Meet TheXTech: a full working cross-platform port of SMBX engine [1.3.5.1]

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Post #1by Wohlstand » 14 Mar 2020, 16:18

Hello everybody!

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Did you see that I have done little work in my public repositories during February and at the start of March 2020? So, I did a lot of work which I am going to present for you all: it's a full C++ port of the original SMBX engine which now works on multiple platforms (tested on Linux, Windows, macOS, Haiku, and Android), and it does accurately represent original gameplay with the rest of features and bugs!


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How I made it?
Since February 2, SMBX's original source code is now open. This fact gave me a lot of helpful material which will help me to make PGE Engine better and faster! However, dealing with the VB6 environment is not convenient, and at the same time, it's not stable on Linux (because of the graphical engine and risk of VB6 IDE's crash due to using external DLL libraries). So, to get it to work easier, I remembered my very old idea to port the whole SMBX code to C++. So, after a week of initial research, I began working. After a week and a half, I got a fully working (but buggy in some places) thing. Then, I spent time debugging it and make it usable by everyone. It's the full replica of SMBX 1.3 with the rest of its logical bugs (with some exceptions: I did fix several crash bugs that were a big annoyance while playing a game). It works on multiple platforms: it works on Windows both 32 and 64 bits, on Linux, on macOS, (also may work on Haiku and xBSD). Since version 1.3.5 has Android support!


Frequently Asking Questions
This paragraph contains a list of several questions you would to ask me, I'll give answers to most of them.
Frequently Asking Questions
What is this?
It's a port of an old VB6 engine, purely written in C++. It reproduces an old engine completely (except an Editor), includes lots of its logical bugs (crashy bugs where they were found and then fixed).


Why did you make it?
Why? I have several purposes for why I made it:
  • It's a very convenient life model for research I want to use in PGE Engine development.
  • To make it work without it being necessary to use Wine on non-Windows platforms and allow it to run on any other than x86 platforms.
  • To be able to optimize it to make it use fewer hardware resources than the original VB6-based build of a game.


You have PGE Engine, why you have spent over one month crafting this thing?
I need it for PGE Engine development directly, it's much easier to hack and inspect rather than dealing with the old and inconvenient VB6 environment.


What's the future of PGE Engine as TheXTech now exists?
I'll continue the development of the PGE Engine as I still have to pass the second goal of the PGE Project.
Since the foundation, PGE Project had two goals: 1) save SMBX; 2) give a flexible toolkit for new platform games. Opening of SMBX sources and introducing TheXTech has solved the first goal: SMBX has been saved and now it's free and opensource cross-platform software. PGE Engine will be used to pass the second goal - giving a toolkit for new games. Unlike TheXTech, PGE Engine gives full flexibility that allows anyone to build something new from scratch without inheriting an old game base. However, TheXTech is needed for PGE Engine as a working research model to develop a new engine. It will be similar to GZDoom and Chocolate Doom ports of the Doom game: GZDoom is a powerful and functional engine, the best choice of modders; a Chocolate Doom is an accurate port of the original game to a modern platform with a purpose to represent an original game including even bugs. The PGE Engine intends to be like a GZDoom while TheXTech is an analog of Chocolate Doom to represent an original game on modern platforms.


Can LunaLua work on this?
No, LunaLua won't work: this project is binary-incompatible with LunaLua. This also means that SMBX2 content is incompatible.


How to use this?
Here are many ways to play games with it:
- there are some ready-for-use packages, just take and use as you did it with SMBX.
- [macOS users, skip this]: use by the same way as an original game: put an executable file into the game root folder with a "thextech.ini" that contains the next text:

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[Main]
force-portable = true

, music.ini, sounds.ini and additional "graphics/ui" folder. An important note: all default graphics must be converted into PNG, use the GIFs2PNG tool from PGE Project over your "graphics" folder with a "-d" switch. Don't use the "-r" switch to keep original GIFs together with new-made PNGs if you plan to continue the use of the original VB6-written SMBX.
- use it for debug mode: in your home directory, create the ".PGE_Project/thextech" folder (on macOS the "~/Library/Application Support/PGE Project/thextech") where you should put a full set of game resources and worlds stuff, this folder will work as a game root in the original game. This mode allows you to run an executable file from any folder location of your computer and use the same location of resources for all builds (except these are marked as portable by an INI file).


