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Old 24 November 2016, 17:02   #1
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Heart of Darkness - Amiga port possible?

Seeing as Another World was on the Amiga, Heart of the Alien was ported over from the SEGA CD, do you think it's possible the same can be done with Heart of Darkness, which was on the PS2 and PC?

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Old 24 November 2016, 17:16   #2
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I would hazard a guess at highly unlikely, Another World was designed on the Amiga, the sequel for whatever reason (money for exclusive maybe) was only released on the Mega CD but still ran on the same game engine.
Heart Of Darkness is a totally different game engine, requiring much more horse power with more advanced gfx, looking it up it was originally started in 1992 due on the PC, 3DO, then moving to Saturn, before finally being released on PS1 and PC in 1998, maybe originally in 1992 the engine may have been doable, but i imagine as more input and designers got involved the project moved on alot from Eric's original work.
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Old 24 November 2016, 17:31   #3
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Ah that's a shame
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Old 24 November 2016, 17:34   #4
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First news about Heart of the Alien for Amiga was confusing to me as I thought it was about Heart of Darkness.
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Old 24 November 2020, 03:39   #5
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The porting of "Heart of Darkness" now exists thanks to Arti.

Porting Heart of Darkness: Download

On WinUAE works well, the screen is slightly shifted to the left, I could not figure out how to center it, for the game I created some Dual-PNG icons.

Test Video WinUAE AfA One: Heart of Darkness (Italy version) for optimal mink set the video to 720p
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Old 24 November 2020, 03:56   #6
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Nowhere are the system requirements listed. The readme says "Tested on Vampire computers" and "Amiga 68k port by Artur Arti Jarosik based on WOS sources by Cowcat
that are based on Xbox1 SDL1 sources by ModernVintageGamer" so presumably it would need an accelerated Amiga. RTG card might help too.

Still cool to see. Great find, @AMIGASYSTEM!

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EDIT: Looking through the other ports on the site, I'm frequently seeing 68060 + RTG so that's probably the target.
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Old 24 November 2020, 19:45   #7
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On a real Amiga you need an advanced CPU, on WinUAE an 020 JIT is fine (on WinUAE there is not much difference between 020/30/04/060).
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Old 24 November 2020, 20:22   #8
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The porting of "Heart of Darkness" now exists thanks to Arti.

Porting Heart of Darkness: Download

On WinUAE works well, the screen is slightly shifted to the left, I could not figure out how to center it, for the game I created some Dual-PNG icons.

Test Video WinUAE AfA One: Heart of Darkness (Italy version) for optimal mink set the video to 720p
Interesting

Can it be run on Amiga OS 3.1?
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Old 24 November 2020, 20:56   #9
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Ok, tried installing on Amiga OS 3.1 / RTG.

Game starts and then WinUAE immediately crashes:



Not much information in the "README.txt"; anything specific I need?

Haven'y tried using SnoopDos as yet, that's my next step.
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Old 24 November 2020, 21:12   #10
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LOL, maybe the English PC version isn't supported...

I don't see it listed in the "RELEASES.yaml" file.

Not sure what the "Heart of Darkness Coca Cola Edition" is; maybe this is English?

Failing that looks, like I'll need the "Heart of Darkness NTSC-U (PSX)" version...
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Old 24 November 2020, 21:17   #11
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french version work
Thanks Arti
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Old 24 November 2020, 21:23   #12
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Bah, the "Heart of Darkness Coca Cola Edition" is this:

This special release of Heart of Darkness includes:
... the first two levels of the game
... the game's trailer
... the making-of the game
... free access to the Internet for 61 days (ISP: Infonie)
Looks like for English speakers your only option is to source the "Heart of Darkness NTSC-U (PSX)" (which is 2 discs).

I can't believe the normal English Win32 CD is not supported (which I have sitting here); absolutely crazy
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Old 24 November 2020, 21:54   #13
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@DamienD
try:
https://www.myabandonware.com/game/h...s-a4h#download

you need:
– hod.paf (hod_demo.paf or hod_demo2.paf)
– setup.dat
– *_hod.lvl
– *_hod.sss
– *_hod.mst
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@DamienD
try:
https://www.myabandonware.com/game/h...s-a4h#download

you need:
– hod.paf (hod_demo.paf or hod_demo2.paf)
– setup.dat
– *_hod.lvl
– *_hod.sss
– *_hod.mst
Thanks Aladin! Hopefully this one works
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@DamienD
try:
https://www.myabandonware.com/game/h...s-a4h#download

you need:
– hod.paf (hod_demo.paf or hod_demo2.paf)
– setup.dat
– *_hod.lvl
– *_hod.sss
– *_hod.mst
Already tried that also, nope...

Same issue as what I reported in post #9.
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Just tried the PSX version. The files listed as being required only amount to 186MB...

The game starts though but seems to be missing backgrounds:



By contrast the English Win32 files amount to 487MB...
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Bah, from looking at the "RELEASES.yaml" file, it seem all other languages need "HODWin32.exe".

I've now added this from my English Win32 installed gamedir.

...still crashes though
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Old 24 November 2020, 22:21   #18
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Just tried the PSX version. The files listed as being required only amount to 186MB...

By contrast the English Win32 files amount to 487MB...

English Win32 files from myabandonware.com works fine.
Most disk space takes 419mb .paf file with animations.
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English Win32 files from myabandonware.com works fine.
Most disk space takes 419mb .paf file with animations.
I've tried that, WinUAE just crashes. See post #9.

Here are the list of files I've used:

Code:
Dark_hod.lvl
Dark_hod.mst
Dark_hod.sss
Fort_hod.lvl
Fort_hod.mst
Fort_hod.sss
hod.dem
hod.paf
HODWin32.exe
Isld_hod.lvl
Isld_hod.mst
Isld_hod.sss
Lar1_hod.lvl
Lar1_hod.mst
Lar1_hod.sss
Lar2_hod.lvl
Lar2_hod.mst
Lar2_hod.sss
Lava_hod.lvl
Lava_hod.mst
Lava_hod.sss
Pwr1_hod.lvl
Pwr1_hod.mst
Pwr1_hod.sss
Pwr2_hod.lvl
Pwr2_hod.mst
Pwr2_hod.sss
Rock_hod.lvl
Rock_hod.mst
Rock_hod.sss
Setup.dat
OS 3.1 / RTG / 2MB Chip & 256MB Fast RAM.
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Damiano the English version works very well, I think you have some problems in the system.

Heart of Darkness you have to install it on PC and then take the whole folder where you will copy the amiga amiga porting files.

Attach your config uae and try to test an OS 3.1 system.
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