KevinMos3 Posted December 16, 2009 Share Posted December 16, 2009 (edited) As long as I can edit this post, it will include any of my future hack projects alphabetically to avoid clutter and simplify finding them. NOTICE: If anyone wants AA to make a cartridge of these, feel free; you don't need my permission. They are hacks and as such, I hold no rights to the software. However, if you do want to make a cart, please contact me in case I have a newer version than what's uploaded. AdventureLong-Term "Mystery" Project I was hesitant to post about this because it's going to be a very long project due to my lack of time to work on it. I know there are already several great Adventure hacks and I didn't want to clutter the list. However, I decided to go ahead and share this teaser because it is at least a completely playable hack. At the moment, this is just a graphically enhanced hack of Adventure with a couple extra features, but the groundwork has been laid and it should give you an idea of where I want to go with this. It uses Nukey Shay's new kernel which is just awesome. I borrowed the bat from one of Espire8's hacks. I think it's pretty clear what inspired the castle and the dragon sprites. One of the members here has been very helpful and patient with many questions I've had. I won't mention names yet, because I don't want to draw them into this at such an early stage, but once I'm further along I will give full credit and thanks that are due to anyone and everyone who helps & has helped along the way. Below are screenshots of some of the changes: Click the button for more: Minor update to avoid overlapping the playfield with the Warren Robinett easter egg text. No other changes:Adventure Enhanced.binPrevious version: Adventure Enhanced 3-5-11.bin Cart Labels: Ready-to-Print 300dpi Labels: BoxingColor Edit I always wanted a blue boxing ring, so here it is. In one version the players are Red & Blue, in the other they have Skin tones. Zip file includes 3 versions: "Red vs Blue", "Skins", & "Blue Ring".Boxing Hacks.zip Buck Rogers: Planet of ZoomSprite Edit The player ship has been edited to more closely resemble the arcade version. The saucer enemies look more like saucers and the gates look a little more like other versions of the game. No colors have been changed in this one. A good screenshot is difficult to obtain because of the way sprites warp, but it looks much better on actual hardware.Buck Rogers.bin Cabbage Patch Kids: Adventures in the ParkSprite & Color Edit This has got to be one of the best games never released. The author really did a great job with the graphics, gameplay, and sound (yes, even music). I imagine I would have spent a lot of time playing this as a kid. I loved these multi-screen games like Smurf, Pitfall II, H.E.R.O., etc. Anyway, I recently played some older versions of this prototype and it got me wanting to tweak a few things -- so here we go: As I said, the game is already really good, so I looked for ways to polish it a bit, maybe as if it had been released. Player colors made more like an earlier version. I can now clearly tell that it's a girl with pigtails Many more color tweaks -- too many to list Various graphics cleaned up a bit (Trees and, most notably, the grass) Also, it seems the original game was Athletic Land for the MSX, and Konami used it to add the Cabbage Patch Kids license, which is what made it to the Coleco and almost Atari. So, the zip file now contains Cabbage Patch Kids and an Athletic Land version: Athletic Land - Cabbage Patch Kids.zip Previous version: Cabbage Patch Kids (Brown & Gray versions).zip Alternate boy roms:Cabbage Patch Kids (Boy).zipAthletic Land:Athletic Land (Cabbage Patch Kids).bin Cart Label: Ready-to-Print 300dpi for Coleco-style cart: California GamesSprite & Color Edit What can you do to improve a nearly perfect game on the 2600? Not much, but there is one thing that always bothered me -- the footbag player looks like he has a major bald spot. Looking at the graphics, I think part of them were just miscolored, so I took the liberty of updating the hairdo and tweaked the hands while I was at it. The only other change was on the half-pipe screen. I changed the color to gray with black underneath just for something different. I haven't tested it on real hardware with a CRT yet, so the gray may appear too dark and be indistinguishable from black. If this is the case, just post in the thread and I'll