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Soul Spiral

software and article by Ben Lincoln

 

Soul Spiral is a utility for unpacking the contents of the bigfile.dat format used by many Crystal Dynamics games based on the engine from Gex. It can also read the pill.big data file from the PC and Playstation versions of Blood Omen.

Soul Spiral's only function is to unpack content from a monolithic data file. It is not an image/model viewer or a sound file player. Once the files are extracted, other tools (such as ModelEx, The Eye of RAW, and The Sound of Her Wings) are necessary to actually do anything with any of the files. Because the game assets are usually in a proprietary format, not all of them have been reverse-engineered well enough to do anything with yet.

If there is not a utility listed on The Lost Worlds for the file type you are interested in, there is probably nothing available to you to open it - some common examples are the textures and models from Soul Reaver 2 and Defiance.

Soul Spiral requires at least version 2.0 of the .NET Framework to be installed on your PC. It can be obtained from the Microsoft website or Windows Update.

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Note: Releases prior to 1.1 are no longer publicly available.

For those with an interest in writing their own software, the source code for this application is available in the Source Code Collections article.

 
[ The main Soul Spiral UI ]
The main Soul Spiral UI
[ The file type selection dialogue ]
The file type selection dialogue
[ The automatic recognition dialogue ]
The automatic recognition dialogue
 
 
 
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Soul Spiral 749 KiB 1.7 2014-10-04 Ben Lincoln and Andrew Fradley
 
 
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Soul Spiral (Source Code) 1 MiB 1.7 2014-10-04 Ben Lincoln and Andrew Fradley
This is for developers only and is not required to run the application.
 
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Soul Spiral 746 KiB 1.6 2014-09-21 Ben Lincoln and Andrew Fradley
 
 
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File Size Version Release Date Author
Soul Spiral (Source Code) 1 MiB 1.6 2014-09-21 Ben Lincoln and Andrew Fradley
This is for developers only and is not required to run the application.
 
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File Size Version Release Date Author
Soul Spiral 749 KiB 1.5 2012-02-12 Ben Lincoln and Andrew Fradley
 
 
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Soul Spiral 1 MiB 1.4 2010-04-18 Ben Lincoln and Andrew Fradley
 
 
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Soul Spiral 3 MiB 1.3 2010-04-11 Ben Lincoln and Andrew Fradley
 
 
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Soul Spiral 1 MiB 1.1 2006-10-15 Ben Lincoln
 
 
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