How to add custom episodes for the macOS version?
If you have a bundled build of TheXTech, all default resources are inside your .app: "Content/Resources/assets/". You can modify the content, but it's not recommended! Instead, after the first run of a game, in your home directory will appear the next directory:

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~/TheXTech Episodes

In this directory, you will find an empty "battle" and "worlds" folder to put your custom stuff. At the "~/Library/Application Support/PGE Project/thextech" path logs, settings, and game saves will be stored.
If you want to replace default assets with your own, you can modify the content of the app bundle or compile a new build by giving the necessary CMake arguments needed to pack your custom assets root and icon into the new bundle or make the assets-less build (if you give no arguments, the assets-less build will result). Therefore, you need to put the full content of the game root into the "~/Library/Application Support/PGE Project/thextech" folder, include default assets (graphics, music, sounds, intro and outro levels, default battle, and worlds folders).

How to develop episodes targeted to TheXTech?
This engine has full compatibility with almost all old episodes developed for SMBX 1.3 with some minor exceptions (if the certain level or episode do rely on the bug of the old game, you can add the "compat.ini" file at your level or episode to re-enable certain bugs which are required for level or episode to work normally).

You can use the same tools as you used to develop episodes for the original SMBX 1.3 (include the classic built-in editor of the old game). The engine doesn't include its own editor anymore, instead, you have two options to get the editor for this engine: do use the vanilla Editor and have all limits as SMBX 1.3, or do development in the modern Moondust Editor that will allow you to use brand-new features of the engine were inaccessible from the old editor.

You need to simply download the standalone Moondust (PGE Project) toolchain and take the latest "SMBX 1.3 Compatible" configuration package. Once you will start the PGE Editor, to get the direct level testing work, you should open (or create a new) any level file, open the Test->TheXTech menu, and choose the "Change path to TheXTech..." menu item. You should specify (or browse) the full path to the actual executable of the game, and press the Ok button. Once you set this properly, you can press the F5 key to start the level testing now.

You can save your level and world maps in LVLX and WLDX format, they are natively supported by TheXTech include the numerous unique features that came from Moondust and SMBX-38A standards, for example, the full ability to use the Z-Layer and Z-Offset, the warp enter the event, the custom "stars needed" message text, two-way warps, portal warps, vertical section wrap, support for more than 21 section, etc. On world maps, there are more than 5 credit lines available and the ability to set up the custom music file provided. The engine does the full support for PNG graphics and a lot of music and sound formats, customizable player hitbox calibration files (the same as for PGE Engine and SMBX2 being used).


What is different with this thing in comparison to the original VB6 build?
  • First off, it's written in C++ while original (as we already know) is written in VB6.
  • Doesn't have an Editor. Instead, in nearest future, it will have deep integration with PGE Editor that will allow to use it with the same functionality as in the original editor (the "magic hand" functionality was kept to allow real-time editing of the level while testing, it's needed to use IPC communication with PGE Editor to get the ability to use it better).
  • Full support of UTF-8 in filename paths and internal text data (original game had only 8bit ANSI support).
  • For graphics and controlling, it uses an SDL2 library while the original game has used WinAPI calls and GDI library.
  • It uses PGE-FL that has better file format support.
  • A support for WLDX world maps is allowing unlimited credits lines and custom music without it being necessary to use a music.ini for music replacements.
  • Some LVLX exclusive features now working: vertical section wrap, two-way warps, custom "star needed" message, warp enter the event, ability to disable stars printing in HUB episodes for specific doors, ability to disable interscene showing when going to another level through a warp.
  • Built-in support for the episode and level wide music.ini and sounds.ini to override default music and sounds assets.
  • World maps now support a custom directory to store any specific resources like custom tiles/scenes/paths/levels and not spam the episode root folder with world map resources anymore.
  • Default config format is INI, old config.dat format is no longer supported, mainly because of incompatible key code values (SDL_Scancode versus VirtualKeys enum of Windows API).
  • Game saves now using the SAVX format instead of a classic SAV. However, if you already have an old game save, you still can resume your game by using a new engine now (the next gamesave attempt will result in a SAVX file, an old gamesave in SAV format will be kept untouched).
  • Built-in PNG support for custom and default graphics. Masked GIFs are still supported for backward compatibility, however, without making an unexpected auto-conversion as SMBX-38A does.
  • Checkpoints now have multi-points! You can use them in your levels multiple times without limits!
  • It does use a lazy-decompress algorithm to speed up the loading of a game and reduce memory usage.
  • For music and SFX, the MixerX library is used to give support for a wide amount of sound and music formats!
  • It doesn't embed any graphics: there are NO truly hardcoded graphics, everything is now represented by external graphics!
  • Some internal limits have been expanded.
  • Built-in GIF recorder by F11 key (F10 on macOS, F11 is reserved by system UI for a "show desktop" action)


