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Title: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on November 30, 2012, 17:26:51 PM
I was just thinking about this, what are the games out there that you would love to hack to change them in some way or add extra features they were lacking?

The game I was thinking about was Atari Karts for the Jaguar:

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I think Miracle Designs and Atari missed a trick with this game, they put Bentley Bear in but where are all the other characters from Atari's past?

I would hack it and take out the rubbish made-up characters and add people like the dragon from Adventure, Major Havoc, Centipede, Louie from Scrapyard Dog, Outlaw, Trevor McFur, Skylar from Cybermorph/Battlemorph and of course Paperboy on his bike!!!

How cool would that be?  8)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on November 30, 2012, 17:42:27 PM
That would be great.  This game should have been an extravaganza of Atari characters!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on December 02, 2012, 20:12:41 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
That would be great.  This game should have been an extravaganza of Atari characters!

Exactly! You could even add in the Alien and Predator as secret characters!!!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Bobinator on December 03, 2012, 22:34:06 PM
Primal Rage. I've got a love/hate relationship with this game. There's such a good concept behind it, and it almost does a good job of bridging the gap between Street Fighter's gameplay and Mortal Kombat's controls. The issue is the controls, or, more specifically, the special move inputs.

See, the controls in the arcade version have four buttons, set up in a square. And to do special moves, you typically have to hit two or more buttons along with the directional input. I couldn't say how easy this is for the arcade cabinet, but on any other controller, you'll damn near break your fingers trying to pull off a fireball.

So, what I would do is fix the controls so they're not so... ugh. That's honestly all I'd really do, and I'd imagine it'd make the game a lot better.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: dcultrapro on December 04, 2012, 08:55:59 AM
not sure if it counts but I used to do the debug mode on Sonic 2 on the MD to beat it when I was younger. So I'd get all the chaos emeralds and I'd put rings in the last level so I could go super sonic and beat the last boss. Eventually I got so good at it I didn't need to anymore lol
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Shadowrunner on December 04, 2012, 15:07:45 PM
Quote from: "Bobinator"
Primal Rage. I've got a love/hate relationship with this game. There's such a good concept behind it, and it almost does a good job of bridging the gap between Street Fighter's gameplay and Mortal Kombat's controls. The issue is the controls, or, more specifically, the special move inputs.

See, the controls in the arcade version have four buttons, set up in a square. And to do special moves, you typically have to hit two or more buttons along with the directional input. I couldn't say how easy this is for the arcade cabinet, but on any other controller, you'll damn near break your fingers trying to pull off a fireball.

So, what I would do is fix the controls so they're not so... ugh. That's honestly all I'd really do, and I'd imagine it'd make the game a lot better.

They actually did fix the controls in the arcade. Later arcade cabinets were a different version that had Street Fighter like special moves. I don't think that version ever made it to a home system though.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on December 04, 2012, 15:32:54 PM
I don't remember having problems doing the specials on the Jaguar CD version but I have to admit that I havn't played it in ages.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Bobinator on December 06, 2012, 22:20:40 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"

They actually did fix the controls in the arcade. Later arcade cabinets were a different version that had Street Fighter like special moves. I don't think that version ever made it to a home system though.

No, see, the thing is, they still made it so you have to hit multiple buttons to do the special moves. Which, on a SNES pad or Genesis pad, or anything that isn't the arcade cabinet, it... well, kind of hurts. Maybe I'm just missing something, or I need to make use of that "crab" style of pushing buttons all the professional fighting game players talk about.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on December 06, 2012, 22:21:49 PM
Karateka for the 7800 needs to be hacked, desperately.  Maybe it can be turned into a real game!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on December 06, 2012, 22:59:19 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Karateka for the 7800 needs to be hacked, desperately.  Maybe it can be turned into a real game!

Great pick, if it had controls that actually worked it would be a brilliant game!

Much like Checkered Flag on the Jaguar.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on December 07, 2012, 04:53:17 AM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Karateka for the 7800 needs to be hacked, desperately.  Maybe it can be turned into a real game!

