Hello friends, I'm really glad that this thread continues. ^^
Greetings to all of you!
Personally, I like to think that both CGA and Hercules are like slightly unequal siblings,
both from hardware (CRTC) and software perspective (memory locations) .
In what they differ the most in is the use case.
While CGA has its focus on colours, Hercules focuses on resolution.
Personally, I think that Hercules* never got the love that it deserved.
It was great for all kinds of simulation software, like flight sims.
Let's imagine someone brought Hercules to the C64
or released a Macintosh emulator for PC.
"System" running in 720x348 pels! 😍
This would have made PC compatibles the most sophisticated workstations for Mac software in the 80s.
Also, it would have looked much cooler in neon green and amber!
Okay, back to topic..
I know a few more games that might be worth trying on Hercules :
- The Colony
EGA footage, I'm sorry. Anyway, vertical resolution (640x350) is same as Hercules.
So Hercules would be no worse than EGA.
Originall Macintosh footage:
Looks very good in Hercules, as far as I can say.
Here's a capture of mine with a real CRT.
- Games made for 1980s Windows
During the 80s, Windows shipped as a runtime alongbwith applications.
And since EGA was the reference video standard for Windows 1+2,
games were drawn with 640x350 pels view port in mind.
Hence, they are good viewable on Hercules, too.
Ie. they are resizeable often, use little amounts of colour, rarely diagonal lines (req. anti-aliasing).
Games that come to mind: Balance of Power, PD games
- Wonderland/Magnetic Scrolls collection (Magnetic Scrolls)
- Super Tetris
- Frederick Pohl's Gateway series (Legend Entertainment)
- Sim Earth
- Space Station Oblivion
- Sierra's 3-D Helicopter Simulator
Some more CGA/HGC games, maybe not so great (haven't played them much yet):
- Passengers of the Wind series
- Lunar Explorer: A Space Flight Simulator
- RAPCON: Military Air Traffic Control Simulator
- Xenon 2
- Bob Morane : Jungle
Again, not so great list, I'm sorry. I mainly used Mobygames for this quick 'n' dirty research.
https://www.mobygames.com/attribute/sheet/att … et,0/p,2/so,0a/
(*Also was known as MGA, Monochrome Graphics Adapter. Generic term used by HGC clone card makers.)
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