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Comparison between CGA, EGA and VGA graphics
Commander Keen 4: Secret of the OracleApogee also released a CGA version of Commander Keen. Here's a comparison between the CGA en EGA graphics:
Commander Keen 4 titlescreen in CGA
Commander Keen 4 titlescreen in EGA
The Shadowlands map in CGA
The Shadowlands map in EGA
The Hillville level in CGA
The Hillville level in EGA
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Platformania in CGA mode
Platformania in CGA mode
Space Quest IIIFor Space Quest III, they could just rely on the SCI engine to do the conversion of graphics for different graphics adaptors. It just replaced the EGA color with a dithered color for CGA graphics, and most of the times it looks okay, but sometimes it just looks bad. I remember playing Space Quest III on a monochrome screen, and it was just impossible to find out what you're looking at.
Space Quest Opening in Hercules Monochrome, CGA 4 shades monochrome, CGA 4 Color mode, EGA 16 Color mode:
Space Quest Opening in CGA
Space Quest Opening in EGA
Planet Ortega is quite boring in CGA
And really cool in EGA!
Planet Phleebhut is still purple in CGA, but much darker.
Planet Phleebhut in EGA!
Prince of PersiaThe title screen of Prince of Persia is completely redrawn for every graphics adapter.
Prince of Persia title screen in 4 colours CGA
Prince of Persia title screen in 16 colours EGA
Prince of Persia title screen in 256 colours VGA
Soko-BanFor Soko-Ban, they didn't go through the process of creating new graphics for the different graphics adaptors. The EGA version of Soko-Ban uses exactly the same graphics as the CGA version, but with a less painfull colour palette. A bit of a shame though, as 12 colours are unused now.
Soko-Ban title screen in CGA
Soko-Ban title screen in EGA
BudokanSubj1 told me in the comments below that I should check out the marterial arts game Budokan on various graphics adapters. Check out the results:
Budokan title screen in 4 colours CGA
Budokan title screen in 16 colours EGA
Budokan title screen in 256 colours VGA
Budokan in 4 colours CGA
Budokan in 16 colours EGA
Budokan in 256 colours VGA
EGA is so much easier on the eyes! With 16 colors there are ways to make skin colors at least look a little bit more natural.
Skate or Die! titlescreen in CGA
Skate or Die! titlescreen in EGA
Zeliard used a different CGA palette, with a bit more forgiving skin tone for the characters. The 16 color EGA version uses a higher resolution to allow dithering. It also plays in 16 color MCGA mode, where a special 16 color palette looks incredible.
Zeliard titlescreen in CGA
Zeliard titlescreen in 16 color MCGA
Princess Felicia in CGA
Princess Felicia in 16 color MCGA
Murella Town in CGA
Murella Town in 16 color MCGA