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Hack of The Legend of Zelda


HELLWALKER By MetalMachine

This is a complete “full game” hack of the Legend of Zelda, including:

  • Title/Intro/Outro/Credits
  • Overworld
  • Dungeons (every dungeon even has a unique theme)
  • All graphics
  • All music
  • Many sound effects

Some things to know:

  • The story is not Zelda universe-related at all.
  • This should work on any hardware or emulator that runs vanilla LoZ.
  • This is intended to be difficult. Not crazy hard, but challenging.
  • There are a handful of in-game mechanics new/different from vanilla LoZ.
  • The up+a sequence, saving, retrying, continuing work as normal.
  • Block-clipping and screen-wrapping have been patched out.

This hack is very large and is not intended to be a quick play. It drastically transforms LoZ into what amounts to be a completely new game, using an enhanced version of the LoZ engine.


ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Legend of Zelda, The (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2
  • File CRC32: D7AE93DF
  • ROM SHA-1: A12D74C73A0481599A5D832361D168F4737BBCF6
  • ROM CRC32: 3FE272FB



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
MetalMachineHackingDesign, music, graphics, sound effects, coding
FiskbitHackingOverworld engine

User Review Information

An inventive quest that deserves to be better known

Reviewed By: Sam Atoms on 13 Apr 2022

Those who have played DOOM I/II wads, of which this hack is reminiscent, may know of the term “Total Conversion.” That’s what we have here, and this one is well done. Very. The Dante theme fits well, the overworld is multi-terrain and varied enough, and the music is ambient. There’s one place in the game that may be a sticking point for players. This is where you have to go into a level, get an item, leave, go deep into the overworld, and get another item that allows you to finish the level (and later ones). This is quite tricky and I didn’t figure it out the first time.

To help you get around this hack, you may want to put together your own overworld map, as I did. If you’re looking for a Zelda I hack that transcends the common mold, I recommend this to play.

Version 1.02 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
A Beautiful "Total Conversion"PYoshi30 Jul 20221.02Yes
An inventive quest that deserves to be better knownSam Atoms13 Apr 20221.02Yes
Creative and challenging, despite annoying sometimes. Would gladly play a sequel!YuriFerro26 Nov 20211.02Yes
An Inventive Hack With A Few StumblesZ9Lurker18 Sep 20211.01Yes