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The Konix Multi-system Games


Here are the know games that were either in development for the Konix Multi-system or had been planed to be. Some have screen shots from magazines and some have videos provided with kind permission of Jon Dean (the guy that actually filmed them). Please don't distribute or re-produce these videos as they remain Jon Dean's Copyright.

StarRay - Logotron


StarRay

Looked very good - and was probably going to be a good port - but it was after all just a Defender clone, and I think Jeff's clone would have won out of the two on terms of originality - purely because this was a conversion and he had the opportunity to go wild.

Starray - Konix Multi-system

StarRay found its way onto several machines, and did pretty well. The game was an unashamed Defender clone - now you've got to ask why were defender clones so popular in the days of Salamander, Gradius and R-Type. Surely an arcade perfect port would have been more prestigious for the Multi-system than another clone no matter how good it was.

It was the fact that the PC Engine had such a near perfect port of R-Type that made me convinced the machine was good (even though it was only half the game and still suffered slowdown).

It has to be said that the graphics of StarRay were very pretty indeed and had a great depth of field effect - however we were getting towards the end of the days where you could use multi-level parallax scrolling to make a game look impressive.We were on the dawn of 3D taking over so a slightly tarted up version of Defender didn't really cut the mustard.

This version did look better then it's contemporaries - the ST and Amiga version looking more pixelated.

If you were to have another shoot'em up then you really needed something with a stupid amount of sprites and lots of impressive effects. Also I'd personally have gone for a vertical shooter as having a great looking 2D horizontal shooter in AMC' 89 would've been enough.

Screenshots


Starray - Image 1 Starray - Image 2 Starray - Image 3 Starray - Image 4

Again, unfortunately the quality of the images is quite poor. But in the comparison below, you can see from the one good picture that again the Konix had a slight edge over the Amiga having much the same resolution but greater colour-depth leading to better shading effects.

StarRay - Amiga StarRay - Konix Multi-system