>> Tuesday, May 26, 2009
CD-i member opt_fr_ and Luigiblood are experimenting with decoding images and animations, especially in Hotel Mario. In this way they found an unused part of the 5th Hotel, as you can see here. Interesting to find out if they will discover the fabulous 8th Hotel! "We are now working on decoding cd-i cartoon animations (RLE7-type images). Ive written a tool that decodes RLE7, I'm now trying to build correctly these animations. After looking for animation data, LuigiBlood found a part of an unused one of the game.
I've opened the files ending with "av.rtf" (edit : its not .am) of the Hotel Mario CD-i with a hexa editor. Then I've looked for image data : the background images are in a CLUT-like format I think. For each image there is list of all the colors first (the image palette) and then the numeric entries of each pixels. I have not found the dimension of the images in these files but I know that the game runs in 768*558. Then I've written a tiny program that read the palette, associates each colors with their logical number and then reads the data image, create an html file that produce each pixel with the the correct color (previously mapped)." You can download this little program by visiting this thread on the forum!
More when it develops. Good work guys!