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Return of the Dark Sorcerer

Hack of Final Fantasy III

Description:

Return of the Dark Sorcerer is an incredibly large fan-made Final Fantasy 6 modification that’s been in development since around 2010. Originally the brainchild of Gi Nattak, the project has evolved over the years thanks to a dedicated team and other skilled members of the FF6 romhacking community.

This mod promises to showcase some of the challenging aspects of FF6 romhacking, as well as plenty of fun and exciting new content; from an all new cast of playable characters with customized movesets, a radically changed story with many new and edited events, new overworld maps, a new musical soundtrack, difficulty selection, new battle scripts for monsters & bosses, and an absolute ton of custom monster/esper and NPC sprites.

It is a highly personalized modification of the original game and therefore naturally won’t appeal to everyone. It’s not a sequel, or a prequel, or a remake to FF6, it is quite simply a massive amalgamation mod and customization of FF6 which does contain a whole bunch of references and can be rather nonsensical or even immersion-breaking at times… but if you go into it prepared for this, you should have a much more enjoyable experience. That being said, a whole lot of time and energy has gone into this project and we are quite pleased with the result.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy III (USA) - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: A27F1C7A
  • MD5: E986575B98300F721CE27C180264D890
  • SHA-1: 4F37E4274AC3B2EA1BEDB08AA149D8FC5BB676E7
  • SHA-256: 0F51B4FCA41B7FD509E4B8F9D543151F68EFA5E97B08493E4B2A0C06F5D8D5E2
  • Headered and unheadered patches included

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Mike FerrellHackingLead Hacker & Project Manager
DarkMageOriginal HackingFFVI improvement patch
GrayShadowsOriginal HackingNatural Ability Extension Patch, Golbez acting as normal magic learner hack, Stat Increase Items, Sp
HatZen08Original HackingGuest Adder, Learnable Rage, Step Dance, Antimagic Field, Resilient Morph, Even Gauge, SwrdTech Read
angelo26Original HackingNames clean-up patch, Restored ability names, spell granting event command, flashback color in battl
Leviathan MistOriginal HackingBattle speed up patch and fix
DrakkhenOriginal HackingPhysical damage overflow fix patch
Master ZEDOriginal HackingNew game plus patch
LenophisOriginal HackingNatural stat growth, new RNG patch
assassin17Original HackingRandom monster encounter fix patch
MadsiurOriginal HackingMost of ROTDS specific assembly coding (functionalities, additions, tweaks)
SynchysiOriginal HackingHalf damage spell back row flag, always sprint hack, gain level command, Health to Miracle
EdrinOriginal HackingPalette change check for characters in WoR hack
LufiaOriginal HackingStep Mine / MP cost ASM hack, in battle swap Steal/Throw function
James WhiteGraphicsall portraits / all monsters / esper sprites, WoB overworld tree, Dragon King, espers sprites
Poco LocoGraphicsMost main characters and NPC sprites, a lot of monster re-colors
ZeemisGraphicsFFIV Meteor spell graphic, Rifle (Auto-crossbow replacement), custom sword "Destiny"
SutebenuGraphicsA few sprites, Arc portrait, work on other portraits, Aerith, Opera Dress Tifa, Chained Tifa
Dr.BlankGraphicsElite Knight graphics (sprite)
LijjGraphicsOriginal Aurora portrait, and some help with the Onion Knight
XolarDarkGraphicsSome spell animations
JackimusMusicA good number of songs and compositions (see readme)
TsushiyMusicA few custom songs
JCE3000GTMusicA few song hacks from other games
LockirbyHackingWoB & WoR map design and hack
Lord EnvoyScript Editing/RevisionSome original bosses and and the FFVI Advance Dragon battle scripts
Poco LocoScript Editing/RevisionA lot of dialog work
SutebenuScript Editing/RevisionCleaning up some dialog/grammar in the early stages
Magical TrevorScript Editing/RevisionFor his amazing grammar and syntax help
ZozmaGraphicsBarberella ('Purple Haired Girl'), Zigfreid, Vargas, Clyde
DjinnandTonicGraphicsPrinny graphics
OBSailorStarGraphicsOlbohn graphics
FEOKGraphicsFusoya and Pirate sprites
SathkaGraphicsHector (Old hooded man) sprite
Eddie LeeGraphicsHeartless sprite
KorekiGraphicsBow Wow graphics
SynchysiOriginal HackingLimited Esper patch, various patches
dnOriginal HackingRage & Dance descriptions code
LenophisOriginal HackingNatural Stat Growth patch
B-RunOriginal HackingCharacters change palettes in the WoR check, unlearn spell command
BropedioOriginal HackingElemental Mixing
Think0028Original HackingDon't Reapply Status
EggersOriginal HackingExtended character palette code
seibabyOriginal HackingSmart Cover, Disable Near Fatal being reapplied if Dead, Independent Stop, Muddle Cancel, Quake remo
ScarabEnigmaGraphicsSome sprite work
emberlingMusicA bunch of custom songs
13375K31C43ROriginal HackingLots of patches

User Review Information

From brilliance to silly.

Reviewed By: Old_gamer on 12 Mar 2020

Return of the dark sorcerer. I gave it a go and here is a review :

This comes off like a epic story and game giving a face lift to Final fantasy 6 to revamp game play, characters and story. We have a few original characters, others are from different titles as well. The story is fine but nothing ground breaking. Dialog works sometimes.

The difference is, there are moments of great, excellent drama upon some character development that will make you care of the background and the character. Then others are okay but nothing compelling.

The game play does shine with higher difficulty but the big deal is stats grow without espers unlike the original that you want to get them asap to have better stats.

The fall is the references to other games or TV shows that unless you are older like me, you might not understand all of them and they come off as silly killing the drama. Seems the creators had fun for sure doing this, but the content kinda falls short. Some may enjoy that, but didn’t flow well with me. I would like a more organic experience, but to each their own.

Gotta give props for the work put in though. I do recommend and give this a 6.8 out of 10.

Version 2.0.6 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Great art, bad everything else (long review)PokeFaize01 Mar 20212.5No
From brilliance to silly.Old_gamer12 Mar 20202.0.6Yes
Quality CrispRayofJay16 Feb 20202.0.5Yes
Better than the Original??Fein26 Apr 20181.8.3Yes
Best FF6 Hack of 2016break23 Aug 20161.6.0Yes
So very goodjesusbaddog23 Aug 20151.3Yes
Very Cool HackKlaviaturist27 Jan 20151.2Yes
Kludgy, but deserves meritEndymian09 Jan 20151.1Yes