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Secret of Mana Hard Mode

Hack of Secret of Mana

Description:

  • The Game runs in NTSC-Mode. It’s 20% faster than the PAL-Version (only interesting for PAL-Users)
  • Changed Status from enemies and bosses (Lv, HP/MP, Strength, Agility, Defense, Magic Defense, Magic Lv, Treasure)
  • Changed Status from characters at higher levels (Status, needed EXP)
  • Changed Defense from Equipment
  • More treasure traps included
  • Spear changed to cursed Spear
  • Increased costs for Weapon Upgrades
  • Increased costs for Items
  • Almost every spell has different MP costs
  • Ruby Armet can be found as regular item
  • Some small changes
  • added introscreen

NOTE: This Patch works with all versions of Secret of Mana (Jap, US, and all PAL versions). A special patch is included for those that want to also use FuSoYa’s Variable Width Font hack (for US version only).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Secret of Mana (USA).smc - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: D0176B24
  • MD5: 10A894199A9ADC50FF88815FD9853E19
  • SHA-1: 8133041A363E3CC68CEDEF40B49B6D20D03C505D
  • SHA-256: 4C15013131351E694E05F22E38BB1B3E4031DEDAC77EC75ABECEBE8520D82D5F

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
MasterflowHacking

User Review Information

Brutal, Brutal, Brutal

Reviewed By: magictrufflez on 01 May 2015

As someone who has beaten SoM many, many times over the last 2 decades, I was very intrigued by a hack that would increase its incredibly low difficulty. Unfortunately, this hack goes way too far and doesn’t do much to balance the gameplay back into the players favor.

Almost everything done on the players end (equipment changes, changes to item stats, magic tweaks, etc) seemed really really reasonable and well done. To be honest, I’d love to just play a hack with these changes made to it, as they all seemed like sensible adjustments.

Then came the changes to enemy stats. Dear God, there is no mercy in this hack, not even if you beg for it. Stats were beefed up across the board, with no thought given to other mechanics that were secondarily affected by them (bad hitboxes, hit animations, invincibility frames, etc). The result is a game that forces power leveling down your throat, not to mention the use of the “9item” patch. I made it to the very end of the hack, but when I saw the 2nd to last boss had 36K (!) HP, I gave up trying this slog.

The idea to turn SoM into a true action RPG by balancing the gameplay is laudable, but there was not nearly enough thought put into balancing the dfficulty to properly account for the changes made on the enemy side of things. Avoid unless you have a plethora of patience.

Version 1.0.2 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A Ridiculous Level-Grinding Messsonic.penguin18 Aug 20151.0.2No
Challenging! Brutal, but fully playable!!dominic2007200702 Jul 20151.0.2Yes
Brutal, Brutal, Brutalmagictrufflez01 May 20151.0.2No