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Final Fantasy Zz Hard Type

Hack of Final Fantasy

Description:

Final Fantasy Zz is a much more difficult version of Final Fantasy with a few enhancements designed to make the game more enjoyable and much more challenging. While Final Fantasy Zz is largely true to the original Final Fantasy, this hack contains multiple bugfixes, such as fixing the critical hit bug, the Black Belt armor bug, and some cosmetic bugs. There are also some improvements, such as the ability to buy 9 Heal Potions at a time, the ability to see what’s in a treasure chest without taking the item if your inventory is full, new magic spells, a slightly redesigned map, rebalanced classes, a few new monsters, and the ability to dash by holding the B-button. Many enemies have altered stats and some have new special attacks. For those of you who have beaten Final Fantasy 1, this hack should help spice up an old favorite and keep you on the edge of your seat! You won’t ever want to play the original Final Fantasy again after giving FFZz a try!

UPDATE (DECEMBER 2016)

a. Enemy changes: Made some slight changes to some enemy stats, enemy AI, enemy names, enemy locations, and battle formations. Agamas in particular are more reasonable. Cetus is somewhat more difficult. Slightly lowered the absorb of some late-game bosses. The advanced Fang/Medusa encounter in the Volcano has been removed.

b. Treasure changes: Added two more Atlas Gauntlets and improved the treasures in the Ice Cave and a few other areas.

c. Magic and equipment changes: Replaced the Holy Sword with the Holy Mace, which can only be equipped by the RM and RW. The RM/RW can now equip the Iron Gauntlet. The Red Shield can now cast CALM when used as an item in battle. The Rogue Knife can now cast LOCK when used as an item in battle. The Shadow Armor now resists fire in addition to status magic. The Atlas Gauntlet now protects against poison in addition to earth, which should make this armor quite useful for Fighters and Black Belts in the Earth Cave and Gurgu Volcano. Increased the prices of a few items and pieces of equipment. Increased the power of POWR from +28 to +32.

d. Readme fixes: Corrected the Aegis Shield entry to show that it can cast XBAR as an item in battle. Corrected the QAKE entry to show that it can only be learned by the BM and BW.

e. Character changes: The RM/RW has been significantly improved. The RW can now learn HEL3 and BANE. The RM can now learn BOMB, but he can no longer learn ESNA until after the class change. The availability of the Holy Mace gives the RM a very good upgrade mid-game.

Please consult the readme for full details.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy (U) [!].nes CRC32: AB12ECE6 MD5: 9B0F042CFDC5F9E8200B47104A4768A9 SHA-1: 80CE108FBC066C985D4FB541BD68E9A7C8994FEB
  • FFZz is available as an .IPS patch which needs to be applied to a clean Final Fantasy ROM. Lunar IPS is a good program to use to accomplish this.

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Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
ZzonkmilesHacking

User Review Information

Highly recommended for FF veterans

Reviewed By: slartifer on 14 Jul 2014

An exemplar of game balance. From an RPG mechanics standpoint, this hack is meticulously thoughtful, varied, engaging, and rewarding.

Classes, spells, items – everything is distinct and useful, and the game throws a variety of challenges at you such that you’ll need to be resourceful, and use all that’s at your disposal. The classes play differently enough that there’s great replay value, too.

Here, finally, is a game where nearly every element is both meaningful and interesting. You can’t spam through the game with speedup held down, but neither do you drown in a sea of irrelevant details. It takes full advantage of the FF1 framework to hand the player a challenging, exciting, and fun experience, with just the right balance of edge-of-your-seat risks and opportunities for strategy.

Playing the FF series and other RPGs when I was 10 or 11 was incredibly rewarding. Being unfamiliar with the best tactics and clueless about the secret ways of each game’s mechanics kept each battle relevant. FF Zz is one of the few games that’s brought me back to that wonderful place despite my inability to unlearn strategy; its balance is so robust that I can have the bliss without the ignorance.

And it’s FUN, so much fun! Surprises around every corner, thoughtful dungeon redesigns, pleasing treasures, frightening fixed battles, clever turns of phrase.

Download it, play it, love it. It is simply the best.

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Perfect hack and rebalance for veteran playersShishi21 Dec 20182.3Yes
Valiant attempt but misses the markoubliette23 Mar 20151.51No
Highly recommended for FF veteransslartifer14 Jul 2014N/AYes
Great Hack for a Fresh PlaythroughDrag0nwind01 Nov 2014N/AYes