Yes, the atmosphere rulez.
I especially like the part with dead(?) guy sitting on the floor, the music plays, you're feeling that something's going to happen... and then...
rulez added on the 2001-11-16 22:48:07 by Gargaj Gargaj
i love this one
rulez added on the 2002-02-27 09:45:51 by asphyx asphyx
Kickass soundtrack, still love it ! I think this one is better than Shad2. A windows port would be very nice :)
rulez added on the 2002-05-23 01:24:41 by bruce bruce
I agree with mnemonix, windows-port would be nice (but please not with the shad2 system, it looks like there's not been taken care of the pitch). And that it's far better than Shad 2. The music is also a lot cooler :)
rulez added on the 2002-05-23 22:33:04 by ravity ravity
Absolutely Sick
sucks added on the 2002-07-11 03:12:42 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
nice 'n dark
rulez added on the 2002-09-18 14:38:10 by ileaardbei ileaardbei
One of the few 3d demos I liked back in '98. Great soundtrack and feeling in this baby.
rulez added on the 2002-09-18 20:36:26 by melw melw
Damn! I never came by to rate this one YET !???! Oh my god!!! What a mess!
This is for sure one of the BEST demos from the 'good old days'...which still has its bits to compete even with nowadays prods as well and would beat various of them for SURE !!!

YES! YES! YES!! A win32 port is a MUST finally!! I don't wanna lose this piece of ART just cause there aren't any dos-machines around anymore (although I will still keep mine forever just for THIS demo I guess! ;-) )

But a win32 port would be MEGA-GREAT!!!

Come on...let everyone of us write an email to Guille to request a port finally! I once talked to him a while back and he said he would think about that...and he will do when he got some time! But this is a while back already...so time has to come now I think....don't you think as well!? ;-)))

Anyways....MEGA-THUMBS UP for this one DEFINITELY!!!!
rulez added on the 2002-10-27 00:49:13 by Weasel Weasel
uh oh, this one was a great show overall, but i think i've never seen it completly because it always crashed in a different way ... very creative :)
rulez added on the 2002-10-27 01:58:15 by robotriot robotriot
robotriot: I might know what you mean... (if you tried to start shad in any win9x environment or sometimes even with DOS... ;-)
Solution for this 'crashes' is to start shad again and skip all parts shortly after music starts with 'esc' !! This way you can skip all parts already seen and then watch the last part (after the alien scene...dead guy sitting down etc...) finally! ;-)
The last part is really WORTH watching it as well of course! GREAT music and a great FINAL end for the whole demo!
Try to watch it completely...you won't regret ANY second of it! I promise !! ;-)
added on the 2002-10-27 02:01:42 by Weasel Weasel
rulez added on the 2002-10-27 02:06:00 by superplek superplek
One of my favourite prods ever.
rulez added on the 2002-10-28 13:37:37 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
i love this baby
rulez added on the 2003-01-30 11:50:07 by stonda stonda
please make win32 port
it crashes after 1st part nomatter what
added on the 2003-05-23 06:20:22 by Speed Speed
All timer Kickass !!!! Superb Music by Traven, killer textures by Nytrik.....Roxxxx
rulez added on the 2003-06-21 10:44:09 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
Excellent demo, fits its theme perfect. One of the best DOS demos!
added on the 2003-06-22 02:15:22 by Crest Crest
"mwhahffa and come to daddy! and then there is a bear out there! a real..lgh.. live bear"
"its always the same and its always different!"
rulez added on the 2004-02-08 08:57:40 by psenough psenough
It's a shame that this prod isn't more popular.. I get very semtimental when I watch it ;). Still love it - one of the best.
rulez added on the 2004-11-27 13:49:09 by etak etak
i doesn't comment this?

please, make a divx!
rulez added on the 2004-11-27 14:59:04 by qaz qaz
THE MUSIC!!! (i want a w32 version : )
rulez added on the 2005-03-07 16:45:22 by nula nula

rulez added on the 2005-03-07 16:51:19 by mrdoob mrdoob
I'm so embarassed I hadn't thumbed this one up yet. Sorry, Nytrik et al.
rulez added on the 2005-03-07 16:55:36 by sagacity sagacity
Vip's words
rulez added on the 2005-03-07 16:57:36 by p01 p01
Great stuff! Nice feeling with kombined soundtrack and scenes.
rulez added on the 2005-07-21 09:19:38 by d3pth d3pth
who thumbed this down?! let's see.. oh, mike3d.. ahahaha! you can come out from under the blankets now!