Great pick, if it had controls that actually worked it would be a brilliant game!

Much like Checkered Flag on the Jaguar.

Absolutely.  Visually the game is well done, so it just needs better controls and faster reaction to the controls.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on December 07, 2012, 19:50:12 PM
As a C64 owner:

Chase H.Q, R-Type and Afterburner, for starters,C64 deserved far better and was capable of better.

As Atari 800XL owner:Gauntlet, Arkanoid and Green Beret-for same reasons as above.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on December 07, 2012, 20:15:14 PM
Quote from: "Rogue Trooper"
As a C64 owner:

Chase H.Q, R-Type and Afterburner, for starters,C64 deserved far better and was capable of better.

As Atari 800XL owner:Gauntlet, Arkanoid and Green Beret-for same reasons as above.

There is a hack of Arkanoid that makes it better, I have it on my A8 emulator.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on January 01, 2013, 21:42:35 PM
Somebody was mentioning Checkered Flag for the Jaguar in another thread, that really does need hacking to make the controls work better!

I also think it would be cool to add a split screen 2-player mode too or Jaglink capability.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ox5aAL87c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ox5aAL87c)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on January 06, 2013, 20:31:06 PM
ALL the bloody driving/racing games that suffer from twitchy, over sensitive steering when using a normal pad.

So that'd be:Cheq.Flag 2 on Jaguar, Gran Turismo series on PS2, Daytona USA on DC, Manx TT and Hang On GP '95 both on Saturn, for starters.

Seriousily, this should be an areathat is gotten spot on in this genre.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: 108 Stars on January 07, 2013, 22:22:19 PM
I like the idea of Atari Karts with more known Atari characters. Granted, many of the famous Atari characters are actually 3rd party properties (like Pac-Man or Pitfall Harry), but in an official hack that wouldn't matter.

I'd also add weapons. It could have been a great game, and weapons would make it even more like Mario Kart, but it would definitely add to the fun imo.


Another game I'd like to hack:

Universal Soldier for MD.
I'd like to hack it back to Turrican 2. This means changing a few sprites (not many actually), and changing the order of the levels.

The stages not in the original Turrican 2 would be removed (they really suck), and I'd make some gameplay tweaks: I'd add hit feedback (short invincibility or being pushed back a bit when hit by an enemy; I really hate it how Turrican 1 & 2 have enemies run through you draining life with no reaction from the player sprite) and I'd deactivate the d-pad for jumping; as it is you can jump by both pressing up and by pushing a button, it's very irritating.

There are also shoot'em up stages missing from that port, but I think that would require more than a hack could do.


The hit-feedback and jump-control I'd also hack into Turrican 1 on MD.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on January 08, 2013, 21:50:32 PM
A few more:

Mercs - Sega Megadrive

This game is probably one of the best on the system but would be even better if a 2-player mode was added!

Pit-Fighter - Atari Lynx

To add in all the missing speech, the missing intro sequence and forklifts between levels.

Off The Wall - Atari 2600

Add support for the paddle controllers!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on January 08, 2013, 21:55:36 PM
Headhunter:Redemption (PS2/Xbox)-Those damn controls! shooting was all over the shop and the interesting concept of a swaying gunsight was U/S in hectic shoot out's.

Gran Turismo games on PS2-Replace the brainless CPU car driver A.I with something far more agressive+smart.

Sega Tour Challenge (Saturn) yet ANOTHER racing game with terrible, over sensitive steering and i'd sort out the visuals, lock frame rate, tidy up textures etc.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on January 08, 2013, 21:59:10 PM
I'll add to this wishlist Centipede for the Atari Lynx since it was not completed! 
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 08, 2013, 22:34:06 PM
I would love to hack Road Rash for the 3DO. It has an incredible soundtrack by real artists but you can only listen to the songs in the menus before the race starts. Once you start playing you're left with generic music that is no where near as good. I've always been baffled by this so I would hack it so you could listen to the awesome songs while racing!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on January 09, 2013, 13:20:56 PM
I should have included this before.  Mr. Do! for the 2600 really needs to be hacked to make two changes:  remove the green bar at the bottom of the screen to use up the space for "dirt" and take advantage of the extra vertical space so that you can actually dig tunnels next to each other horizontally.