change it back. Footbag player hairdo fix and hands tweaked Half-pipe new colors BMX course trees edited to palm trees (Alternate BMX edit for brown color if you prefer the dirt courses like other versions) Surfing slight sky and wave color edit to better see wave crest, surfer color edit to have tan California_Games_(Edit).bin California_Games_(BMX_Edit).bin Older Version: Spoiler California Games (Hair-Color-Edit).bin CommandoSprite & Color Edit I've always loved Commando on the 2600. Maybe it was because I had never seen the arcade version when I first played this, but to me, it had great graphics and was fun to play so I would show it off to my friends (who were playing Nintendo at the time). Anyway, as great as I thought it was, there were just a couple of things I wished were different. I thought the player/enemy sprites leaned back too much instead of having a more aggressive stance, I wished the bridges in levels 2 & 3 were gray instead of orange & blue. So... here's what I ended up with: Player/enemy sprites changed (adapted the 7800 version sprite to this) Enemy color changed to gray to match the arcade Fertilized those mounds in level 1 so now green "grass" grows on top Sandbag barriers now tan instead of green Grenade boxes now green instead of purple Extra lives sprite edited Orange and blue bridges in levels 2 and 3 changed to gray Green of level 2 / 4 changed to be a little less bright Ground of level 3 darkened a bit Detail (shading) added to fortresses Minor palm tree update for v2: color table error present in original ROM corrected and coconuts darkened. See screenshots. Be sure to unzip the file as it contains 2 variations -- first the standard...Commando v2.zip ...and of course an "Airborne!" version. Here's a version with the player as Rambo!: Rambo.bin Older Version: Commando.zip Double Dragon: Arcade StyleSprite & Color & Gameplay Edit***New Version!!!*** Seeing some sprites by CDS Games inspired me to rework the player/enemy sprites. Here is Release Candidate 4, also compatible with the Flashback Portable (RC3 is not). See the Cast of Characters image below for new sprites. RC4d - Jan 16, 2017 Double Dragon Arcade (RC4d).bin Here is the older Release Candidate 3. I'm leaving this here because it contains an assembly file and trained versions not yet packaged with RC4. Zip file contains standard version, trained version (thanks to Nukey Shay), 2-button versions, & assembly file.Double Dragon Arcade (RC3 pack).zipClick "Show" button for older versions: Double Dragon Arcade (RC2 pack).zipDouble Dragon Arcade (RC1).zipDouble Dragon Arcade (Infinite Life).zip RC1 Trained Version! Thanks to Nukey Shay. Beta 3 changes include the new Cliff screen in Mission 3 & the brick colors at the start of Mission 2:Double Dragon Arcade (beta3).zip A few minor sprite edits and some more color changes for beta2:Double Dragon Arcade (beta2).zip And here's a version with alternate colors for Mission 4 (see pic below):Double Dragon Arcade (beta2 alt mission4).zipDouble Dragon Arcade (beta1).zip Here is the cast of characters, old and new (Updated for RC4d): And here are maps of all screens so you can see what's been done. These are new (Sun Sep 09, 2012) updated to reflect changes in RC3. Note: The forum software is preventing the maps from uploading correctly. It is downsizing the images so they are no longer full-size. : Mission 1 : Mission 2 : Mission 3 : Mission 3B : Mission 4Latest changes: Major color overhaul for several screens. The sunsets are more like the arcade colors. Combined with other color changes, these screens are now some of the nicest in the game. Replaced mountains with city skyline in the 2nd screen of Mission 3 (with long brick wall). This gives a nice transition from outskirts of the city to the woods. Sprite & color edits for everyone to make them look more like the arcade and/or general improvement. Ex: Abobo's walk has been completely redone. I feel he is much more fluid and his walk resembles the arcade more. New punch, kick, bat-swing sprites as well as new hit & knockdown sprites: most characters hunch forward when hit. Abobo and Shadow Boss turn their heads in addition to previous animation. No change for Linda hit sprite. Font more like arcade font. Graphical changes are probably finished, but I'm not yet satisfied with Mission 2. Yet to do: adjust music volume, add pause feature, title screen.Explanation: History: I started looking at