Captain Comic Sprite Format

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Captain Comic Sprite Format
Captain Comic Sprite Format.png
Format typeTileset
Max tile countUnlimited
PaletteDefault EGA
Tile names?No
Minimum tile size (pixels)16×16
Maximum tile size (pixels)16×16
Plane count5
Plane arrangementTile-planar
Transparent pixels?Yes
Hitmap pixels?No
Supports sub-tilesets?No
Compressed tiles?No
Hidden data?No

The Captain Comic Sprite Format stores the images used for drawing animated creatures in *.SHP. All frames in each image are fixed as 16×16 pixels in size. The format is very similar to the Captain Comic Tileset Format.

File format

The file has no header - the first frame's data starts right at the beginning of the file. Each frame is 160 bytes in length.

The frames are 16-colour images, split into five planes (see Raw_EGA_data#Planar_EGA_data). Each image is stored one after the other (no header.) The planes within each image are ordered with blue first, followed by green, red, intensity and opacity last. 32 bytes per plane multipled by five planes gives 160 bytes per frame.

As each image is entirely contained within the 160 bytes, the offset of a given frame can be calculated as

offset = tile * 160


The following tools are able to work with files in this format.

Name PlatformView images in this format? Convert/export to another file/format? Import from another file/format? Access hidden data? Edit metadata? Notes
Camoto Linux/WindowsYesYesYesN/AN/A


This file format was reverse engineered by Malvineous. 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!)