Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest is an old-school styled hack, that has inpiration in various videogames, including Kirby, Mega Man, Castlevania, Ganbare Goemon, Shinobi, Mario and others. Instead of inspiring myself in any hack creator, I wanted to make this project as a love letter for videogames and I plan to achieve that with this hack.
That's not to mean that there isn't SMW hack inspirations, because there's some fews, including: Mario in Japan (a CLDC entry made by Hadron in 2010), FPI's The Second Reality series, Luigi Adventure series by Anikiti (A bit of aesthetics), Wakana Land, and a small sprinkle of kaizo stuff I've seen streamers playing, before I joined Discord in 2020.
Prepare to die a lot and good luck, I didn't add any retry door or retry pipe, just like old-school games. Pain is part of the experience. But don't worry, if you manage to beat the second half of most levels, you can get an 1-up checkpoint to have a second chance against bosses.
The story is simple. Aeron was making a magical experiment, everything went wrong, him and Natsumi were teleported to another dimension. Now they must figure a way to go back home. Each level is planned to have cutscenes.
This hack has lore, but the cutscenes and the player sprite are not done yet, so I only have these 9 levels, for now. In the next version, I plan to have cutscenes and the player character, Aeron.
What this demo contains:
- Various patches aimed for quality of life experience, to make the platforming even more fun;
- 9 levels, filled with graphics ripped mostly by me, save some exceptions.
- Neat selection of custom musics (I included a music list in the zip file, do note some of them are not in SMWCentral);
- Tough platforming;
- Simple and challenging bosses;
- Bumpties (Segment1Zone2 angry noises);
- A small dose of lore;
- NPCs. Try to talk to all of them. They provide more context about the lore...or not.
I'll try to beat it.
Just spent 10 minits in the first level and it's still not beaten because I play like potato.
It's hard but in the good kind of way.
I've been following this on discord for a while and I admire your works because you seem to enjoy yourself a lot, a bit like a mad scientist
This demo (which has more content than some full hack releases) was an absolute blast - a shit-kicker for sure, but a real good time. It really hits those old school Nintendo Hard notes that it was going for.