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Tribes by Pulse [web] & Melon [web]
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release date : december 1997
release party : The Party 1997
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 71%
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added on the 2000-09-05 11:18:27 by mrdoob mrdoob

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Great 3D demo with story... and impressive particle system!! Watch it now!!! ;)
added on the 2000-09-10 01:25:02 by epsilum epsilum
3d story about lone pulse boy. awesome music!
added on the 2000-09-11 01:45:48 by lau lau
Trop d'la bombe cette demo.
Great 3d demo with a good story.
You must see it
added on the 2000-12-06 14:12:21 by jb jb
There were certain clearly visible limitations to the visuals, but it was a tour-de-force despite that. The particle scene is still one of the most impressive things I've ever seen.
added on the 2000-12-08 15:19:59 by Shifter Shifter
I was liing in bed while loking at this one, and I had to wake up in the particle scene, because is simply spectacular! I love the scene with the zoom in the child eyes, too!

it's a pity that it always crashes in the end (at least on the 2 computers I was able to test)
added on the 2001-03-19 02:11:28 by shash shash
great 3d adventure, with some interesting 2d effects, and very nicelooking particle-effects (see screenshot). music is by masterminds falcon and scorpik and is really a key to the demo's great atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2001-06-18 21:10:09 by fractalgp fractalgp
Cool music and a story. And one of the most popular particles scene.
added on the 2001-06-27 15:27:08 by zafos zafos
most psychedelic storyline/demo i've ever seen... It shows how much more impressing true inspiration can be vs. technical ability.... Just great even that many years after.... I only hope someday more will come...
rulez added on the 2001-07-04 16:00:11 by psyche psyche
a really great demo with some weird "story".. has a "adventure"-feeling over it..

really nice looking 3d for that time, models and animation as well as graphics and music is also superb. And that particle scene seen on the screenshot is just wonderful. You've got to see this one...
rulez added on the 2001-07-13 00:58:49 by fox fox
Coooool demo.Very psychedelic,like same crazy scary dreams i had when i was a little kid.Watch it...a must have...Watch it NOW!
rulez added on the 2001-08-29 09:56:14 by mulambo mulambo
Discordant nonsense.

Some nice stylish stills by Alex and a nice particle scene, but the bad outweighs the good.
sucks added on the 2001-12-06 23:42:17 by Wade^Hjb Wade^Hjb
Especially the 2nd part and its music are of timeless beauty.
rulez added on the 2001-12-21 22:22:42 by Spin Spin
It was nice the first time, then it got way boring...
sucks added on the 2001-12-21 23:19:19 by dixan dixan
too bad that I underestimated this product for long time since square was a firstwatch hit to my eyes and every product winning it felt bad.

..but I can see that this one has one of the most perfect atmospheres ever.
rulez added on the 2002-01-03 05:58:40 by droid droid
Nice, original with story, I love this
rulez added on the 2002-01-05 10:57:29 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
had to vote for this masterpiece
rulez added on the 2002-01-13 16:30:13 by shash shash
the BEST!
rulez added on the 2002-01-13 16:40:03 by mrdoob mrdoob
It remembers me a lot the mood (and other things) of Final Fantasy games so... hm, well 8P
rulez added on the 2002-02-08 22:27:55 by Zafio Zafio
very cool.
characters are a bit too 'pointy-eared', but that's understandable for year 97.. 8}
rulez added on the 2002-02-09 12:15:35 by bhead bhead
Holy cow, is this ever boring...

...and incoherent.
sucks added on the 2002-03-05 05:23:17 by sea_monkey sea_monkey
probably the first great 3d demo. i still consider this one one of my most important inspirations, the best 3d art demo so far.
funny, that people rate this thing as boring, i feel a lot better now when they also think my stuff boring. :)
rulez added on the 2002-03-05 10:09:39 by shiva shiva
this is actually one of the few 3d-demos, that have a nice storyline ...
and i like the mixture with 2dpics
nice demo!!
rulez added on the 2002-03-24 14:08:16 by bizken bizken
rulez added on the 2002-07-05 11:17:56 by diver diver
watching this on the bigscreen at the party 97, was amazing. Thanks Pulse & Melon for this piece of art. I love it
rulez added on the 2002-07-05 11:48:53 by Fzool Fzool
excellent 'camerawork' and music.

