I created Journey to Silius Plus hack in 2011. I am total noob in rom hacking but I love the game since I am a child. It took me around 8 months to complete - told you - I am noob. There was a good friend of mine back in the days, Dizzy9 aka. D9 and maybe other nicknames. He helped me a lot by adding text to title screen of Journey to Silius Plus as I was unable to do it and one other small thing.
As we had good relations with D9 back in the days he asked me "Would you like to create something bigger?". I did but I did not want to use him to do all the hacking as I was unable to anything more I already did with the Plus version. After like a few months I reminded him about his question saying that if he is still willing to do it I am in. I made only a few hud graphics, and edited title screen in MS Paint that he inserted within the game. The name of the hack is Journey to Silius Forever and as I said - it is in progress for over 7 years now.
We agreeded that Dizzy9 will hack, I make changelog, a few graphics and will do testing providing him all the information he needed to repair problems. It was going smooth for some time, and changelog was pretty smooth but rather big one. In time, D9 started working on another hacks, and homebrews as he is very talented and is working with many serious players on the hacking scene. He started to put less and less effort into JTSF hack and well... it changed very much between us. I did not want to push him, but I wanted him to carry on as I was hyped as hell. In time, changelog got reduced by like 65%, and I asked him to do smaller and smaller changes. Still, I felt bad asking him to work on it, we were making like 3/4 month breaks with this hack but everytime he told me that he will have like 2 weeks for JTSF to finish it something else popped up.
I understand him, and I understand me. Currently the hack is more than playable, there is title screen menu, reworked player control a big, faster elevators, saves - somehow implemented is also counting time for speed runs, secret cheat menu and much more. We planned to make 2 difficulty levels not very different but still.
And it is dead for like a few years now. I know D9 disassembled the game and worked rather on disassembled code. That's all I can tell you.
Most important, it is very important hack for me and I am writing it for someone and myself to have even more fun with that great game so I would like to talk to people if there will be any with big experience in hacking so we can carry on. Hope some hacking gurus will be interested.
Currently the goal is to finish what has been started to make hack stable and playable - adding anything new is not an option as this baby it practically dead by now. I need someone to ressurect it. Please help.
I probably lost latest version somewhere but can search for it so someone more experienced than me can finish it.