lien Syndrome was a rather decent arcade conversion but in my opinion, the
graphic atmosphere could be improved. Many aspects were great however, and this
selection screen was really cool. Well, with a little help from Paint Shop Pro
I managed to make it even better (in my opinion of course).
First of all, I decided to reproduce the tiling effect of the
original arcade picture by moving
both texts to the top and bottom. To get closer to its grayscale effect, I made a
reasonably easy to implement addition (see the technical bit for details). It allows
the upper and lower strips to use darker colors.
On second thought, I don't like the gray, cross-shaped eyes, and the new eyes have
a more mature look, don't you think? The whole thing also looks somewhat cleaner
with regular dithering on the hairs and shirts.
As far as colors are concerned, I really prefer the purple background. By the way,
I really don't like messages using opposite colors like green and cyan. Using green
and purple at the same time is also a common mistake. Because of that, the colors
of my version are not very faithful to the
arcade original, but my goal was to make it look as good as possible on the C64.
Better to have an inaccurate but good looking adaptation than a dull attempt to
get closer to the original, that's what I think.