I'd like to thank everyone in the credits listed in the screenshots below.
After 9 long months, I just finished touching up the 2nd quest and adding the credits. I had a goal to make one final Zelda 1 hack that would outdo my last two extensive ones, and I feel like I have done so. I put my whole heart into this hack, and did my best to push the limits of this game without straying too far from the original formula. Tricks I never have tried before have been used in this hack, such as tricks with the palettes used in game. Every aspect of Zelda 1 has been emphasized with dungeons based on the mechanics of the game. For instance, one dungeon is a maze of bombable walls, one is a maze of walk-through walls, and one being filled with secret passages...
I am very happy and kinda sad that I'm done... I have learned so much since my first hack, "CXSZELDA" back in 2016... I didn't even make a dungeon yet back then! You may not know, but in 2016 through 2018 I only had a Chromebook to work with, so I found a website that could run Windows 7 through the browser. I only had a 30 minute time limit to use Windows and at times the website would crash... deleting my last 30 mins of work. It was an endless loop of saving to google drive and starting the 30 min session over and over. I had to plan everything I was gonna do over a single 30 minute session! I'll never forget that
. That taught me that anything can be done if you apply yourself the right way. Luckily though, as of 2019 I bought myself a Windows 10 PC! So, no more 30 minute time limit anymore
But now in late 2020 "What a long year
", I have made 54 dungeons in Zelda 1, and six unique quests. I made this hack for every fan of the original game, and I hope you'll enjoy it... I know this isn't much of a life achievement per-say
, but I am happy to have brought joy to many fans who want to experience the nostalgia of this beautiful classic. To be honest, I don't even know why this game, Zelda 1", stuck out to me so much that I wanted to learn to hack it... perhaps it was the challenge of not knowing where to go. This game was so mysterious compared to the other Zelda games I played up to that point. But even so, I never beat Zelda 1 until 2014, and I am only 17 currently.
Dunno what got through my head.
Ok though, enough heart to heart, time for some update info. I have made numerous changes to so much in so little time, and have tested EVERY dungeon, "and stairway after Lex let me in on a bug he found" for bugs. I am so happy to announce that I am ready to release this, probably by tomorrow. I need to make an extensive manual with hints and more as I've done with "Trial of Courage", before release. I just want to say, to everyone that has played my hacks before and liked the difficulty, the 2nd quest will be very much enjoyed and makes this hack truly be worthy of the title Perils of Darkness. It is a challenge for the Zelda veterans out there, and can be beaten with 0 deaths and 0 savestates... I've done it and yeesh, I gotta tell you. I highly recommend not skipping quest 2. In my opinion it is better than quest 1.
Also, Thank you all for your patience, and thank you to the ROMhacking community for inspiring me to learn how to hack. None of my hacks would've been here without you. Especially snarfblam! His tools have saved me more time than I can even care to think about
, truly remarkable hacking tools man.
Any questions feel free to ask.