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Amiga Vampire 1200 - Breathless

Pedro Cotter
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 298
25 May 2020 20:56


Testing Breathless on the Amiga Vampire 1200
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Lord Aga
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 118
26 May 2020 12:45


Great video! Makes me wanna play it :)


Andy Hearn

Posts 365
26 May 2020 13:54


Cheers! great stuff, thanks for the video :)


Pedro Cotter
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 298
26 May 2020 15:28


Happy you guys liked the video!
Now go play the game!!! :p


Saladriel Amrael

Posts 157
26 May 2020 15:50


Really, really smooth, it's an excellent result.

At a glance seems faster than on any 060 I've seen it (Surely faster than WinUAE JIT on my gaming PC)



Ray Couzens

Posts 91
26 May 2020 16:26


Pedro Cotter wrote:

Happy you guys liked the video!
  Now go play the game!!! :p

I need a Vamp to play!


Maurizio Tirone

Posts 42
27 May 2020 08:21


I don't use emulators so I couldn't do a comparison test, but BREATHLESS on Vampire was certainly the best result I got on Amiga for this game...


Iain Stannard

Posts 15
22 Dec 2020 18:01


This looks great!

I've tried running Breathless on the Vampire V4 Standalone, unfortunately with less success so far.

It's clear that it is not anywhere near using the full capabilities of the system. I've tried running it in a relatively small window (192x120, I think?) and at 2x2 pixel mode the frame rate is passable. At 1x1 it is practically a slideshow.

What's more, I'm only able to run it once. After that, the icon doesn't seem to work any more - there seems to be a new folder created entitled "game" which contains a file "Breathless". This seems to be an executable file, but it does not work - the screen momentarily goes black before returning to desktop.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!


Pierre Ranko

Posts 6
22 Dec 2020 20:50


have you pressed "F12" to disable Turtle_Mode?


Iain Stannard

Posts 15
22 Dec 2020 22:40


Yes, I tried that - it didnít seem to have any effect. F11 did toggle scan lines, so I a bit mystified as to why it didnít work.

I suppose I could try to edit the prefs file for WHDLoad so that it defaults to full speed.


Pierre Ranko

Posts 6
22 Dec 2020 23:19


Iain Stannard wrote:

Yes, I tried that - it didnít seem to have any effect. F11 did toggle scan lines, so I a bit mystified as to why it didnít work.
 
  I suppose I could try to edit the prefs file for WHDLoad so that it defaults to full speed.

Use the 060 Version and add "Cache" in the WHDLOAD-Breathless Icon. The Result seems better


Iain Stannard

Posts 15
23 Dec 2020 11:39


Thanks Pierre. That works perfectly! With the cache option set, and with Turtle mode enabled by default, pressing F12 makes a world of difference. It is genuinely playable with the screen size set to maximum and pixel width of 1x1. This is genuinely what I had hoped to see, a supercharged Amiga.

I had to run it from the command line - I couldn't work out how to add the command to the icon as you suggested. But CLI works well enough for now.


Tim Noyce

Posts 95
23 Dec 2020 12:51


Iain, if you right-click on the icon, click on the 'Add' button, you can add items to the WHDLoad profile for that game. You may see others there, to give you an idea of the syntax.

Here's a link to the list of the various things which can be added or changed related to launching a WHDLoad install




Iain Stannard

Posts 15
05 Jan 2021 18:02


Many thanks for the further advice, Tim. I found that what worked was right clicking and selecting the "Information" option from the menu, then adding "cache" to the ToolTypes list using the "New" button.

This makes the process of running Breathless a great deal less hassle. It is genuinely quite playable now! However, I don't suppose it is fully taking advantage of the Vampire core.

I have tried a similar approach to other games that were performance limited on old hardware. Notably Frontier, which runs amazingly well. In fact, I've been trying out all sorts of 3D vector-based games - that is probably worth a thread of its own, though.


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