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Zelda 64: Dawn & Dusk

Hack of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Description:

Zelda 64 - Dawn & Dusk is a brand new disk expansion for The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time.

It is NOT meant to be a recreation of Ura Zelda or Zelda Gaiden, it has been purposefully made to show off the capabilities of Zelda’s 64DD support by hackers.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Legend of Zelda, The - Ocarina of Time (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo 64 (v. 20210220-053642)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: AD69C91157F6705E8AB06C79FE08AAD47BB57BA7
  • File/ROM CRC32: CD16C529

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
LuigiBloodHacking64DD Porting
Captain Seedy-EyeHackingLead Development & Music

User Review Information

A Short, Fun Puzzle Oriented Hack

Reviewed By: Graw on 06 Jul 2021

If you haven’t played the hack yet, there’s some spoilers ahead.

Dawn and Dusk is a fairly short hack comprising of a series of mostly self contained areas to explore with a small amount of back tracking. I enjoyed the overall feel and design of the world. It had kind of a Metroidvania feel to it.

The areas themselves are quite puzzle oriented. I actually ended up completing the hack swordless because I completely missed the sword chest. It wasn’t until the final boss was taking an excessive amount of time that I looked up some stuff and found out there was actually a sword. The hack is beatable swordless though. There’s only a small amount of combat in the hack.

Also, I found a small graphical glitch with the metal shield that will show Link having his sword when the shield is on his back even if you haven’t collected a sword.

The puzzle design I thought overall was pretty good. There wasn’t the biggest variety of puzzles. Most areas relied on at least one or more torch lighting puzzle. I liked the new tunic, but there didn’t seem to be any need for it, it’s supposed to protect against flames, but the next area is an ice cave and the only flames are in the puzzle leading to the tunic.

There were some fun puzzles though, the platform section in the ice cave was pretty great, it reminded me of some of the platform challenges in Hollow Knight. The guard section was probably the most creative use of the torch puzzle, even if it was frustrating to actually pull off.

The hack is quite short, even swordless, it only took me about 4 or 5 hours to complete. but overall, I’d recommend Dawn and Dusk. It has some great ideas and some really beautiful looking new areas to explore.

All the redone graphics look really good, I enjoyed the soundtrack. All the songs fit their areas well. I like the way each area had its own unique feel to it and it was genuinely fun exploring and figuring out the patgs through each area.

I’d like to see more hacks with more self contained areas like this, or even something looping and connected like dark souls 1 or Metroid Prime.

If you like Ocarina of Time, especially solving dungeon puzzles, definitely give Dawn and Dusk a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Version 2.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A Short, Fun Puzzle Oriented HackGraw06 Jul 20212.0Yes
A great little experienceMAOT66631 Mar 20212.0Yes
Short but sweetLunaria14 Mar 20211.0?Yes
One of my favorite Zelda 64 HacksHylian Chambers14 Mar 20212.0Yes