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CaSTaway -- Portable Atari ST for Palm OS, Zodiac, GP32 and Sony PSP!
The Atari ST computer has a special place in my heart -- one of
the first halfway modern GUI and mouse based computers with a
megabyte of RAM, it was an excellent machine to hack around on.
Serious desktop publishing software brought it into the office,
built in MIDI ports and an early laptop format made it very
popular with musicians, and a fun 'scene' brought it many
groundbreaking 'demos' and games (with a large proportion of RPGs and
shooters if I do say so myself) -- truly, it was "Power Without the
I "cut my teeth" on the Atari ST, walking miles and miles to find the
(only) local Atari store to buy games and utilities with my entire
pay cheque, and generally did a lot of keen hacking around. Ran
(and wrote a FidoNet system!) a BBS for most of a decade, wrote a
lot of assembly, GFA Basic and
C code, and really just got into the "scene" while working as a
salesman for Atari at a local store.
CaSTaway is the ultimate way to pass your time and relive
the good old days!
Don't know what to play? See here..
CaSTaway/PSP for Sony PSP
CaSTaway/PSP has a whacky heritage, being essentially a port of
parts of my GP32 and Palm OS versions, though theres a number of
changes going on along the way :) Those ports were in turn parts
of my own emu and a Pocket PC port, which is derived from a distant
Nowadays (as of CaSTaway 006 and later) I am targetting custom firmware
such as OE or M33 or the like, which can run homebrew without requiring
it to be kxploited or other tricks. If you need a firmware 1.5 kxploited
version or a firmware 1.0 raw version, use build 005 which includes
those.. or let me know, and I can create a 1.5 kxploited version if needed.
For various Sony PSP firmware versions.. (remember, for some firmware
versions you can downgrade to an earlier version if you need to.):
- Firmware 1.0 - use the 1.0 firmware version of the 005 application; in some
but not all distribution zip files
- Firmware 1.5 - use the 1.5 firmware version of the 005 application; in all the zip files
- Firmware 2.0 - use the latest EBoot Loader; fire up the 1.5 version
of the application. Note that for 1.50 builds there are two files
making each build (the actual application, and the crack), so you
have to run the application version. Later EBoot Loaders will hide
the junk, but earlier versions you need to fire up the right one.
If you get an error like "Must launch from atari_st folder", then
you launched the wrong one.. try the other file :)
- Custom firmwares such as OE and M33 -- use build 006 or later
CaSTaway/Palm for Palm OS (and Zodiac)
CaSTaway/Palm is a port of my CaSTaway/GP32 work, which is in turn
a port of CastCE for Pocket PC, which is in turn a port of CaSTaway
for SDL/Windows. Quite a lineage :)
If you've got a lower end device such as the T|E or Zires etc,
you may not have enough runtime RAM (different from
storage RAM) to run without help. Try Dmitry's
UDMH tool to
open up additional memory for big applications like CaSTaway.
- CaSTaway/Palm 1.1.2!Disables device auto-off to avoid annoyances in some games (like Civilization or slow-thinking games); also, in Insert Disk popup menu it now shows known disk descriptions like in the main picker. Not signed for Zodiac so Tapwave users stick to 1.0.1 unless you're a developer. Treo 600 still broken (so use 0.8.x for Treo 600).
- CaSTaway/Palm 1.0.1! Killer version! (Signed for Zodiac so Tapwave users, enjoy full screen smoothed scaling!) Treo 600 still broken (so use 0.8.x for Treo).
- CaSTaway/Palm 0.8.0 True fps shown when asked, and auto-throttle on fast units so it should always run approximately 60fps on units that can do it.
- CaSTaway/Palm 0.7.11 Better sampled audio playback, Treo support, hotsync to install disk images, other cleanups.
- In-progress "alpha" versions are posted in the message board
- CaSTaway/Palm sourcecode for developers
CaSTaway/GP32 for Gamepark 32
I've another page for GP32 works; see the GP32 page here
PeBo, the author of this game of "Sorry" ported to the Atari ST,
got ahold of me in the CaSTaway message board here - very cool.
Its interesting that a few ST game authors have gotten ahold of me
over the years, and I am honoured :) He's donated his game to the
cause, so in the name of preservation I'm keeping a copy here and
will try to get it posted around to the remaining crack-groups
and websites :)
By request I've turned up a donation box in the webstore; I
build all of my free software to help support the communities I'm
a proud member of, but feel free to help pay the bills of a self
employed coder :)
Screenshots, Message Board, BBS...
Atari ST Games Database (for CaSTaway/Palm)
Rather than try and remember what disk A_097.ST has on it, we've
created a little database system that can figure out it is actually
Dungeon Master and OIDs on there, for example. With lots of work from
the public we've managed to catalog most every "packed" disk image
out there in both .ST and .MSA format so you can use it to find a
game you're looking for, or to find out what games are on a given
disk image -- regardless of the filename in use! CaSTaway/Palm natively
uses this database and we hope other Atari ST emulators will pick
up on it someday.
Other Downloads, Links, and Forums
Dungeon Master entrance
Xenon 2: Megablast