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Legend of Zelda - Echoes of the Past

Hack of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Description:

Zelda’s wish has had a different outcome than expected, leading to a world not so different from her original…

This hack was made to provide a new adventure in Hyrule. As such, much of the world will have a similar feel to the original while providing new challenges, a different route, and possibly a new trick.

This hack has moderate modifications to the overworld, offering a new look to familiar spaces. Some text has been modified to match this different world. All dungeons were modified, leading to new routes, different big chest items, new puzzles, and increased difficulty. Reflecting the increased difficulty, all that remains of your uncle is a pile of clothes and his sword. Bomb jumping is not required. Save states are not required to complete this journey. Good knowledge of the base game will be helpful.

Summary

  • Moderate overworld modification
  • Minor changes to monologue
  • Modified dungeons (all)
  • Increased difficulty

v1.0.2 update:

  • Changed Ganon’s Tower to eliminate possible softlock.

v1.1.0 update:

  • Changed Swamp Palace locked door to remove possible softlock
  • Hints have been added via monologue and adjustments to surroundings
  • Additional monologue changes have been made (minor change)
  • Red mail is now hidden in the world (all items are now possible)
  • Armos Knights (1st), Helmasaur, and Arrghus arenas have been modified
  • Additional health and magic are available
  • Tweaks to dungeons

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ROM / ISO Information:

  • Name: Legend of Zelda, The - A Link to the Past (USA)
  • Size: 1024KB
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 6D4F10A8B10E10DBE624CB23CF03B88BB8252973
  • File/ROM CRC32: 777AAC2F

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User Review Information

Too many stumped moments

Reviewed By: MattKimura on 29 Nov 2021

After giving this hack a shot, it had good first impressions and stood out as a sort of master quest of the original game. A better master quest hack than the one I played ages ago, with cleverly made puzzles. But sometimes those puzzles are too much to figure out and can leave you stumped. Nearly every dungeon has a portion where I could not figure out what to do, so much that I need to look up a youtube video. Even when I find the solution, it’s usually something I wouldn’t have figured out. There’s also times when you need to do trial and error. In those moments, I feel bad for those playing on hardware without save states.

In some cases the puzzles are just flat out not fun at all, like the ones in the hyrule castle tower with the pushable statues that you have to push around a maze and hope you can get past them, while in the dark with just a flashlight.

There was also a time where I was stuck without a key for a long time in the desert palace. Turns out the key was under a pot that was in a room with tiles that fling at you. And I realized that the tiles were also removing the pots from existence. Another ridiculous moment is when there was an enemy you need to kill and it was unreachable. Turns out you had to capture a bee and unleash it.

Finally, another ridiculous moment is when you had to bonk off a statue in order to push a block behind you that was over a pit.

After I got to palace of darkness, I just said screw it this hack gets me stumped way too many times for what it’s worth. Even the maze before palace of darkness got me stumped completely. I can’t imagine how difficult the later dark world dungeons are. I wouldn’t say that this hack is not worth checking out, but most would have a lot of trouble getting through it and kinda wastes your time playing this. I would only recommend this hack to ALttP pros such as speedrunners who know the game more than veteran players.

Version 1.1.0 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Too many stumped momentsMattKimura29 Nov 20211.1.0No
Great and Balanced Hack (Not Insanely Hard!)nyquist_theory31 May 20211.0.2Yes
Very fun and enjoyableRayofJay12 Apr 20211.0.2Yes
The best ALTTP hack so far!Lunaria14 Mar 20211.0.2Yes
Pretty Balanced HackBlazing08 Feb 20211.0.2Yes