Category: Dreamcast
ScummVM v1.3.0 (misc)

ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!

Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft’s Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution’s Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep’s Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision’s Gobliiins; Westwood Studios’ The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts’ SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. You can find a thorough list with details on which games are supported and how well on the compatibility page. ScummVM is continually improving, so check back often.

General release notes:

1.3.0 (2011-05-28)
New Games:
– Added support for Backyard Baseball.
– Added support for Backyard Baseball 2001.
– Added support for Urban Runner.
– Added support for Playtoons: Bambou le Sauveur de la Jungle.
– Added support for Toonstruck.
– Added support for Living Books v1 and v2 games.
– Added support for Hugo’s House of Horrors, Hugo 2: Whodunit? and Hugo 3: Jungle of Doom.
– Added support for Amiga SCI games (except Conquests of the Longbow).
– Added support for Macintosh SCI1 games.

New Ports:
– Added WebOS port.

General:
– Added support for loadable modules on platforms without a dynamic loader (GSoC Task).
– Added Danish translation.
– Added Norwegian Bokmaal translation.
– Added Norwegian Nynorsk translation.
– Added Swedish translation.
– Added Debug Console to Cine, Draci, Gob, MADE, Sword1, Touche and Tucker Engines.
– Closed significant memory leaks. RTL should now be more usable.

AGOS:
– Closed memory leaks in Simon 2 and Feeble Files.

Cine:
– Corrected memory leaks and invalid memory accesses. Future Wars should be more stable.
– Made Operation Stealth completable, though significant graphical glitches remain so not official supported.

Drascula:
– Added German and French subtitles in the Von Braun cutscene (#3069981: no subtitles in scene with “von Braun”).
– Improved French translation of the game.
– Added support for “Return To Launcher”.

Gob:
– Fixed “Goblin Stuck On Reload” bugs affecting Gobliiins.

Kyra:
– Closed memory leaks.

Parallaction:
– Corrected issue which could cause crash at engine exit.
– Closed memory leaks in Nippon Safes Amiga.

SCI:
– Added a CMS music driver for SCI1 – SCI1.1 games.
– Added an option to toggle undithering from the ScummVM GUI.
– Added several previously missing parts of the game state in saved games, such as game played time, script created windows, the script string heap and information related to the text parser in old EGA games.
– Added support for SCI1.1 magnifier cursors.
– Added support for the keypad +/- keys.
– Added support for the alternative General MIDI tracks in the Windows CD versions of Eco Quest, Jones in the Fast Lane, King’s Quest 5 and Space Quest 4.
– Added support for the alternative Windows cursors in the Windows version of King’s Quest 6.
– Added support for simultaneous speech and subtitles in the CD versions of Space Quest 4 and Freddy Pharkas.
– Corrected resource loading leaks.
– Corrected several problems and issues in the Skate-O-Rama rooms in Space Quest 4.
– Corrected several issues in Hoyle Classic Card Games.
– Fixed several graphical glitches (like, for example, parts of the screen that weren’t erased correctly under some rare circumstances).
– Fixed several script bugs.
– Fixed several pathfinding related issues and lockups (like, for example, a lockup in the shower scene of Laura bow 1 and pathfinding in some screens during the chase sequence in Laura Bow 2).
– Fixed several music related glitches and possible lockups (like, for example, a rare music lockup that occurred when loading a saved game outside the palace in Quest for Glory 3).
– Fixed possible problems and lockups in the character import screens of Quest for Glory 2 and 3.
– Fixed a bug that caused a lockup in the SCI1 CD version of Mixed Up Mother Goose, after Tommy Tucker’s song.
– Fixed a script bug in the CD version of King’s Quest 5, which caused a lockup under certain circumstances when going outside the witch’s house in the dark forest.
– Function keys now work correctly when the num lock key is on.
– Improved support for fanmade game scripts.
– Improved support for non-English versions of games.
– Made several enhancements and fixes related to MT-32 music (e.g. reverb).
– Music is no longer out of tune when loading saved games.

SCUMM:
– Improved support for FM-TOWNS versions of games.

Sky:
– Fixed crashes on sequences for several ports (Android, OpenGL, …).

Teenagent:
– Closed memory leaks.

Tinsel:
– Closed memory leaks in Coroutines.
– Added enhanced music support for the German CD “Neon Edition” re-release of Discworld 1.

Touche:
– Corrected memory leaks and minor issues.

Tucker:
– Added workarounds for several issues present in the original game.

SDL ports:
– Closed memory leaks in Mouse Surfaces.

Android port:
– Switched to the official NDK toolchain for building.
– Fixed GFX output for various devices.
– Fixed various crashes.
– Switched to the native screen resolution to improve text readability.
– Added support for pause/resume.
– Added support for games using 16bit graphics.
– Increased the performance significantly.
– Added support for the “Fullscreen mode” option. Unchecking this keeps the game’s aspect ratio.
– Added a new graphics mode for linear filtering.
– Overhauled the input system (see README.Android).
– Added a MIDI driver based on SONiVOX’s Embedded Audio Synthesis (EAS).