i love this demo
rulez added on the 2002-07-05 11:56:12 by ileaardbei ileaardbei
rulez added on the 2002-07-05 13:01:33 by gekko gekko
visually it's really nice but I never understood what was the story about and the whole demo really has an unfinished feeling :/
added on the 2002-07-06 01:25:06 by exocet exocet
A bit boring, but it sure is well made.
added on the 2002-11-06 12:45:22 by sprocket sprocket
Great demo.
rulez added on the 2002-11-06 12:57:55 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
good textures, interesting gfxs, interesting low polys style
story is boring (i don't understand why she want to kill this black rabbit), but some scenes are cool like the scene with the particules and columns
:) and story is great
rulez added on the 2002-12-02 06:29:14 by blz blz
let me see thru your eyes
rulez added on the 2003-01-09 00:15:40 by Gargaj Gargaj
rulez added on the 2003-03-14 14:24:46 by daison daison
Despite some major flaws... classic.
rulez added on the 2003-04-07 17:24:08 by tomaes tomaes
good gfx and everything thumbs up!
rulez added on the 2003-04-07 17:37:47 by uns3en_ uns3en_
Great stuff.
rulez added on the 2003-07-22 14:34:12 by emoon emoon
A bit boring, but still quite nice.
rulez added on the 2003-07-26 12:57:26 by dairos dairos
had lots of bugs but had lots of love
rulez added on the 2004-03-20 05:23:04 by psenough psenough
rulez added on the 2004-05-07 23:09:07 by wayfinder wayfinder
This totally blew me away when it was shown on the bigscreen at TP.
rulez added on the 2004-06-20 19:07:47 by Corial Corial
sucks added on the 2004-07-20 02:27:42 by tintotinto tintotinto
t'was nice... good fx and design and such, but if i recall correctly, zbuffering would have made this 100x better, the graphical problems were obvious even for the time. Checkout Fulcrum too for something similar but slightly more advanced. Good stuff anyway.
rulez added on the 2004-11-05 22:08:30 by witeshade witeshade
Most touching particle scene ever.
rulez added on the 2004-11-18 12:19:15 by zoom zoom
i never liked the demo but the music is kicking the ass!
rulez added on the 2004-12-29 01:37:49 by leaderc leaderc
classic <3
rulez added on the 2005-01-11 23:46:56 by post malone post malone
Particle scene <3
rulez added on the 2005-01-11 23:48:08 by Preacher Preacher
Well, 3D flyby.
added on the 2005-05-02 12:40:30 by Manwe Manwe
Still one of the best demos ever, imo.
rulez added on the 2005-06-20 19:56:41 by elmindreda elmindreda
Great soft3d engine and lots of nice effects. The scanline effects that they have all through the demo are kind of annoying. Methinks someone was trying to cut down on the number of pixels they needed to render...
rulez added on the 2005-06-24 16:18:42 by madcrow madcrow
rulez added on the 2005-08-01 21:51:30 by las las
Great demo! Had some excellent atmospheric sections, like the particle scene.
rulez added on the 2005-08-08 17:38:26 by d3pth d3pth
Good mood, fantasy style.
rulez added on the 2005-10-06 05:27:19 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
whoah, how i like the music of the second part
rulez added on the 2006-01-19 01:18:06 by Pap Pap
I can't say I ever really understood this demo type. It was the first time I ran into the story-style after hearing everyone raving about it and was left wondering. Sure, it has some beauty in it and it was a good effort technically for it's time too but there isn't much of a story or jaw-dropping effects here. Not downright bad but mostly for the Pulse-fans and storydemo-enthusiasts.
sucks added on the 2006-01-28 23:53:48 by slux slux
Very nice one... unfortunatly it never worked 100% on my machine back then. Any video capture somewhere?
rulez added on the 2006-02-13 22:33:46 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
rulez added on the 2006-02-13 23:42:21 by p01 p01
great demo, a classic
rulez added on the 2006-03-21 14:25:13 by spritus spritus
though i never liked the model of the boy, my favorite parts of demos are the 2d works ;) and this one had some great ones by melon dezign. i also like intentionally vague storylines. also has a really good score.
rulez added on the 2006-06-28 01:49:41 by _sodium _sodium
on of my all time favorites
rulezcdc added on the 2006-07-11 20:44:45 by blackpawn blackpawn
Good camera usage and superb music provides unique atmosphere to this excellent demo. Oh don't forget the scene with particles and some good 2d artwork.
rulez added on the 2006-07-11 21:20:56 by scg_ scg_
rulez added on the 2006-08-24 03:29:16 by [ProToS] [ProToS]
The thumb up is for the attempt of some real narrative. However, the story makes very little sense and didn't (regrettably) start a boom of storydemos.
rulez added on the 2006-08-24 11:34:29 by viznut/pwp viznut/pwp
I cannot resist to add a thumb up on this demo, because this is one of my all time favorites.
rulez added on the 2006-08-31 22:07:21 by thec thec
fuckin boring
i hate this one
sucks added on the 2006-09-07 22:16:41 by Spewk Spewk
Videolink added.
added on the 2006-09-11 21:50:34 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
rulez added on the 2006-09-30 12:21:12 by eye eye
rulez added on the 2006-10-20 21:29:05 by doh doh
yeah! perfect demo for it's time! its the deserved winner.
btw, win version does not work...
rulez added on the 2006-11-24 00:39:48 by v3nom v3nom
the win wrapper does work.