[align=center:1nex358k]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF_ZOTu2ef4[/align:1nex358k]
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: nakamura on January 09, 2013, 18:20:46 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
I would love to hack Road Rash for the 3DO. It has an incredible soundtrack by real artists but you can only listen to the songs in the menus before the race starts. Once you start playing you're left with generic music that is no where near as good. I've always been baffled by this so I would hack it so you could listen to the awesome songs while racing!

This was down to the limitations of the 3DO at the time. It couldn't stream the game and the music at once. Pity they didn't fix it for the PS1 and Saturn versions.

Fantastic game.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 09, 2013, 18:42:24 PM
Quote from: "nakamura"
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
I would love to hack Road Rash for the 3DO. It has an incredible soundtrack by real artists but you can only listen to the songs in the menus before the race starts. Once you start playing you're left with generic music that is no where near as good. I've always been baffled by this so I would hack it so you could listen to the awesome songs while racing!

This was down to the limitations of the 3DO at the time. It couldn't stream the game and the music at once. Pity they didn't fix it for the PS1 and Saturn versions.

Fantastic game.

Thanks for the explanation, never knew why it was that way. Fantastic game indeed!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on January 09, 2013, 18:44:53 PM
You what would be really cool, to hack a Road Rash game into Street Hawk!!!!  :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCItnKrXvMM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCItnKrXvMM)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 09, 2013, 18:58:23 PM
WOW!!! I have not heard of or seen that show for years! Completely forgot it even existed lol. That would be cool though, and thanks for the trip down memory lane  ;)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on January 13, 2013, 21:58:04 PM
Quote from: "nakamura"
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
I would love to hack Road Rash for the 3DO. It has an incredible soundtrack by real artists but you can only listen to the songs in the menus before the race starts. Once you start playing you're left with generic music that is no where near as good. I've always been baffled by this so I would hack it so you could listen to the awesome songs while racing!

This was down to the limitations of the 3DO at the time. It couldn't stream the game and the music at once. Pity they didn't fix it for the PS1 and Saturn versions.

Fantastic game.

Was this due to the type of CD drive used? i recal talk of the SNES CD drive using the newer CD-ROM XA technology, which let the drive access compressed audio, video+ data all at the same time.

Assume in order to keep costs down, 3DO just used std double speed CD drive?.

Mind you the original (concept) design for 3DO had it with NO optical drive, more of a cable TV type set top box.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on January 13, 2013, 22:04:05 PM
I'd hack into:

Apocalypse (Amiga) gorgeous looking Choplifter affair, soured by it's difficulty (Huge gun firing shells, that would just drop out of nowhere, so you could be destroyed before you'd even taken off!), and controls were just too damn sluggish.

Cannon Fodder (various) for starters i'd STOP those damn RPG firing soliders from shooting you when they are off screen and your wading through water like a sloth drowning in treacle.

How the fook you were supposed to stand a chance with odds like these again'st you, i'll never know.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on January 13, 2013, 22:09:48 PM
Quote from: "Rogue Trooper"

Cannon Fodder (various) for starters i'd STOP those damn RPG firing soliders from shooting you when they are off screen and your wading through water like a sloth drowning in treacle.

How the fook you were supposed to stand a chance with odds like these again'st you, i'll never know.

Great shout that one!!!!  8)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on January 13, 2013, 23:39:49 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "Rogue Trooper"

Cannon Fodder (various) for starters i'd STOP those damn RPG firing soliders from shooting you when they are off screen and your wading through water like a sloth drowning in treacle.

How the fook you were supposed to stand a chance with odds like these again'st you, i'll never know.

Great shout that one!!!!  8)

Played it on Amiga and later Jaguar and too this very day, i've NO idea who thought it'd be fun to have the player put in a situation where not only was their movement speed reduced to a point where they were at a great disadvantage, but to add to their troubles Rocket propelled grenades, being fired from a vantage point the player could'nt see.