was just listening to the soundtrack, has to be some of the best tracked demo music around. ok, plenty of extended samples, but still, kick. ass.
added on the 2005-09-30 17:03:37 by phoenix phoenix
rulez added on the 2006-02-12 23:05:34 by blackpawn blackpawn
rulez added on the 2006-06-17 17:03:09 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
this is cool!
section1-4 music great.
And Great GFX!!
but, very slow in my dosbox0.65...
I want a win32 port.
rulez added on the 2006-08-05 00:59:12 by got got
rulez added on the 2006-09-26 23:10:15 by eye eye
rulez added on the 2006-12-30 22:24:57 by Quarryman Quarryman
rulez added on the 2007-07-09 20:01:51 by toxie toxie
Hey there is a video !! Thanks Crest
added on the 2007-08-13 09:50:12 by nytrik nytrik
rulez added on the 2007-09-14 16:47:04 by aha aha
Ass-kicking for its time but dull and boring.
added on the 2007-09-14 17:05:05 by Preacher Preacher
preacher : sad to admit but you are right in a way
added on the 2007-09-14 17:35:21 by nytrik nytrik
nice stuff
rulez added on the 2007-09-14 21:07:08 by src src
rulez added on the 2007-11-17 13:24:21 by gentleman gentleman
hmm. strange ive never seen this before because ive seen shad2 and it rocks too!
rulez added on the 2007-12-06 16:58:48 by oldaccount oldaccount
we demand a win32 port immediately ! :)
The movie-like part give me the creeps. :) Apart from that, this is simply an insane amount of artwork ! Back then it was elite. Now it's scene legacy.
rulez added on the 2008-01-24 16:45:52 by TomS4wy3R TomS4wy3R
boring, but advanced for 98
rulez added on the 2008-02-22 22:38:05 by zefyros zefyros
Yo... Does anyone have contact to Traven? I would very much like one of his songs. PM me if you have any kind of contact info to him!
rulez added on the 2008-08-12 13:45:16 by Elrinth Elrinth
the thumb finally
rulez added on the 2008-08-12 13:46:39 by SiR SiR
for the record:
- the little girl talking is from Strapping Young Lad - SYL(?)
- the first riff in part 1 is Die Krupps - Gods of Void
added on the 2008-10-10 22:27:13 by Gargaj Gargaj
needs my thumb....
rulez added on the 2008-12-06 17:04:57 by relias abardon relias abardon
Incoherent. Especially the soundtrack. Funky music seldom works together very well with a horror theme. At least not in my book. Pretty boring.
sucks added on the 2009-02-02 12:20:26 by elfan elfan
My thumb got decapitated it seems.
rulez added on the 2009-02-02 12:27:43 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
It's always the same... it's always different.
This production aged really well and definitely needs another thumb.
rulez added on the 2009-02-02 12:29:59 by noname noname
insane amount and quality of content, but too long imho
rulez added on the 2009-06-26 21:23:33 by wullon wullon
Cool and disturbing.
rulez added on the 2009-07-28 01:26:53 by vestige vestige
Back then I was a little newbie trying to release his third demo. I got some difficulty to display good triangles with sub pixel accurancy.... and Shad was shown on the BigScreen and I still remember the impact of this demo.
This is one of my best scener's memory.
Respect to cocoon and syndome's guys behind this prod.
rulez added on the 2010-05-21 13:49:31 by u2 u2
Hi U2 : imagine what is was for us :)
We had time back then ...
BTW : we need you back
added on the 2010-05-21 14:21:07 by nytrik nytrik
memories, memories... :)
love you all (U2, Nytrik, Cocoon guys)
rulez added on the 2010-05-21 17:52:55 by norecess norecess
PHAT 3D and a nice music by Traven :)
rulez added on the 2010-08-17 09:46:22 by rez rez
Too long and cheap exploitation of lowest level emotions - seems to be quite a standard for Cocoon. No thumb down only due to production date.
added on the 2011-11-04 00:14:13 by rutra80 rutra80
A nice and cosy demo for the whole family
rulez added on the 2011-11-21 15:01:51 by Frequent Frequent
sure thing
I love the crunchy hand painted textures.
rulez added on the 2015-10-14 19:36:11 by cce cce
outstanding horror atmoshere with great scenes and soundtracks (though i didn't really like some of textures and overall gfx but who cares? :)

p.s. don't try this at night! :)
rulez added on the 2016-02-25 12:18:24 by wbcbz7 wbcbz7
rulez added on the 2016-09-08 14:27:33 by ok3anos ok3anos
rulez added on the 2017-01-31 13:27:21 by nagz nagz
Very stylish and loads of interesting little details. Definitely rewatchable... I mean, here we are 20 years later. :D

Music is great.
rulez added on the 2019-03-25 05:33:26 by velusip velusip
rulez added on the 2019-03-25 13:01:12 by Asato Asato
What the hell is going on? WHAT'S GOING ON?

Pretty nice.
rulez added on the 2020-05-16 17:56:11 by vitalkanev vitalkanev
industrial tunnels with safety markings = <3
rulez added on the 2021-04-15 02:04:40 by NR4 NR4
A decade later and it still rules. Content is king!
added on the 2021-05-03 10:53:23 by noname noname

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