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GFF (Grond's Final Fantasy)

Hack of Final Fantasy

Description:

About This Hack:

The purpose of this hack is to take an already great game and greatly improve on it by enhancing it with special features, ironing out wrinkles in the gameplay (poor balance, annoying quirks, and game-breaking bugs); and to a somewhat lesser extent, to put the author’s own personal spin on the game.

Notable Changes From FF1:

  • Many bugfix and enhancement patches made by other ROMhackers applied
  • New, animated title added at game startup
  • Menu color can be changed–press B at the title repeatedly to cycle through the available colors
  • Names of most things expanded and altered
  • Saving is now done from the main menu instead of via inns, tents, & such
  • You can now sort your magic spells and delete unwanted ones
  • In-game world map slightly improved; now accessed by pressing Select+Start instead of B+Select
  • B-Button dash available at all times, even on the airship
  • Water & such things are animated now, and some areas have palette-cycling effects
  • Default (pre-bought/equipped) equipment & spells added at new game
  • Censored graphics from the Japanese version restored
  • Boss battles have their own songs now, instead of the normal battle music
  • Dual-wield ability given to Ninja and Monk/High Monk
  • Random battle rate is slightly decreased if a Rogue or Ninja is the party leader
  • A few new stat-boosting consumable items added
  • Most damaging-dealing spells should usually hit in the greater half of their damage range now
  • Elemental magic does 2x (instead of 1.5x) damage against vulnerable enemies (3x if at level 50)
  • Some spells switched around; some had effects and/or effectivity altered
  • Properties of some weapons and armor altered; some were changed into entirely different things
  • Shop inventories modified a bit; prices of many things lowered a little
  • Sanctuary (formerly Clinic) can now heal petrification and poison, in addition to death
  • Magic Evasion of most foes lowered to a more reasonable amount
  • Enemy groups’ “ambush” values now roughly scale with the point in the game in which they are met
  • Several area maps altered a bit (mostly cosmetically) and quite a few treasures changed
  • A few walk-through-able secret walls added here and there
  • Some towns have a hidden treasure to find
  • Two hidden bonus areas added: one accessed from the first town (but only late in the game) and one from the last town, south of the hidden magic shops
  • Ship puzzle game now gives 500 Gold (50000 if at level 50)
  • All party members always gain experience after battle, even if dead or petrified
  • In determining preemptives/ambushes, all party members’ Agility and Luck are considered (rather than only the leader’s); if a Rogue or Ninja is the leader, a minor bonus is given at this time
  • Oasis remains after rescuing the Fairy (sells the stat-boosting items)
  • Harm (Dia) spells now injure enemies in the “Evil” category as well as the Undead
  • You can “shoo” most bats away by talking at them
  • Level gains occur more rapidly, especially towards the beginning
  • New Game Plus mode added–beat the game to restart with your stats, equipment, spells, and gold intact, but events, treasures, levels, job class, and items reset
  • Game altered to run on iNES Mapper 4 instead of 1
  • Plenty of other minor changes & one or two surprises

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy (U) [!].nes (GoodNES)
  • Length: 262,160 bytes (256 KB)
  • CRC32: CEBD2A31
  • MD5: 24ae5edf8375162f91a6846d3202e3d6
  • SHA1: C9CFBF5455085E198DCE039298B083CD6FC88BCE

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
AnomieHackingDisassembly, & tons of bugfixes and enhancements
AstralEsperHackingHelped with several things
BregaladHackingNo-menu-music patch
CaptainMusclesHackingDual-wield patch
DischHackingFFHackster, disassembly, & water animation hack
GoongyaeHackingExtended character names & etcetera
GrondOriginal HackingPatch author
Levi “Karatorian” AhoHacking"Kung Fu" bugfix, & a handy ROM map
LenophisHackingDTE in-battle patch
Leviathan MistMusicPorted the new songs from Origins/DoS
PaulygonHackingMade FFHacksterPlus & useful Game Genie codes

User Review Information

Excellent Modification Set

Reviewed By: pflarr on 19 Jun 2017

I came here looking for tools to do some basic bug fixes on the game myself, and instead I found this. My worry was that it would break the difficulty level of the game like the various re-releases have. While there are some significant difficulty changes, I’ve found them to be positive on the whole.

I’m playing a Fighter/RM/WM/BM party, which is obscenely expensive to play in the unaltered version. I played about a quarter of the way through the unaltered version with this party, and the game was a grind purely for money for spells. With the mod, I still have to save for spells through the first half of the game, though I pretty much had enough cash to buy whatever I needed by the time I got to Crescent Lake. The original was far too expensive in the beginning, but was just right by this point.

Some general notes:

  • The interface and player/monster/item name length changes are wonderful to have, and make the game a better match for the original Japanese release.
  • Making the basic elemental spells effect all enemies made the early game much easier, but that was partly because I have such a magic heavy party.
  • The new white mage spells are nice, but not overpowering. I thought the new ‘float’ spell would make the Volcano too easy, but you run out of castings pretty quickly.
  • As mentioned, the difficulty is still challenging. The early game was easier, but all of the dungeons have required multiple runs to get all the items and get to and defeat the boss. I’ve yet to have any TPK’s, but I’ve come close multiple times.

Version 3.22 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Deeply intelligent modificationsChicken Knife31 Jan 20183.22Yes
Excellent Modification Setpflarr19 Jun 20173.22Yes
AwesomeJulianoFdeS28 Apr 20163.22Yes
Bloated hack, changes too many things, but didn't fix what was wrong in the 1st placeBregalad24 Apr 2014N/ANo
An excellent hackpianophile31 Jul 2012N/AYes