RPG Hack Showcase: Filly Fantasy 6 (SNES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Filly Fantasy 6 by DrakeyC is a hack of FF3/6 themed around the reboot My Little Pony series. The main plot beats of FF6 remain, but everything else is changed from the heroes and villains, locations, gear, Espers and more. This hack is more themed towards fans of the MLP reboot, but anyone who isn’t a fan can still find enjoyment in it (like myself). The readme file included lists the bulk of the changes, but there is a grand database google file (link below) with all of the other changes, fixes and additions. Many enemies were changed to MLP related as drawn graphics compared to sprite work. Also worth noting this hack can tend to be on the hard side, and an easy mode patch is included. Since the list of changes is pretty long, for a preview I’ll stick to the changes of the main cast of FF6 to their pony counterparts:

  • Terra, as Twilight Sparkle
  • Locke, as Flash Sentry
  • Edgar, as Princess Celestia
  • Sabin, as Princess Luna
  • Celes, as Princess Cadance
  • Cyan, as Applejack
  • Shadow, as Fluttershy
  • Gau, as Scootaloo
  • Mog, as Pinkie Pie
  • Setzer, as Rainbow Dash
  • Strago, as Rarity
  • Relm, as Sweetie Belle
  • Gogo, as Trixie
  • Umaro, as Apple Bloom

With most romhacks, strongly suggested to check out the readme files for advice on the changes to hacks and any gameplay tips, especially with rpgs. Readme files for rpg hacks can contain additional gameplay advice, etc, and it’s worth subscribing to hacks you like on RHDN to keep up with updates for bug fixes, additional content, etc.

(Note: will be using FF6 names instead of the Filly names when I can to avoid some confusing, or least mention who the pony is the counterpart of.)

SO HOW IS IT? This is really well done for My Little Pony fans! I’m not a MLP fan and I’ve found a lot of enjoyment in this! From the very start you can tell a lot of love and work went into this. The lore of MLP melded almost perfectly with the characters of FF6 along with the various backstories like the Esper War, the Warring triad, and Discord was the obvious choice to replace Kefka in this. The plot runs just as it does in vanilla FF6, but across the pony world. The sprite changes for the ponies is well done and doesn’t look out of place, and the various colors really adds color to the towns and castles rather than everyone in vanilla being roughly the same colored npcs. Even the redrawn enemies and bosses that aren’t sprites look great and not totally out of place (like Return of the Dark Sorcerer). Though some just look a bit silly. Some my favorites being the Crystal Armors replacing the Magitek Tanks, Gilda and late game enemies. Event he character portraits have personality! There’s even some additional humor in the dialogue which made me smile (keep an eye out for some fourth wall breaking too!).

Everyone is a counterpart of a hero in vanilla, with roughly the same skill and hero set. A few ponies were given different or changed abilities, or some quality of life changes. Flash as the counterpart to Locke can use Edgar’s weapons, but also gain a Relic for stealing during the 3 Scenarios sequence. Some weapons were enven changed late game! Edgar on the other hand is one of the princesses and a magic user, which there’s a lot of in this hack! Cyan/Applejack’s swordtechs load faster too, Sabin/Luna has the same Blitz attacks, but they’re renamed and have different inputs (Yes you can suplex the Phantom train). Mog/Pinkie Pie and Gau/Scootaloo got some big changes too: normally in vanilla you select an enemy attack or dance and they use it for the rest of the fight. Now you have to select a new dance or rage (or attack normally or use magic) each turn. This will throw people off but I like the change since it adds a bit more strategy. What’s also nice is the low HP desperation attacks seem to proc more often than they would in the original game.

Espers work the same as they did in vanilla, except without the level up bonuses. A few spells were rebalanced, removed, and naming conventions for later FF titles were used. Seems also some of the magic points for many spells were increased or decreased across the board, which was nice. Weapons, relics, armor, items and other gear wee renamed also to fit the MLP theme. Apples instead of tonics, apple fritters instead of potions, etc. But everything has a description so you can figure out what it is easily.

This hack is challenging! Don’t try going in weapons blazing to defeat bosses and random enemy sets cause you can get killed easily. The difficulty is higher than traditional FF6 in some parts. Of course many enemy groups and bosses were changed to MLP counterparts and there are some superbosses late in the game. As I mentioned before, if you die at a boss, keep trying and learn their script and what to do and not to do. That’s something I learned dealing with the FF4 Ultima superbosses. Thankfully the author included an easy mode hack with the RHDN download in case things get too rough. There’s no shame playing the easier mode.

In general, I really enjoyed this and felt the love DrakyC put into this when I loaded it up and saw the opening. Fans of MLP will adore this and non-fans could get some enjoyment of of this too. Below is also a Grand Database Google spreadsheet with a non-spoiler walkthrough and all the stats, skills and more for your heroes if you’re looking for the hack counterpart(s) to a skill, spell or more. Only real turnoff to this could be the challenge or someone thinking its too childish being MLP related. Again, I’m a non-MLP fan and this hack warmed my heart, and streaming it was a lot of fun for everyone who joined me.

GAMEPLAY VIDEO:

I GIVE FILLY FANTASY 6 4.5 OUT OF 5 MANA BEASTS!!

Links:
https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/5146/ – Filly Fantasy 6 on RHDN
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qzIWNQgxCA0nkqOqcXwK6w2vf-JHVUSqKc5fHJbDjL8/edit#gid=0 – Grand Database
 

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