How to build it?
You can read a guide on how to build this project from a source code which you can find here: https://github.com/Wohlstand/TheXTech/wiki/Building-the-game

To build it, you need to have the next things:
  • CMake
  • Ninja optionally (to speeds-up the build process)
  • Compatible C/C++ compiler (GCC, Clang, MSVC haven't tested yet)
  • Git (required to pull submodules and clone source of dependent libraries to build them in place)
  • Mercurial (required to clone an official SDL2 repository to build it in place here)
  • Optionally: system-wide installed dependencies: SDL2, libFreeImageLite (a modded implementation of the FreeImage), MixerX sound library, AudioCodecs collection of libraries. Having them be installed in a system gives a major build speed up. However, it's possible to build all these dependencies in place here with the cost of extra build time being added.

The official TheXTech documentation
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- https://github.com/Wohlstand/TheXTech/wiki
Here you'll find a lot of guides and explanations for most of the TheXTech.


DOWNLOADS
Feel free to try it out in action now:
There are ready for use packages, equipped with original SMBX 1.3 assets and "The Invasion 2" episode.

Needed more episodes?
If you are looking for more episodes, please visit the archive of preserved SMBX episodes (You can browse these directories where episodes will be compatible: SMBX 1.3, SMBX 1.0 - 1.2, and TheXTech. All other directories will contain incompatible episodes that will not properly work, see details here).

Also, you can find some episodes at SMBX Episodes section of WohlSoft Forum, or browse the episodes sub-section at SMBX forum where you still can find any compatible episodes (which was originally targeted to SMBX 1.3).


Changes for 1.3.5.1 and 1.3.5
Changes for 1.3.5.1
  • Episodes and battle levels lists now loading in the separated thread with a progress showing
  • Fixed the regression that caused world map music not to be switched properly
  • Added an ability to control the intro scene activity on the level by `gameinfo.ini`: set maximum number of running players, and enable/disable the activity at all
  • Fixed an inability to copy the game save based on old files at episode directory
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: incorrect blooper effect when stomped (needed an npc-*.txt with the "jumphurt=0" flag being set)
  • Changed the default compat.ini value "fix-autoscroll-speed" into "false" to prevent possible glitches from invalid setup given by several old levels
  • The "Checkpoint" sound will be played when selecting the "Save and Continue" menu item at the pause menu
  • Fixed a minor glitch at the game save a copy and erase menu while moving the mouse under menu block
  • Fixed the bullet bill getting stuck after it got unfrozen (Thanks to the @ds-sloth for the contribution!)
  • Updated an inter-process protocol with adding new commands
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: The dragon coin has avoided being turned into the block by the P-Switch activation

