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Return of the Dark Sorcerer

Hack of Final Fantasy III

Description:

Return of the Dark Sorcerer is an incredibly large fan-made Final Fantasy 6 modification that’s been in development since around 2010. Originally the brainchild of Gi Nattak, the project has evolved over the years thanks to a dedicated team and other skilled members of the FF6 romhacking community.

This mod promises to showcase some of the challenging aspects of FF6 romhacking, as well as plenty of fun and exciting new content - from an all new cast of playable characters with customized movesets, a radically changed story with many new and edited events, new overworld maps, a new musical soundtrack, difficulty selection, new battle scripts for monsters & bosses, and an absolute ton of custom monster/esper and NPC sprites.

It is a highly personalized modification of the original game and therefore naturally won’t appeal to everyone. It’s not a sequel or a prequel, or a remake to FF6, it is simply a massive amalgamation mod and customization of FF6 which does contain a whole bunch of references and can be rather nonsensical or even immersion-breaking at times… but if you go into it prepared for this, I am sure you will have a much more enjoyable experience. That being said, a whole lot of time and energy has gone into this project and we are quite pleased with the result.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy III (USA) - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: A27F1C7A
  • MD5: E986575B98300F721CE27C180264D890
  • SHA-1: 4F37E4274AC3B2EA1BEDB08AA149D8FC5BB676E7
  • SHA-256: 0F51B4FCA41B7FD509E4B8F9D543151F68EFA5E97B08493E4B2A0C06F5D8D5E2
  • Headered and unheadered patches included

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Mike FerrellHackingLead Hacker & Project Manager
DarkMageOriginal HackingFFVI improvement patch
GrayShadowsOriginal HackingNatural Ability Extension Patch, Golbez acting as normal magic learner hack, Stat Increase Items, Sp
HatZen08Original HackingGuest Adder, Learnable Rage, Step Dance, Antimagic Field, Resilient Morph, Even Gauge, SwrdTech Read
angelo26Original HackingNames clean-up patch, Restored ability names, spell granting event command, flashback color in battl
Leviathan MistOriginal HackingBattle speed up patch and fix
DrakkhenOriginal HackingPhysical damage overflow fix patch
Master ZEDOriginal HackingNew game plus patch
LenophisOriginal HackingNatural stat growth, new RNG patch
assassin17Original HackingRandom monster encounter fix patch
MadsiurOriginal HackingMost of ROTDS specific assembly coding (functionalities, additions, tweaks)
SynchysiOriginal HackingHalf damage spell back row flag, always sprint hack, gain level command, Health to Miracle
EdrinOriginal HackingPalette change check for characters in WoR hack
LufiaOriginal HackingStep Mine / MP cost ASM hack
James WhiteGraphicsall portraits / all monsters / esper sprites, WoB overworld tree, Dragon King, espers sprites
Poco LocoGraphicsMost main characters and NPC sprites, a lot of monster re-colors
ZeemisGraphicsFFIV Meteor spell graphic, Rifle (Auto-crossbow replacement), custom sword "Destiny"
SutebenuGraphicsA few sprites, Arc portrait, work on other portraits, Aerith, Opera Dress Tifa, Chained Tifa
Dr.BlankGraphicsElite Knight graphics (sprite)
LijjGraphicsOriginal Aurora portrait, and some help with the Onion Knight
XolarDarkGraphicsSome spell animations
JackimusMusicA good number of songs and compositions (see readme)
TsushiyMusicA few custom songs
JCE3000GTMusicA few song hacks from other games
LockirbyHackingWoB & WoR map design and hack
Lord EnvoyScript Editing/RevisionSome original bosses and and the FFVI Advance Dragon battle scripts
Poco LocoScript Editing/RevisionA lot of dialog work
SutebenuScript Editing/RevisionCleaning up some dialog/grammar in the early stages
Magical TrevorScript Editing/RevisionFor his amazing grammar and syntax help
ZozmaGraphicsBarberella ('Purple Haired Girl'), Zigfreid, Vargas, Clyde
DjinnandTonicGraphicsPrinny graphics
OBSailorStarGraphicsOlbohn graphics
FEOKGraphicsFusoya and Pirate sprites
SathkaGraphicsHector (Old hooded man) sprite
Eddie LeeGraphicsHeartless sprite
KorekiGraphicsBow Wow graphics
SynchysiOriginal HackingLimited Esper patch, various patches
dnOriginal HackingRage & Dance descriptions code
LenophisOriginal HackingNatural Stat Growth patch
B-RunOriginal HackingCharacters change palettes in the WoR check, unlearn spell command
BropedioOriginal HackingElemental Mixing
Think0028Original HackingDon't Reapply Status
EggersOriginal HackingExtended character palette code
seibabyOriginal HackingSmart Cover, Disable Near Fatal being reapplied if Dead, Independent Stop, Muddle Cancel, Quake remo
ScarabEnigmaGraphicsSome sprite work
emberlingMusicA bunch of custom songs
13375K31C43ROriginal HackingLots of patches

User Review Information

Very Cool Hack

Reviewed By: Klaviaturist on 27 Jan 2015

Return of the Dark Sorcerer is a fantastic hack of FF6 with something for anyone that grew up in the 16 bit era, particularly the SNES era. Essentially, the hack improves the easy difficulty from the original game (it’s a hack of the easy FF3 version that was released in the states), as well, numerous other parts of the game are changed. Characters, music, maps, enemies, etc. Most everything was changed to create a mostly fresh experience. As well, there are surprises left and right. Music is almost all replaced with music from numerous SNES games such as Mystic Quest, Drakhen, FF4, and many many others. Enemies as well are from numerous games. The real surprises I will not spoil here, but once you get nearly half way through the game, you will probably be happily surprised with all of the sudden twists and turns the hack throws at the player.

Aside from my praise of the hack, there are a few parts of the original game I wish had been changed as well. Although both world maps have been drastically altered, most of the dungeons and towns remain mostly the same. There are some minor changes, but not enough to give it the completely fresh feel I would have liked. It isn’t discouraging at all as the minor changes did make for some nifty surprises.

Also, the change in difficulty, although quite welcome since the original game is way too easy in my opinion, is now a notch too difficult at times. Some of the bosses can be a bit unfair and it just can get sort of frustrating when leveling up doesn’t seem to help a whole lot… I believe if the difficulty were changed to still be harder than the original game, but not as hard as the hack is in its present state (v1.2), it would be much more assessable to everyone. Nothing is more frustrating than getting wrapped up in a storyline and not being able to go forward because a certain boss is way out of line tough.

Regardless of the criticism, this is a really awesome hack and a lot of time clearly has gone into the creation. I would highly suggest fans of FF6 check this one out. It is really worth the time.

Version 1.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
From brilliance to silly.Old_gamer12 Mar 20202.0.6Yes
Quality CrispRayofJay16 Feb 20202.0.5Yes
Better than the Original??Fein26 Apr 20181.8.3Yes
Best FF6 Hack of 2016break23 Aug 20161.6.0Yes
So very goodjesusbaddog23 Aug 20151.3Yes
Very Cool HackKlaviaturist27 Jan 20151.2Yes
Kludgy, but deserves meritEndymian09 Jan 20151.1Yes