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#1 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:48 AM

Hey guys,

 

I'm between project right now, so I decided to try hacking a colecovision game !

I will turn good ol' Winky into a robot trying to clean an infestation on the mother-ship 'Venture'

I have given him individual frames for each direction, and since we don't have animation frames for walking, I gave him a wheel  :P 

It seems I can use yellow from the arrow to brighten him up a little, will see.

Also I tried to keep him centered, because Winky's  movement was erratic especially in tight spaces !

Later I will change all monsters into various aliens, and maybe change the names of the rooms..

 

new robot comparison with Winky, check him out (he doesn't have a name yet)

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#2 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:27 AM

..and a slimy alien creature running around !

 

 

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#3 Serguei2 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:20 AM

It's a hack, right?



#4 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:33 AM

a hack of venture !



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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:27 AM

Looks cool!

Venture is one of my favourites on the system.



#6 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:46 AM

Thanks man !

 

this game is very hacker friendly, everything is laid out beautifully.. it should be fast ;)

Unfortunately the creature that comes at you when you spent more time in a room, has only two frames of animation..

So there

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#7 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:44 AM

Check out the new robot in action in the following Betta  :)

Still looking for a name..

 

 

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#8 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:18 AM

Work in progress,

some of the slimy creatures, and the xenomorph that tracks you down..

 

any suggestions are welcomed !

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Edited by TIX, Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:20 AM.


#9 sodarun OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:51 AM

xenophobe + venture =

 

Xenture ?
 

Venophobe ?


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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:54 AM

Work in progress,

some of the slimy creatures, and the xenomorph that tracks you down..

 

any suggestions are welcomed !

 

Wow - you certainly have a talent for great animated sprites.  These look awesome.


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#11 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:04 PM

Your sprites are great, and I like "Space Venture" just fine as a name. Maybe "Venture 2019" since we are living in the future.

Do you have plans to change out the music, too? It would be neat to have little snippets of well known themes. The eyeball guy belongs in the room with moving walls, like the garbage masher in Star Wars.

What form will the treasures take? Maybe "data tapes" and laser swords?

#12 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:25 PM

Thanks guys !

 

I really love drawing little creatures, and coming from the Atari 800, to have 16 pixels wide sprites to stretch your legs, is liberating :P :P

too bad the main character doesn't have walking frames, not many things can be done with him.. but he is cute and I grow to love him !

The treasures, I had the idea to make them survivors that Robby (?) have to rescue, but I really cant draw 12 different people and I hate to make them all the same..

so I settled on making them items that will be useful in space, batteries, access cards, spacesuit, ... that kind of staff.

 

As for the names,

Space Venture is pretty much fixed as a title, I'm searching a name for the little service robot with the big task ahead of him..

 

Music.. I wish  :(  unfortunately my experience in hacking is strictly in sprite editing..



#13 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:52 PM

four more creepy crawlies :-D

hmmm the blob needs something more..

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#14 Ikrananka OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:34 PM

Fantastic sprites yet again  :)

 

How about some teeth for the blob?


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#15 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:37 PM

Yeah something like that !

Also we need a spider/facehugger type thingy..



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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:49 PM

 
Music.. I wish  :(  unfortunately my experience in hacking is strictly in sprite editing..


Might I suggest replacing in-level music with creepy ambient sounds against an otherwise silent setting? Think of how creepy certain sounds were when playing Atari 2600 games, and they rarely had music. Think of the sound ET's neck makes; think of the pulsing, humming buzz in Yars' Revenge; think of the enemy robots' lasers in Berzerk; think of pretty much the entire sound library in China Syndrome. Experimenting with a MIDI keyboard and square/triangle wave effects will yield surprisingly effective results. As for the little 3-4 second tunes in between? Look to games like Metroid (NES) or Gorf for inspiration.

I love your sprites, by the way. This looks like it'll be a fun hack.
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#17 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:48 AM

Thanks guys !

 

All great suggestions, but as I said earlier, I don't know the first thing about music (either creating or hacking it..)

I wish a more experienced hacker will step up and handle the sound department ;)

 

On another subject, do you (anyone) know how to edit the text in the game ??

I'm working with hack-o-matic and I don't see anything editable !?!?



#18 Serguei2 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:39 AM

How to change the sprites at the first place?



#19 Ikrananka OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:03 AM

How to change the sprites at the first place?

 

It's easy to view the sprites by looking at, and decoding (for want of a better word), the value of the bytes in the games binary rom file.  I did this to hack Matt Patrol into Moon Patrol using Excel.  However, hacking anything other than graphics which are easy to identify, is very difficult.  For example, the various non-sprite colour changes I implemented between Matt Patrol and Moon Patrol was achieved completely through trial and error.  I have no clue how anyone could hack the music - I'd imagine if it was possible that it would be an enormous amount of work.  You'd likely be much better off disassembling the rom, and reprogramming it, rather than trying to hack the binary.

 

By way of examples for the graphics/sprites, the first image attached is how a sprite is assembled from the hex value of individual bytes, while the second image shows reversing that process to visualise the graphics found in the Moon Patrol binary rom "decoded" from the hex value of individual bytes.

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#20 Ikrananka OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:06 AM

On another subject, do you (anyone) know how to edit the text in the game ??

 

Which text specifically?



#21 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:35 AM

 

Which text specifically?

 

For example

 

The game title: Exidy presents Space Venture

The rooms names : instead of Spider Room --> Facehugger infestation

Level names: instead of Level 1  --> Deck 1

 

or something like that !!

 

 

oh and a toothy blob attached ;) you were right, he was too cute !

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Edited by TIX, Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:36 AM.


#22 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:13 AM

He almost looks like KC Munchkin

#23 Ikrananka OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:30 AM

He almost looks like KC Munchkin

 

Except much scarier  :o  :o  :o  :o



#24 Ikrananka OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:07 PM

 

For example

 

The game title: Exidy presents Space Venture

The rooms names : instead of Spider Room --> Facehugger infestation

Level names: instead of Level 1  --> Deck 1

 

or something like that !!

 

 

oh and a toothy blob attached ;) you were right, he was too cute !

 

The problem you're going to have is that you can't change the length of each text piece when simply hacking the binary.  If you do want to change their length, e.g. going from "VENTURE" to "SPACE VENTURE" then you're going to have to disassemble the binary, edit it, and then reassemble.  That said, venture is actually 9 characters long as it includes the "TM" so the title could be hacked to something with 9 characters.  Spider, could be hacked to Hugger (looks like SPIDER has a few spaces after it so you might be able to name the rooms with up to 8 characters).

 

Regardless, the location in the binary that each of the above text pieces starts is:

 

VENTURETM = 0024

SPIDER = 39E8

LEVEL = 39AD

 

Hope this helps.

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#25 TIX ONLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:16 PM

Yes I understand !  thanks for the explanation.

 

I just discovered that hack-o-matic actually has a text editor.. I will mess around to see what I can come by ;-)

Which program are you using ?






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