I know war is meant to be hell, but here Sensible Software became bloody absurd software, it killed more than my troops, it killed any interest i had in trying the sequel.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Katzkatz on January 19, 2013, 20:01:39 PM
Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge(Amiga) - to stop the other cars from being able to go through the signs on the road!!!

X-Com : UFO Defense & Terror From the Deep(PC and PS1 versions) - Make it so that your first base is set out properly!  That means having the airlock in between all of the ship's hangars!  Makes defence easier and also saving you both time and money because you don't have to do it yourself!  It was sort of fixed with the add-on utility. 
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on January 19, 2013, 21:07:41 PM
Quote from: "Katzkatz"


X-Com : UFO Defense & Terror From the Deep(PC and PS1 versions) - Make it so that your first base is set out properly!  That means having the airlock in between all of the ship's hangars!  Makes defence easier and also saving you both time and money because you don't have to do it yourself!  It was sort of fixed with the add-on utility.

IF we're talking the PSOne version:The bug which so often meant a corrupt save to memory card needs fixing.I'd also sort out the design flaw on Terror missions where for example you've 3 men left and there's 1 Alien left on a huge map and it takes an age to find and kill it, turn after turn of just moving, finding nothing, moving, finding nothing....really did my head in at times.

I'd 'fix' that by having Alien A.I actively seeking out your remaining squad members and or giving player a clue as to where they were.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on January 20, 2013, 15:39:48 PM
Shinobi PS2-I'd put in some bloody level checkpoints for a start!.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Katzkatz on January 20, 2013, 18:38:15 PM
Quote from: "Rogue Trooper"
Quote from: "Katzkatz"


X-Com : UFO Defense & Terror From the Deep(PC and PS1 versions) - Make it so that your first base is set out properly!  That means having the airlock in between all of the ship's hangars!  Makes defence easier and also saving you both time and money because you don't have to do it yourself!  It was sort of fixed with the add-on utility.

IF we're talking the PSOne version:The bug which so often meant a corrupt save to memory card needs fixing.I'd also sort out the design flaw on Terror missions where for example you've 3 men left and there's 1 Alien left on a huge map and it takes an age to find and kill it, turn after turn of just moving, finding nothing, moving, finding nothing....really did my head in at times.

I'd 'fix' that by having Alien A.I actively seeking out your remaining squad members and or giving player a clue as to where they were.

I have been reading up on 'Terror From the Deep' and apparently it has a lot of bugs.  The X-COM utility did fix a few of them.  I did view a YouTube playthrough of it and there were a lot of bugs : for example, you had control of aliens - even though you hadn't molecular controlled them, also you couldn't carry some of your heavy weapons to the lower levels, etc.   Not sure if all of the bugs have been fixed in that game. 
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on January 20, 2013, 21:14:57 PM
Ghost Hunter (PS2)-I'd remove all the stealth sections, boring and utterly absurd.Following ghosts around a graveyard with out alerting them to your presence, jeez.

Family Guy:The Game (PS2/Xbox) again, removal of the stealth sections.They just do not work and frustrate the player.

Dead Rising (360):I'd vastly improve the save system (for it is shite) and include option (from the start) to either have NO time limit, or far greater time limits, as for a sandbox game to restrict the players freedom so much, in the way this game does, is just awful.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on January 21, 2013, 20:47:17 PM
I would love to hack the following games just to put music into them!

Switchblade II - Lynx
Crescent Galaxy - Jaguar
Block Out - Lynx
Tetris - Lynx
Xenophobe - 7800
Viking Child - Lynx
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: 108 Stars on January 21, 2013, 21:22:04 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Viking Child - Lynx

That one would also need to ave the game speed tripled.^^
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on January 23, 2013, 00:41:00 AM
One game that needs to be hacked yesterday is G.O.R.F. for the Atari 5200.� It needs to have it's control logic fixed so it becomes playable!

