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The Legend of Iowa

Hack of The Legend of Zelda

Description:

This is the debut release of The Legend of Iowa, a complete rewrite of “The Legend of Zelda”.

Since the nature of this game is one of secrets & exploration, there are bound to be instances where you just don’t know what to do or where to go next. Again, feel free to contact me with questions.

This game was designed with the original Zelda in mind, so fans of that game should know what to expect. Difficulty was toned down (particularly that of the early Second Quest) pursuant to the feedback of several Beta Testers; this hack is on-par with or slightly easier than the original game.

This hack is intended to capture the original sense of immersion found in the early Zelda games. Fans of the original will know once they get involved in the game: epic exploration, multiple routes, cryptic hints and scores of secrets. Despite playing like a Zelda game, it establishes its own identity. To wit:

  • The entire Soundtrack has been replaced. And in most cases, with 8-bit renditions of vintage techno/dance/rave classics!
  • The Overworld is completely new. Graphics, layouts, animation, screen-specific Attribute Patterns and etc!
  • 18 New Dungeons. Or more accurately: 18 Meth Labs, nine per quest. Don’t expect the same old tricks to work, either. The secret pushblock isn’t always going to be leftmost-center. (Possibly never!)
  • New Dungeon Elements. In addition to the new graphics, layouts, animations and Attribute Patterns, you’ll be dealing with new room secrets and enemy combinations.

The doors are open, but you still need to find that pushblock to make a critical item appear! But first, you’ll need to kill that small army of Darknuts & Wizzrobes…

  • Work for Life. The number of complete heart containers has been reduced from 13 to 1. If you want to expand your lifebar, you’ll have to seek out the 48 heart pieces!
  • WAY More Bombs! They aren’t exactly bombs in this hack, but they explode just the same. And if you play your cards right, you’ll max-out your carrying capacity at 255!
  • Stopwatch as an Item. Again, it isn’t exactly a Stopwatch (nor is it easy to acquire), but you’ll eventually have a form of portable invincibility to use against That One Boss™.
  • New storyline, characters & enemy designs. Farmer Bob even grunts differently!

Also, total accolades to everyone in the wider ROM hacking community, who patiently endured a seemingly endless series of delays with respect to this hack. (The original release was supposed to be Xmas Eve, 2009!)

Enough waiting! Let’s go tangle with some meth-heads!!!

  • *WARNING** ADULT THEMES ARE PRESENT IN THIS AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR SOME AUDIENCES
  • *DANGER** THOSE WHO ARE PRONE TO SEIZURES MAY WISH TO KNOW THAT SOME PARTS OF THE GAME HAVE CONTINUOUS FLASHING WHICH MAY INDUCE SEIZURES OR UNDESIRED EFFECTS ON PEOPLE WHO ARE SENSITIVE TO THESE TYPES OF DISPLAY!!

At the request of Dr.Floppy, he wishes the patch to be hosted on Baddesthacks.net until further notice.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Legend of Zelda, The (USA) (Rev A).nes - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: 02BB0C56
  • MD5: F4095791987351BE68674A9355B266BC
  • SHA-1: 3701381A82FC7D52B2DD3E8892047B30A114AB43
  • SHA-256: 89232EDF4F9B52E3CB872094BC78973DE080BEFCA2DDEA893B6E936066514D4E

Links:

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Dr. FloppyHacking

User Review Information

So far so good

Reviewed By: kass on 12 May 2015

I’m only a few hours in, and I would say the game is solid. Everything is transformed into Iowa themed items. So there is Iowa shaped fairies, and tornadoes instead of Leevers. The bubble is an anti pitch fork sign. So on and so forth. The music is decent. I would not put it on my ipod, but goes with the game. I’m through the first couple of castles. I want to say you get WiC checks instead of triforce pieces. But I can’t tell. The only complaint is that there are seizure rooms. Rooms that blatantly flash brightly for what I would say is no rhyme or reason. As I said, I’m not far in, but I’m itching to get home and play it. Give it a shot, although the dressing is vastly different, it still is Zelda underneath.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Grab yer pitchfork.shawndidge108 Aug 20171.0Yes
Delightful (for the most part)altoiddealer14 Aug 20151.0Yes
So far so goodkass12 May 20151.0Yes