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Autumn Tiles

Autumn Water Tile
October 30th, 2002
v1.00
Score : 5.0 fair
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Binirit
Peasant Female
 
This file contains 6 tiles, ts19, ts20, ts21, ts22, ts23, and ts32.

The tiles come in dirt/water, dirt/grey earth, dirt/rock, dirt/path and one tile that has a dark green colour.
Although they are called autumn tiles, they look more like wasteland.

TS19 is brown dirt sitting next to water. If you want to make some walking space for Dink, you have to use blocks from another tile, since if you use a block from TS19 it does not blend. But the blocks from TS21, TS22 and TS23 have a slightly different colour brown, so that is not very nice either.

TS20 and TS32 are partial new. TS32 has a dark green colour with a darker green centre. TS20 has the same brown colours as the others, with a darker brown centre; the centre of TS20 does not blend, so you can not use the darker brown; you can only use it as one dark brown spot. It also has four lines on it, that divide the separate blocks so it looks like the tile does not blend.
The same goes for TS32; the green version of TS20.

TS21 is the best, since this tile has brownish trees that resemble autumn the most.
TS23 is the road and grass tile, but now in a brown colour for the grass.
TS32 has a dark green colour with a darker green centre.

The problem with all tiles is that they all have a slightly different brown colour and a different texture. So you can not use them on the same screen. TS19 and TS20 do not have any blocks to create walking space, so you would have to use some other tile, but then the difference in colour is cleary seen. The best tile to combine with TS20 would be TS19, but it is not perfect. And the same goes for the other tiles. TS32, the green tile, is the best for combining, since you can combine it with normal grass.

The tiles have other numbers then the original ones, so you can not just copy the tiles into the tiles folder, but first you have to check what name to give them. It would have been handier if these tiles had the same names as the original ones.

Overall these tiles do not resemble autumn, but that is not bad at all since wasteland tiles are useful too. The main problem with these tiles is that they all have different textures and different colours of brown, and are therefore only useful as seperate tiles. But since tiles are supposed to be used on several adjoining screens, most of these tiles are not that useful.
July 12th, 2002
v1.00
Score : 8.0 good
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This is one of the oldest tile sets available in Dink network. There are 6 tile screens in this file and 5 of them have the same claylike tune of color. Most of them were directly modified from the original Dink's tiles, so basically you don't need to worry about tile hardness problem.

This file was originally called desert tile, and after another two desert tile files came out; the author clarified that this file was never meant to be for desert. It was some historical reason that it has been called desert tile ever since it was released. Since the author said when he made those tiles he wanted it to have some feeling of an autumn, this file was then renamed to Autumn tile. (Note: in original Dink's tile sets, you only have evergreen or snow for usual outdoor environment.)

Even though this tile set is closer to an autumn theme than a desert scene, I still do not think it resemble autumn well. The land does not look like a ground of autumn, nor a muddy surface (The original Ts17 looks more like a mud.). It does look more like a claylike wasteland or a place on the other planet.

So basically I am not going to review this file based on its name.

I do not know how the author made those tiles. According to the standard of my method (changing the hue of the whole tile and replacing part of the picture with the original one), this author did an excellent job. (The author might use other much more advanced method such as change all the color of one specific palette index with another one, so for example only greenish color would be changed into brownish color.) Anyway, you can hardly find any glitches left on the adjacent parts where new color meets the old one. I did find something that might be argueable. I don't know if the author left them on purpose. One is in Ts19, you can see quite a lot of green shadows on the boundary between the water and land. It appears to be the original part in the original Ts08. You can argue that they indicate that some moss or algae exists near the water, but it does look a little weird. The other thing is you can see a few isolated red/orange dots in the trees in Ts21. Apparently those dots were bright light green in the original Ts01. They look like Christmas tree lightings to me.

One biggest mistake here is the tile numbers chosen for those tiles. The author thought if you don't want to use any of the fire tiles (ts19 to ts23) it would be safe to replace them all. Wrong! In Dink, all tiles in ts19 would show a continuous slide from ts19 to ts23. So if you do use the numbers that this author gave, you would have very strange screen each time you use ay tile in ts19.

Overall, this is a high quality set of tiles, although it did not resemble autumn very well. If you like to use them in your dmod, make sure you find other tile set that you don't want to use. (If you never want to use any tile in ts19, then it is safe to use ts20 thru ts23. Otherwise, find some other numbers.)

I originally might give this file an 8.5, but considering the obvious mistake for choosing the tile number and some small defects that I mentioned earlier, I could give it an 8.0 instead.
June 9th, 2002
v1.00
Score : 6.8 fair
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IceMan
Peasant Male
 
Hmmmm..... Desert Tiles, no wait, ahh Autumn tiles. I can remember reviewing them when they were called Desert tiles and deleted them from my hard drive, however I then re-downloaded them under the name of autumn tiles and thought that they have been well done. Why? For the look of autumn tiles yes, for Desert no. But here's what I think

Strengths
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I think that now being autumn tiles is a much better description of this tile set. You need not worry about having desert tiles as plenty have now been released. I think that these tiles can not only be used as autmun tiles, but some sort of mud/wasteland. I give it some high points for this. Being able to use it in many different ways is very good. I think that maybe, although I'm not always right. Maybe it could have been improved to look more like wasteland by putting in some leaves. Anyway, for the strengths I think that Autumn tiles has been very well put together, and if you want that muddy effect, this is the download you want.

Weaknesses
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However, on a negative side I think that the tiles should still looka bit more like Autumn. I feel that there should be small leaves on the ground, and not just mud. When have you gone down the park at autumn and seen a park of mud?! You don't, you see leaves everywhere, big piles of them. You also see the trees bare, with nothing on. James Perleys tiles do not represent this. I think that the mud next to water effect was good, only if the ground was to be used in a muddy effect, the water shouldn't be so clean, and if it is to be used as autumn tiles, the water should have leaves floating in it. These are some of the many features that could have improved this tile set, and although the strengths were good, I think the weaknesses let the score down.

Overall
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I think that the improvement for the type of tile set, is very well done, but looking at its bad points makes the autumn tile set, still look like muddy wasteland.

Total 6.8
Grade C

End comment "Want wasteland? Then download this"
August 25th, 2003
v1.00
Score : 7.5 good
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SimonK
Peasant Male Australia
 
These aren’t really desert tiles (like the name of the zip file implies – but at least the link at the DN has it right), but the grass tiles and Mike Synder’s dark woods grass tiles all browned up. More like autumn tiles really (as the link says). But not bad. The Dark Woods grass is mismatched and has quite visible straight lines which is off putting. There is no instructions for where to put these bmps which should’ve been included, as well as some note from the author at least saying what he felt the files were best used for.

I think a draught striken land would be a good call for these, well, most except the ones with water in them – or the other use could be a land being poisoned.

Overall 7.5 out of 10.