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Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest ~ Director's Cut

Super Mario World Hacks → Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest ~ Director's Cut

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Name: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest ~ Director's Cut
Author: Anorakun
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Demo: No
Hall of Fame: No
Length: 10 exit(s)
Type: Standard: Very Hard
Description: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest ~ Director's Cut is a massive update that aims to bring improvements and quality of life changes.

It aims to be as consistent as possible with its upcoming sequel, Ganbare Aeron and as such, I spent the entirety of January and February working hard on it.

This Director's Cut version makes some substantial changes to level design, removes some janky aspects from ASM stuff, rebalances most boss fights, addition of new graphics, cutscenes and much more charismatic NPCs, although most of them are hidden. This hack has been refined as best as I could, please refer to the changelog to see the changes (there are MANY changes!!).

And now, I can rest in piece knowing that the overworld layer 3 icons are not vanilla.

-> ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION:

Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest is an old-school styled hack, that has inpiration in various video games 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.

It's a weird hybrid of traditional and chocolate. While this hack has a lot of ASM, its level design is more focused all in tackling obstacles than innovative level design. I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel or anything, just to be clear, so don't go with the wrong expectations, when playing this hack. Much like an old game, it has some bullshit moments, but a lot of good and rewarding gameplay.

This hack has lore, but it's not too wordy or too wacky. It's very easy to understand. Slightly inspired by The Second Reality Project 2 Reloaded.

What this hack contains:
- A custom player sprite, drawn by Deeke.
- Various patches aimed for quality of life experience, to make the platforming even more fun;
- 10 tough levels;
- 11 secret rooms that contain funny NPCs;
- Save areas, this game doesn't save automatically;
- Neat selection of custom musics;
- Tough platforming;
- A few "gotcha" moments;
- Simple and challenging bosses;
- Bumpties (Segment1Zone2 angry noises);
- Hot Dino Rhinos;
- Cutscenes;
- NPCs;
- A new checkpoint system + Instant Retry;
- A slightly suggestive final boss;

I hope you have a great time with this hack. Cheers! :'D
Tags: aeron asm bosses crossover custom character exgfx hdma music non-mario story traditional
Comments: 32 (jump to comments)
Rating:
5.0 (5 ratings)
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 Anorakun Author Pinned Link
Finally, after so long, the soundtrack of Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest ~ Director's Cut is available on my Youtube channel.

A special thanks to all the amazing musicians of the SMW Hacking community, otherwise, this video or my hack wouldn't be possible.



Author names are listed in the description.

Enjoy!
 Anorakun Author Pinned Link
And so, we arrived at the final update for real. This chunky update aims to add much more visual charm, rebalance level design, add new content and fix some issues from the previous version. Please refer to the changelog to see all the change. The biggest feature now is that each level has a secret room with a funny npc interaction and the reworked Parodius bosses hitboxes, making them more fair and fun to fight in general. A lot of thought and love went in making this Director's Cut, I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making this update. #smrpg{<3}
 Ringo Link
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This is an insanely tough hack, and it'll feel rewarding when you manage to complete each stage.
The way the levels are designed, I was really glad with its instant retry system and how generous this hack is with extra lives, perhaps a good in-game sign of how difficult it's going to be. I thought that Kyushu Long Bridge was one of the more fun ones that it features.

On a different note, the work done on the graphics and plot is really great! Especially with the interactive cutscene rooms.


This hack will be a huge shock if you're too used to traditional hacks honestly, but for the amount of levels that it features, it's worth a try.
 Anorakun Author Link
Thanks, I appreciate the feedback.

The first updates were rough, but once I implemented instant retry and added more lives, the hack felt much more fun to play. It was something I figured out while working on other projects and collabs, to some extent.

Also, yeah, Kyushu Long Bridge is meant to be a breather, after two really tough levels: Forgotten Library and Yamato Bamboo Path.
Ondore's Lies From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Originally posted by Anorakun
Soon I'll send a fix to this softlock issue. Hang on a bit.