(http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/55678-gorf-atari-5200-screenshot-title-screens.gif)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on January 23, 2013, 15:13:55 PM
Another one on the Lynx, Ninja Gaiden to add a 2-player mode!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on July 17, 2013, 21:30:27 PM
A game that needs to be hacked (and I guess completed) is Millipede on the Atari 5200.� Visually the game is fine but gameplay needs several improvements.�

(http://www.atarimania.com/5200/screens/millipede_3.gif)

I would also love to see someone hack the Atari 7800 version of Centipede and convert it to Millipede!

(http://www.emuparadise.me/Atari%207800/Screenshots/Centipede_1.png)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on September 14, 2013, 03:43:07 AM
Here's a game that could certainly use a hack for some graphical improvements:  Night Driver for the 2600.  The car sprite really could use some work.  I'm sure more stuff could be done to it after seeing the likes of Enduro for the system.  I realize the original arcade game had simple graphics too but there's no reason the 2600 couldn't offer some improvements. :)

Atari 2600
https://youtu.be/AH7iMzEHOxg

Arcade
https://youtu.be/lArePoulGkg
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: onthinice on September 22, 2013, 21:34:58 PM
The 2600 version definitely needs an update. Never played the arcade.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on September 22, 2013, 22:12:13 PM
Quote from: "onthinice"
The 2600 version definitely needs an update. Never played the arcade.

I never played the arcade either. I've only played the 2600 version.  The gameplay itself I think is fine since this is an old game and it was simpler but the car graphics can definitely use improvement.  Ironically, the car on the original wasn't even done with graphics.  It was an overlay on the screen. 
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: onthinice on September 23, 2013, 15:01:29 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Quote from: "onthinice"
The 2600 version definitely needs an update. Never played the arcade.

I never played the arcade either. I've only played the 2600 version.  The gameplay itself I think is fine since this is an old game and it was simpler but the car graphics can definitely use improvement.  Ironically, the car on the original wasn't even done with graphics.  It was an overlay on the screen.

I thought so about the car. Cool idea for the time.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on November 23, 2013, 16:29:53 PM
Another game I'd love to see hacked is Dark Chambers!  This game could be hacked into Gauntlet for the 7800!  Heck, someone should make it as an XM game to take advantage of the extra memory and the POKEY chip for sound!

https://youtu.be/qtWkC7qwb7g
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on November 24, 2013, 22:53:28 PM
I would also hack these Mega Drive games to add the sadly missing 2-player mode!!!

Mercs
Growl
Chicki Chicki Boys

Another game I would hack is WWF Steel Cage Challenge on the Mega CD to add a tag team mode.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on February 01, 2014, 00:21:43 AM
Another game that I'd love to see hacked is Activision's Seaquest. I don't want it hacked because the game has issues. On the contrary, the game is great. I would love to see it hacked into a 2600 game for seaQuest DSV! The sub could be changed and the fish could be changed into enemy subs.   :)

https://youtu.be/OayoJ5eUe0g

(http://www.scifiideas.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/seaquest_dsv.jpg)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on February 01, 2014, 00:35:10 AM
I am really surprised nobody has done that actually!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on February 01, 2014, 00:36:46 AM
So am I!  It is just perfect for a graphics hack.  I'd be happy with just that, though I'd welcome a title screen and some notes of the theme. 
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on February 22, 2014, 23:34:50 PM
Another game that needs to be hacked is Galaxian on the Atari 5200.  This game looks nice but the gameplay needs some serious fixing.  This game should have been fantastic on the 5200 and it is one of the very few bad titles for the system.

https://youtu.be/-AcWDQBpsJU
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on February 22, 2014, 23:44:05 PM
Not to mention the awful sound, its the same as the crappy A8 version!
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on February 22, 2014, 23:58:03 PM
Yep, I don't know how they screwed this game up so badly.  I'm also surprised no one has hacked it. 
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on February 25, 2014, 18:31:25 PM
[align=center:8z5dk1sk]I would love to see an 7800 XM hack of Xenophobe that adds in the Yamaha music from the Atari ST version!

