Looking for a change of pace from all the fightin', shooting' and blastin' on your Genesis? Well, now you can create rather than destroy with Sega's unique, graphic arts game, Art Alive! In this simplified computer drawing program for art novices, there isn't a single Boss or nemesis in sight; however, video pals Sonic and ToeJam and Earl do make a brief and welcome appearance.
Art Alive! transforms your TV set into a video canvas on which you create visual masterpieces with a variety of drawing tools, colors, and animation options. You draw by using the control pad and an onscreen cursor, which appears as a crosshair, a pencil, or a spray can depending on the graphic tool you use. Anyone familiar with personal computer art programs will start drawing instantly, and beginners will take just a few moments longer to hit the paints!
At hand are 8 tools to draw, paint, and create shapes. The most versatile is the Pencil, which you use for freehand drawing. The Eraser does what erasers do; however, here you can also use it as an illustration tool to add special effects. The Curve Tool creates precise, curvy lines. The Free-Form Tool creates straight lines of any length, which can be connected to create enclosed shapes. The Fill Bucket automatically fills any enclosed shape with one of 16 primary colors or 4 contrasting patterns. The Spray Can paints like an airbrush, and, as with a real airbrush, the longer you spray on one spot, the heavier the spray color. The Circle and Rectangle tools are self-explanatory. If you make a mistake with any Tool, a handy Undo feature enables you wipe out your most recent stroke.
Art Alive! earns its name with a collection of Special Features that breathe life into your artistic efforts. The Stamps option enables you to instantly imprint the screen with one of several well-rendered, predrawn pictures of people, animals, vehicles, or even Sonic the Hedgehog and ToeJam and Earl! You can also create an original stamp image with your art toolbox. The Backdrop feature allows you to choose from one of six black and white background images ranging from a coastline to the interior of a house, which you can color. Use the handy Text feature to add messages or descriptions to your illustrations.
The most fun feature of Art Alive! is the Animation function. Use it to make any Stamp image "live" with 5 preset motions or create a custom motion using your directional tools. Draw a radical, bizarre alien landscape and have ToeJam or Earl strut through it! Unfortunately, you can only feature one animated item at a time.
Painting by the Bytes
Beauty is a fleeting thing. One drawback of Art Alive! is the inability to save your creations; however, they can always be videotaped for posterity. Art Alive! is also too simplistic (think of a color video Etch-A-Sketch) and limiting even for accomplished digital artists, but that is clearly not the audience that this game is intended for.
Art Alive! is a welcome change of pace from standard video game fare. It presents a stimulating and entertaining interactive activity for younger videogamers or aspiring computer artists, and as a primer to fully-powered computer drawing programs it's great! Who knows, a couple years from now, you just might be playing a video game illustrated by an Art Alive! graduate!
Download Art Alive!
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
- Game modes: Single game mode
- Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
- Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
- "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
- "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
- "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)
Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.
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