Double Dragon to see what improvements could be made to make it more like the arcade. The game is already very good but some of the colors always bothered me. Dan Kitchen did a phenomenal job with this game. He crammed so much action (2-player co-op or head-to-head) and made great use of all graphic elements without flicker. The game allows for a different background color on roughly 1/2 of the scanlines, which is what makes these detailed edits possible. I have only made slight changes to the character sprites -- except for the attacking, hit, knockdown, and Abobo sprites (which are complete redraws) -- because I think the official ones are pretty good already. The font was modified to be more like the arcade font. The Player got the addition of an eye and is 1 pixel taller. His walking animation always looked like he was moonwalking, so after closer examination -- the animation was exactly backwards. I've rearranged the walking sprites so now he walks correctly. There are other minor modifications to beef up the characters and all new attack, hit, and knockdown sprites. Abobo got a lot of redraw. I always thought he looked fat and even though it wasn't intended, he looked like he had a big belly button bouncing around. I tried to slim down his waist a bit and broaden his shoulders. I also gave him a bit of pec detail in the chest. I think this is a good improvement. His walk animation was redrawn and re-arranged and he also got color changes, adding some shading and giving him boots like the arcade (instead of wearing shorts). The biggest change with Abobo, Linda, and the Shadow Boss is that they are now aligned correctly with their colors. Before the colors would bounce around on them. Now they are static relative to the sprite. Other changes are hit sprite modifications for Abobo and the Shadow Boss. I've now worked through all of the game but I'd still like feedback. All screens have had many touches and some have had major overhauls. *** NOTE: When playing this in Z26, the colors look very different than in Stella. Stella is closer to what I'm intending with the color choices. RC3 Character Sprites: RC1 Character Sprites: Sample Screens (from RC2): Cart Labels: Ready-to-print 300dpi labels: For Activision shells: For standard Atari shells: Goofing Off: edit (9:35PM Dec 17, 2009): I felt like goofing off and came up with this::end edit DragsterColor Edit I always liked Dragster, but thought it might look better with more realistic colors. Here's the result of about 5 minutes of tinkering:Dragster.zip I merged some of Atarius Maximus' Drag Race hack into the source & edited the car to come up with this: Drag Race.zip Zip file contains Blue and Red versions. Dukes of HazzardColor Edit I wasn't going to upload this but I figured someone might like it. The Duke boys hardly ever drove on asphalt unless they were going into town. So... in this hack, they now drive on dirt roads. I thought Daisy looked kinda like a mermaid with the green pants, so I put her in her famous Daisy Dukes. The General Lee is slightly more orange instead of RED. Last and definitely least, Boss Hogg's face is now flesh tone instead of gray.Dukes of Hazzard.binCart Labels: Electric Yo-Yo!Title Screen Edit I simply hacked the title screen of Elk Attack to say Electric Yo-Yo! as it may have looked had the game been completed for release.Electric Yo-Yo.zip Front LineSprite & Color Edit Front Line is a great game, but I wasn't satisfied with the player sprite. The arcade player has a boogie walk, so I tried several variations and settled on this one. There's not a whole lot you can do with the sprite, but here's my best effort at making the player look a bit more like the arcade. If you don't like it, blame it on the boogie. Also made a few other minor color changes. Changed the background at the beginning from gray to orange/brown Minor color changes to desert area, cacti, and rocks Changed colors of brick barriers Changed colors of title screen to imitate arcade Front Line Arcade.bin Galaxian Arcade - ExpandedGameplay, Sprite & Color Edit Update! My previous upload was a simple sprite and color hack of Galaxian to make it more like the arcade. I was hoping to add 2 colors to the player's ship, but Nukey took it far beyond anything I'd hoped for. Here is his tremendous work with my sprite and color arcade interpretations: By Nukey: added startup animation and arcade-like score table added multiple colors