probably THE PC demo that can match TBL quality :D

the email and url addies feel a bit outdated :>
rulez added on the 2006-11-24 01:30:46 by Zest Zest
rulez added on the 2006-11-29 22:40:06 by rmeht rmeht
not my favourite from that compo.. but yet oh so nice
rulez added on the 2007-04-16 02:07:07 by whizzter whizzter
rulez added on the 2007-05-01 09:23:27 by René Madenmann René Madenmann
Incredible graphics!
rulez added on the 2007-08-01 05:53:20 by BITS BITS
daaamn, no thumbs up from me yet?
rulez added on the 2007-08-10 16:23:04 by abuze abuze
wow, hadn't seen this once since a long time. great one.
rulez added on the 2007-08-30 18:55:52 by glow glow
Damn.. no comments? I just had a talk with a friend of mine of all time demos that have had a big impact not only to the scene but also personally. Tribes definitely was a big hit at TP7, so much ahead of its time. Great mood and 3d.
rulez added on the 2007-09-08 08:58:01 by melw melw
nearly ten years since this came out, and it still rocks :)
rulez added on the 2007-09-11 23:58:27 by spiny spiny
rulez added on the 2007-10-04 16:44:06 by texel texel
I love the music, 2d artwork, and atmospheric particle scene. However, I can't help but feel that this should have needed more work.
added on the 2007-12-12 13:41:27 by Nezbie Nezbie
Odyssey mk.2 for DOS people. Ambitious, has lots of quality work and effort in it, but simply too boring for most of the time. The particle scene still looks great though, as do most of the 2D gfx.
added on the 2007-12-12 13:51:46 by break break
rulez added on the 2008-01-18 07:07:17 by ferris ferris
You gotta love that story about the rat-face boy and his overgrown, black squirrel!
rulez added on the 2008-01-18 08:54:04 by Jailbird Jailbird
I'll thumb this one up, because moppi prod. has made boring 3d storytelling demos even a few years a go that look almost like this.
But seriously, this is boring.
rulez added on the 2008-01-27 15:15:05 by zefyros zefyros
remarkably cool demo with fantastic tune by scorpik
rulez added on the 2008-02-04 19:56:41 by gentleman gentleman
Great 3D with a story =)
rulez added on the 2008-05-27 09:00:36 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
People keep mentioning that this prod has a story. Eh, what story? "Uh, I'm a boy in Utah on Mars, just strolling along. Uh, what's that? Giant flying boats? A girl aiming a triangular barrelled gun at that weird cat? Oh, and what the FUCK is this multicoloured dust? Oh, the floor is breaking away. Aaaaah! A GIANT GREEN HEAD! NOOOOO!".

Seriously, WHAT story?

