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Robotnik by Rage [web]
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release date : march 1997
release party : The Gathering 1997
compo : pc demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 71%
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  • 5
alltime top: #606
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best demo ever!

(120 dB)
another demo of my favourites.. impactant! great effects and great muzak!! this demo did innovate with some features da typical 3d engines.. appears new effects too! download it!
added on the 2000-08-22 19:04:58 by mrdoob mrdoob
very nice, i very much like the "sunken city" part.
added on the 2000-11-01 14:51:42 by Tolle Tolle
Indeed a fantastic demo! Effects and music just rock! It's a pity, that rage didn't produce some more productions on the PC-Platform.
added on the 2000-12-16 17:58:08 by heman heman
one of my favorite demos ..
a must see demo, very good 3d engine, the music is great, fits perfectly the overal mood, great effects (i have not seen cloth simulation in any other demo, and the destroyed city thing is fantastic)
added on the 2001-02-27 02:10:22 by Nuclear Nuclear
The ambient thriller music atmosphere and the fx are great! Ok,. 3d textures sometimes look ugly, but it rocks overall! That rage thriller atmosphere demos with that great 2d and nice 3d stuff rockz!!!
cdc added on the 2001-03-08 14:20:42 by Optimus Optimus
"PUNISH YOUR MACHINE!" Damn right, this is one of the best demos ever released, should have won at TG97.
rulez added on the 2001-06-05 01:09:27 by fractalgp fractalgp
in the old times before subpixels were mainstream this used to be my example of how not to code:)

have to respect the immense amount of work involved in the voxelmapped triangles etc though. i really wouldn't even try that.
rulez added on the 2001-06-24 02:41:12 by 216 216
ofcourse i have to thumb this demo, rulez...
see comment above
rulez added on the 2001-07-17 02:03:07 by Nuclear Nuclear
good technical demo, ugly otherwise.

sucks added on the 2001-07-17 11:29:17 by rasmus/loonies rasmus/loonies
make me ;)
rulez added on the 2001-08-10 15:38:55 by ileaardbei ileaardbei

Although, ofcourse, I really can't really tell anyone I like this demo since it has design that would make even Ile cringe.

But anyway, when I first started doing demo-type-stuff I was amazed by the code! And it still rocks. Kinda.
rulez added on the 2001-08-10 16:15:12 by sagacity sagacity
Fantastic demo :)
rulez added on the 2001-08-13 15:32:37 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
come on :)
it didn't only punish my poor machine back then, it also made me sleepy.
sucks added on the 2001-08-14 07:47:52 by superplek superplek
nice demo even tho its a tad bit cheesy... nice soundtrack and atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2001-08-16 11:41:06 by rbism rbism
ugly =)
sucks added on the 2001-08-24 01:51:03 by _ _
cute and codewise good, but clumsy style
rulez added on the 2001-08-26 19:48:07 by jar jar
My favourite demo ever. Music rules and there was something really innovative when it came out. The 3d engine was just "regular" but the feeling is awesome anyway.
rulezcdc added on the 2001-08-26 22:54:43 by dixan dixan
Come to think of it, most of the technical gee-whiz was already shown in their TP'95 demo. (Especially the per-pixel bumpmap thing looked far more awesome than in this one But that aside: Robotnik is a classic. The king of dark demos.

Punish my machine? Pah! I played it on my 486DX2-66 when it came out, somehow it was still rather quick =)

Come on Ile, shout it out to the masses again!
rulez added on the 2001-08-27 00:29:33 by Shifter Shifter
shifter, i'll shout it in the car to trsac, ok :)

not to forget, i will also shout it AT trsac!
rulez added on the 2001-10-24 14:46:16 by Optimus Optimus
this is a great demo. music is just great and every other stuff is cool too. thumbs up for this one.
rulez added on the 2001-10-29 08:34:59 by teel teel
Very good code, very atmospheric music, however, lacks design a bit, and camera movements are pretty rectangular. Thumbs up nevertheless.

Oh, and polygon voxels rule! :)
rulez added on the 2002-01-10 03:08:08 by Gargaj Gargaj
This demo is creating a very special atmosphere...the thrilling sound at the beginning rulez!
added on the 2002-05-08 02:27:27 by Crest Crest
what's with the perceived social stigma about liking this demo, it's not like some fucking te2rb is the only good demo ever :D
I liked it too, though I haven't seen it in years. but err, yep, just one look at that screenshot reminds that this demo indeed had some of the ugliest texturing ever accomplished. but they really did have excellent code.
rulez added on the 2002-05-08 02:37:26 by saffron saffron
punish your ROBOTNIK!
this is just so good...
rulez added on the 2002-05-08 11:46:38 by FooLman FooLman
punish this vote
rulez added on the 2002-05-08 11:56:54 by kb_ kb_
good code | demo but has this nasty nerd design that leaves a weird aftertaste akin to chewing aluminium.
added on the 2002-05-08 12:08:17 by _-_-__ _-_-__
who said about Robotnik's style? I love this style :). Robotnik has a great dark atmosphere! It rulez and it's a Must See.
rulez added on the 2002-08-19 02:42:29 by BadSector BadSector

seemed stupid to me but interesting in a way. havnt seen it for ages anyway..

