The Bob-omb Mafia
Hack of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
The Bob-omb Mafia
|Released By||giangurgolo, Omega|
|Patching Information||No-Header (SNES)|
|Hack Release Date||03 January 2012|
|Last Modified||10 August 2013|
“The Bob-omb Mafia has welshed out on a deal with Bowser and it is up to Mario to retrieve five of Bowser’s shells from the bob-ombs. In this hack Mario–with the help of Mallow–must defeat a series of bosses including a large Thwomp, two clowns, and a forest witch, and defeat the diminutive mafia boss who is under the guard of two large bob-bombs and a vicious, bloodthirsty ant. There is also one puzzle room, as well as a few side-quests.”
This is a much improved version over 2.0 which itself was infinitely superior to the awful mess that was v1.0 (v1.0, I’m afraid, has permanently scarred the reputation of the hack). There are no new monsters or areas, but many changes have been made.
Welcome to version 2.3 of “The Bob-omb Mafia”. This new and improved version has more balanced mechanics as well as a more linear storyline. Monsters give more experience, so less “grinding” is necessary to hasten leveling up. Minor changes include slightly weaker monsters early in the game and some script mods. Also some items and treasures have been added, changed or moved around to balance the gameplay. Changes from v2.2 include a new title screen, a switch that needs to be hit in order to access Baba Yaga’s room, and a minimum of 3 instead of 5 battles with Radish.
In other words, this hack is both easier to play and faster to complete. The player will not have to guess what must be done next, because v2.2 places roadblocks to certain areas as a means of guiding them to where they need to go next (ie. a more linear storyline). Certain items must be acquired to enter new areas, and the difficulty of the monsters in these areas should reflect the player’s current level. The final boss, however, is of the same level of difficulty as in v2.0 but still not impossible (in fact, quite easy with enough Bane Bombs, Ice Bombs, Red Essences and Power Blasts). Some item rewards have been switched around and/or changed as a way to sustain a balanced level of difficulty. A couple of items were added to the town shop, and two bugs I noticed in v2.0 were fixed: you can no longer run away from the green/blue wigglers, and you cannot skip the radish by jumping over it using a flashing dog as a platform. This hack also includes tile and solidity mods in the main town area for the three locked doors. That means the mod feature in Lazy Shell works without crashing.
The new version of this hack has all (presumably) bugs fixed, usage of world maps, new bosses, better strategy, two new spells, several new attacks, more organized and balanced gameplay, a more linear storyline, easier early battles, and faster leveling up.
- 35 entirely new levels
- 50+ new overworld events
- 100+ new dialogues
- 12 new bosses
- several new items
- 2 new spell animations
- actual game strategy
This hack most predominantly demonstrates the capabilities of the level editor and event script editor portions of the editor.
ROM / ISO Information:
- Super Mario RPG - Legend of the Seven Stars (U) [!].smc - GOODSNES 2.04
- CRC32: 1B8A0625
- MD5: D0B68D68D9EFC0558242F5476D1C5B81
- SHA-1: A4F7539054C359FE3F360B0E6B72E394439FE9DF
- SHA-256: 740646F3535BFB365CA44E70D46AB433467B142BD84010393070BD0B141AF853
|Contributor||Type of contribution||Listed credit|
User Review Information
Just AwesomeReviewed By: Alienguard on 19 Aug 2013
I want to take this opportunity to thanks all the staff involved in this hack. I did not only fall in love with the storyline and the game itself but also downloaded Lazy Shell and started to learn how it works, so that I can create my own hack.
Although, I had to cheat a little to beat the hack, but that was not because of difficulty reasons because it is well balanced and enjoyable. I cheated because I wanted to finish it quick, so that I could start working with the editor.
I would have like to have Bowser and Geno in this game as well, but I suppose that they did not make it in because the hack was to showcase some of the editor’s tools rather than the hack itself and it does a really good job without sacrificing enjoyability and playability.
Even with my little cheating, the final boss was challenging but not frustrating. In fact the only other time I had so much fun beating a boss in a RPG was fighting the Axem Rangers in the original SMRPG.
I am sorry I am a little extended in this, but I had to let the authors know how a impressive work this is. Both the hack and the Lazy Shell Editor.
Recommended - Yes
|A great mini-adventure in 2.3||Sosuko||03 Aug 2020||2.3||Yes|
|no||dudeman||08 Jun 2016||2.3||No|
|Just Awesome||Alienguard||19 Aug 2013||N/A||Yes|
|Worth a fair shake||Endymian||09 Jan 2015||2.2||Yes|
|3 attempts later, still an abomination of gameplay design.||Lance||06 Aug 2012||N/A||No|
|Too Hard!||ocarinayoshi||27 Sep 2011||N/A||No|
|Complete Hack Hell||Me_Dave||30 Apr 2010||N/A||No|