I want to make a surprise for my father.
Back in the 80s my father made a game for a custom clone (called Santaka) of the ZX Spectrum. I have all the digital files needed for it to work, but I'm hitting my head against the wall at this point.
I want to do a three part project:
- Make a cross-platform port of his game for modern PC systems
- (optional) enchance sprites/graphics a bit
- (probably not that realistic) build a RPi based custom arcade machine with a legit CRT to play the game
The problems I encountered so far are:
- Most of the open source emulators don't support non-ASCII character encoding so some letters look garbled
- The most important bug: the loading screen... When I start the game on any emulator it just gets stuck on the loading screen which is saying to remove the magnetic tape. Any idea how to do that? No emulators I tried seem to have this functionality.
For that I want to achieve the following:
- Extract the source code (yes I've already asked he doesn't have it anymore or it's really hard to find).
- Extract the sprites etc
- Possibly enhance the game logic
- Port and compile it for Windows and Linux
Any leads would be appreciated and would make a great birthday present for my dad ^^
Any CPU manuals, anything would be appreciated. I work in IT and used to work as a developer so this task is definitely doable.
I managed to go thru the loading screen on the FUSE emulator by waiting around one minute.
I also managed to extract 9998 lines of BASIC code.