added on the 2002-08-22 17:59:19 by raver raver
One of the best pcdemos.
rulez added on the 2002-08-22 18:03:33 by emoon emoon
this sure didn't stand "the test of time" - looks kinda kitschy nowadays. but - for the sake of the good ol' times - a thumb.
rulez added on the 2002-08-22 18:07:05 by bhead bhead
Great, alternative, very dark!
rulez added on the 2002-11-06 12:10:59 by sprocket sprocket
This is my favourite demo, I remember I had it as screensaver on Dreamhack97, ehe =) crached my betaversion of win98 it did yes yes.
rulezcdc added on the 2002-11-06 12:23:43 by Dubmood Dubmood
simply rules!
rulez added on the 2003-01-09 21:31:12 by violator violator
one of my all time favourites.
rulez added on the 2003-08-26 22:35:59 by lazyone lazyone
Oh i forgot to rate this one : anyone would be nice engouth to do a win 32 port ?
rulez added on the 2003-12-11 09:14:43 by nytrik nytrik
what about a windows port?
added on the 2003-12-11 10:01:59 by elkmoose elkmoose
A Windows port would rock. Punish your Windows!
rulez added on the 2003-12-11 10:46:48 by Preacher Preacher
Yes, do a windows port.. I want to see voxelmapped triangles. (honestly, I would sell my soul (again) to the devil at discount price to get the theory behind voxel clad objects.) .. yes .. .
added on the 2003-12-11 18:55:29 by loaderror loaderror
added on the 2003-12-11 19:01:04 by Gargaj Gargaj
so anyone give us a win32 port including the source :)
btw till one of my all time faves, can't believe I didn't comment it yet.
rulezcdc added on the 2003-12-11 19:10:08 by mizc mizc
awesome 3d-show from the 2nd golden age.
rulez added on the 2003-12-11 19:17:51 by gloom gloom
Besides some fugly parts, an interesting 'old-timer'.
rulez added on the 2003-12-11 19:57:36 by tomaes tomaes
Cool that people still remember us! :-) Thought we were forgotten long time ago...

Preacher, comments like yours really makes an old-timers heart melt :-)

Happy hacking,

//Tapani (aka nadir/RAGE)
rulez added on the 2004-07-23 11:51:12 by nadir nadir
Robotnik 4 president !
rulez added on the 2004-07-23 12:18:23 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
doesn't run under XP
added on the 2004-07-25 19:23:18 by legalize legalize
also doesn't run on Amiga!
added on the 2004-07-25 19:32:59 by Shifter Shifter
i tried it on my gameboy.. doesn't run on that either
added on the 2004-07-25 19:40:19 by okkie okkie
but runs on my c64 with a pc emulator and looooots of diskswapping!
rulez added on the 2004-07-25 19:47:53 by ryg ryg
ROBOTNIK! I'll buy a machine to watch this demo again... and i'll punish it then.
rulez added on the 2004-08-02 00:32:13 by jimmi jimmi
One of the best dos demos i can remember!
rulez added on the 2004-09-26 22:19:49 by oldaccount oldaccount
This was one of my favorite demos ever.. the design was indeed a tad iffy, but the music RULED, and some of the effects are just plain incredible. Has some problems running on modernish hardware, but if you can get it to run, it's worth it. RAGE fucking ruled.
rulez added on the 2004-11-05 22:10:33 by witeshade witeshade
best brutal demo ever.
rulez added on the 2004-12-29 02:05:31 by leaderc leaderc
Fantastic demo!
rulez added on the 2005-03-23 10:02:17 by Corial Corial
rulez added on the 2005-03-23 10:34:28 by apricot apricot
no divx, no win 32 port ... how sad ...
added on the 2005-03-23 10:57:56 by nytrik nytrik
added on the 2005-03-23 12:27:14 by apricot apricot
Shows its age too much.
sucks added on the 2005-03-23 13:05:23 by Shanethewolf Shanethewolf
Or I should say, it hasn't aged well, unlike some older demos that still have a bit of vintage class.
rulez added on the 2005-03-23 13:10:56 by p01 p01
rulez added on the 2005-03-23 15:55:10 by stonda stonda
Ahh .. I remember this one. Had some nice mirror effects. I think I voted for it on TG'97. Rage were top of the line.
rulez added on the 2005-04-20 22:26:31 by ManJIT ManJIT
This rocked so damn hard back then.
rulez added on the 2005-06-24 17:16:08 by PigPen PigPen
another classic :)
rulez added on the 2005-06-24 17:21:03 by pdx pdx
rulez added on the 2005-08-12 11:51:40 by spritus spritus
was DAMN rockin back then
rulez added on the 2006-01-19 00:04:43 by Pap Pap
.. and still is!
added on the 2006-01-19 00:06:36 by Preacher Preacher
Jimmi made a video!