Changes for 1.3.5
  • Fixed the gamepad control stuck because of axes returned value that doesn't equal the initial state on some devices
  • Fixed the invalid conversion of old sprites with a mask that is smaller than the front
  • Implemented usage of the SDL_GameController with some extras like using the rumble and the battery status (Render of the status is not implemented yet)
  • Player now can quit the credits screen by pressing the Start button on the gamepad
  • Fixed the glitched rendering of the first frame at the main menu and the world map when frame-skip is enabled
  • Every gamepad model will keep its individual settings per player
  • Added the "Reset to default" menu item to reset controls
  • Resolved the slow work of the world map on weak devices
  • Added the performance debug printing that you can activate by the F3 key
  • Automatically select the gamepad on startup if the user didn't manually set up the keyboard usage
  • Added the ability of the hot connection and disconnection of game controllers
  • Control mappings have been moved into the "controls.ini" to keep the "thextech.ini" file being human-friendly
  • Swooper can play the flap sound if presented at the assets pack
  • Iceball may have the individual shoot sound of sounds.ini enables that
  • Fixed an unexpected ability of Peach to spin-jump from off vines and on pressing of the ALT-JUMP while the JUMP key is held
  • Fixed the GFX shaking of the upside-down piranha plants when they got customized in some cases
  • NPC freezing sound got an individual sound instead of the shell hit
  • Frozen NPC breaking got an individual sound
  • Added an ability to put the silence instead of the actual sound file by specifying the "silent=true" field instead of the "file=..."
  • Thwomps will slightly shake the screen on their fall
  • Yoshi's ground pound will slightly shake the screen
  • Sprout vine from blocks got an individual sound
  • Fixed an incorrect word wrapping at message boxes
  • Fixed the vanilla GFX bug: the thwomp's ground pound dirt effect being improperly aligned
  • Bowser III'rd will shake the screen on his ground pound
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: Link may die when attempting to use the Clown Car being in a fairy form, and when flying up on the Clown Car while any vines behind him
  • Avoided the ability to switch the playable character by the Clown Car at the top of a player switch block
  • Added an ability to restore old checkpoints behavior of the SMBX 1.3 using the "compat.ini" file
  • Fixed the vanilla GFX bug: an incorrect Link's alignment at the Clown Car after being transformed from anybody who rides Yoshi
  • Fixed the skull raft getting stuck at the ceiling slope blocks
  • Fixed the vanilla GFX bug: the unexpected water splash effect appearance at BGOs
  • Fixed the inability to set up the jump button on gamepads in some conditions
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: inability to set the autoscrolling for any non-zero section
  • Added the support for the simple-style per-section autoscrolling setup from the SMBX-38A specification
  • Fixed the vanilla crash when NPC being located far off the screen, tries to find blocks
  • Added an ability to copy and delete game saves from the game menu
  • Fixed the missing "Game Beaten" flag while loading the game save


For Windows (XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10+):
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Downloads for Windows
- Download for 64-bit (modern platforms)
- Download for 32-bit (old platforms and 32-bit operating system installs)
- Download for ARM64 (for Windows-based tablets that use an ARM processor, or other compatible devices)
Note: To unpack 7z archives you need to use the 7-zip tool (it's free!). For ARM devices try this version of 7-zip.

For macOS (10.11 is minimal, if not works even on 10.11, report me please. The AppleSilicon version requires the macOS 11.0):
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Downloads for macOS
- Download DMG image, universal for both Intel and Apple Silicon
Note: because of macOS specifics, using the game here is different than other systems: after install, run a game,
and then, to add your custom episodes, look into your home directory and find the "TheXTech Episodes" folder, the "worlds" and "battle" inside is for your own stuff!
To replace default media, look inside the bundle and find the "Content/Resources/assets" folder!
Caution 1: bundle is unsigned, make sure you know how to deal with a Gatekeeper to make able to use this! On Catalina it may not start the first time after Gatekeeper's question, try to run the game again!
Caution 2: On Apple Silicon (M1) devices, you will need to run the xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine "Super Mario Bros. X.app" from your terminal at the applications directory to get the game work.

