The Settlers II
The Settlers II is a game made by German BlueByte GmbH and it was released in 1996. Mission CD with a map editor was released a few months later and finally a more complete Gold Edition in 1997.
Versions of the game
There are a few versions of the game available out in the wild in various European languages. Most easily you can find English and German versions.
|v0.15||German||Beta||Die Siedler II: Erste demo (first demo)|
|v0.16||German||Beta||Die Siedler II: Erste demo (first demo)|
|v1.01||English||Demo||The Settler II: Veni Vidi Vici, demo including intro video (50 MiB)|
|v1.02||English||Demo||The Settlers II: Veni Vici Vici, demo without intro video (3.5 MiB)|
|v1.02||English||CD release||The Settlers II: Veni Vidi Vici|
|v1.51||English||Demo||The Settlers II: Mission CD|
|v1.51||English||Demo||The Settlers II: Gold Edition (has less files than Mission CD; has some files that do not exist in Mission CD)|
|v1.51||English & German||Update||The Settlers II: Veni Vidi Vici / Die Siedler II: Veni Vidi Vici update to v1.51; no map editor|
|v1.51||German||Update||Die Siedler II: Mission Disk; full version of map editor included|
Oddly enough there are no demo versions available in German language, they appear to be released in English only. In the other hand the early betas (or "first demos") are only available in German.
Biggest difference between versions can be found in the map file format: before v1.51 the map data files are divided to multiple files, while in v1.51 a new map file format was introduced to make sharing of map editor files easier.
File formatsThe following file formats are used by this game.
|*.wld or *.swd||WLD/SWD Format||Map file / level|
|*.lst||Settlers II archive||Palette, sprites, icons, fonts, sound|
|*.dat + *.idx (+ *.fnt)||Settlers II archive||Sprites, icons, fonts|
|*.bob||Settlers II sprites||Carriers and jobs; all moving characters of the game|
|*.rtx||Settlers II mission script||Background music|
|*.eng or *.ger||Settlers II text||Ingame strings|
|MASKS/MASKS000.DAT||Custom||Very small file|
|*.rtx||Settlers II mission script||Sets players, resources, available houses, scripting, story progression|
|SNG_00##.DAT||IFF XMidi||Background music|
|CONTI###.DAT||Settlers II area index table||Index for areas (land and water)|
|WORLD###.DAT||Settlers II map data||Container for 14 blocks of various map data|
|GOU#.DAT or GOURAUD#.DAT||Custom||Color brightness map for gouraud shading (256 x 256 UInt8 table)|
|*.bbm||LBM Format (compressed PBM)||Terrain palettes|
|*.lbm||LBM Format (compressed PBM)||Full screen graphics or textures|
|MISSION.DAT||Text file||1 for available mission, 0 for unavailable mission|
|MAILS###.DAT||Custom||Savegame sent mail data|
|TRANS###.DAT||Custom||Savegame transportation data|