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Kirby's Halloween Adventure

Hack of Kirby's Adventure

Description:

A Halloween themed hack of Kirby’s Adventure. A full hack of Kirby’s Adventure, modifying about every level in the game to change it towards being spooky themed. This hack features:

  • Dozens of new enemy sprites have been added in, giving several facets to many of this classic game’s enemies!
  • 6 Brand new level tilesets (Old West, Underground Gallery, Factory, Circus, Volcano & Graveyard)
  • Modified bosses, like Adeleine taking over Paint Roller’s spot, Kracko being fought on a large city, etc.
  • Several classic levels re-imagined in Adventure’s format, expect some levels paying homage to Kirby games that came after Adventure.

And many more surprises, left for you to discover, have fun!

(Requires Revision A of Kirby’s Adventure, USA) =========================

VIDEO TRAILER: https://youtu.be/22Jg_2ihdYo

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Kirby's Adventure (USA) (Rev 1)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: F324E7C8C3AD102ECDCCA011ECC494F6F345D768
  • File CRC32: 9EFD5757
  • ROM SHA-1: 118307DA6C77A592F0884BAAD14120301D8D3A1B
  • ROM CRC32: 5ED6F221

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Kirb-StarHacking

User Review Information

A great debut!

Reviewed By: The Beaky Buccaneer on 28 Feb 2021

As far as I can see, this is the first hack to be published by Kirb-Star, and what an excellent first work it is!

I tested the game in the versions of RetroPie for both the Raspberry Pi 4B 8GB and the Raspberry Pi Zero W, and it worked as it should on both.

The difficulty and the level-design in Kirby’s Halloween Adventure are both on-par with the original Kirby’s Adventure, and the game is a joy to play. The stages are well thought out, and although it doesn’t seem like any changes have been made to the bosses’ AI, they naturally behave in ways different to the original game because they’ve been placed in new environments, which makes things fresh.

The graphics work, both edited and original, is similarly excellent, with everything looking authentic to what you might see in official entries in the Kirby series; The Halloween-themed outfits that have been given to the characters and enemies who were already in the game are all fittingly cute. There are lots of great references included - for example, in the intro to the Spooky Seaside world, you’ll see Kirby briefly dreaming about Ribbon, his fairy sweetheart from Kirby 64, and elsewhere you’ll notice that the fan-favourite artist girl Adeleine has been brought in to replace the Paint Roller boss. The attention to detail is very high - you can tell that the author is a big fan of the Kirby series.

There are also fun references to things outside of the Kirby series, too, with (amongst others) the banner for the Spark ability showing Kirby wearing a Pikachu hat, and the banner for the Parasol ability making reference to Yondu Udonta’s “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” line from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and showing Kirby wearing Yondu’s prototype fin, which raised a chuckle. This does not feel too out of place, either - after all, a large chunk of the story in the original Kirby’s Adventure was clearly inspired by the then-recent animated movie Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, so pop-culture references aren’t unknown territory for the series.

The trailer, as linked in the description here, is similarly professional, and lends even more authenticity to the experience, with its blending of 1990s advertisement footage with promotional material for this hack, and a soundtrack drawn from audio that was released to mark Kirby’s 25th anniversary back in 2017. This reminds me of how Nintendo used the marketing and manuals of times gone by to create an experience that went a bit beyond the games alone, and it’s a welcome addition.

To the uninitiated the game could easily pass as a forgotten official release, and the only major giveaways that it’s not are the story demo and its included Kirby’s Adventure logo being left untouched, and the tutorial demo featuring an unedited Pengi enemy and some tile glitching in the description for the Burning ability.

Overall, this is an excellent hack that I would highly recommend to platformer fans and especially to fans of the Kirby series. I hope that the author will create more content like this in the future!

Version 1.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A great debut!The Beaky Buccaneer28 Feb 20211.3Yes
Interesting hack, in terms of graphic designdiablo66617 Oct 20201.3Yes