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Cosmic Balloon Assault

Hack of Balloon Fight

Description:

In the first ever published Balloon Fight level hack, the balloon fighters find themselves having to conquer new worlds that they never knew existed.

Here’s a general list of everything that has been changed in this hack:

  • 12 brand new Phases
  • New title screen
  • Starting lives are now 6 instead of 2
  • Bonus Phases have been modified: balloon rising speeds, points per balloon, and super bonus points rewards
  • Some surprise graphical appearances from other games
  • NROM-128 to NROM-256 conversion/ROM expansion
  • Intro music plays at the beginning of every Phase instead of the first of every 3 Phases
  • Phase designs are revisited starting from Phase 1 instead of Phase 4
  • Custom palette code: each Phase and Bonus Phase has its own unique palette; the original game had different palettes for every 3 Phases

This hack was created as a proof of concept for a Balloon Fight level hack, in contrast to previous Balloon Fight hacks that are primarily graphical hacks.

The level format and basic components of the game have been documented and submitted separately, available for other ROM hackers to potentially create their own awesome Balloon Fight level hacks! Download the collection of documents for Balloon Fight Level Hacking here.

Due to NROM-128 to NROM-256 ROM expansion, this hack uses the BPS patch format instead of the IPS patch format. Please download the beat utility by byuu and refer to the readme file for appropriate patching instructions.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Balloon Fight (U) [!].nes
  • Checksum-16: 0672
  • Checksum-32: 00230672
  • Checksum-64: 0000000000230672
  • CRC-16: 59E6
  • MD-5: 6E125395CA4F18ADDB8CE6C9152DEA85
  • SHA-1: F5E4CD9F287A8233EEE35AD1881B2770D9F2C453
  • SHA-256: 9710F31E7EE204A69AAAAFB6AF340EFEC89657A245C8D402DEE95DAEA4F8A49F

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Quick CurlyHacking
Vicious PoetryLevelsDesigned Phase 12

User Review Information

Give it a play

Reviewed By: dougeff on 17 Aug 2015

I got a chance to play Cosmic Balloon Assault today, and here are my thoughts…

It’s the first hack of Balloon Fight that changes the levels. I’m sure it won’t be the last, since Quick Curly also posted a very detailed document explaining where all the game level data is and how to edit them. :)

It’s slightly harder than the original, but makes up for it by giving you many more lives. Some of the later levels have cramped spaces, but this can work to your advantage if you play it just right.

Oh, and many of the graphics and palettes have changed, which is a nice touch.

If you like Balloon Fight, give this one a try! (If you haven’t played Balloon Fight, it’s a lot like Joust).

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Cosmically fun!MegaEliteGamers30 Dec 20151.0Yes
A refreshing new take on Balloon Fightmrrichard99931 Aug 20151.0Yes
Give it a playdougeff17 Aug 20151.0Yes