Please disregard, there wasn't actually a soft lock, except in my brain.
MateusCarvalho590 From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Great Hack.
Ondore's Lies From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
I was really anticipating this one, even though your Discord showoffs promised brutal difficulty. I've made it to the end of the Library.

So, this hack absolutely stomped my ass, as expected. I had to rely on rewinding a lot in order to progress. I don't count this as a negative, the hack is intended for audiences who are either elite platformers or simply very patient. There were a few times I died and it felt unfair, but for the most part, I died because I'm simply not elite and I mess up a lot. As someone who played plenty of unintentional Nintendo Hardness back in the day, I appreciate what you're going for. In all honesty, it felt more fair than your average nightmare hard NES game. The level design is very, very good, every level is huge, jam-packed and unique. The obstacles and enemy arrangement constantly throw new challenges at you, and even though the levels are long, they don't feel tiresome or boring. I found the boss fights to, generally, be a little easier than the levels themselves, but not easy, and I was on my toes every time.

The aesthetics of your hack are gold. I enjoyed the graphics a lot, and the OC designs for items and enemies was imaginative and high quality. Aeron himself is a cool design unlike anything in any other SMW hack. Just great look and feel all-around. Music was very well-chosen and definitely added to the atmosphere. The enemies are a mix of vanilla and chocolate and used with a lot of care and thought. I loved the baseball bat.

So yeah, I had a great time getting smacked around so far. I applaud your effort, you've made a great hack!
 Anorakun Author From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Soon I'll send a fix to this softlock issue. Hang on a bit.
rafaelfutbal From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Bug/Issue:

Level "Yamato Bamboo Field" = Softlock.
(If you come back to this place after the Boo's spam go out.)
 Anorakun Author From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
It is fixed in the new version.
 Anorakun Author From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Originally posted by Akutarex
hack boa mas cade o mario????


Tá em Nárnia.
Akutarex From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
hack boa mas cade o mario????
Retro Master HD From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Just completed your Hack a second time and the same thing I said about the other version which I’m still going to keep by the way because I really love the Rulz Kard theme tune, this version of the Hack was also really amazing and fun to play I really love the new character for the Hack, I like the villagers of Setsuma Village including Ohana she has a really cute run when she’s running back and forth, really like Natsumi Aeron’s friend as well because she’s quite pretty especially in the Mechanical Oedo level where she is dressed in stylish retro, she looked incredibly hot and stunning in that level and I really like the music to the level also. I really liked the theme tune for Shadow Man and the fight with him as well I can honestly say that just like the first time of facing him before you updated the Hack it wasn’t too stressful for me but my favourite boss would have to be the Ghost Woman despite that she is incredibly challenging especially the way her flying energy disks annoyingly go into you at times I really love that she also plays a special part in this amazing SMW Hack of yours and as weird as this will sound but I really love how cute and good looking she is with her evil look in other words I just really love her in general. #tb{''} #smw{-_-2} Same as the other version I really love the backgrounds, graphics and the amazing designs and edits. You’ve got a really amazing thing going with this Hack, keep up the amazing work. Hopefully there will be another sequel to this Hack. Really hope to see more from you in the further future. Amazing work on the Hack by far the best one I have ever played, keep going. #smw{:TUP:}#tb{:]}#ab{:)}
AbuseFreakHacker From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Where did you get the smb3 munchers from? They don't seem to be in the graphics section anymore
 Anorakun Author From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
I ripped them myself. The thing about SMB3 exanimations is that the Graphics Section is a bit messy, they can be found in the SMB3 Cave tileset, which is ripped in a questionable way.

You can open my rom and extract them from there, since the Exanimation is optimized. I personally don't mind.
Mohamad20ZX From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Can you make a version with the mario sprite please i love to play as mario #smw{T_T}
 Anorakun Author From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
That's not happening. What you are asking me is basically to rewrite the lore of the hack to fit this specific character you want.

You're basically saying "I would play this hack if it had Mario" and to me, that's a disrespect to all the trouble I went to have my new character in a hack. That defeats the whole purpose of my project.

