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Castlevania II - Simon Restore & Improved lifebar

Hack of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest


This hack does two things :

1) Restore Simon Belmont in CV2 to what it looked like in CV1 by means of palette swapping

2) Change the lifebar to look better and be more accurate

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Castlevania II - Simons's Quest (U).nes
  • CRC32: A9C2C503
  • MD5: 1B827C602C904D8C846499C9F54B93E0
  • SHA-1: D6B96FD98AE480C694A103FE9A5D7D84EEAFB6F7




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User Review Information

Lifebar hack is nice

Reviewed By: skroops on 31 May 2017

note: this patch is incompatible with versions of bisqwit’s retranslation above, but is plenty good enough.

Lifebar hack is nice and really improves the game but I don’t think the CV1 palette swap fits. Moreover It seems to contradict the lore implied (retroactively) by bisqwit’s retranslation intro movie, where Simon starts to look different after he gets sick. I’m not sure why the author didn’t make this two separate patches. It’s easy enough to fix by hex editing the new palette [07 27 37 0F] back to the original [0F 16 20 0F]. In my rom it was at 0×0001CABF.

Version 2.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Love the life bar from Dracula X (wish it was red!)timeisup05 Apr 20202.1No
Very good but make it compatible with English Re-translation (+ Map) PatchBlueFenix06 Aug 20192.1Yes
Lifebar hack is niceskroops31 May 20172.1Yes
A good idea but flawedMysterii24 Oct 20162.1Yes