Nintendo DS port:
– Added support for loadable modules.

PSP port:
– Added support for loadable modules.
– Added image viewer.

PS2 port:
– Added support for loadable modules.

Wii/GameCube port:
– Added support for loadable modules.
– Fixed 16bit mouse cursors on HE games.

http://www.scummvm.org/downloads/

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Sqrxz 2

Sqrxz 2 is a Jump’n’Run which requires a sharp mind and fast reflexes, high frustration is guaranteed. Original Sqrxz made by Marcus Vesterlund (Maze) and John Holmvall (Hojo). Sqrxz 2 is a sequel to this game created by Rodolphe Boixel (Thor), Shahzad Sahaib (Kojote), Alexander Wiklund, Simon Butler and Jane Mumford (Jayne).

Another day another journey… As living on planet earth and its surrounding solar system seemed boring Sqrxz decided to check out another location in the universe. Just in case and to be extra careful he took a pocketful of emeralds with him to keep him in ready cash, but after starting his exciting journey he realised all his emeralds are suddenly missing! Retracing his steps Sqrxz notices mysterious creatures popping up all over the place to hinder him in his search… Oh what troublesome days… Help poor Sqrxz get back all his emeralds!

Features:

* Tough challenging gameplay – Extremely difficult; not for weaklings!
* Retro graphics!
* Hidden passages to discover!
* 10 tricky n’ hard levels!
* 11 marvellous chiptunes!
* Top 10 highscore!
* Infinite continue mode, which you will need badly in order to practise! 🙂

The Team:

Rodolphe Boixel (Thor) – Code
Shahzad Sahaib (Kojote) – Producer, Beta-Test
Simon Butler – Pixel graphics
Alexander Wiklund – Music
Jane Mumford – Hand drawn graphics
Denny Müller (Mulle) – Homepage WordPress Template

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Sqrxz

Sqrxz requires fast reflexes and is a simply mindblasting Jump’n’Run puzzle game with high frustration factor originally made in 1996 by Marcus Vesterlund (Maze) and John Holmvall (Hojo) for DOS and Windows 9x.

While Sqrxz wandered around on a sunny day, he was unaware that he had lost all his items while enjoying the scenery. It was already dark until he recognized the loss. There was no possibilty, but to go back where he started the trip and save his things. If the loss was not already enough, strange creatures appeared. Will they be helpful?

Sqrxz (2010) is a remake of a game with the same name and has been created by Rodolphe Boixel (Thor), Shahzad Sahaib (Kojote), Simon Butler and Brendan Ratliff (Syphus). Minor support came from Marcus Vesterlund himself who also gave permission to redo his game. Denny Müller (Mulle) supported the team with a WordPress-Theme for the official page and Rabia Sahaib (Mahek) made three more levels.

Features:

* Hardly any game will annoy you more! Frustration deluxe ahead!
* Amiga’ish feeling!
* 16 Levels including a “beginners” level
* 18 Chiptunes
* Classic AND new graphic mode
* Top 10 highscore
* Endless continue mode
* Hidden easter egg

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Gianas Return

Giana’s Return aims to be a worthy unofficial sequel of “The Great Giana Sisters“. “The Great Giana Sisters” is an alltime classic Jump’N’Run game made in the late eighties mainly by Armin Gessert, Manfred Trenz and Chris Huelsbeck and gained massive attention as “Super Mario” copy, but still had it’s very own charm and fan base.

Giana’s Return – Features:
* 7 Worlds, with each 8 Levels – followed by a “big boss”
* Power Ups and Extras
* Oldschool style pixeled sprites and tiles
* Wonderful hand drawn backgrounds
* Illustrated hand drawn storyline
* Over 18 Tracks of finest chip music!
* Multi-Language: German, English, French, Spanish
* Password and/or save game (depending on release platform)
* Hidden Warp Zones and Bonus Caves
* Hidden Trainer
* TOP 10 Highscore

Giana’s Return – Team:
Rudolphe Boixel (Thor) – Main Coder
Shahzad Sahaib (Kojote) – Project Organizer & Level Design
Jane S. Mumford (Jayne) – Graphics Artwork
Alexander Oldemeier (Operator) – Music
David Wuttke (AM-FM) – Music
Adam Karol (Wizzard) – Graphics Artwork
Simon Butler – Graphics Artwork
Virgil Metier (tHUG) – Graphics Artwork
Christian Hildenbrand (DayDream) – Graphics Artwork
Denny Mueller (Mulle) – Main Beta Testing

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Dreamcast SD Adapter In-Action-Video (DC misc)

The Dreamcast was a wonderful console and the very first 128-Bit one. Homebrew development was possible without the need to modify hardware, which is the total opposite of current next generation consoles. Many of us wasted tons of CD-R’s to burn homebrew games, demos, applications or emulators, but those times are past!

A chinese company produces SD Adapters for Dreamcast. Connected to the serial port you can put .iso’s on a regular SD card and start them via DreamShell. The adapter itself is pretty much affordable for around 10-20 Euros including shipping; please do not pay more than that, as everything above the mentioned sum is an attempt to rip you off.

