Mystic Towers Sprite Format

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Mystic Towers Sprite Format
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Format typeTileset
Max tile count65535
Tile names?No
Minimum tile size (pixels)0
Maximum tile size (pixels)255×65535
Plane count1
Plane arrangementUnknown
Transparent pixels?Unknown
Hitmap pixels?No
Supports sub-tilesets?No
Compressed tiles?No
Hidden data?No


Files in this format begin with a generic bank header also found in other files used by Mystic Towers.

Data type Name Description
UINT16LE iNumEntries Number of chunks (sub-files) in this file
UINT32LE[iNumEntries] iOffsets Offset of each chunk (from the beginning of the file)

The sprite data found at each offset has the following header:

Data type Name Description
UINT16LE iWidth Width of the sprite, in pixels
UINT16LE iHeight Height of the sprite, in pixels
UINT16LE iUnused Either 0 or 5. The game ignores this value.
INT16LE iOffX Offset for drawing the sprite; moves the sprite (iOffX & 0x3FFF) pixels to the left.
INT16LE iOffY Offset for drawing the sprite; moves the sprite up by iOffY pixels.

The Sprite header is followed directly by the image data. For every row of the image, the following data structure is repeated:

Data type Name Description
BYTE bSkip Skip this amount of pixels (move to the right)
BYTE bLen Amount of pixel bytes
BYTE[bLen] pixels pixel data (0=transparent)

After parsing one of these data blocks, the draw pointer is moved to the beginning of the next row and the next data block is processed. That means the transparent parts at the left and right side of each row have no pixel data and are to be left untouched (or set to 0 to indicate transparency).

If one of the pixel bytes in the middle of the row is 0, that pixel is also supposed to be transparent and will not be drawn by the game.


Even though the sprite header stores the image width as a UINT16LE, the usage of BYTE values in the row data means that each row can only have up to 255 visible pixels and that it is impossible to access anything beyond the first 510 pixels.


This file format was reverse engineered by K1n9_Duk3. If you find this information helpful in a project you're working on, please give credit where credit is due. (A link back to this wiki would be nice too!)