Toto, a uMIA game from spanish Homebrew group Cañadul

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Toto, a uMIA game from spanish Homebrew group Cañadul

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hi all!

This is something I forgot for a long time., but today I remembered somehow that this game was released almost in silence, here is the link:

http://canadul.speccy.org/Toto.html

The group is Cañadul and the author José Miguel Ibáñez Rodríguez
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This does not seem able to run on an ordinary Spectrum. According to the description,

"Toto esta íntegramente echo en el lenguaje Forth Ace 6000, por tanto para poder jugar con el hay que disponer del Interface para juegos de 64 Kb.

Como este Interface no esta disponible aun, Se puede jugar con el Emulador de Jupiter Ace 6000."

(Toto is entirely made with the Forth Ace 6000 language, for this reason you need the 64 Kb game interface to play. Since this interface is not available yet, you can play with the Jupiter Ace 6000 emulator.)

The emulator can be downloaded from the same page but does not run, at least on my system - it returns an ActiveX error. The SNA file won't even load if you use the supplied ROM as custom 48K ROM in Spectaculator.

Unless someone finds a way to translate this into code that can be run on a proper Spectrum, I would leave it aside.
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This is quite interesting!
The game is a 64k SNA, and to be played you need to write both RAM and ROM. The author provides a Jupiter Ace 6000 ROM to be used to play the game, and an emulator: http://canadul.speccy.org/romace6000.html. The idea is to fire up the ROM and load the SNA as binary. I managed to do that using ZXSpin, but the game crashes.

BTW, the author has another 64k game, Astro 2008 (https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=18310) but the image on the database seems to have the 48k version only.
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Alessandro wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 12:24 pm
This does not seem able to run on an ordinary Spectrum. According to the description,
Haha! we both tested the game at the same time.
I'm digging into it, so far I managed to load it on ZXSpin, but the result was a crash.
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Managed to make it work stripping the 27 bytes SNA header, but something is still missing. I managed to make it work using the provided ROM as Spectrum 48k, loading the .bin (check the link) in address 1 and then on address 0:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0zgzci0ezvr4i ... m.zip?dl=1

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Please people, turn it into something standard and working. I'm counting on you :)
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I have a full 48k SNA that works but I'm not sure it is complete. You still need the ROM Ace 6000 in place, since this game pretty much a Jupiter Ace game on Spectrum hardware. I included the SNA in the Dropbox ZIP above.
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I also asked the authors how to make it work in a Spectrum :)
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Ivanzx wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 1:14 pm
I also asked the authors how to make it work in a Spectrum :)
I can see on the blog that you need an interface with the new ROM, something very similar to a Mikro-plus.

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Source: https://www.va-de-retro.com/foros/viewt ... f=48&t=914
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I remember downloading a Shadow of the Unicorn mod a few years ago and running it while emulating the +2A. I also remember someone from Spain playing it on a real +2A. Toto can probably be modified to run on a real or emulated +2A or later model, without the need for any interface.
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