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Rockman Claw

Hack of Mega Man


This game requires the Japanese Rockman 1 ROM. Not Mega Man.

Modified stages, graphics and palettes, custom music, and AI programming. This is a completely new gaming experience for those that played the original Mega Man / Rockman game.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Rockman (Japan) (En).nes - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: E0141A24
  • MD5: 8824842070A569E9BA7287BCDEA045A3
  • SHA-1: 5914D409EA027A96C2BB58F5136C5E7E9B2E8300
  • SHA-256: E5BBC798798A0F5AE6E6D22A35DF2FC3D08CEFE6A1B278ED7F1CC325E8EE19E0




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User Review Information

Brutal, but a blast to play!

Reviewed By: Sosuko on 31 Aug 2020

This hack seems to be that kind of “love it” or “hate it” kind, but I’m definitely in the former camp. Out of all the other MM1 hacks I’ve played, this one really stands out by changing things enough to make the whole experience seem fresh. In other hacks, there are usually sections that remain largely the same (e.g. boss AI, level mechanics, the Wily bosses), but literally everything here feels like it has been overhauled to be faster and more engaging. Every weapon has an overhauled design to it, introducing new utility and situations in which they can shine (even Gutsman’s weapon, which can be used without blocks). The music, graphics, and challenge are all amped up from the original game, and the whole things feels much smoother and fast-paced.

I was also glad to see that this hack implements pretty much all of the quality of life that exist for MM1. This includes things like climbing ladders faster, health/weapon pickups not stopping the game/your movement, and faster menuing. All of this keeps you in the action even when you have to replay sections after death. You will die a good amount, especially on the bosses, but every boss can be beaten with just the buster if you spend enough time figuring out their patterns. Finally, this game completely replaces the magnetic beam utility item with a new “double jump” utility, which is incredibly helpful and fun to use.

Towards the end of the game, things really pick up in a great way. You are fully encouraged and rewarded to use all your weapons to get around the different obstacles, and get to use the double jump ability in a lot of clever ways. Each Wily boss has massive overhauls that will push your reflexes and force you to experiment with different weapons and strategies to come out on top. The final level includes the typical boss gauntlet and easily the hardest version of MM1 Wily I’ve played. That being said, it is entirely possible to learn his pattern, and since there are several extra lives in the stage and your weapon energy is topped out when you respawn, there is plenty of opportunity to experiment until you figure it out.

The difficulty can be a little brutal, but the design and coding work done here is amazing. At the very least, I’d encourage giving the game a shot, and if you are looking for a challenge, this hack is a real treat.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
The first of the "CLAW" seriesdiablo66606 Sep 20211.0Yes
Rockman Claw - EXCELLENTDobu_GM06 Aug 20211.0Yes
Brutal, but a blast to play!Sosuko31 Aug 20201.0Yes
Fast-Paced and IntenseMother Kojiro22 Nov 20171.0Yes
First half of the game is okay, but the last half is a nightmare!Kallisto07 Feb 20171.0No
A complete hack with fun challegingTimaeus29 Jun 20151.0Yes
Your Style Doesn't Make up for Horrible Level DesignTheLuigiLightning03 Oct 20151.0No