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RELEASE Julius (Caesar III) port for Switch

Discussion in 'Switch - Emulation, Homebrew & Software Projects' started by rsn8887, Feb 18, 2019.


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    Front-page RELEASE
    NOTE: There are now nightly buildbot releases for Julius Switch. They can be found in the "Latest Unstable" column in the table on the official Julius webpage here: https://github.com/bvschaik/julius/

    The last buildbot release includes a fix I did to reduce audio lag!

    Overview:
    This is my Switch port of Julius, a Caesar III re-implementation, based on devnoname120's Vita port.

    Julius is an open source re-implementation of Caesar III.

    Download: https://github.com/rsn8887/julius/releases/latest

    Support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/rsn8887

    The aim of this project is to create an open-source version of Caesar 3, with the same logic as the original, but with some UI enhancements, that is able to be played on multiple platforms. The same logic means that the saved games are 100% compatible, and any gameplay bugs present in the original Caesar 3 game will also be present in Julius.

    julius_switch_d.

    julius_switch_a. julius_switch_bb. julius_switch_c.

    UI enhancements include:
    - Support for widescreen resolutions
    - Windowed mode support for 32-bit desktops

    Julius requires the original assets (graphics, sounds, etc) from Caesar 3 to run.

    Thanks
    ======
    Thanks to my supporters on Patreon: Andyways, CountDuckula, Greg Gibson, Jesse Harlin, Özgür Karter, Matthew Machnee, and RadicalR.

    Thanks to the many developers of the game, such as Bianca van Schaik, crudelius, and all the others who were involved in creating this game.

    Thanks to @devnoname120 for porting the game to the Vita.

    Installation Instructions
    =====
    - Extract the contents of julius_switch.zip into the `switch` folder on your SD card, so that you have a folder `switch/julius` with `julius.nro` inside.

    - Copy all the files from a Caesar 3 install into the `switch/julius` folder on you SD card, so that you have the file `c3.eng` and more in your folder, in addition to `julius.nro`. Caesar 3 can be purchased from gog.com for example.

    Switch-exclusive Features
    =====
    - USB mouse and keyboard support
    - Left analog stick mouse control
    - Right analog stick map scrolling
    - Touchpad-style mouse controls with click gestures (short single tap for left click etc.)
    - On-Screen keyboard via plus-key, useful to enter player name

    Controls
    =====
    Left analog stick = move the mouse pointer
    Right analog stick or dpad up/down/left/right = Move the map.
    R / A = left mouse button
    L / B = right mouse button
    ZR = hold to slow down analog stick mouse pointer
    ZL = hold to speed up analog stick mouse pointer
    X = Simulate `Pg. Up` keypress (speed up in-game time)
    Y = Simulate `Pg. Down` keypress (slow down in-game time)
    Plus = Bring up on-screen keyboard, useful to enter player name etc.
    Select = Toggle between direct touch mode (pointer jumps to finger, nothing else) and touchpad mode (drag pointer with finger, tap for single clicke etc.)

    Touch controls
    ======
    Note: for multi-touch gestures, the fingers have to be far enough apart from each other, so that the Vita will not erroneously recognize them as a single finger. Otherwise the pointer will jump around.

    Single short tap = left mouse click
    Single short tap while holding a second finger down = right mouse click
    Single finger drag = move the mouse pointer, how far the pointer moves in response to finger motion depends on the Mouse Speed setting
    Dual finger drag = drag'n'drop (left mouse button is held down)
    Three finger drag = drag'n'drop (right mouse button is held down)

    Build Instructions
    =====
    ````
    cmake -DSWITCH_BUILD=ON -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ../julius
    make julius_switch.zip -j12
    ````

    Note: vita build based on branch name `vita_switch_with_touch` commit 3367cb7194365ee5025f786adc9fd188f46319cd

    Changelog
    =====
    v1.02
    - Compile with latest source, should hopefully fix crashes with video playback
    - Hold ZR/ZL for slow/fast mouse, useful for precise pointer control with left analog stick
    - Implement direct touch mode where pointer jumps to finger directly (press minus to toggle)

    v1.01

    - First release on Switch
     
    Discussion (43 replies)
  1. guily6669

    guily6669 GbaTemp is my Drug

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    Nice job, but I prefer C&C type of strategy games ;).

    I wish someone would port all C&C games 4 everything up to C&C generals which was the last good one.

    I really would enjoy so much playing Red Alert II portable.
     
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  2. Brasse

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    "Bluetooth mouse and keyboard support
    - Left analog stick mouse control
    - Right analog stick map scrolling
    - Touchpad-style mouse controls with click gestures (short single tap for left click etc.)
    - On-Screen keyboard via plus-key, useful to enter player name"

    Bless you man, managing to get Bluetooth inputs to work and even touch support! Great job.
     
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  3. radicalwookie

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    Oh man just the screens take me back into my childhood. Thank you OP!!!!
     
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  5. lordelan

    lordelan GBAtemp Psycho!

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    This is massive.
    Thx for this port!
     
  6. Youkai

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    Nice, it was a great game back in its days.
    not sure if I would want to play it on the Switch but this makes me want to reinstall it on my Computer ^^
     
  7. Ninn

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    Oh, so nice! Never thought i would see this on my switch, great stuff keep it up.

    Time for some nostalgia:yayswitch:
     
  8. AkGBA

    AkGBA Nope

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    Why no love for Caesar 2 ? ;)

    Thx a lot for your work, OP, might finally try C3.
     
  9. Brawl345

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    :unsure:

    Nice port OP!
     
  10. DinohScene

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    I love Caesar 3!
     
  11. linuxares

    linuxares I'm not a generous god!

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    WOHA! Nostalgia right in the feels!
     
  12. Griizly

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    When I saw the port for VITA I was hoping for a switch version ! Thank you so much ! Do you think it will work with a translation pack ? FRENCH for example ?

    @rsn8887 Tried just now to use the game with the french translation pack, it work except for the keyboard, the game freeze for 1 second and then goes back to normal when I press the "plus" button any idea ?
     
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  13. drazenm

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    Get us Cossacks and stronghold, settlers! :)
     
  14. rsn8887
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    Typo fixed. Btw I also en
    You have to start the game via nsp injection, not “album”. This is the same with all homebrew that uses the onscreen keyboard.

    To start via nsp injection, hold R pressed while launching an installed nsp game. Hbmenu should now show up. Launch Julius there. Then it will work. All Homebrew should be launched like this. It gives much more memory.
     
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  15. Ryccardo

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    Statue, medium - Prosperity rating up 75%. what the hell is this shit
     
  16. Andalitez

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    This is awesome.
    Thanks OP
     
  17. Tony_92

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    Are usb keyboards supported?
     
  18. rsn8887
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    Yes.
     
  19. Tony_92

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    Great, I'll give this one a go. Thanks for the port!
     
  20. Csmrcc

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    Tested os 6.2, atmosphere, and with homebrew.nsp
    Works fine, thank you for the effort!
     
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