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The Legend of Zelda - Perils of Darkness

Hack of The Legend of Zelda

Description:

This hack is truly a brand new Zelda™ experience and one that is unrecognizable next to the original game. This hack had a lot of thought put into every aspect of it. Months of editing, testing, and revising have been put into this project, as this is the final Zelda 1 hack that will be released by The3Dude. Because of this, he poured his heart out for this final Zelda hack, so that it can truly outshine his other hacks.

MAJOR NOTE - This hack is very non-linear, as the dungeons are not numbered in quest 1. The dungeons can be beaten in numerous random orders. Any region can be explored from the start, and players can get a good advantage early on by venturing to certain areas first. The second quest is the total opposite and is entirely linear. There is no possible way to beat the dungeons out of order. Just know that if Darknuts or Wizzrobes are seen in the beginning, then save that dungeon for after the others. Play wisely, exploration is rewarded.

List of Changes:

  • Three difficulty modes (as of v1.1)
  • Completely revised graphics that push the NES limits and are almost 16-bit like
  • New regions such as Lava, Snow, and Underwater
  • Brand New Overworld and Secrets
  • 18 brand new dungeons based on certain aspects of the hack
  • Secrets have minor visual queues now (Bombable walls have cracks etc.)
  • NEW ITEM! (Heart Pieces)
  • NEW SOUND EFFECTS! (Nearly all are new)
  • NEW MUSIC! (To an extent)
  • UP+A save trick changed to just pressing Select as Player 1
  • A very accessible first quest, and a challenging 2nd quest

CHANGELOG 1.1 -

Difficulty Update: Though there were no complaints on the difficulty, The3Dude was feeling generous enough to make an Easy mode, and even a Hard mode patch to go along with the original. The differences between the difficulties are in a text file included in the zip. More changes below.

  • Touched up hint for the License
  • Tektites are now killable in one hit again to prevent their teleporting

(Read the “Choosing your difficulty” text file included in the zip for difficulty differences)

CHANGELOG 1.2 -

Bugfix: As of V1.1 a new bug surfaced when the tektite health was changed that caused Blue Leevers and Blue Darknuts to die in one hit for all modes. This has been fixed.

  • Made every difficulty have Link’s expression different in the artwork at the end of the item list, in the title screen.
  • Hard mode is now even harder.

CHANGELOG 1.3 -

Palette Update: The dark, lava, and ice palette have been modified for better viewing. The dark area isn’t too dark anymore. The lava in the lava area is darker and therefore the area looks less “orange-ish”. The dark blue used in the ice palette which is also shared with the HUD has been made slightly brighter, so the numbers aren’t as hard to see.

  • Fixed a crash at the screen behind the old man in the lava section of hard mode.
  • Players no longer have to die to see what the old man says in Level-6 of Quest 2.

NOTE- The included manual has the full prologue, hints for item locations, info on damage pointers, and special techniques.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Legend of Zelda, The (USA) --- PRG0 VERSION
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2
  • File CRC32: D7AE93DF
  • ROM SHA-1: A12D74C73A0481599A5D832361D168F4737BBCF6
  • ROM CRC32: 3FE272FB

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
TraxMusicTitle Screen Music
bogaabogaaHackingPiece of Heart ASM

User Review Information

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
SuperbRayofJay23 Oct 20201.2Yes
Awesome Zelda 1 hack!ultimaweapon13 Oct 20201.0Yes
A good Zelda hack so farStratosVX13 Oct 20201.0Yes
Wow!gameplay13 Oct 20201.0Yes