Xenophobe - Atari 7800 (http://http)

Skip to 34:40 to hear the ST music:

Top 10 Atari ST Tunes (http://http)

I happen to know the person who composed this music so it would be easy to get permission to use it too.[/align:8z5dk1sk]
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on February 25, 2014, 19:13:46 PM
An XM upgrade to Xenophobe would be great.  I know there are plans for a Dig Dug XM version, though!  :)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on February 25, 2014, 19:39:23 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
An XM upgrade to Xenophobe would be great.  I know there are plans for a Dig Dug XM version, though!  :)

Probably because it's easy to rip the POKEY sound from the A8 version, they could do that with quite a few games.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on February 25, 2014, 19:46:56 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "TrekMD"
An XM upgrade to Xenophobe would be great.  I know there are plans for a Dig Dug XM version, though!  :)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on February 25, 2014, 19:49:28 PM
Ah right, maybe the arcade game used a Yamaha chip then, quite likely given it's a Japanese game actually.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on March 19, 2014, 04:51:07 AM
Here is a game that would benefit from a good hack, Space War on the Atari 2600.  Even if there aren't many changes made to its gameplay, the graphics can definitely be spruced up to make a better looking game.  A black background, maybe even with some stars, nicer ships, better explosions.  Given what the 2600 has been pushed to do, enhancing Space War should be quite doable.   :)

https://youtu.be/ec8wgKxkp_8
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Vyothric on March 19, 2014, 20:43:22 PM
There are a couple of games that I would like really like to hack.

Playing console FPS games is a frustrating experience, like playing with one hand tied behind your back. There is only one control setup that I don't mind. That is the Goldeneye setup. Analogue stick to move/turn, C-Buttons to strafe. However, some N64 games chose not to do this for some dumb reason. With Armorines in particular not being on any other system, I would like to hack the rom to change the controls then play it on my Everdrive.

I didn't think changing the button mapping would be too difficult as the game already has several options available, just not the right one. Apparently it is though as I've asked around.

With other consoles I can just physically rewire the buttons, but I can't do that in this case as I want to change what the analogue stick does.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on March 20, 2014, 03:09:37 AM
We've listed some games that would benefit from hacks for issues with controllers.  It's amazing how poor programming for controlling a game can have a negative impact with the enjoying said game. 
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TL on March 20, 2014, 20:15:56 PM
Simple little hack this but a fun one, what about changing Xenophobe into Aliens and changing the characters to Sigourney Weaver, Corporal Hicks, Private Vasquez and Bishop etc.?

https://youtu.be/TtJi8obZdj0
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on March 20, 2014, 20:23:24 PM
That would be a great idea!  Just make it into a real Aliens game!  :)
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: Vyothric on March 20, 2014, 20:31:10 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
We've listed some games that would benefit from hacks for issues with controllers.  It's amazing how poor programming for controlling a game can have a negative impact with the enjoying said game.

Indeed. Some games fail before you've even started.

Quote from: "TrekMD"
That would be a great idea!  Just make it into a real Aliens game!  :)

Could maybe do the same for games like Contra and Turrican as well.
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Post by: TrekMD on April 25, 2014, 14:47:00 PM
Here's a game that deserves to be hacked for some improvements:  Frogger on the Intellivision.  I know the Intellivision can produce better graphics for this game.  Also, the slowdown that happens on the game can probably be fixed. 

https://youtu.be/gOAK4OZoIPU
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Post by: TL on May 28, 2014, 19:43:33 PM
I would love to hack Pit-Fighter to make all the enemies playable!

https://youtu.be/6yErhtRi8Ig
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Post by: TrekMD on July 09, 2014, 23:14:24 PM
A game that needs some serious hacking is the Atari 5200 version of Congo Bongo.  Not only does it have two screens, the game falls short in the visuals and sound department as well.  The ColecoVision version is far better and a hack of this to look/play like that one would be welcome:

https://youtu.be/rG4X4XAqvJE
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Post by: TrekMD on August 25, 2014, 01:03:03 AM
Here is an oldie but goodie that would benefit from a graphical hack, Dodge'Em.  This game is quite fun but the graphics are really dated.  I bet it could be made to look much nicer today...