Oh, and the prod is very boring in itself, but I guess quite a lot of work was put into this one, kinda like we did with Quest. The music is good, though...
rulez added on the 2008-08-21 06:25:45 by xernobyl xernobyl
pretty crap to be honest (even considering its release date)
sucks added on the 2008-09-25 11:00:30 by shadez shadez
flipping awesome particle system, but meh meh demo overall. Piggie!
added on the 2008-10-04 08:09:53 by micksam7 micksam7
rulez added on the 2008-10-04 08:28:40 by Mystra Mystra
For being 1997, this is good.
rulez added on the 2008-10-04 09:26:50 by Emod Emod
very ambitious for 1997
rulez added on the 2008-10-04 15:38:20 by bonzaj bonzaj
ok... its dated, but I still like it
rulez added on the 2009-01-09 01:37:38 by T$ T$
i got people inside!
rather boring flyby
added on the 2009-08-29 11:51:01 by noby noby
this was just a masterpiece. still is even though the resolution is low nowadays. it was great in 97.
rulez added on the 2010-02-07 01:14:25 by rudi rudi
boring flyby
sucks added on the 2010-03-16 15:21:01 by elkmoose elkmoose
very boring
sucks added on the 2010-03-17 23:44:37 by SiR SiR
kinda boring and music asks for a thumb down.
with the particle system used in this demo, you could totally do agenda circling forth back in the 1997
rulez added on the 2010-04-22 13:41:46 by provod provod
Nice directing; awesome amount of work.
rulez added on the 2010-08-03 23:46:02 by Zavie Zavie
Fantastic music, and I do believe in 1997 this was impressive. Pity I haven't seen this demo when it was released, surely it would rock my mind.
rulez added on the 2010-08-09 19:37:39 by wrthlss wrthlss
Instant thumbup for the fantastic music!
rulez added on the 2010-08-17 09:59:40 by rez rez
This blew me away in 1997...especially the sequence from the screenshot. It's a pitty about the z-buffer problems in an otherwise competent 3d-engine.
rulez added on the 2010-08-17 10:13:42 by Stebo Stebo
Amongst top 10 best demos ever made on any platform for me. Still remember watching this for the first time with my jaw on the floor. Everything is perfectly balanced - story, editing, music, code work. Would love to see nowadays remix with quality of the 3d pumped up. Love it.
rulez added on the 2011-03-28 19:41:43 by AzzaroMWI AzzaroMWI
A milestone!
rulez added on the 2011-11-20 13:12:54 by Frequent Frequent
Kind of nice 3D, apart from the very low-poly "main character". Textures were good. Unfortunately that does not save the complete experience from being utterly boring and seemingly rather pointless. A more "demoish" take with the same tech might've been better, dunno.
sucks added on the 2012-06-07 07:47:45 by ccr ccr
Today I found this demo production by accident and remembered that I watched it that time. It is ok and I like particles part.
added on the 2012-10-13 10:59:17 by Octoate Octoate
Particle scene is still great but "story"demos suck = piggie.
added on the 2012-10-13 12:14:59 by Serpent Serpent
I watched this for the first time last weekend, on a real machine. Good demo! Though I don't particularly care about story stuff and the huge polygons must have looked just as ugly in 1997 as they look now.
rulez added on the 2014-02-17 17:32:07 by yzi yzi
Even with the Windows wrapper, the Windows version doesn't seem to run here, probably because it's really just a thing wrapper and thus won't work on x64? And yes, also crashes in DOSBox towards the end(?)
Anyway, butt-ugly 3D but the particle part was nice. :) And a great soundtrack, of course.
This demo has not aged very well. It was much more impressive when it came out, and the cinematic, "epic" style surely blew away the audience at The Party 7. But the laughably low poly count, flawed/confusing direction, and rather silly graphics make it less enjoyable for me than more traditional, less movie-like demos of the time. Okay, the particle scene is still beautiful.

Ran it in DOSBox SVN with the -bigmem parameter, 32MB RAM. Worked fine.
added on the 2014-12-15 21:44:01 by phoenix phoenix
In retrospect, this is probably the only DOS demo that attempted to produce a cinematic experience and managed to somehow pull it off. There's excellent and vastly underestimated scene direction, a great soundtrack, texturing that works(!), memorable scenes galore (particle dome, alien head touchdown, b/w limbo lights, etc.); by comparative scale, there's nothing even remotely as ambitious in the scene today and given the vastly superior tech we have these days, that is kinda sad.
added on the 2015-02-13 22:16:39 by tomaes tomaes
i guess i'll give pig for this one.
added on the 2016-05-12 08:39:14 by Flashira Flashira
Everything was really well done. But the particle scene in the screenshot is just magic!
rulez added on the 2016-05-12 08:59:16 by noname noname
The scene in the screenshot is just epic and magic. Even if the direction is quite off, this tells a story. And not everything is about style and coherency! Real beauty evolves from perfect moments.
rulez added on the 2016-09-01 14:01:10 by noah/3a noah/3a
I remember being blown away by this in 1997. Must have watched it dozens of times, even though i could never find a pc configuration that ran it all the way through without crashing. It had a story and a real sense of wonder about it, and I don't remember much else coming close at that time.. rose-tinted spectacles maybe? Anyway... yes it is flawed but I still love it :)
rulez added on the 2017-06-06 14:42:38 by evilpaul evilpaul
Has its moments (particle scene) but is pretty boring.
added on the 2018-02-12 23:23:22 by StingRay StingRay
I've never seen it without a crash in the end, but consistent story and camera work makes it great, and still worth watching.
rulez added on the 2019-07-11 13:15:41 by vdr vdr
This is one of those demos I watched probably a hundred times back in the days, but I was today years old, when I found out it has a final version, that doesn't crash near the end. I downloaded it, and it ran to the end on my DOS machine. One thing off the bucket list.
rulez added on the 2022-07-16 23:39:36 by Charlie Charlie
was massive back in days!
rulez added on the 2023-08-14 21:35:56 by roudoudou roudoudou

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