jamesu edited this page Sep 14, 2010 · 5 revisions

Welcome to the scummc wiki!

NOTE: Most content has been retrieved from Alban Bedel’s old ScummC wiki.

ScummC: A Scumm Compiler

What is it ?

ScummC is a set of tools to create SCUMM adventure games, allowing to create 100% free games that run on the popular ScummVM engine.

The ScummC suite comprises editors and compilers to combine images, costumes, background boxes, fonts, sounds and game code to complete adventure games.

ScummC takes a developer’s approach: most of the tools are commandline-based, the build process uses UNIX makefiles, source files are plain text, and the ScummC programming language is modelled after C (hence the name).

Current status

ScummC version 0.2.0 has been released as of 12-Apr-2008. The newly added demo game OpenQuest is now playable in ScummVM. Both releases are available for download.

Most of the features offered by SCUMM v6 are now supported, and it is possible to build small, but fully playable SCUMM games. However, there is still a lot to do: improve the language, better document SCUMM and ScummC, increase tool usability, improve the v7 support, finish the debugger, etc.

Help of fellow developers, SCUMM experts and the larger adventure community is much appreciated.

Future

Up to now, version 6 of SCUMM was targeted, mainly because of its good support in ScummVM at the time ScummC started. However, this engine is quite limited, particularly in terms of graphics. There is now an initial v7 support and v8 should hopefully follow some day.

For the TODO list see ScummC TODO.

Documentation

ScummC itself doesn’t have much documentation currently, but that’s changing a bit:

For this project, some documentation of the SCUMM engine is needed. There are some docs available but they’re very limited. So along the path I’m keeping notes on nearly everything I find out about the engine. Nearly all the information I have has come from the ScummVM code.

Related projects

ScummC isn’t the only open source scumm project about! Over the years there have been numerous projects from compilers to runtimes like ScummVM.

  • ScummVM – no explanation needed.
  • Scummbler – A re-compiler targeted for existing V0 → V8 games.
  • ScummGen – A full compiler like ScummC, instead using XML files.
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