Monday, May 14, 2007

Ancient Wars - Sparta

Developer: World Forge
Official site: Ancient Wars - Sparta
Screen shots:

A great new RTS from Eidos and Playlogic, where u can control three empires Sparta, Persia or Egypt. Also Ancient Wars: Sparta isn't a game based on 300 a movie. Game gfx is looks like very nice at least in demo :) So you need a tech new computer.

Minimum System Requirements

System: Intel Pentium®4 2.4 GHz or Athlon XP or equivalent
RAM: 512 MB
Video Memory: 128 MB
Hard Drive Space: 4000 MB

I've coded a tool for this game, game using a pretty tricky encryption, it takes me two days to made stable tool and properly implement decryption algorithm.
Decryption routine looks like:

// ( outbuffsize == decrypt FAT) ? position in stream : size of decompressed stream.

public static byte[] Decrypt(byte[] buff, int outbuffsize)
// If buffer length > 0x100 then decrypt only first 0x100 bytes.
int num = ( buff.Length > 0x100 ) ? 0x100 : buff.Length;

for (int i = 0; i < num; i++)
int index = ( outbuffsize + i ) % 15;
buff[i] = (byte) (buff[i] ^ m_array[index]);
return buff;

File structure is simple and looks like:
public struct PAK
public int LengthFileName;
public string FileName;
public int Offset;
public int IsPacked; // 1 - true 2 - false
public int PackedSize;
public int UnpackedSize;
public int Crc; // it looks like crc but I'm not sure.
I hope you like it: Ancient Wars - Sparta .PAK Extractor v1.0

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UFO Extraterrestrials

Publisher: Tri Synergy
Developer: Chaos Concept
Official site: here
Review: 1
Forum: forum
Screen shots:

Another UFO game, now from Czechs developers, very looks like first UFO Defense, game atmosphere is pretty nice, who played first UFO should to try this one.
Developers used own file format to keep their textures, music and other resources. I've done my tool at this weekend so you can extract modify and repack their XBIG files. Also you can find a lot of MODs for this game at official forum.
Tool requirements: .NET Framework 2.0
You can download tool here: UFO Extraterrestrials xBIG Tool v1.1