For Linux distros (x86_64 and i386):
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Downloads for Linux
- Download for Linux (built on Ubuntu 20.04) 64-bit, works also on Fedora and, possibly, on Arch and Monjaro. If it doesn't work, please try the Ubuntu 18 build.
- Download for Linux (built on Ubuntu 18.04) 64-bit, works also on OpenSUSE. If it doesn't work, please try the Ubuntu 16 build.
- Download for Linux (built on Ubuntu 16.04) 64-bit, works also on Debian 10+, CentOS 7+. If it doesn't work, please try to build the game from the source code.
- Download for Linux (built on Ubuntu 16.04) 32-bit, works also on other 32-bit Linux systems.

Note: There are static portable builds that should work almost everywhere. If you run a different Linux distro than Ubuntu, you may use the Ubuntu 16.04 version for the game. The confirmed work on the Debian 10, on the OpenSUSE, on the Fedora, on the CentOS. Also, the game could work on ArchLinux and Monjaro. If all builds won't work on your distro, feel free to report to me and try to compile the game from the sources to get it to work on your side. Right now there are x86_64 and 32-bit x86 builds that were made, ARM wasn't built by the CI yet (probably I'll try to set up the CI to produce such builds).

For Android:
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Downloads for Android
- Download for Android (Minimum version is 4.1)
Note: this is the plain runtime package that doesn't include any game assets. You should download the SMBX assets pack archive and unpack it into any convenient place. On the first run (or at the Settings), you should select the directory that contains your unpacked assets. That directory will serve the same as the SMBX game directory on the desktop versions. You can easily add more episodes to it by unpacking archives into the "worlds" directory in the same way as on desktop versions. At the Settings, you can switch between different game asset directories that allow you to play different games (such as "Adventures of Demo") by the same engine.

WebAssembly (Play game in the browser):
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Web version
- Play SMBX in the browser NOW! (Note, the game may work slow from some places like China, please ask people for any local mirrors, or get the self-hosted version below).
- Download the Self-hosted version of the game if you want to upload the game copy on your WEB-server and make the game get better availability.
Note: Adding custom episodes and replace default music/sounds/graphics require you to build the game from the sources with giving of your assets directory. You can find the detailed manual on how to build the web version of the game here.

Plain desktop runtimes
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There are packages that contain the runtime engine binary only. Use this to update your existing game without re-downloading game assets. Especially if you did your own remix of the assets and you don't want to re-remix them again.

Plain runtime downloads
Windows:
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Linux:
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macOS:
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This is the "Game template", the app bundle that contains no assets. You need to put the game assets into the "TheXTech.app/Content/Resources/assets" directory inside of the bundle, and then, edit "Content/Info.plist", and specify the value for the "CFBundeName" field to make it not be "Not named application" in the task manager.)



The full C++ source code repository:
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- https://github.com/Wohlstand/TheXTech

If you have any questions, problem reports, or suggestions, feel free to write to me!


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Post #81by Wohlstand » 30 Oct 2020, 11:44

Elf of H & L wrote:I found a message block sound bug:

If event was filled message, press "Jump" button still plays message sound after message disappeared......
I can't test this yet, however, I took this into GitHub: https://github.com/Wohlstand/TheXTech/issues/23

I guess, hat because the jump button is same as "OK" that quits the message box, and because the key was held in a specific moment, the result is similar. I need to check until to confirm.

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New 1.3.3 release!

Post #82by Wohlstand » 19 Dec 2020, 2:06

Hello!

I present a the next release with a bonus inside (see changelog for details)! ;-)

Changes for 1.3.3
  • Added the "gameinfo.ini" to give the support for the partial customization of internals (window/game title, character names in menu, credits, etc.)
  • Added an ability to globally override NPC settings by placing of npc-*.txt file into graphics/npc directlry of assets
  • Added an ability to run executable with a different assets directory specified
  • Added the support for playable character custom INI calibrations
  • Message box line breaking algorithm has been improved, added support for new-line characters
  • Settings now can remember the initial state of the frame-skip and show-fps options
  • Added an option to make use the Alt-Run key for Yoshi's Ground-Pound ([gameplay] section and 'ground-pound-by-alt-run' boolean field)

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New 1.3.3.1 release!

Post #83by Wohlstand » 2 Jan 2021, 20:29

Hello!

