Friday, October 26, 2007

Flying Toasters

Flying Toasters by Bill Stewart
©1990-92 Berkeley Systems Inc.

Part of the After Dark 2.0 collection.

Flying Toasters is, of course, the iconic, classic, After Dark module. It is nearly impossible to think of After Dark without picturing these determined winged appliances and their accompanying toast.

Unfortunately this original 2.0 module runs too fast on a modern computer to be watchable. It does work though and you can watch the toasters zoom across your screen. The good news is, Flying Toasters made a number of returns in later releases of After Dark and those later versions seem to be based on their own animation speed and not the processor speed.

The darkness setting on the toast is a crowning touch and a telltale sign of the After Dark humor found in later modules.


"I really just walked into the kitchen and said to myself, 'Flying Toasters!' and went back to the office and coded it." - Jack Eastman

Original concept by Jack Eastman.
Toaster artwork by Tomoya Ikeda & Igor Gasowski

Works under Windows XP & Vista in greater than 256 colors but is too fast on modern systems.

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