per enemy added flagship sprite made player ship multicolor added sound when starting game heightened pitch of enemy diving sound added difficulty switch functionality (flip right switch to A for normal shots, B for wide shots) added pause (flip color/BW switch to hide player ship, effectively pausing action) added hidden bonus level probably more that I can't think of at the moment By Me: all new player ship sprite changed the enemy colors & sprites made new enemy and player explosion animations changed other colors and sprites to more closely reflect the arcade removed the border (actually, I removed it from the old version, Nukey removed it from the source in this version) For more detailed info about this hack and what's under the hood, see Nukey's thread here. Be sure to unzip, as download includes stock and trained version with invincibility as well as the assembly file.Latest Version: Galaxian Arcade.zipOld Version: Galaxian Arcade.zip Galaxian VectorSprite & Color Edit neotokeo2001 started a Galaxian Vector hack back in 2004 but left a few things for others to finish. I just found his thread the other day and took him up on that offer. I changed the ship a little bit (the other was one pixel too tall) added the new explosions from my "Arcade" hack made everything green that wasn't before -- including enemy shots left the original title screen logo but changed the colors to shades of green Galaxian Vector.zip Mangia'Color Edit This game is rather interesting, but the colors hurt my eyes. So, I made some changes to make it a little easier to look at. Mangia.zip Zip contains 2 versions as seen in screenshots above. Pac-Man ArcadeGameplay, Sprite & Color Edit This is simply a sprite and color edit of Nukey Shay's Pac-Man Arcade Enhanced hack of Rob Kudla's hack. rounded off Pac-Man and the ghosts made alternate style for the frills of the ghosts tweaked the ghosts' colors to more closely match the arcade changed the color of the pellets to match the arcade reversed direction of extra lives sprite to match arcade tweaked cherry sprite to more closely imitate arcade added detail to ghosts' eaten eyes Zip file contains 2 versions as seen in the screenshots above: one with the alternate ghost frills and one with the original frills.Pac-Man Arcade Enhanced.zip Pete Rose BaseballColor Edit I've always loved Pete Rose Baseball on the 7800. It's about the only Baseball game where I can win with the little patience I have to play a baseball game. The 2600 version's gameplay mechanics are pretty much identical to the 7800 and IMO is an amazing visual accomplishment, but I've never spent much time playing it. I decided to mess with it a little yesterday and one thing that stood out to me was how much more green the grass is in the 7800 version. I decided to adjust the 2600 version to my taste and made a few other color changes while I was at it. Changed grass to more green color Changed dirt to light brown Added skin color to players faces in close view Added color to bat Added shading to dirt along wall in close and outfield views Added a touch of shading to players' uniforms Lightened blue wall and added a little more shading Made outfield grass darker than close view and infield Adjusted color of bases indicator at top of screen I spent some time tweaking the colors to look just right on my TV with real hardware. However, they look too light in Stella and Z26 in my opinion, so I've included an alternate version in the zip that looks a little better in the emulators. Let me know what you think.Pete Rose Baseball.zip Note: Zip file includes 2 versions. Cart Labels: Ready-to-Print 300dpi Labels (2 for Activision shells, 1 for Atari shells): Rampage!Sprite & Color Edit I've always been very critical of Rampage on the 2600. I just couldn't get over the disappearing blocks when you punch a building. Due to a friend who really likes the game, I thought I'd give it another shot. I always did like the gameplay, but I decided my main issue with the game was still the buildings. I decided to try out different colors instead of "pink." Then I figured I'd see what I could do with the sprites. I got to this point and decided I really do like the game and it wasn't so much the blocks of the buildings that bothered me, but rather the pink color on some of the stages. So here's a hack with new sprites and a few new colors (no more pink!). It's probably not done, but it's good enough for