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Adventure Island 3: The Lost Isles

Hack of Adventure Island III


This hack was started back in December 2007. Most of the levels were finished by mid February. The title screen was ripped from the translated NES ROM “Adventure Island 4″. Since I am an amateur ROM hacker (is there a professional ROM Hacker?) in every sense of the word, this took much longer to edit than someone with more experience and abilities. Also you’ll notice that the palette on the title screen is a little off :P

All 8 worlds and 8 levels each have been altered. (with the exception of world 4-4 although most enemies have been changed) This is not meant to be a “hardtype” hack but later levels can be very challenging. All levels can be completed without any enhancements. (hammer, dinosaur etc.) However it is recommended that you save your items for later levels.

I’ve tested this patch thoroughly but there is always a chance I missed something somewhere. If you do find a glitch, I’d like to know about it so drop me a line at

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Adventure Island 3 (USA) - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: 952CDACF
  • MD5: F15D5835041C4B28B98B9551FB3CE764
  • SHA-1: 9F8D51762125DF0C1A6AB6EFF41FBF7D0E65D465
  • SHA-256: 3685CED5C01174FC6F8AD8A7E399307E6891F84B6A16DAF570BF43CC6C1209F6




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User Review Information

In a lost island...

Reviewed By: megaman_powered_down on 25 Nov 2010

…you can get frustrated.

Ok, what we have here… Slight graphics changes, new bunch of levels and… that’s all.

But… It’s OK.

This hack put Adventure Island 3 into a brand new, unique level design. Literally every level can be beaten without using any of weapons or dinosaurs. However, I recommend you to save them for last 3 Islands(Sixth, seventh and eight). It’s because this hack is really gets intense at world 6, and really hard at world 8. To be honest… I barely could finish it with save states, I guess hardcore players will like this hack, but for sure it’s not for casual players.

Unfortunately, there’s no new enemies ,game mechanics or something like that. It would give the game some more “blast.” Also, graphics changes are limited to title screen only. That’s really bad.

Overall, this is an excellent level design hack, but it really gets hard later in the game, and can become really frustrating.


  • Very good level design.
  • Every level can be beaten without a weapon.


  • Becomes frustrating in later levels.
  • No big changes except level design…

Gameplay: 8.5/10

Audio: NA/10

Video: NA/10

Overall: 8.5/10

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
In a lost island...megaman_powered_down25 Nov 2010N/AYes