Hey, remember that band, Korn? Remember how you used to love their music?
Remember how you swore you'd be a die-hard fan forever? Remember how you
wanted to make a rom hack in their honor, but then decided against it
because you didn't know the first thing about rom hacking and understood
that you'd only be embarrassing yourself and the band you loved so much?
If you do remember that, you're one step ahead of the unnamed author of
our latest featured rom hack, Korn-Fu.
craftsmanship and effort put into the new title screen. Does it say "Korn-Fu"
in the big logo? No, but it doesn't have to; look at how many times a
smaller "KoRn" has been worked into the banner. And look, a lot of extra
X's thrown in just for the hell of it. Marvelous.
Also take note that the author has changed the letters "I" and "R" to "Fu"
and "ck," respectively. The result is that "Irem" becomes "FuckEM" in what
can only be described as an homage to all the other rom hacks that have
come before this one. Plus, in true rom hacker spirit, the author chose
not to address the fact that he changed ALL occurrences of "I" and "R" to
the letters you need to make "fuck", and so you have strange,
foreign-sounding words like "PLAYeck" and "NfuNTENDO". A most ingenious or
apathy and sloth.
Eager for more, I chose to start a "1 PLAYeck Game".
new and "improved" Thomas. I assume he is supposed to be one of the Korn
members. I can't say which one, but I suspect he must be the only one
without the dreadlocks. Good choice. Those things would've really
interfered with his Korn-Fu fighting, far more than his black cowboy boots
and equally black mittens, and certainly more than the black line that
runs down his pant leg and blinks in and out of existence as he moves.
but only while on the attack. That, however, is something that is wholly
unique to Korn.
The bad guys smoke all the time:
guy loves his track pants, and loves Jesus so much that he got a tattoo of
a cross on both the top and underside of his arms. Still, he might fight
better if he wasn't worried about his cigarette falling out of his mouth.
The other lackeys have figured this out without much trouble:
has transformed the knife-thrower into some sort of sai guy. Not really
sure if that's a reference to Korn or not, as I'm not aware of any band
members being into sai. Maybe one of them just liked that movie Elektra.
After all, she had a pair of sai in that movie, so... well, that's all
I've got. What do you think?
you just can't improve on the midget. Did Korn ever employ a midget for
their live events? I think they did a song about kids, that's pretty close
to a midget, right? Right.
pants, bicep tattoos. Yep, nothing new here. Are those horns on his head,
or is he just in need of better highlights? Oh, how the questions abound.
Sure, he may
look just like the other guys, with the arm tatts and pants. However,
instead of boomerangs, this guy throws razor-sharp plantains!
Nah, I'm just pulling your leg. Plantains aren't that aerodynamic, though
in past experiences, I've found them to be quite sharp.
Here, we can
start to see the author's will start to break down. He's wondering what
he's gotten himself into. Suddenly, this whole rom hacking thing has
turned into a whole lot of work, even for a game that can be beaten in
around 10 minutes. Does he have what it takes to continue on, despite
half-assing his way up to this point? Sort of. However, he has begun to
half-ass his already half-assed attempts, leaving him operating at
quarter-ass capacity. For reference, the average amount of a person's
buttocks showcased by lowrider jeans is roughly one quarter of an ass.
And there it
is: The author's spirit is completely broken, and so we see the end of his
attempts at editing the enemies. I know I said earlier that you just can't
improve on the midgets in the game, and apparently, the midget wizard is
Luckily, the author manages to summon up ever last shred of his interest
in order to thrust forth a brand new final boss for the game:
you're enjoying it as much as I am enjoying dreaming about Skittles and a
world without rom hacks. Ok, let's see: He has the white man's dreadlocks,
so that narrows it down to at least three possible band members. I'm going
to go ahead and guess that it's supposed to be lead singer Jonathan Davis.
He's the lead singer, so I assume that he holds a special position in the
author's heart. It only makes sense that he wind up a boss character.
I suppose it's also worth noting (interesting side note: as I was typing
out "worth noting" just now, I accidentally typed out "worth
nothing". Freudian slip, I guess) that the author swapped out a few
things in the environment as well:
also went to the trouble of replacing the otherwise unremarkable filigree
in the ceiling with large block letters. As I made my way through the
stage, I noticed that these letters go all the way to the end of the stage
and, when taken together, spell "Adidas." Indeed, the new Thomas was
wearing some fancy new kicks, but they didn't exactly look like the Adidas
brand to me. The tracksuits, maybe, but that's about it. A quick Wikipedia
search told me that Korn actually had a song called, "A.D.I.D.A.S."
Unfortunately, it was only a quick search, and my perilously short
attention span ran dry before I could learn the meaning behind this
acronym. I believe it had something to do with dreaming about soccer.
More unusual than that little addition is something that the author added
to the very beginning of each stage:
In adding a
bunch of spirals to the floorboards, the author has somehow attached the
floor to Thomas as he walks onto the scene at the beginning of the level.
Thankfully, he's able to shake it off before he really has to get down to
business, but it does make you wonder if the original floor in Kung-Fu was
stuck to Thomas at the start of each new level. I mean, it just had a
solid black line running horizontally across its surface, so there was no
way to tell if it was staying in place or not; it could have been on
Thomas' heels the whole time, in which case our hack author has in fact
fixed a long-standing problem! Sure, it could happen.
That's about all he did as far as changing the environment goes. Beyond
that, all he did was put a never-ending "Korn" crawl along the underside
of the levels, and slap a ton of X's into the previously empty space
around your score, lives, etc.
At this point, I didn't think there was anything in this rom that could
surprise me. It was pretty much standard fare as far as rom hacks go, with
nothing overly remarkable about it. That all changed when I saw the new
"rescue Sylvia" cutscene:
At first, I
didn't think anything about the naked girl in the chair, but then I
realized something: the author of this rom hack is actually stealing an
idea from another rom hacker! I'm referring, of course, to a rom
hack I covered a few years back called
Cum Fu. Now, it
isn't a flat-out copy-and-paste, as this Sylvia is a little better
proportioned and is wearing shoes, but it's still awfully coincidental. It
would seem that this particular rom hacker by not only corrupting the
original game, but by going the extra mile and corrupting the work of
other rom hackers!! It's another first for the rom hacking scene.
In closing, I'd like to leave you with the final change that the author
made to this game: in the original Kung-Fu, once you beat the game,
you could go through and beat it again, and the game would track the
number of times you did this. Our friendly neighborhood rom hacker has
decided to remove this aspect by changing the game so that it crashes the
moment you get to the ending screen. It's another relatively unique move
in this very inauspicious rom hack. And so, enjoy the last screen that
Thomas and "SYLVfuA" will ever experience.
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