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Animated Heavy Portcullis 1.1

The Portcullis in it's fave wall.
June 17th, 2013
Score : 5.0 fair
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
It's a portcullis with heavy bars, that opens by retracting the bars inside the ground. Using some winch mechanism to grind the gate up would doubtlessly be a grueling task for the poor peon that drew a short straw between portcullis duty and milking boncas, so the portcullis is probably not suitable as a means of quickly blocking a gateway, which is a function portcullises were historically used for... But I digress.

The graphics look okay. The animation bothered me slightly. It looked like the bars were flickering in a most annoying manner, like what you sometimes get in Dink with overlapping shadows. It took a while before I realized that's actually just the black parts on the gate moving down. Portcullises shouldn't have weird black parts on them... Someone's been slacking off polish duty.

Also included are a castle wall with a hole in it, as in a gateway to place the portcullis in, and a sound effect of the heavy portcullis screeching into place. Both of these are well done. There are also 4 straight walls from Original Dink, but with the shadows removed. So that you can have castle walls inside...? I really don't know.

The file does NOT include dink.ini lines, a script for the gate nor a test dmod to see it in action, although it has a readme file (in the infernal .doc format) that lists the hardbox stuff. Why Schnapple didn't just add those directly is beyond me. There is also only one direction for the graphics, so you cannot get the portcullis opening at another angle. Someone's been slacking off angler duty.

In a word, this file is okay. It's not so great that you want to have it just because, but if you need a heavy portcullis, if you need to give those loser door guards some workout, if you need to have seven different obstacles blocking the entrance to the catacomb cave castle of Dink's anthropophobic dead grandfather... grab this.
December 26th, 2009
Score : 9.0 exceptional
Peasant Male
I Bring Tidings of Spam 
Well, despite being drunk all the time, I have to give Schnapper credit. Sure he's drunk, and can never release anything. But he finally uploaded a Heavy Portcullis. This will spiff up any castle as said in his provided description. I had used it in my DMOD before vista murdered it. I like how smmothly the animation is with this one. It's definitely worth saying, this is SimonK standards. Good job Schnapper!