Amiga Game Intros Vol. 3: Wrath of the Demon (Abstrax, 1991)

Wrath of the Demon is our intro sequence for today. It seems to be the only game Abstrax ever made – the video here was recorded from the CDTV version of the game, released in 1991. Our – guess what – barechested hero is strolling through his peaceful little village when he hears a strange sound. He quickly decides to check out what happened. A guy runs away and screams can be heard! The next scene shows the victim, a woman lying on the ground, holding a letter by King Luther that explains the backstory. Technically, the individual scenes are quite well made. The animation is quite fluid, and I find the hair and paper blowing in the wind to be especially impressive. There are also some interesting camera pans going on that employ parallax scrolling, and the shot from above the village remotely reminds me of a similar shot in Pinocchio. However, most of the scenes last way too long, especially the one with the dead body. They probably already paid for that long-ass howling wolf sfx, so they might as well get the most out of it!

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