Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Gameplay feature: Recordable replays

Group Description

Games in which the player can record gameplay actions (by saving to a file) and later view them (non-interactively). Often done in replay editor mode, which enables changing camera views, playback control etc. Other games require to be run with command-line switches to allow recording/playback.

Replays are sometimes called demos, confusingly (as this term has many other meanings).

History of use

While generally superseded today by video capture, before the required advances of video compression and improvements in computers' performance it was the only way to record the player's gameplay (without a camera).

Such recordings can be used to document speedruns, as any user with the same version of the game can play it back. New game version may cause things to play out-of-sync (or fail to play at all, usually the case with older versions). Synchronization errors may also occur in the case of recording multiplayer events.

Saved replays (also gameplay recorded via video capture) are used to create machinima (usually after being edited using other software). Similar technique may be applied (coupled with scripting) to produce game-engine based cutscenes.

Limitations

  • Games which only offer short non-recordable after-action instant replays (usually sport/racing games) do not qualify.
  • Games which allow the player to chase a ghost of oneself (usually racing games) do not qualify.
  • While some recorded replays allow the player to re-enter the action, replay recordings should not be confused with savegames.
  • Not to be confused with so-called demo mode (attract mode), when computer plays the game by itself (AI vs. AI).

See also:


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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.88
Red Baron1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.75
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat1991DOS, MacintoshElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.94
Links 386 Pro1992DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Access Software, Inc.4.27
Aces of the Pacific1992DOSDynamix, Inc.3.91
Stunt Island1992DOSWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.82
Michael Jordan in Flight1993DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.70
Aces Over Europe1993DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.83
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.98
DOOM19933DO, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, Linux, PC-98, SEGA 32X, SNES, WindowsActivision Publishing, Inc.3.66
Descent1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, WindowsInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins1994DOSApogee Software, Ltd.3.86
Heretic1994DOSid Software, Inc.3.90
NASCAR Racing1994DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.45
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.74
1942: The Pacific Air War1994DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.95
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
DOOM II1994DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, ZodiacActivision Publishing, Inc.4.00
Extreme Rise of the Triad1995DOSFormGen, Inc.3.34
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition)1995DOSLasersoft, Inc.4.00
Tyrian1995DOS, iPad, iPhoneEpic MegaGames, Inc.4.03
Hexen: Beyond Heretic1995DOS, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsGT Interactive Software Corp.3.66
Wings of Glory1995DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Strife1996DOSVelocity Inc.3.89
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Selected Covers

Tyrian DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tyrian
Michael Jordan in Flight DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Michael Jordan in Flight
Gunship 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gunship 2000
DOOM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for DOOM
Strife DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Strife

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from Tyrian
Title Screen
Screenshot from Michael Jordan in Flight
MicroProse company logo (MCGA/VGA)
Screenshot from Gunship 2000
Title screen
Screenshot from DOOM
Title Screen
Screenshot from Strife