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Automap Plus

Hack of The Legend of Zelda


Automap Plus adds a map to the overworld that is revealed as the player explores. Additional changes: the heart meter is drawn in 1/8 heart increments, and potions and fairies refill life faster.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Legend of Zelda (U) (PRG0)
  • No-Intro Name: Legend of Zelda, The (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130731-235630)
  • File SHA-1: DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2
  • ROM SHA-1: A12D74C73A0481599A5D832361D168F4737BBCF6



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User Review Information

If you want QOL without going overboard, this hack is perfect

Reviewed By: pocket on 03 Apr 2022

This hack does two things. First, it makes the hearts fill up faster. In the original games, drinking a potion or visiting a fairy would slow the game to a crawl as your hearts slowly filled up. Now it’s pretty quick.

The second thing it does, is that it fills out the map in the corner of the screen as you explore, when in the original game, it would stay a grey rectangle forever, which, if you ask me, is pretty useless. The original didn’t even have gridlines to compare to the physical map that came with the game.

Some would argue this defeats the purpose of the original game, but since you’re on a romhacking website, it’s reasonable to assume you’re here to enhance your game, not play the vanilla game. As someone who loves this game, hails it as my favorite NES game and Zelda game, and has played the vanilla game with no deaths many times, I would absolutely recommend playing this by default… and besides, it’s much harder to find those physical maps that came with the game.

Just having the map fill out doesn’t really defeat the purpose of exploration. It’s really just eliminating one step between you and a sheet of graph paper. And even with the map in the corner of the screen, you still have to find all the hidden rooms and burnable bushes ( hint, you won’t find more than one secret per area, no square of the map has two doorways ), and the dungeon map system is still completely unchanged, still encouraging you to use the good old graph paper map drawing method.

I think some Zelda hacks go a little too far in attempts to make the game accessible, but this one is just right. All I would do differently adding an option for the Famicom Disk System version of the game for those sweet sound effects.

Version 0.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
If you want QOL without going overboard, this hack is perfectpocket03 Apr 20220.2Yes
Small Changes, but Good OnesLexitik28 Oct 20200.2Yes
Essential for newcomersMeatisOmalley31 Jul 20190.2Yes
Misses the point.BlazeHeatnix20 Jun 20190.2No
Great, but needs some tweaksRafaelele18 Jul 20170.2Yes
...Bonkers!01 May 20160.2Yes
Great for NewcomersTRIFORCE8901 Dec 20140.2Yes
Automap Plus should be in ever Zelda Hack!Proveaux01 Mar 2013N/AYes