rulez added on the 2006-04-11 19:14:39 by BoyC BoyC
never commented this, but was outstanding! love it!
rulez added on the 2006-04-11 19:29:19 by NuKem NuKem
great music, great feeling!
rulez added on the 2006-04-11 19:35:42 by mrdoob mrdoob
Thanks for the video!

Love this demo :)
rulez added on the 2006-04-11 20:42:08 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
Jimmi made a video!

Thank you so much,Jimmi!
A Win32 port would be cool,anyway...like for The Fulcrum!
rulez added on the 2006-04-11 21:40:55 by orb orb
Just saw it for the first time (thanks for the video!). Maybe I should have watched it already 8 years ago because now it didn't do anything for me. Nice 3D engine but I didn't like the music and some parts felt a bit stupid.
added on the 2006-04-12 11:27:25 by dairos dairos
yes, this was a very strange one.
rulez added on the 2006-04-12 11:38:47 by seppjo seppjo
So great to finally see this again :-)
Thanks for the video!
rulez added on the 2006-04-12 13:13:00 by samwise samwise
Nice 3D engine but I didn't like the music and some parts felt a bit stupid.

The spundtrack is absolutely awesome,one of my favourite mods of alla time!

De gustibus,anyway.
added on the 2006-04-12 14:04:23 by orb orb
Dairos: aahhh, you fool. the music is excellent! :)
added on the 2006-04-12 17:05:39 by dixan dixan
hehe :)
added on the 2006-04-13 07:09:07 by dairos dairos
except for the very boring demo, this totally rocks!
rulez added on the 2006-04-27 10:47:28 by StingRay StingRay
demo = music, damn it :D
added on the 2006-04-27 10:47:58 by StingRay StingRay
loves it :-)
rulezcdc added on the 2006-05-06 01:17:15 by Quarryman Quarryman
Visuals and music both so very beautiful.
rulez added on the 2006-08-10 00:37:22 by elmindreda elmindreda
quality from a design point of view, some lovely transitions
rulez added on the 2006-10-02 05:12:53 by Gaia Gaia
rulez added on the 2006-12-14 15:46:55 by bitl bitl
Cool demo!
rulez added on the 2007-02-09 12:29:33 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
rulez added on the 2007-05-03 20:47:56 by post malone post malone
rulez added on the 2007-07-17 20:46:46 by toxie toxie
This was massive in 1997 - great effect after great effect after great effect... One of my absolute favourites on my old (punished) dos machine!
rulez added on the 2007-08-14 01:18:15 by Stebo Stebo
very good!
rulez added on the 2007-08-15 21:47:31 by marlowe marlowe
10 years old, hard to believe..
rulez added on the 2007-10-02 23:57:19 by phoenix phoenix
no thumb?! was pretty decent for it's time.
rulez added on the 2007-10-02 23:58:56 by psenough psenough
rulez added on the 2007-11-29 01:25:02 by Murphy Murphy
i always felt embarrassed watching this
added on the 2007-11-29 01:53:43 by sofokles sofokles
Scheiße, this is great!
rulez added on the 2008-01-20 06:34:46 by chromag chromag
deep impact!
rulez added on the 2008-01-20 10:31:32 by Zest Zest
Just watched it. Great and very atmospheric demo. I love this oldskool feeling.
rulez added on the 2008-01-20 12:52:32 by masterm masterm
The music!
rulez added on the 2008-01-20 13:03:03 by Cosmocat Cosmocat
rulez added on the 2008-01-20 18:43:50 by raer raer
what rarefluid said!
rulez added on the 2008-01-20 22:17:22 by xernobyl xernobyl
rulez added on the 2008-01-20 22:46:23 by parcelshit parcelshit
rulez added on the 2008-01-20 22:51:46 by texel texel
Visually great for 97, but music could be a lot better...
rulez added on the 2008-01-26 03:49:33 by zefyros zefyros
Really fucking cool!
rulez added on the 2008-03-10 05:34:28 by vame vame
well done
rulez added on the 2008-04-11 18:46:20 by neoneye neoneye
Visually great for 97, but from a nowadays viewpoint it's relatively boring..
bad direction and music, no tension is being created.
oh, and it's way overrated.
added on the 2008-08-17 12:35:54 by v3nom v3nom
gr8 fx 4 97
rulez added on the 2008-08-17 13:49:45 by cruzer cruzer
ahh, sweet memories.
rulez added on the 2008-08-26 20:28:47 by malken malken
monitor desync and horrific noises when trying to run but the video is cool and has door sounds from Alien movies
rulez added on the 2008-08-26 23:04:25 by PENETRATOR PENETRATOR
Damn cool lofi-sound and nice transitions
rulez added on the 2009-03-07 16:38:29 by T$ T$
really nice effects
rulez added on the 2009-03-30 12:57:45 by stijn stijn
Great for it's time.
rulez added on the 2009-04-18 12:22:10 by mdx mdx
great for it´s time. but doesn´t stand the test of time very well.
added on the 2009-05-12 22:18:20 by Eliecan Eliecan
Surely a lot of rulage for 1997.
rulez added on the 2009-06-27 01:22:00 by Alpha C Alpha C
Dark powha!
rulez added on the 2009-07-25 14:09:37 by vestige vestige
rulez added on the 2009-07-25 15:10:04 by mic mic
A very nice demo !
rulez added on the 2010-03-18 00:00:05 by lsl lsl
OMG! Rage ON PC!?!!

