TLDR: this is a gameplay-only
hack of the japanese version aimed at making the game a lot faster.Reasons:
I wondered why I should like the castlevania series on the NES but never have really. I came to the conclusion it was because of the pace. The character moves slowly, his attack is slow, climbing staircases is slooooow, opening doors is like watching a metal gear solid cutscene, etc etc. So I started modifying everything that felt sluggish to me. I didn't hold back, but I did try to keep a certain balance. For example, a faster attack meant the bosses became too easy, so I modified some values so it wouldn't be so. All in all, the game can be completed much faster now, and I think it isn't TOO easy (certainly it isn't harder
In the end, it has a lot of personal preference on it, but it is all very consistent with the "make stuff faster" setting. I think castlevania fans with an open mind will enjoy it for the new action feel, but it is mostly aimed at people who feel the game is slow the same way that I did and are missing out on this classic.
What I explicitly chose not do to:
- change the graphics.
- change the music.
- change the levels, with the exception on spots where the new jump distance made it impossible to pass, so very minor modifications were done to prevent that from happening, like adding one or two blocks to stop the player from falling on pits. This was done on 5 places total, I think.
The only thing I changed that wasn't compatible with the fast mode setting is the sfx played when counting down the timer and hearts at the end of each level. I changed to more subtle sounds.Full list of changes:
This hack is compatible with the awesome localization patch http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1983/How to name it?
So, I'm not sure what to call it. I can't call it abridged like the Adventure Island hack, because although the game is now faster, all the content is intact. Here are some naming ideas:
- Akumajou There is No Time To Explain Densetsu
- Akumajou Densetsu On Steroids
- Akumajou Densetsu Turbo
- Akumajou Densetsu for People Who Don't Really Like ItGameplay video:
Here is a brief gameplay video, because screenshots are basically identical to the original game.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8xnifJv6hcThoughts?
So, the reason I posted here was to see opinions before I release it. I have played through a dozen times on different paths and with different characters and it all seems to be working fine.