I'm sure some of you fine folks remember playing Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos for NES back in the day. I spent a lot of time on this game as a kid and was absolutely awful at it. It was the first Isometric game that I ever played and controls never really sunk in. To this day, even with cheat codes I've never beaten it. But for whatever reason, the music popped into my head and I decided to look for it on youtube (link here) for a bit of nostalgic glory when I stumbled across this amazing little gem. Apparently the team that made the game did a making of video that you could mail in for.
The team is clearly not very comfortable in front of a camera and it's shot like a bad public access piece, but it's super fascinating in a lot of ways. First I'm not surprised that developers had the idea to do a "making of" video all the way back then. This has become pretty common place nowadays, but is never not appreciated by folks like me. Second it shows prototype versions, music creation software, and a NES development console. Pretty freaking rad! Anyway, here's the video:
Next time Giant Bomb decide to do something similar to Building A Bastion, they maybe should take some notes for this... by that I mean make it look like it was cheaply made in the late 80's.
And remember kids!
Solstice... A new game to remember...