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Zelda Challenge: Outlands

Hack of The Legend of Zelda

Description:

This is probably the best Zelda hack out there. Almost every single thing possible to modify in the game has been modified. This hack exemplifies the talented individuals in our community. Anybody even remotely interested in ROMhacking should give this one a try!

The old world map has been completely overwritten by the new one. You are guaranteed not to recognize any locations from the previous game. All location of dungeons and secrets have been changed as well.

Secrets are now locked according to what quest you’re playing. For example, the rock you push to find a dungeon won’t move on the second quest, so you have to find a new entrance somewhere else in the world. The game allows each secret to be set to 1st Quest, 2nd Quest, both, or neither. So, many places where you can bomb, burn, push things and use the recorder are quest-specific.

Most of the monsters have new graphics (including all bosses) and some even have new colors.

There are 42 possible block, water & statue arrangements for the many dungeon rooms, and all but 3 are brand new.

That’s just a taste of what has been changed and how much work went into this hack!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Legend of Zelda, The (U) (PRG0) [!].nes - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: D7AE93DF
  • MD5: 337BD6F1A1163DF31BF2633665589AB0
  • SHA-1: DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2
  • SHA-256: 8F72DC2E98572EB4BA7C3A902BCA5F69C448FC4391837E5F8F0D4556280440AC

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
GameMakr24Hacking

User Review Information

Really captures the spirit of the orginal

Reviewed By: brianoblivion on 20 Sep 2020

I finished playing through both quests. Although I had to look up a couple hints in quest 1, I managed to play through both quests completely blind otherwise. As intended for the original game this is funner if you make your own graph paper map(s) as you progress!

This hack really captures the open and exploratory spirit of the original game, keeping the original formula but really taking it to new depths. I especially liked that in Quest 2 the dungeons were just random letters so you just didn’t care what order you played them. Having to go back and forth between different dungeons was also a concept I really wanted in the original and this hack did a good job with. The dungeons themselves were very well designed and even insidious at times, but nothing too difficult to overcome. The challenge was just right.

I was overall very impressed with this hack and both quests were such a worthwhile and rewarding gaming experience. If you love Zelda 1, both quests and want a real Quest 3 and 4. This is the hack for you!

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Really captures the spirit of the orginalbrianoblivion20 Sep 20201.0Yes
Looking for a Z1 Hack? Play this one first!!!The3Dude02 Apr 20181.0Yes
Probably better than all other zelda hacks.jimreid17 Jun 20171.0Yes
Best Rom HackViolentForce24 Dec 20151.0Yes
Great level of challengeJinx12 Dec 2013N/AYes
For any original Legend of Zelda fanmrrichard99913 Apr 2013N/AYes