More JungleTac GBA ports?

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More JungleTac GBA ports?

Joined: November 1st, 2015, 12:12 pm

February 3rd, 2016, 3:57 pm #1

So I won a PSP lookalike in a contest recently, and it's your typical portable GBA/NES emulator. Most of the games on it are simply ROMs of licensed GBA games, but I saw a few original-looking games hidden among them. I later found that most of these were ports of JungleTac games. Most of them are available here. However, there were a few that I couldn't trace:

Hanoic Tower (obv tower of hanoi): https://imgur.com/a/Klmqi

"On no Off" (actually Lights Out): https://imgur.com/a/6mcqp

Mr. Onion (port of the JungleTac game): https://imgur.com/a/GVnIK

Play Plane/Lightning Plan: https://imgur.com/a/ubvoW

Plumber: https://imgur.com/a/zIimw

The two in particular which I couldn't find anything about are On no Off and Hanoic Tower. I suppose these were made especially for these GBA emulator manufacturers or something.
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Joined: August 5th, 2010, 4:26 pm

February 3rd, 2016, 10:59 pm #2

oh that's interesting o: Hanoic Tower has definitely shown up on other Jungletac consoles under a different name, and they've done Lights Out style games before, although I don't think I've seen any with those exact graphics. Is it possible to get the ROMs off this console?
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Joined: November 1st, 2015, 12:12 pm

February 4th, 2016, 3:59 am #3

taizou wrote:Is it possible to get the ROMs off this console?
not right now, I've tried connecting it to a PC but it looks like the ROMs that come with the console are on a separate partition or something that's inaccessible.
I tried looking for more information on my specific console, and while doing so I came across this blogspost about the firmware on these devices. The post included a dump of the files found on their copy of the firmware, which includes the Pool Pro and Plumber ports shown here as well as some new ones like Auto X , Final Round Tennis and Go, Smile.

For convenience, here are the games: https://www.mediafire.com/?0lpijiery4fp600
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Joined: November 1st, 2015, 12:12 pm

February 9th, 2016, 11:17 am #4

I recorded footage of Hanoic Tower, On no Off, Mr Onion and Lightning Plan. It's available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NKSx0hzC5g

EDIT: I've found what looks to be the same console I have on AliExpress, if anyone's interested: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/4-3-LCD- ... 21532.html
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Joined: August 5th, 2010, 4:26 pm

February 13th, 2016, 11:52 pm #5

thanks for posting those! it's interesting that Jungletac games are still getting bundled with random emulator consoles, even when they come with standard roms anyway.. I wonder if Jungletac actually worked on the firmware/design for these things at some point, or if they just provided games for other companies and they ended up being thrown in with all the other GBA stuff.
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 1:32 am

February 16th, 2017, 8:50 pm #6

Man, Jungletac really doesn't put much thought into these GBA ports. When re-scaling the graphics it looks like they just run everything through an algorithm and don't actually check if it looks decent. What's interesting, however, is that these particular ROMs appear to use the original MIDI versions of the music without applying a soundfont (compare Lightning Plan's music in inability's capture to footage of it on the Zone 60 or the Vii). I wonder if it'd be possible to extract them with GBA Music Ripper or something?
taizou wrote:Hanoic Tower has definitely shown up on other Jungletac consoles under a different name, and they've done Lights Out style games before, although I don't think I've seen any with those exact graphics.
Yeah, those exact same games are also on the VG Pocket Caplet. I'd get some proof for ya but I dismantled mine years ago for a school project or something.

By the way, if you google "Lightning Plan.gba" (or a handful of other Jungletac games) you'll find that someone's uploaded a whole bunch of the roms to Baidu. Unfortunately I've been unable to actually download any of 'em so far since the connection is so slow that it only makes it about halfway before dying (which is pretty spectacular since they're only a megabyte or two each), so if anyone else has better luck than me feel free to post 'em here!
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Joined: February 20th, 2017, 1:31 am

February 20th, 2017, 2:21 am #7

Hello!
I am different from the English zone.

http://pan.baidu.com/share/home?uk=2738 ... ory/type=0
http://pan.baidu.com/s/1qWFtvHi#list/pa ... 9D%A2[/url)
found upload of Jungletac games!
Lightning Plan,Hanoic Tower,Quick Move,Mr Onion,On no Off.
However, the ROM does not work with an emulator normally.
dump miss? Or is fixed necessary for ROM?

http://www.373q.com/dir/43397.html
Besides, some ROM seemed to be uploaded.
It is already 404.
Here was Toy Kindom.gba, too.

https://web.archive.org/web/20101126145 ... nload.html
ROM was able to download it once in a Jungletac website.
Dragon and Toy Kindom are Jungletac games, too.

http://haiou.f3322.net:82/GAME/gba.htm
http://archive.kaskus.co.id/thread/5473910/2
There is the list of Jungletac games.

The games found so far are as follows.

*DUMPED*
Bubble Blaster
Bump Bomb
Fire Fighter
Hero Legend
Hide and Seek
Hot Drop
Jewel Fever
Jewel Master
Manic Troll
Pinball Fish
Pop Ball
Rapid Stream
Rolling Cube
Squirrel Bobble
Super Move Quest
Tiger Rescue
Pool Pro
Plumber
Auto X
Final Round Tennis
Go, Smile

*UNDUMPED*
Lightning Plan
Hanoic Tower
Quick Move
Mr Onion
On no Off
Dragon
Toy Kindom
Box Puzzle
Busy Bong
Happy Checkers
Soccer2002
Sudoku
Win Or Lose
Zippy Froger
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Joined: November 1st, 2015, 12:12 pm

April 11th, 2017, 2:24 pm #8

I've reuploaded the files from the Baidu drive here if anyone is having trouble downloading them: http://www.solidfiles.com/v/vZ23YrzV2GQZP

Indeed, they don't seem to work on emulators. This makes me wonder if there's some special code in the GBA emulators for these things that makes them work, but I somehow doubt it. I stopped trying to get the firmware files from my console a while back, but I might start again.

EDIT: Googling this time found me this thread where people are sharing firmware files for what looks to be the same console (or type of consoles). There appear to be instructions on how to put the thing into "ADFU mode", after which I could possibly read the firmware off the handheld, but Google translate gives me incomprehensible output so I can't quite understand what's going on.
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Joined: November 1st, 2015, 12:12 pm

April 12th, 2017, 2:58 pm #9

I have achieved a sort-of-breakthrough with the ROMs on Baidu -- changing the 4th byte from 15 to EA seems to put the game in a partially working state where it is playable but some of the resources like backgrounds do not load/are replaced with corrupted garbage.

Here are the modified ROMS for Lightning Plan, Hanoic Tower, Quick Move, Mr Onion, and On no Off: https://www.solidfiles.com/v/Vv3n2pMGaZYZa

The byte that I edited is apparently part of the "Entry Point", so my theory is that the original entry point does some extra setting-up stuff for the backgrounds etc which standard GBA emulators cannot handle for some reason. Perhaps someone with better knowledge of GBA internals than I do can shed some light on this.
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Joined: October 8th, 2017, 6:57 pm

October 8th, 2017, 7:01 pm #10

To make it easy for everybody, I compiled all of the roms, new and old, into one zip file.
Here's the link:https://archive.org/details/Jungletac
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