When I was trying to fully understand the image files, I had to dive into the binary code for the game. Which meant that I had to reference online documentation a lot, utilize a bunch of different tools and also build my own tool to help with the reverse engineering.
Finally, we have reached the last part of the image files, the animation instructions. This post assumes you have read the earlier ones, and if you haven’t, links to them can be found on this page.
This is my third post about the image files of the computer game Dune. All the previous posts can be found on this new summery page.
This is part two of my walkthrough of the Dune image files. (Part one can be found here). This part focuses on the color definitions, palettes, that can be found in almost all the images files.
After I figured out the HSQ compression, I started to look into the image files. Something I thought would be relative easy as there was, as with the HSQ compression, code to study.
I have recently begun the journey of learning to code old DOS assembly and how to debug it in the debug version of DOSBox. And when being new to both, the debug screen in DOSBox is a bit overwhelming.
In my effort to understand the file formats for Dune I have dived into the binary code for it and this has lead to me find that I was not fully correct about the HSQ compression.