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Legend of Zelda - Echoes of the Past

Hack of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past


Zelda’s wish has had a different outcome than expected, leading to a world not so different from her original…

This hack was made to provide a new adventure in Hyrule. As such, much of the world will have a similar feel to the original while providing new challenges, a different route, and possibly a new trick.

This hack has moderate modifications to the overworld, offering a new look to familiar spaces. Some text has been modified to match this different world. All dungeons were modified, leading to new routes, different big chest items, new puzzles, and increased difficulty. Reflecting the increased difficulty, all that remains of your uncle is a pile of clothes and his sword. Bomb jumping is not required. Save states are not required to complete this journey. Good knowledge of the base game will be helpful.


  • Moderate overworld modification
  • Minor changes to monologue
  • Modified dungeons (all)
  • Increased difficulty

v1.0.2 update:

  • Changed Ganon’s Tower to eliminate possible softlock.

v1.1.0 update:

  • Changed Swamp Palace locked door to remove possible softlock
  • Hints have been added via monologue and adjustments to surroundings
  • Additional monologue changes have been made (minor change)
  • Red mail is now hidden in the world (all items are now possible)
  • Armos Knights (1st), Helmasaur, and Arrghus arenas have been modified
  • Additional health and magic are available
  • Tweaks to dungeons

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ROM / ISO Information:

  • Name: Legend of Zelda, The - A Link to the Past (USA)
  • Size: 1024KB
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 6D4F10A8B10E10DBE624CB23CF03B88BB8252973
  • File/ROM CRC32: 777AAC2F



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Great and Balanced Hack (Not Insanely Hard!)

Reviewed By: nyquist_theory on 31 May 2021

This is a very well-made hack that I thoroughly enjoyed playing from start to end. Couple of high points and a few low points to mention:

High Points:

  • The Author did an amazing job to re-work the game! As someone who played this growing up it was great to get a new level of challenge that wasn’t completely insane while keeping things fresh.
  • Really makes you think! And you will get used to some dash moves you never thought possible. By the end you’ll be a pro :).
  • Like I said, I really enjoyed this and decided to play it thru unlike some of the other ROM Hacks for LTTP that I had tried that were truly too hard for me to enjoy.
  • Make no mistake: it is hard and you will feel accomplished as you work thru the completely redone dungeons!

Low Points:

  • Got soft-locked on the Dark World Water/Swamp Dungeon… if you plan to attack this dungeon do yourself a favor and create a save-state FIRST. I thankfully had one from not too far before and it saved me. I think someone else mentioned it happens if you start the dungeon, then go adventuring out into the world and return.
  • Somehow I couldn’t find exactly ONE heart piece :(
  • Others mentioned it, but no, Red Armor isn’t attainable (Blue is the most I got) but this is probably to keep the game more challenging.

This is my first review and I want to thank the author for a great experience overall!!!

Version 1.0.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Good navigational themes but poor trap and enemy structureChaosPrime822 Jun 20221.1.0No
Too many stumped momentsMattKimura28 Nov 20211.1.0No
Great and Balanced Hack (Not Insanely Hard!)nyquist_theory31 May 20211.0.2Yes
Very fun and enjoyableRayofJay12 Apr 20211.0.2Yes
The best ALTTP hack so far!Lunaria14 Mar 20211.0.2Yes
Pretty Balanced HackBlazing08 Feb 20211.0.2Yes