Bowser has kidnapped Peach and brought her deep within the forest near his castle. He's taken her to his fortress and has deactivated the four switches of the forest to keep Mario from getting in. Mario has to defeat Bowser's four currently highest ranked minions, Scurvy Spooks the Big Boo, Kamaar the Magikoopa, Puff Norris the Porcu Puffer, and Fast Mole the Mega Mole, to reach the switches and save Peach.
This is a mini-hack I'm working on. It consists of five levels that you can play in any order. Once you beat the level, you'll be able to go to the level's Switch Palace and hit the switch. Hit all four switches and you can get into Bowser's Fortress. The hack is a combination of platforming and puzzle based levels. Backtracking is fairly common, but not to the point of being tedious.
This hack uses EXGFX, Custom Sprites, and Custom Blocks, but not to a huge extent as I wanted to concentrate more on level design. I do, however, have custom (ported) music as I feel that greatly adds to the atmosphere of the game. The game uses the RPG Overworld for obvious reasons.
NOTE THAT ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SCREENSHOTS ARE BRIGHTER THAN THEY SHOULD BE FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON. DON'T SAY THE PALLETTE HURTS YOUR EYES, IT'S PERFECTLY TOLERABLE INGAME.
Bowser's Fortress Entrance.
Pokeys fit perfectly behind trees.
Hmm, something's awkward here. There's gotta be a gimmick to getting through.
Evading Lakitu's Spinies.
An area someone built above the forest's trees. The top path is more dangerous in that there are more enemies, but the bottom path has less room to move.
One of the bosses, Fast Mole. You have to race him to beat him. Of course, your half of the racetrack is rigged to give you a harder time. =D
Hmm. How to get past here?
An NPC Boo. And a pretty stupid one at that.
Okay, I'm going to the right and- HEY WHY IS THE PLATFORM GOING AWAY?
Oh, so now I can get to that pipe I couldn't get to before.
Another boss, Puff Norris. I'm not telling how to beat him.