thumbup for Fajser awesome musics!
rulez added on the 2010-08-16 10:14:23 by rez rez
So old, so long ago.... Nice one.
rulez added on the 2010-10-06 23:38:33 by sim sim
pure awesomeness
rulez added on the 2011-02-03 15:39:56 by e64 e64
For 97 I give a thumb
rulez added on the 2011-08-04 21:53:40 by jack-3d jack-3d
I got punished
rulez added on the 2011-11-17 19:51:13 by Frequent Frequent
Hard to judge from today's perspective. The vectors are somewhat ugly and shaky and the whole thing lasts way too long. A couple of parts like the face still look nice, though.
added on the 2012-09-06 16:38:57 by Marq Marq
This demo has the best soundtrack of all time in the demoscene. Nothing can ever compare to this.
rulez added on the 2013-08-10 12:19:22 by Telach Telach
what jack-3d said.
rulez added on the 2013-08-10 12:40:57 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
oh no
added on the 2013-08-10 13:09:28 by leGend leGend
for its time? hell yeah
rulez added on the 2013-08-24 05:37:32 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
I like.
rulez added on the 2013-11-08 22:21:13 by imerso imerso
Awesome stuff, especially for 1997. Showcasing really good 3D and 2D effects, like the amazing 2D flooded city and that projector light in 3D.

Punish your machine!
rulez added on the 2014-10-19 00:10:46 by TomoAlien TomoAlien
rulez added on the 2014-10-19 13:31:53 by las las
This was really cool when it came. Good work.
rulez added on the 2014-12-31 16:47:57 by Emod Emod
Still entertaining after almost 20y. CdC confirmed.
added on the 2015-05-30 13:37:53 by dixan dixan
Lots of cool routines in this one. My favourite is the voxels on the 3d object. It is officially on my bucket list
rulez added on the 2018-01-05 07:39:16 by rloaderro rloaderro
I've checked this recently and to my expectation this kind of awesome prods mature with dignity. What a show it was back in the day and what a show it still is. Well done Rage for making something timeless!
rulez added on the 2019-01-15 14:38:09 by AzzaroMWI AzzaroMWI
What a great demo!
rulez added on the 2019-11-10 22:27:10 by Mystra Mystra
Amazing stuff! Rules!
rulez added on the 2019-11-11 01:18:43 by ham ham
Great demo.
rulez added on the 2019-11-11 06:54:04 by malmix malmix
like it
rulez added on the 2020-07-09 21:04:11 by krusty krusty
how come I haven't voted this up?!
rulez added on the 2020-07-09 22:11:55 by hollowone hollowone
One of the greatest DOS demos ever made.

How about releasing the sources so it can get ported to windows?
rulez added on the 2020-10-26 21:20:19 by arm1n arm1n
hilariously bad, but at the same time almost could've been great had some of these ideas been pulled off with some taste. there were a lot more successful demos in 1997 that did better by simply aiming lower and doing what the technological and artistic landscape was better equipped for
sucks added on the 2020-10-26 21:36:15 by noby noby
Great code stuff for 1997 in there
rulez added on the 2020-10-27 02:57:26 by keops keops
Punish your machine :)
rulez added on the 2020-12-16 21:06:19 by venex venex
So I re-watched this today and well it hasn't aged well :)

While I still do enjoy it, it has some really bad accuracy issues all over the place and the (what looks like) non-interpolated camera paths are really jerky.

The music is still great tho!
added on the 2022-12-30 15:57:36 by emoon emoon
awesome ambiance, great FX, maybe not as polish as it supposed to be but great achievements!
rulez added on the 2024-03-01 19:04:14 by roudoudou roudoudou
some great ideas
rulez added on the 2024-03-23 13:39:46 by grz grz

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