It's a small bugfix release together with adding support for new platforms: Windows for ARM and macOS for the new Apple Silicon processors!

Changes for 1.3.3.1
Changes for 1.3.3.1
  • Fixed a crash, caused by the incremental locked warps counter that leads BGO array exciting
  • Added support for Windows ARM64 target architecture
  • Added support for Apple Silicon target architecture
  • Fixed the inability to enter levels through warp were extension is missing

All download links at the main post.

One small note that the builds I made for Windows and Apple Silicon platforms aren't well tested. Please report to me any possible problems regarding them.

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Post #84by ListenFryderykChopin » 17 Jan 2021, 17:06

I have been using TheXTech for a long time and to be honest it is a really interesting alternative to SMBX Vanilla. TheXTech is faster (i.e. loads the content on the screen faster and makes it run in more FPS) and also has no lag even when there are a lot of NPCs on the screen. I would also like to add that I think, but I don't know if it really is, the character is more controllable and does not seem to "float" on the screen. The downside is that there is no editor here, but it is compatible with PGE. Bottom line: TheXTech is now my new tool for playing SMBX episodes.

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New 1.3.4 release!

Post #85by Wohlstand » 12 Feb 2021, 22:55

It's a bigger update than usual: it contains bugfixes for the most annoying vanilla bugs and several new features! (Don't worry, if you have some episodes or individual levels built on bugs, you always can re-enable them using the compat.ini file to repair the work of those levels back!)

* Added the Speed-Running system: run the game by giving special command-line arguments to enable the next features: level and episode stopwatch, displaying of pressed keys states, global adjusting of specific limits and bugs-features depending on a chosen speed-run mode.
* The frame-rate controller accuracy has been improved, and the frame-skip hell has been resolved!
* Added the "compat.ini" to adjust the bugs compatibility per levels and per episode. You can find the manual here.
* Tuned the work of the credits screen.
* The work of the game loading screen now is smoother!
* Resolved the problem of a level restarting after player faults when auto-run events won't work at all.

And more other fixes:
Changes for 1.3.4
Changes for 1.3.4
  • Fixed the inability to use any custom sounds and custom music at the level's custom data directory
  • Added an ability to change sound setup (sample rate, channels, sample format, and the buffer size) via the [sound] INI section
  • Optimized the work of a lazy-decompression algorithm workflow
  • At credits, the bible quote has been replaced with a meme
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: free-falling platforms getting confused when the player changes their power-up state
  • Fixed an inability to autostart events when "restart level after death" mode is enabled on the world map
  • Fixed the case when Pokey getting collapsed during walking on slopes
  • Fixed an unwanted player bounce by a filter block after NPC stomp
  • Added the "compat.ini" support for episode and level specific to enable/disable certain bugs of the old game
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: the player can get clipped into the floor while standing on a block of a down-moving layer
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: NPC can get clipped into the floor while standing on a block of a down-moving layer
  • Fence BGOs now can move player together with a moving layer as vine NPCs does
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: attempt of a player to jump from NPC standing together with getting pushed into the wall causes the clipping
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: resolved an incorrect behavior of skull raft cells that makes the raft being squished when reaching a barrier wall
  • Credits look and performance has been improved
  • Fixed the vanilla bug: Peach can't escape the running shell surf
  • Loading screen now goes smoother (except Emscripten)
  • Level testing will quit on successful completion of a level
  • Improved the framerate controller behavior, added the guarantee of the 65.1025 FPS on almost all supported platforms
  • Added the Speed-Runner mode which can be enabled via the --speed-run-mode <mode> command line argument
  • Fixed a wrong FPS while the key-hole exit is in process
  • Improved the frame-skip logic

All download links at the main post.

