Legend of Zelda: Journey of A Day

The Legend of Zelda Journey of A Day is a ROM hack, created by the_icepenguin, of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link which changes the base game into an all new experience including a new map and graphics.

Released first in 1987 in Japan and then almost two years later in North America in 1988, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is the second of the Legend of Zelda series developed and released by Nintendo on the Nintendo Entertainment System. This action-roleplaying title, while less acclaimed than it’s predecessor and it’s successor, is still considered a masterpiece featuring outstanding gameplay and much larger quests than previously seen in the series. It is one of the first game to significantly combine RPG elements with the platforming genre, leading to the rise in this style of game.

New Game Features

This game has the following new features

  • New Overworld, Dungeons, and Graphics
  • Increased Dialogue From NPC and Faster Text
  • Easy and Hard Mode

Game Description

If you want to see a video of The Legend of Zelda Journey of A Day in action, check out the video below.

YouTube video

Journey of A Day sets out to present the player with a new adventure, providing them with new dungeons and a new overworld to explore as well as expanded dialogue from NPCs for that extra touch of immersion (or just a chuckle here and there) and much, much more that will make this hack feel like an entirely new game in the Zelda franchise.

Something that neither the first Zelda game or the second, which this game is based off of, presented the player with an option to play on different difficulties. The hack creator has decided to implement and Easy and a Hard Mode to appease to as many players as possible. Easy Mode weakens enemies overall and gives Link a much stronger attack as well as more lives. Hard Mode is the exact opposite, containing enemies with increased AI and that hit much harder.

Journey of A Day is the third hack created by the_icepenguin of Zelda II proceeded by his hacks called Zelda II – Part 2 and Zelda II – Part 3. Those hacks were notably more revolved around the idea of ramping up the difficulty of the base game while in this one the hack creator redirected his attention more toward crafting an all new adventure much closer to the balance of the parent game.

Title Screen

This hack offers a greatly altered title screen, as presented below, from the one presented in the base game.

Journey of A Day Title Screen

Graphics

Pretty much every aspect of the game has been altered from minor graphical changes to color palette, to larger changes like custom sprites. Players will not have a problem telling that this is not the same Zelda II that they are used to.

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Gameplay

Journey of A Day alters the gameplay of the base game making it generally more difficult, although the hack creator did make a note of attempting to keep the game closer to the original games difficulty instead of simply ramping it up as he had done in previous hacks. Players will notice major changes to health as well as the level-up/experience system which mimics the base game’s but awards more experience and requires less to level up overall.

Another major change Journey of A Day makes to the game is the Sword Beam power and range which has been significantly increased as to make maintaining full health much more rewarding.

Sound

No new music or sounds were added to this hack though players my notice that songs appear in different areas or on different maps/dungeons.

Download

If you wish to play this game you can download the Journey of A Day Rom by clicking here.

Conclusion

So is this game worth a try? Journey of A Day toes the line of being a difficulty hack with a handful of new challenges for players that may take some trial and error to get used to. Enemies are simple but at the same time punishing and the hack makes Zelda II feel more like an RPG than ever.

Sticking to Zelda roots, going into the game is truly an adventure as you attempt to figure out exactly where you need to go and the challenges along the way will test your skills. While this initial blind floundering can be frustrating, I found myself enjoying this hack due to the challenge of learning my enemies and then correct order in which to progress.

Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a well designed alternate experience for Zelda II.

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