now. George and Lizzie share the same sprites, so I tried to come up with something suitable for both. Ralph shares these as well for certain frames. George is a little more brown than before, $F2 instead of $34, and Lizzie is one shade darker to help her stand out against the buildings. The color of Ralph on the selection screen now matches his color in-game. No more pink buildings, but I'm not quite satisfied, so more experimenting needs to be done. Helicopters are now a shade of green like the arcade instead of red. I went with a more blueish green than the arcade, just to give more color variation, since there's already so much green with Lizzie, the items, and some of the people. Player sprites re-aligned to improve continuity between frames. More color added to ground/sidewalk/trolley tracks/docks (see screenshot for example). Some other minor color and sprite changes here and there. Here are screenshots: Old vs New: Latest Version: Rampage v2.binOlder Version: Rampage v1.bin Cart Labels: Ready-to-Print 300dpi Labels for Activision shells: For Atari shells: Tomb Raider: Mystery of the Scarlet DragonHack of Montezuma's Revenge Original hack idea by StanJr. You can read his backstory here. I got the idea from his hack in the link above. I used a 16k Montezuma's Revenge ROM and altered the sprites and colors. Some of the sprite edits are from StanJr, some are my own. For the Lara standing and walking sprite, I used StanJr's basic appearance and adjusted it to not get stuck on doors and also to be a bit more shapely. I kept the rolling/bouncing skulls and changed the static snakes to be grinding spikes. The spiders have been changed into snakes like in StanJr's, but with slightly more movement animation. The flares are similar to StanJr's, but have been correctly animated. Of course, the Scarlet Dragon sprites have been borrowed from StanJr's because he came up with an excellent backstory for the game that I did not want to alter. The colors have been changed for Lara, the rooms, and some items. I tried to use colors that fit the environments from the early Tomb Raider series. If anyone would like to see the sprites or colors altered/improved in some way please speak up. I'd love to hear your feedback and ideas on how to make this better! Below are 4 variants of the hack along with some cartridge mockups and level maps: Tomb Raider (Classic).zip Lara with with colors closer to the more recent games: Tomb Raider (Modern).zipTomb Raider (Underworld).zip (This is an alternate "Modern" with some brown in the shirt and dark gray shorts) If you want the older version with the original Montezuma colors, download the one below:Tomb Raider (Original Colors).zip Level Maps: I made a map of Level 1 (with the new colors): And here's the Level 1 map with the original colors: Level 2 Map (new color version only this time): Level 3 Map (new color version only): Cart Label & Mockups: Here is a ready-to-print cart label and some old obsolete mockups. If you would like to read my original (heavily edited) post in StanJr's thread, please look here. Again, I'm always seeking advice and feedback. If you like something about a hack... please say so. If you don't like something about a hack... please say so. If you couldn't care less about a hack... why are you reading this? XenophobeSprite & Color Edit Xenophobe on the 2600 has all the important gameplay elements, but I never understood the color choices. Here's my effort at making it look a little more like the arcade & other console versions. New Xeno sprites (& raised by a pixel since they are actually out of place in the original ROM) New sprites for weapons and most pickup items Mothership edited to be closer to arcade version Colors more visually appealing: Rooms now shades of gray, Xenos now shades of green, tweaks here and there Changed number font to match arcade Changed player sprite to more closely match arcade stance & walk animation Made variations for alternate characters Mr. M Brace Mr. EEz Dr. Kwak Mr. Fogg Dr. Zordirz Col Schickn Latest version: Xenophobe Arcade v4 (Multi).zip Be sure to unzip; archive contains all character variations.Older versions: Xenophobe Arcade v3.binXenophobe Arcade.zip(Zip contains 4 variations)Xenophobe Arcade.bin Cart Labels: Ready-to-Print 300dpi Labels: Edited October 28, 2019 by KevinMos3 18 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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