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Post #86by Olhi » 13 Feb 2021, 1:34

This update is something else! TheXTech has matured into a beautiful flower :flowers:

I can't wait to showcase the speedrunner mode! Tomorrow, 17:00 UTC+1 on my Twitch :)

EDIT: I won't be able to showcase it today sadly. ._.
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Post #87by +KZ » 13 Feb 2021, 3:18

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Post #88by ListenFryderykChopin » 23 Feb 2021, 23:29

TheXTech version 1.3.4 is what I really expected. He is great! The graphics now have less blur and look better in my opinion. The character we are playing now seems more manageable. I tested The Great Empire 3 on TheXTech and proudly, without any death, I managed to complete it 100%! Of course, surround sound also works. It's in a bit too primitive form in my opinion, but I'm glad it is anyway. I also really like the fact that even on my very weak computer, the tool works and starts up extremely fast. I have not met a situation where the game stuttered or a mistake happened. I really like TheXTech and applause to Wohlstand for a great job! :) :cool:

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Post #89by Olhi » 12 Mar 2021, 20:38

I have made a few Speedruns since then:

Level Runs:

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Post #90by Yingchun Soul » 21 Mar 2021, 13:04

Upside-down Piranha Plant displaying glitch when editing GFX parameters
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Post #91by Wohlstand » 21 Mar 2021, 13:06

Elf of H & L wrote:Upside-down Piranha Plant displaying glitch when editing GFX parameters
Can you give me the npc.txt file to let me verify?

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Post #92by Yingchun Soul » 22 Mar 2021, 9:35

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Post #93by Yingchun Soul » 1 Apr 2021, 12:46

Will next version seperate Fireball and Iceball shooting SFX?
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Post #94by Wohlstand » 1 Apr 2021, 12:49

Elf of H & L wrote:Will next version seperate Fireball and Iceball shooting SFX?
A good idea :)
And for packages that lack it, I'll keep the fallback to the fireball sound if iceball sound wasn't loaded (didn't presented in the files list)

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Post #95by Wohlstand » 10 Apr 2021, 22:59

Elf of H & L wrote:Upside-down Piranha Plant displaying glitch when editing GFX parameters
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I finally managed to check this up, and I see, the thing is really buggy:
Peek 2021-04-10 22-53.gif


I guess I should use my VB6Round code here too, or check something... height values were seems dividing by 2 easily, but maybe the gfx offset causes some mess up? IDK, I need to check...

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Elf of H & L wrote:Upside-down Piranha Plant displaying glitch when editing GFX parameters

Fixed just now! https://github.com/Wohlstand/TheXTech/commit/e8165b59795a49851809a6495b1aad4346662daa
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Post #96by Yingchun Soul » 15 Apr 2021, 12:57

2 SMW SFX found from TSR: One is "starman-low", for P-switch timeout replacement for SNES; the other one is "sprout-vine", is Vine spawn with item block.
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Post #97by Wohlstand » 15 Apr 2021, 13:42

Elf of H & L wrote:2 SMW SFX found from TSR: One is "starman-low", for P-switch timeout replacement for SNES; the other one is "sprout-vine", is Vine spawn with item block.

Got that, added it into the assets, and made the sprouting vine work! ;-)

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Post #98by Yingchun Soul » 15 Apr 2021, 13:49

For Player Hammer SFX, might can combine with Player Fireball & Enemy Hammer throw together?
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Post #99by Olhi » 17 Apr 2021, 13:07

Elf of H & L wrote:For Player Hammer SFX, might can combine with Player Fireball & Enemy Hammer throw together?

I have already told Wohlstand in private, but I'd also like to share my concerns here:

I strongy advise against having Mario use enemy SFX in any way, shape or form. The Hammer Bros. sound gives a clear warning sign to the players that danger is ahead and they should be careful. When players get accustomed to hearing the hammer throw, they will get desensitized to it, which could hinder their ability to react in time.

Player sound effects and Enemy sound effects should always stay distinct from each other.

For the Hammer Suit, I brought up the possibility to use the SMB2-Throw, as that would stay consistent with Peach's bombs and Toad's boomerang.

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Combining that with the Fireball might be worth looking at, if someone can do it, as that would, to some degree, offer consistency with the SMB3 sound and Peach's/Toad's sound, all while evading the problem I described above.

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Post #100by Yingchun Soul » 18 Apr 2021, 5:43

A missing QWERTZ cheat-code compatibility is: "ibakedacakeforzou".
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