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Aria of Sorrow Alter

Hack of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Description:

IPS patching required.

This is a hack of Aria of Sorrow that changes most part of the map, and the aim is to give completely new experience to players.

Changes

  • Most of the map redone. Some new puzzles added. Added a new area like Nest of Evil in PoR.
  • Some of the weapons, armors and accessories are changed. Example: Valmanway and Excarlibur.
  • Changed some items. Example: Mina’s Charm, work like magic ticket and can be used without consuming it. Talk to Mina to acquire this.
  • Most of souls are slightly easier to acquire.
  • Bug fixes to original game, including shop giltch and death warp.
  • Soma’s status are changed. Julius is greatly strengthened. The aim is that Julius is super and can be used very easily.

Not all changes are listed here, so that players can find out new things themselves.

For some frequently asked questions, view the readme file.

Update

  • v1.11: Fixed a bug that Flame Deamon + Giant Bat + Succubus soul combination does not work correctly. Though it is not a major bug, it still makes me feel deserve to fix it. Also a minor map tile fix in Death Arena.
  • v1.10: Changed some parts of the game which has confused a lot of players (and is also not satisfied by the author). The main game play remains the same so that players who has already cleared this hack are not necessarily to play this again. This will be the last update for this hack if no major bugs were found.
    • A key item can no longer be sold, which will prevent the player from getting good ending.
    • Added a tip telling player what is happening when opening the gate in the Underground Reservoir.
    • Changed the gfx of sealed boss doors so that players can tell apart them from normal ones.
    • Remade a room in the Inner Quarters so that player may not be confused by the fake “exits”.
    • Changed the text of Hint Card 2 & 3 to make them more clear to players.
    • Some other minor changes.
  • v1.01: Fixed a bug that Tsuchinoko soul does not work correctly.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Entry: Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow (USA)
  • External Header: No
  • ROM Size: 8388608 (800000)
  • UNMODDED CRC32: 35536183
  • UNMODDED MD5: E7470DF4D241F73060D14437011B90CE
  • UNMODDED SHA-1: ABD71FE01EBB201BCC133074DB1DD8C5253776C7
  • MODDED CRC32: 513AF4C9
  • MODDED MD5: D15C0B9AA1D9D9C28D53BF80DAD08EF0
  • MODDED SHA-1: 46677C2DCFC76ADAF59CF84896EE9448E93F83A3

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User Review Information

More than just 'Alter'

Reviewed By: Midas Magnezone on 10 Oct 2019

I thoroughly enjoy this hack. There are neat new mechanics to some areas (which I won’t spoil :D) that really freshen up the gameplay along with the all new castle. Small changes like being able to access save points and teleport areas from both sides add more nuance as well. Any fan of Aria of Sorrow should give this a play. The author even listens to suggestions from reviewers, so my only suggestion for an improvement/addition would be for a new story as it gets just a tad boring going through the same AoS story again. Please do more hacks!

P.S. (spoilers ahead) I’m currently at the end of the game and am looking to get the Count’s Ring (as Hint Card 3 suggests) to go defeat Graham and get the good ending… but where the heck do I find the Count’s Ring?!

Edit: Alright, I found Dracula’s Ring in the Top Floor and defeated Graham, Julius and Chaos. Currently sitting at 99.8% map completion :/. I absolutely love this hack and would definitely play it again on Hard mode if it actually adds difficulty.

Edit 2: 100.0% map completion, woohoo! Here’s a pic: https://imgur.com/cI4W3tj

Version 1.10 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Breathes New Life Into AoS (note about Clock Tower)Squire Doodad23 May 20201.11Yes
More like AoS 2.0 if you ask me :Pjm10288715 Jan 20201.10Yes
Surpassed All Expectations and Morekookoor1koo01 Feb 20201.10Yes
Best Castlevania for GBA! Hands Down.StarWyvwern16 Dec 20191.10Yes
More than just 'Alter'Midas Magnezone10 Oct 20191.10Yes
My Favoriote AoS HackHect0r22 May 20191.01Yes
Can't describe how good it isAdrian_Tepes25 Apr 20191.01Yes
Please...PLEASE DO MOAR!Oyyy22 Apr 20191.01Yes
Excellentkal17 Apr 20191.01Yes
The opinion of one who is Castlevania AoS Hacks on YouTubeMister Rysgar15 Apr 20191.01Yes
A marvelous hack of Castlevania AoS!!ikusatatsu_ushiromiya10 Apr 20191.0Yes