Posted: July 28th, 2006
Last Updated: March 4th, 2007
This fairly inventive and unique Zelda II hack was created by the_icepenguin, or Seferaga as he is known on GameFAQs. Although I have no personal in-depth knowledge of this hack, I have done my part and tried it out. First impressions: very hard. The continue screen assured me, it just wasn't my low skill level hindering me in this modification.
Here's an example of what a low level monster encounter looks like in the first grassy fields if you don't believe me:
The sad part about this was I was using the Easy (now the Medium version in 1.8+) version of the hack. Yes that is correct, there is three separate patches available in the download. Here's some information about what the differences are in the easy and hard modes taken from the read me.
To my knowledge there is no new graphics available in this hack, although almost all gameplay is altered so it will feel like a new game anyway. Coincidentally ocw, who has helped me with some corrections on this site was the bug tester for this hack. Eventually I might come back and work my way through this modification, it looks really challenging. You will need an ips patcher to patch your rom with this hack.
The newest version of this hack (v1.9) corrects some serious bugs that was making players become stuck permanently in some palace walls.
View the documentation/read me here.
Here's just an extra screenshot to show what the area outside of Zelda's palace looks like in this hack: