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ROMhacks & Fangames
« on: August 23, 2023, 02:42:37 PM »
General Castlevania ROMhack and fangame thread! Are there any that you like? Any that you've made? Any that you want to make?

Personally, I can't say that I'm much of a ROMhack guy myself, but my interest was piqued by one called Rondo of Ruin, and I found it to be....... pretty disappointing, in all honesty. The difficulty was extremely unbalanced, and I found that some of the inputs for special moves that are required to progress through the game were a bit clunky and hard to execute.

Really, I wish that there were more full Romhacks of Castlevania games like you see with other series (like Pokemon especially), where there are new stories, levels, and even characters, but most of what I find are just difficulty adjustments, special modes, or low effort sprite swaps.

In terms of fangames, though, the pickings seem a lot better. I tend to lurk on the Castlevania Dungeon forums from time to time, and their fanworks board is full of tons of fangames and Vania-likes that clearly have tons of effort and passion that were poured into them, like the Lecarde Chronicles duology, as well as the 1999 Demon Castle War fangame, Umbra of Sorrow (which seems to be on indefinite hiatus at this point, unfortunately).

I've also got some ideas for my own Castlevania pastiche, but that's a project for another day......
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Re: ROMhacks & Fangames
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2023, 07:28:33 AM »
I think ROMhack playthroughs are super fun to watch (like the ones on JupiterClimb's channel) but I've never felt a huge urge to play most of them myself. (My favorite hack is probably the improved Dawn of Sorrow one though since it makes that game waaay more playable). As someone who has dabbled with the DSvania editor tool a bit, I think the lack of expansive story-related hacks is because of the way the editor works- you can change text and dialogue in the text boxes but it's very difficult to change when or where those textboxes are shown, so you're pretty much bound to the structure of the original game you're hacking.

I've made a hack myself and it's mostly there to buff Charlotte and makes her a spear user in addition to being a magic user. It also makes it so that all armor can be equipped to either character rather than being gender-restricted. I'll link it here if anyone's curious about it. It's mostly borne from me going "hey wouldn't it be cooler if charlotte had the alucard spear so she could complement johnathan and the whip"

I've also always sort of wanted a Shanoa and Albus hack of Portrait though... It would be cool to see them fight side by side.