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Desert Tiles Graphics

June 22nd, 2002
Score : 8.1 good
Peasant Female
The Desert Tile Graphics v1.2 contains 2 tiles (TS38 and TS40) for making a desert.

Good: The used colours give a very good impression of a desert in the heat of the day. They also give the impression of what most people think a desert looks likes: just sand.
You have the possibility to let the desert shade off into grass.
When placing the tiles next to one another, they blend perfectly; you can stamp for example the desert tiles wherever you want and there will be no visible separation.
The author refers to another graphics pack – the Stone of Balance Graphics pack – in which sprites can be found to add to the desert.
The hills are new in this version and they add the nice possibility of ending the dessert in a different way than converting it to grass.

Not so good: There are no round corners in the grass-parts for ending the desert so you’ll have to do with just a straight end or some corners at an angel of 90 degrees.
The shade off from sand into grass would be better if it had at first the inkling of grass, then a bit more grass and if it had some curves instead of just a straight line.

Remark: In this version one tile is left out that was in the earlier version, namely TS35. This tile resembles truly a scorching desert and it almost hurts the eye, just as a real desert can do. This TS35 is an amazingly beautiful example of a heat-sizzling desert, and I regret that it is left out of this version. The author state that that was done because only the other design was used for the desert to grass conversion. But I particularly like TS35 and I’m glad I downloaded the earlier version before this one came out. Perhaps the author can give it some thought and put this tile back in (with a shade off into the other desert design) so others can enjoy it too…

General remark: If you’d put this pack and The Stone of Balance Desert Tiles by SimonK together, you’d have all the tiles you need to make every desert you wish. The only problem is that the tiles of those two don’t blend.

Overall: You can make with this pack a beautiful scorching desert.