DCEric, a Dreamcast fanboy of the first hour and also partitally known in the scene for his support to various projects, recorded a couple of homebrew games and even shows an emulator running at last. The loading time is sometimes pretty harsh, but it works! The compatibilty with homebrew so far is overall great.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJhDG3DWixo

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PokeMini v0.4.5 (PM emu)

PokeMini is an Open-Source Pokemon Mini emulator for various systems.

Changes:

Fixed interrupt flag status after interrupt jump/call
Added “Generated”, “Direct PWM” and “PWM+Filter” sound modes
Generated – Mode used in slow platforms
Direct PWM – Same as direct but with ability to play PWM raw sounds
PWM+Filter – Direct PWM with filtering to simulate PM’s piezo speaker
LCD update now when “dirty” instead of PRC rate counter match
Unofficial colors information structure changed to lower memory usage
Support for 4×4 attributes in unofficial colors
Added “Reload colors info…” to reload the .minc file
Soft reset now supported, changing rom won’t reset clock
FreeBIOS 1.2: Display status and improved compatibility
SDL Only: Added joystick support (disabled by default)
Joystick can be enabled under “Platform…” -> “Define Joystick…”
SDL Only: Color depth can be changed between 16bpp and 32bpp
Wiz Only: Fixed crash when sound disabled and added SDL port (wizsdl)
NDS, Wiz and PSP Only: Battery can be setup to reflect real battery
Source Only: Added some simplified platforms based of others

Thanks to http://www.nintendomax.com/viewtopic.php?t=13237&f=19 and http://www.emucr.com/2011/04/pokemini-emulator-v045.html for the news.

http://code.google.com/p/pokemini/

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GENS4ALL (Preview 3) (Genesis emu for DC)

The more emulators, the better. Especially if they are for systems such as the Dreamcast! Thanks to Chui, here comes a Genesis/Megadrive emulator and as you can see from it’s video, it works quite great!

http://www.dreamcast.es/news.php?readmore=452

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DCaSTaway (RC 7) (Atari ST emu for DC)

Chui updated DCaSTaway, an Atari ST emulator for Dreamcast other other consoles/handhelds.

Features:

Fullspeed with sound.
Fast and accurated (FAME) Motorola 68000 core by Fox68k.
Hardware scaled resolutions.
Dreamcast SD-Card support for savestates and disk changes.
Supports MSA & ST disks images.
Mouse & Keyboard Dreamcast supported.
Virtual Keyboard with triggers L-R.
X button Map a ST-key using X button under Virtual Keyboard.
Joystick is emulated with digital pad + A,X buttons.
Mouse is emulated with analog pad + Y,B buttons.
Crystalline sound without lag.
SH4 exceptions catched for stability.
Superthrottle mode for speed up intros and loading time.
Save disks changes to VMU.
2 floopy drives emulated.
ZIP support.
Filemanager with subdirectories access.
Complete menu with ‘start’ button: load, frameskip, reset…
2 joysticks emulated.
Under PAL dreamcasts ask 60-50Hz selection.
Multidisk support.
Overscan bottom border render.
Atari ST video 50/60Hz switch support.
Close to 100 % compatibility.
TV filter using OpenGL (not for Dreamcast).

http://chui.dcemu.co.uk/dcastaway.html

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UAE4ALL (RC 3) (A500 emu for DC)

chui, long time Dreamcast-Scener, released another update of UAE4ALL. UAE4ALL is a very highly compatible Amiga 500 emulator and runs plenty of games almost flawless.

Features:

Frameskip between 0-1 without sound and 1-2 with sound.
Fast FAME Motorola 68000 core by Fox68k.
Savestates support.
Autoframeskip for real speed.
Dreamcast SD-Card support.
Mouse & Keyboard Dreamcast supported.
Virtual Keyboard with triggers L-R.
Joystick is emulated with digital pad + A,X buttons.
Mouse is emulated with analog pad + Y,B buttons.
Fast sound with 8 buffers synchronized.
Filemanager with subdirectories access.
Complete menu with ‘start’ button: load, throttle, frameskip, reset…
2 joysticks emulated.
Under PAL dreamcasts ask 60-50Hz selection.
Save disks changes to VMU.
Superthrottle mode for speed up intros and loading time.
SH4 exceptions catched for stability.
ADZ support (ADF floppy image gzip compressed)
2 floopy drives emulated.

Changes:

– 30% speed increased: Sound and Video render improved.
– Savestates support: The length of a savestate file is 200-300KB, so SD-Card is needed.
– Dreamcast SD-Card support.
– New option menu for screen position.
– Uses latest FAME Motorola 68000 core: More stable, fast and accurate

http://chui.dcemu.co.uk/uae4all.html

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Open Star Force (17-03-2011) (DC Game)

Fresh and exclusive for Dreamcast comes “Open Star Force” by alealt08. It’s an oldschool space shooter with 20 levels!

Thanks to Uncle Eric for the news!

http://www.dreamcast.es/news.php?readmore=440

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