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Star Beasts - Meteor Version

Hack of Pokémon: Red Version

Description:

Worked on over the course of years, Star Beasts is a Gen 1 dex overhaul and homage to the first generation of Pokémon games.

Started as a passion project to make a playable version of Vast Fame’s Shi Kong Xing Shou for English speaking audiences, Star Beasts became its own project with entirely new fakemon designs.

This launch version features:

An entirely new Pokedex, full of new creatures to discover and tame!

Completely overhauled movesets, with plenty of new moves!

The Steel and Dark type!

New types of trainers with different rosters!

Charming new dialogue in the spirit of the Gen 1 classics!

Rebalancing of the game to make it more accessible to newcomers, including plenty of NPCs that give you hints on where to find rare Star Beasts!

And much more!

If you need more information, check out the enclosed readme in the zip file!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Pokemon - Red Version (USA, Europe) (SGB Enhanced)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy/Color (v. 20210227-015730)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: EA9BCAE617FDF159B045185467AE58B2E4A48B9A
  • File/ROM CRC32: 9F7FDD53

Links:

Screenshots:


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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
MufeetGraphicsPretty much all of the non-Vast Fame custom graphics
LucasPucasGraphics"Meteor Version" text and some editing
TrézzyGraphics"Star Beasts" logo
AnInternetsEchoDesignOriginal concept art for the protagonist

User Review Information

100% completed on Stream in 43:44. Wow, what a unique Hack!

Reviewed By: FoxRoode on 03 Oct 2022

Hey there,

Shout out to Valor Soul for making such a cool rom hack! The game was pretty wild, with really unique Star Beasts (Aka Polkamons). I enjoyed the game quite a bit. There were a few rough patches like the thief on the SS Anne, and the the “Ice Queen” outside of Fuchsia which seemed out of place BUT were a great addition to the challenge!

Comments about hack:

1. The spawn rates for some of the Star Beasts were insanely low. Like, not fun to find for hours low. The ones I had this experience with were:

  1. 126 - Uncommon but doable
  2. 124 - Location in the dex was wrong and I wasted about 3 hours on finding it before encountering it in the middle of nowhere in some random place
  3. 123 - Very low spawn rate. Only findable on floor 3 or when using the surfing glitch on Cinnabar Island.
  4. 119 - CAN be found in the wild, despite the dex saying “Area Unknown.”
  5. 113 - The ball constantly missing in the Safari Zone OR it fleeing around 80% of the time AFTER a rock is thrown was annoying. Good thing this was an in game trade AND found in the final cave.
  6. 050 - Low spawn rate in my case. I think it was the replacement for the 1% or the 5% spawn East of Vermilion City.
  7. 048 - Extremely low spawn rate in the Viridian Forest. Positive this was the 1% Pikachu replacement but it felt much lower than 1%. Great you can buy it from the Game Corner and find it in the Burnt Mansion.

2. Star Beast #122 in Victory Road. This gives almost no EXP (97 to 207 EXP max in my play through). This was truly brutal with the hypnosis aspect being spammed constantly AND THE EXPLOSION ATTACK! If it wasn’t the 40% encounter, this would be more doable. But this thing felt like a huge waste of time and loss of leveling potential before the E4.

3. The .txt file was incomplete. This would have been really useful for finding out the movesets, locations, and levels of evolution. I feel that some players may be turned off because there is almost no information out where when playing this hack. It is a great experience living through the Pokemon madness with the first Generation as there was no internet to search for answers. This alone replicated an experience I haven’t had in many years while playing games.

4. Many of the first Gen glitches were still left in the game. I’m assuming this was a feature, NOT a bug. :D You can cheese out as many nuggets, Missingno and the other Glitchmon all you want for that 2.5K EXP bonus to make grinding easier (either for cash or EXP).

Final thoughts. This rom hack is quite good. The Star Beasts feel quite original. The names are the best aspect as someone is a punster. They have character, live, and feel like ‘real’ Fakemon. The story dialogue was 80-90% similar to Red/Blue/Yellow but the small details made it worthwhile talking to every NPC. The hiker after Dark Tunnel was hilarious to read, along with other NPCs talking about the gym leaders, events, and which Star Beasts evolve with certain items. This rom hack was extremely enjoyable and people who watched me stream it said they’d want to check it out for themselves. It was a little bit grindy at some parts, but that’s part of the Gen 1 experience. I look forward to Gen 2 of Star Beasts as [spoiler] indicated another region.

Thank you for the experience and I look forward to other hacks that you make!^^

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
100% completed on Stream in 43:44. Wow, what a unique Hack!FoxRoode03 Oct 20221.0Yes
A good gen 1 fakemom hackanother_typal06 Aug 20221.0Yes
Unable to evolve Spriggle with Holy/Dark SoulItsRainingGravy01 Aug 20221.0Yes