I'm honestly tired of people being so biased just because a hack doesn't have Mario as the player character. With tons of hacks with Mario to choose, why are you bothering MINE about a player character? #smrpg{roar}
Danik2343 From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Good Hack! Good Lore! Good Bosses!
This my longplay of this hack:https://youtu.be/vC6T44YrBHw
Gamet2004 From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
This is a great hack! Fantastic job!
Retro Master HD From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Originally posted by Anorakun
Ganbare Goemon series. She appears as the first boss from the Goemon 1 / The Legend of the Mystical Ninja for SNES. As for the version used in my hack, it's from Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius (SNES), where she appears in the boss rush stage of that game.

Thanks so much. #tb{:]}#tb{:D}#smw{:TUP:}.
Retro Master HD From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Originally posted by Anorakun
This is THE FINAL UPDATE, for real. After gathering more feedback, I did some slight rework in Mechanical Oedo, so it would be more fun and less infuriating,also, I have made the Mutsu Mountainroad's first half slight easier in a certain section. Applied the Better Bob-Omb Explosion patch, which removes the jankiness of bob-omb explosions and gives a more fancy explosion effect. Aside from that,there's still four easter eggs, new NPC dialogues at the end of Nocturnal Glacier and Kyushu Bridge to add more lore. Level design adjustments. An entire rework in the second half of Nocturnal Glacier, so it looks gorgeous as the rest of the hack. And a lot of quality of life changes. And that's it. I won't be updating this hack anymore. I just did because I noticed some inconsistencies in my level design and I fixed them already.

UPDATE: As turns out, I had to fix a few more things, oops! Please download the current version. Thanks. #smrpg{:3}

By the way what game exactly is the Ghost Lady from or is she a made up character because I really liked facing off against her. #tb{:D}#tb{:]}.
 Anorakun Author From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Ganbare Goemon series. She appears as the first boss from the Goemon 1 / The Legend of the Mystical Ninja for SNES. As for the version used in my hack, it's from Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius (SNES), where she appears in the boss rush stage of that game.
Hermoplus From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Cookies! :D
foxsouns From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
this hack lives up to its difficulty rating. got like halfway through level one before breaking and using savestates. not bad, just wish it at least had some sort of curve, because i literally game over'd on the title level. if i were rating this for me, i would give it a 3.5, though im sure other, more experienced people would like this hack.
Lowpics From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Very hard enough to broke my fingers. But, nice hack!
Nao From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
This hack is incredibly hard, probably one of the hardest on the website. All levels are marathon-length with tough setups throughout and few checkpoints, therefore I only recommend this for very experienced SMW players.

I love the presentation of the hack, graphics and music are just wonderful throughout. It's great how every level has a unique theme, and everything revolves around it including enemy graphics.

Levels are so-so. Almost all of them are slow paced, with a lot of tough jumps through spikes or requiring item management (for example bringing shells along to pass the next obstacle). Often times this works great, like in stage 1, but other times it can feel frustrating having to redo these kind of obstacles over and over due to the length of segments without checkpoints. In particular, the required item management can get frustrating when you accidently destroy a shell or a goomba that is needed to pass the next obstacle.

The bosses are the weakest point of the hack in my opinion, mostly because they are very hard (some of them feel spammy with enemies as well) and don't have a checkpoint before them. I found myself savestating through most boss fights for this reason.

Overall I would recommend this hack since it is very unique and has more positives than negatives, but you ARE gonna suffer and potentially get frustrated when playing it, so be prepared for that.
Mr. MS From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
This is a great hack with some very creative setups, very interesting visuals and a great choice of songs.
Mr. MS From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Really great and polished hack with really challenging levels, looking forward for the final release.
qantuum From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
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 #smrpg{<3}
quickdraw86 From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Really enjoying this one. It's NES hard, but, in a good way. Really looking forward to seeing some more.
 Amethyst From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
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.

Also, frick bumpties.
 Anorakun Author From older version: Aeron's Golden Cookie Quest Link
Whoever download the hack, please redownload again, I've fixed a fatal oversight in my map 16. Now Yamato Bamboo Field is working as I intended, sorry for not noticing that. #smrpg{ohno}