https://youtu.be/m1YaDspyx_U
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Post by: onthinice on August 25, 2014, 18:24:15 PM
I always liked Dodge'Em. It reminded me of Tron light cycles.
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Post by: TrekMD on August 25, 2014, 18:26:06 PM
I can't program squat, but I'm sure someone could take that game and make it look better while keeping the exact gameplay. 
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Post by: onthinice on August 25, 2014, 18:30:26 PM
Me either when it comes to programming. It sure would be nice if someone did an update.
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Post by: onthinice on August 25, 2014, 19:12:20 PM
I am still waiting for a hack of the Atari 2600 game Amidar, as I was reminded of it reading some of the other reviews.
Title: Re: Games that you would love to hack!
Post by: TrekMD on August 25, 2014, 19:19:00 PM
Quote from: "onthinice"
I am still waiting for a hack of the Atari 2600 game Amidar, as I was reminded of it reading some of the other reviews.

I think it has been hacked but only to change sprites.

Edit:  Found one where it has been sped up:  Amidar DS (http://http)
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Post by: onthinice on August 25, 2014, 19:20:53 PM
Great! That is one of the few complaints I have had about the game.
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Post by: TrekMD on September 24, 2014, 23:50:54 PM
Thought not my own idea, I think this is definitely a good one...taking the Atari 7800's Desert Falcon and converting it into Zaxxon!  Seems like it would be doable.  <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smiley.gif" alt=":)" title="Smiley" />

https://youtu.be/UYEcJt9Auc8

https://youtu.be/Ta0xVtQ_fnk
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Post by: Shadowrunner on September 25, 2014, 04:29:07 AM
Zaxxon on the 7800 would be awesome  :113:
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Post by: guest5286 on September 25, 2014, 06:53:08 AM
Every single Zelda clone based on the first game needs a laser sword when you're at full health. Golden Axe Warrior? Laser sword. Neutopia 1&2? Laser sword. It should be the easiest thing in the world to program, and it'll give even the most boring screens some dramatic tension...just like Zelda 1.

Speaking of laser swords, nearly every single game with a lightsaber needs to be hacked into allowing one hit kills - they're not whiffle bats.

Also, vs. mode on Double Dragon (NES) needs to allow you to fight someone besides your evil clone. And is it possible to lose the heart system, and begin with your entire moveset?
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Post by: Saturn on November 09, 2015, 03:42:03 AM
I'd love to rom hack invulnerability into Sonic CD for the Sega CD. The thought of blazing through this gem without taking damage of any kind has a real appeal. I did hack the rings which is almost good enough but you still get knocked back when hitting an enemy or spike so it's still task that needs to be done.

Ring hacks:
999 rings when hit: 73 instances, change all
Search: 33FC03E700FF1512
Replace with: 33FC00FF00FF1512

1 ring = 7: 73 instances, change all
Search: 527900FF1512
Replace with: 5E7900FF1512
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Post by: TrekMD on May 26, 2017, 02:55:02 AM
Another game that I'd love to see hacked is Activision's Seaquest. I don't want it hacked because the game has issues. On the contrary, the game is great. I would love to see it hacked into a 2600 game for seaQuest DSV! The sub could be changed and the fish could be changed into enemy subs.   :)

https://youtu.be/OayoJ5eUe0g

(http://www.scifiideas.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/seaquest_dsv.jpg)

Well, I had the game visually hacked and a new submarine design was made.  So, now I have seaQuest DSV!  :)

(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag160/TrekMD/RVG%20Images/seaQuest%20DSV_zpstnqwca0o.png)
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Post by: Saturn on May 28, 2017, 03:42:55 AM
Outstanding TrekMD 8)
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Post by: TrekMD on May 28, 2017, 04:42:09 AM
Yep, it's very cool.  :)
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Post by: onthinice on May 28, 2017, 22:46:24 PM
Nice!