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Chrono Trigger: Prophet's Guile

Hack of Chrono Trigger

Description:

WARNING: Right now, PG freezes SNES9x during a certain part, making the game impossible to finish. The latest version of ZSNES works.

Chrono Trigger: Prophet’s Guile is a fan game following the story of Magus’s rise to power in the Kingdom of Zeal after arriving in 12000 B.C. thanks to the distortion at his lair. In his bid to stop Lavos at the Ocean Palace, Magus must gain the trust of Queen Zeal and abolish all opposition. It’s about two regular Chrono Trigger chapters long, and full of surprises.

Work on Chrono Trigger: Prophet’s Guile began in January 2007. ZeaLitY suggested that the Crimson Echoes team, sidelined for the moment, develop a short ROM hack to be released in a couple months. Unfortunately, other matters came into play and after the backbone of the game was coded, work halted and shifted back to Crimson Echoes. In December 2007, Chrono’99 revived the project and thanks to a collaborative effort with his leadership, Prophet’s Guile now stands complete. The only casualty of the development process was a plan to re-sprite Magus as the Prophet, which would have involved exhaustive work.

Stay tuned for the upcoming hack, Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes.

UPDATE: This works fine on the latest version of SNES9X (v1.53) without issues. Chrono Trigger Crimson Echoes was C&D’d by Square-Enix and will NOT be hosted on RHDN at this time.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Bank: HiROM
  • Country: USA
  • Interleaved: NO
  • Internal ROM Checksum: 0x788C
  • Game Revision: 1.0
  • ROM Size: 32 Megabytes
  • ROM Speed: 120ns (FastROM)
  • SRAM: YES, Internal, 64 Kilobytes
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  • Checksums
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  • Chrono Trigger (U) [!].sfc
  • Verified Good Dump
  • CRC32: 2D206BF7
  • MD5: A2BC447961E52FD2227BAED164F729DC
  • RIPEMD-160: C1DC528AA21D9E3F00E7571A98AF0BB4B6598564
  • SHA-1: DE5822F4F2F7A55ACB8926D4C0EAA63D5D989312
  • SHA-256: 06D1C2B06B716052C5596AAA0C2E5632A027FEE1A9A28439E509F813C30829A9

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Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Chrono'99ProductionDirector and Programmer/Mapper
ZeaLitYProductionWriter and Creator/Mapper/Music Importing and Mixing/Graphics Hacking
nightmare975HackingMapper
JCE3000GTMusicMusic Importing and Mixing
VehekMusicMusic Importing and Mixing
FaustWolfGraphicsGraphics Hacking
CuteLuccaGraphicsMenu Art
Julie DillonGraphicsEnding Art

User Review Information

Veterans Only!

Reviewed By: obscurumlux01 on 24 Feb 2011

Prophet’s Guile is awesome in many ways.

Dialogue Intelligent, well-written, and fits the characters well.

Story Fantastic and fits in very well within the game mythos.

Characters You play as Magus only, but you get to see brief cutscenes of what the ‘main party’ are up to. The non-playable characters of Schala, Queen Zeal, and especially Dalton, they’re very well-done and true to their Chrono Trigger roots. No odd accents or wierd characterizations, they do just what you expect them to do. :)

Gameplay Primarily the gameplay is heavily linear and structured, and since it is based on Chrono Trigger, this is a very slight disappointment that they wouldn’t let you explore a bit more freely. For example, never once do you even use a timegate or time-travel. However, this structure does have the benefit of allowing a very cohesive story to take place and enhance the already well-done CT saga.

Difficulty VETERANS ONLY NEED APPLY! I’m a pretty great gamer, and have even been playing a CT ‘hardtype’ hack, yet this hack bumps up difficulty to near-insane levels! How? No money, no shops, no ways to purchase any items, and only getting items after very hard-fought battles, just with regular mobs! Magus has all 3 elemental spells (fire/ice/lightning) yet oddly no shadow (considering he IS Shadow element and they mention his impressive ‘dark aura’ many times in the dialogue). Then he has a medicore melee attack that is only effective against very few enemies (mostly magic-resistant ones). So the only way to heal yoursef is to get Tonics (regular/mid/full), however the only way to get tonics is via battles. But you’ll almost always end up losing more hp and spending more mana just to get them that ‘farming’ them isn’t even an option (and probably was done that way on purpose to discourage it). Leaving you scrambling to progress from one story spot to another. One particular boss battle had me stumped until I figured out the ‘trick’ to it. There are a few of them like this. Just, beware…its HARD, and then some. You will die many times before you figure things out.

Overall Play this game only if you’ve played Chrono Trigger from start to finish, it isn’t really meant otherwise, and you’ll be terribly lost if you haven’t finished Chrono Trigger yet. And despite what the other reviews say, don’t worry about getting the ‘hidden coins’ or whatever. It only unlocks a developer message and the main theme from FF6. Some prize :P

Complaints?

  • Insanely high difficulty for those who aren’t used to trial and error or having to make do without gold/shops. One shop lady actually tries to sell Magus stuff but he actually refuses her! Wow…again though the difficulty is probably by design but still, replacing all the tonics (which heal TEN HP!!?) with midtonics (which heal 50 HP) would’ve done much to balance things easier.
  • Excessive linearity (you only ever have to be on the planet exactly twice, rest of the time is exclusively in Zeal), plus it stopped right when things would’ve gotten interesting, though its still gonna take you about 2 hours or so to complete it.
  • Some of the music remixes (for the underwater Black Omen) are out of place. Leave the original music PLEASE!

Recommendation? Download and play it after you’ve beaten CT in order to expand the story. Be prepared for frustration but if you talk to everyone and get the full story of Zeal, its quite satisfying.

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A very interesting adventure about MagusMS0401 Nov 20191.00Yes
Short, but sweet!phantom_with_a_rose18 Dec 20181.00Yes
Absolutely Great!justin300919 Nov 2013N/AYes
Very well done!Ok Impala!29 Sep 2012N/AYes
Veterans Only!obscurumlux0124 Feb 2011N/AYes
History of Magus...megaman_powered_down29 Jan 2011N/AYes
Short But Worth ItKlaviaturist30 Nov 2010N/AYes