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Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« on: September 14, 2012, 01:58:04 pm »
Just discovered what a great game M.C. Kids is and been feeling icky about McDonald's blatant product plugging in the game. To that end, I've begun the process of overhauling the game's graphics to scrub away every clown and arch. The re-branded game is instead called "Magic Kids," keeping the storyline mostly intact but replacing Ronald McDonald with Walter the Wizard.

EDIT: All Finished and in the database:
http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1136/

Screenshots!

Comparison shot of the Overworld Map:


In-Level Gameplay Before:


...and after:


Also, here's an example of McDonald's branding run amok:


...and the fix:


Next is to overhaul the game sprites and remove all the McDonalds characters.

The text, however, proves tricky (as some of you may know) in that it's compressed in the rom. So this project may take a good amount of time to see completion while I learn enough ASM to crack the game's text compression.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2013, 04:39:49 pm by keithisgood »

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2012, 09:55:24 pm »
Interesting! I'd have loved it if someone replaced everything with Burger King & these kids.

(btw, my avatar is a rejected Burger King letterform that I eventually colorized :P)

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2012, 10:49:25 pm »
I can't offer any hacking help since I only know how to hack on a GBA but I'm looking forward to it. Good luck!

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2012, 07:11:43 am »
I approve of this! I could never bring myself to play this one because of the blatant branding. It just...seems wrong. Same for Cool Spot, Chester Cheetah, and all those others. I admit, I bought Sneak King from Gamestop as a gag gift and played it. Terrible, but kind of hilarious.

I look forward to seeing what you do with that Ronald sprite there. Some pallet swapping would probably do the trick, but wizards need hats. Off to a good start!

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2012, 02:48:00 pm »
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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD\'s from M.C. Kids
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2012, 07:44:21 pm »
Jedi, I'd completely forgotten about the BK Kids! Seeing the one with the visor especially brings back a small part of my childhood.

September 18, 2012, 01:37:20 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
My first attempt at the title screen:

Still having trouble finding the tile data in the ROM...
beta ips included at the top of the thread
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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 09:40:02 am »
Ohh. Beta patch. Always up for testing some of those. So far it looks great.

I am getting a slightly garbled title screen (as in your pic), with a few tiles out of place. Coins and star graphics look great. Ronald in the intro looks like he is coming along well. I didn't play too far into the game yet, but initial impressions are very positive. Keep it up!

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD\'s from M.C. Kids
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 11:13:51 am »
Thanks for the positive words.
Redesigned the title screen to avoid tile hunting in the ROM:

Updated the Beta Rom.

I'm quite proud of Portraits which reveal when you get the secret cards. Took some real-life inspiration for my wizard...

September 22, 2012, 10:28:03 am - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
First shot at replacing Ronald McDonald with Walter the Wizard:

Keeping the red/yellow pallete for now, to make things easier for me.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2012, 10:28:03 am by keithisgood »

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2012, 03:59:56 am »
Is that Bill Nye? :3

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2012, 10:08:33 am »
It is indeed! All the human characters in the game are based on real-life people. And who could possibly make for a better wizard than Bill Nye?

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2012, 10:43:51 am »
Both unexpected and amusing. Good so far.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2012, 04:41:45 pm »
... And who could possibly make for a better wizard than Bill Nye?

Mr. Wizard himself?
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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2012, 05:45:29 pm »
This is actually a really cool idea. I like it and I like what you have done so far. The new artwork fits in just fine so that you can't even tell that that its been hacked. Don't stop now, keep it up!

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2012, 09:57:14 am »
I couldn't choose between Mr. Wizard and Julius Sumner Miller; plus Bill Nye looks better in sprite-form (I think its the bow-tie)

And as to the graphics "fitting" I think its probably a statement more on how well-made this game is. The fact that 4 guys working unaided took a pile of licensed Fast Food garbage and built a well-plotted, entertaining game around it is remarkable. I'm just ironing out the rough edges; the game seems to make better sense when the McDonalds elements are taken out.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2012, 10:38:04 pm »
Looking good!

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2012, 04:19:19 am »
It is indeed! All the human characters in the game are based on real-life people.
I'm curious to see who replaces the other characters. Like the Hamburglar and Grimace. XD

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2012, 10:21:08 am »
Here's the (mostly) completed set of character swaps:

Ronald becomes Walter Wizard
Birdie becomes Bettie the Wizard's Apprentice
Grimace becomes Silver the Gorilla
The Professor becomes The Engineer
CosMC becomes Cosmo (very creative, I know)
and Hamburglar becomes The Magic Thief / Dragon

The human characters are based on real people. Still working on the game sprites.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2012, 03:44:48 pm »
Birdie's replacement makes me think of the Wendy's mascot. :P

If that wasn't what you were going for, maybe give her dark hair?
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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2012, 04:05:41 pm »
Not my intent to trade one burger chain for another, but i see the resemblance. Maybe I'll try dark hair with red highlights.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2012, 04:56:47 am »
Hamburglar becomes a dragon? Wow he's serious now! XD