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ROM Hacks: PAL HeroQuest Prototype Converted to NTSC
« on: August 29, 2020, 02:45:36 am »

Update By: famiclone

HeroQuest, an adventure board game by Milton Bradley and Games Workshop, had multiple versions released on home computers. There was also a version in the works for the NES that was never commercially released.

Three prototypes of this NES version eventually leaked out to the internet: An early and mostly incomplete NTSC version, a later and almost complete PAL version, and the entire source code of a version that is supposedly in between (but not easily compiled). Famiclone took it upon himself to investigate the source code files and found that the PAL music was identical to a section found in the later PAL prototype. Fortunately, this could be easily replaced with the NTSC music that was also found in the source code. As a result, the game now plays normally on NTSC systems.

If you've ever wanted to play the game on NTSC systems without easily dying in the early prototype, or having to listen to music playing too fast, this will be the definitive version to play.

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Re: ROM Hacks: PAL HeroQuest Prototype Converted to NTSC
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2020, 06:18:46 pm »
It's always great to see a prototype get the treatment it needs to be played properly in a console.  Well done!

We've seen some really great unreleased things pop up this year, and not just because of the Gigaleak.  A great time to keep an eye out for this stuff.

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Re: ROM Hacks: PAL HeroQuest Prototype Converted to NTSC
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2020, 04:42:07 am »
And it's a conversion of a fantastic board game. HeroQuest was one of my favorite board games of all time. Had some good expansion packs as well.

What's the best version of it? I know there was an Amiga, Atari ST and other ports of it.

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Re: ROM Hacks: PAL HeroQuest Prototype Converted to NTSC
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2020, 09:02:03 am »
And it's a conversion of a fantastic board game. HeroQuest was one of my favorite board games of all time. Had some good expansion packs as well.

What's the best version of it? I know there was an Amiga, Atari ST and other ports of it.
When I looked this up, I saw a lot of people preferring the Amiga version.

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Re: ROM Hacks: PAL HeroQuest Prototype Converted to NTSC
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2020, 01:53:09 pm »
Ok thanks. Good to know :).

If it has all the board game expansions I'll be happy.

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Re: ROM Hacks: PAL HeroQuest Prototype Converted to NTSC
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2020, 05:08:19 pm »
Thanks everyone, this game deserves all the love it can get. I should have done this years ago, but never looked closely enough into it.

The NES version featured here does have one of the expansions included, Return of the Witch Lord. Looking at the source, the level layouts are pretty straightforward. It doesn't look too far fetched to modify the levels into other expansions. I've never completed all of the levels, so I haven't needed additional content. Hopefully other fans will take a look at it, too.

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Re: ROM Hacks: PAL HeroQuest Prototype Converted to NTSC
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2020, 02:59:08 am »
Hi famiclone!

This is absolutely amazing! I have been waiting for this for a while now so that I can finally fully enjoy this game!
In fact, I believe I posted a suggestion on this over at 'Hack Ideas':
https://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=3282.msg358579#msg358579

Thanks so much for this!! :D

Cheers!! :beer: :thumbsup:
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