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The Legend of Zelda - Trial of Courage

Hack of The Legend of Zelda

Description:

This is the exciting new Zelda™ experience that many have been waiting for! Months of hacking, editing, and revising have been put into this project. As a result, a large number of things will be different from the base game. Expect a completely new adventure like you’ve never seen!

Here’s a list of things that you should expect to see in this hack.

  • New Story
  • Fresh Change of Pace
  • Completely changed Graphics
  • Much more color variety and overall beauty
  • Brand New Overworld and puzzles
  • 18 brand new dungeons and secrets
  • New Minimap feature (Special Thanks to Snarfblam)
  • Great Mix of Difficulty (Not TOO hard, but some parts may be difficult)
  • New way to Save the game (Special Thanks to Psyklax for the button info in the code)
  • New Music! (To an extent, Special thanks to Charade for his notes)

CHANGELOG 1.1 & 1.2-

The Best update yet! There are now FOUR patches of difficulty! The IPS files are in order from easiest to hardest, from lowest number to highest number.

Many problems fixed, which include- (In some difficulty versions – Door repair trolls), rooms that are too dark, Boomerang strength, item locations redone in easier versions, Start with SWORD in Casual and Newbie, and got rid of slightly overused backtracking and more.

The four versions are called…

  • NEWBIE
  • CASUAL
  • VETERAN
  • MASTER

~ VERSION DIFFERENCES INCLUDED IN THE TXT ~

CHANGELOG 1.3

More Improvements!

Added a missing map to the Lv9’s of Quest 1 to all version modes. (Thanks to erpster2 for the heads up!)

In Master mode, the death theme is different now. Touched up the manual, it now gives better hints! Edited Master mode to make it slightly harder. Edited Newbie mode to make it slightly easier.

CHANGELOG 1.4

Added a compass to Lv5 in all Quest 2s from all versions. Made compass reachable in Lv7 of all versions Quest 2. (Thanks to erpster2!)

Increased the overworld’s breathing room in the casual and newbie patches, it is now easier to explore. (Thanks to ifightdragons’ updated review.)

CHANGELOG 1.5

Massive overworld improvements! In Newbie, Casual, and Veteran mode overworld has been made smoother.

Added a missing key to the Lv2s of Quest 1 on all versions.

Added a color palette to the zip. PLEASE USE WHEN PLAYING.

CHANGELOG V1.6

Many fixes and touchups! More enemy variety in areas. Changed Pols voice’s colors to the red palette. Fixed text glitches. Fixed a wrong tile combo placement in the NE part of the world. Fixed all Q2 Dungeon bugs that “erpster2″ brought to my attention. Thanks again! Fixed Link’s hair shrinking when he walks. Colored in the bubble enemies nose so it’s not transparent. Got rid of pushable blocks that don’t trigger anything.

NOTE- The included manual has hints for item locations, dungeon locations, and heart container locations. It even includes new info on new features!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Legend of Zelda, The (USA) --- PRG0 VERSION
  • (No-Intro version 20130731-235630)
  • File MD5 337BD6F1A1163DF31BF2633665589AB0
  • File SHA-1 DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2
  • File CRC32 D7AE93DF
  • ROM MD5 D9A1631D5C32D35594B9484862A26CBA
  • ROM SHA-1 A12D74C73A0481599A5D832361D168F4737BBCF6
  • ROM CRC32 3FE272FB

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
The3DudeOriginal HackingEverything from the HEX-editing, overworld, dungeon, and graphic designs.
snarfblamHackingThe auto-map 0.1 patch & various hacking tools.
PsyklaxHackingNew saving feauture. (SELECT while in the subscreen)

User Review Information

Not a lot of fun

Reviewed By: ifightdragons on 01 Jun 2019

GENERAL THOUGHTS: There have been a lot of these types of Zelda 1 hacks, and this one is really no different.

The overworld is kind of ugly and bland, and just a mess of mazes The color palettes chosen are incredibly drab. The ocean looks like gray rocks. Most passageways are made entirely too small, meaning enemies will most certainly spawn to halter your progression.

Hiding away the weapons and requiring you to read a readme manual for vague hints is not a lot of fun either. I’d get it if it was a really good game that came with a quality printed manual.

SOME POSITIVES: The added touch of some small original tunes is a nice touch. The dungeon entrances and graveyards have quite a neat look to them.

CONCLUSION: Overall, it’s not awful. But it’s certainly not much fun. (As of v1.0 - See below for updated review).

EDIT/ADDENDUM TO ORIGINAL REVIEW OF v1.0: The author has generously updated the hack to make it much more accessible, and as such, it’s only fair to update my review. I believe I now would recommend this, albeit hesitantly, as I’m still not a huge fan of all the narrow pathways the overworld forces you to take. It still bottlenecks progression from screen to screen, forcing you to clear out enemies just to move. If only the overworld was given a bit more “air” to breathe/open space, that would go a long way.

Aside from that, this is shaping up to be quite a competent adventure, and the author is making great strides with the updates. Keep it up!

Version 1.3 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
An Amazingly Brutal Hack from The3Dude.. Again!Ck23 Jun 20191.6Yes
Very Fun and Very difficultyalan704711 Jun 20191.6Yes
Needs a few little edits...FullExtentOfTheJam29 May 20191.0Yes
Depends On What You Like, I Guess...snarfblam29 May 20191.0No
Interesting and well made!lexluthermiester28 May 20191.0Yes
Awesome job! Good experience!edwinmusic28 May 20191.0Yes
Not a lot of funifightdragons01 Jun 20191.3Yes
Challenging, Great Design, and Funultimaweapon27 May 20191.0Yes
I don't get the pointmarchegiano26 May 20191.0No