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Details for Why Do Coins Float?
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File Name: Why Do Coins Float?
Authors: FalseCircus
Demo: No
Featured: No
Length: 12 exit(s)
Type: Kaizo: Expert
Description: Seriously, have you ever wondered why the coins Mario collects float in the air? Is the Mushroom Kingdom Mint imbuing them with buoyancy magic or something? Really makes you wonder.

Well, in Mario's quest to unravel this mystery, he has learned to harness their power over gravity! Throughout this kaizo light hack, any time Mario collects a coin, he gets one use of a midair jump, which must be used before landing or is lost. This extra jump is earned no matter how the coin is collected. Every level of the game requires earning and using several jumps, often in one sequence.

Also there's a bunch of neat ASM things, fancy HDMA, music I ported myself, and "comedy".

REVISION December 8 2021:
Several ports are changed
Several palettes are changed
Several graphics are changed
All death blocks use muncher hitboxes
The climb to the first level's midway is shorter
The sequence before the second level's midway is rearranged to be less misleading to its intended solution
Starting point in the third level is tweaked
Unintended behaviour when throwing the key into the locked gate is fixed
A spike ceiling in the third level is closed off
The final stalactite in the fourth level is removed
A light switch in the fifth level is moved slightly
Camera while ascending to the fifth level's midway is improved
The final coin-jump in the fifth level is slightly more forgiving
Layer 3 graphics in the seventh level are less obstructive
Falling rocks in the background are no longer drawn in front of Mario
Bats no longer appear erratically for a few frames when entering the ninth level's boss room from the previous room
A few tiles that got in the way without adding any challenge are removed
Unjumpable wallrun triangles are no longer jumpable from certain pixels
A spike ceiling in the tenth level is blocked off from above
Tags: asm, exgfx, gimmick, hdma, music
Rating: 4.0 (Votes: 1)
Download: Download - 1.08 MiB
Among the best hacks of all time in my opinion. The design, ideas and theming are incredible. The gimmick is super fun. It is brutally difficult but considering how good it is the difficulty is not too annoying.
Posted by: ageVerrly - | Link
The gimmick of the hack is really cool, and about 80% of it is genuinely great kaizo. Setups are creative and the hack makes great use of its mechanic. No two levels are alike, and you often find yourself performing the coin collecting in an entirely new way.

However, the remaining 20% is so brutally and needlessly difficult it really puts a hamper on things. A few levels and one bossfight in particular are like from an entirely different hack. The difficulty curve is so wild and all over the place it really makes you wonder how or if the hack was tested at all.

There's some visual and readability issues as well. In one case I genuinely could not see I was jumping straight into lava because the lava was the exact same color as the background. The readability of some setups is also made harder due to instant retry, the hack would benefit a lot from having the retry prompt so you could try to figure out exactly what went wrong.

I hope the hack gets a nice 1.1 release that addresses the inconsistencies with the difficulty. As it is, it is pretty hard to recommend for most players. In the end, I did end up enjoying it, but I was definitely running low on motivation on several occasions.
Posted by: ZX497 - | Link
Originally posted by Tony
I got stuck at the last jump of how does Mario stay safe in a tomb. The last 2 coin blocks are stars and I don't get a 2nd jump after hitting them. Am I missing something?

You need to stall on that section until your star wears out. The last two star-blocks only contain a star if you have a star active, they will give you a coin otherwise.
Posted by: ZX497 - | Link
I got stuck at the last jump of how does Mario stay safe in a tomb. The last 2 coin blocks are stars and I don't get a 2nd jump after hitting them. Am I missing something?
Posted by: Tony - | Link
Cally Cobble
good question
Posted by: Cally Cobble - | Link

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