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Boulders RMAL MODE
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UPDATE: I recently posted a video completing the level and getting the gem. Check it out, will you?


So far, my modding experience would lead me to accomplishment but this is the first time it actually led me to a more fulfilling take. Behold, my Boulders mod. Now the vanilla version was way too easy to be honest. Hopefully, that also meant that modding this level spanned multiple possibilities for it's increased difficulty in getting through the level but most importantly, the gem. Here is the link to download it alongside some word files with coordinates on them: http://www.mediafire.com/file/f4jq0ez9ev...s.zip/file.
Also, if you haven't seen my previous level mods, you can find them here:

If you're interested in modding this game in some way for yourself, I'll give you a couple of links regarding tools made by other fellow creators from this community or general:
1.) NST pak Explorer by Neo_Kesha (Highly recommended): https://yadi.sk/d/0Ytfg3ca3YjtTN
2.) HxD by mh-nexus (Highly recommended): https://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/
3.) Cheat Engine from cheatengine.org (Highly recommended): https://www.cheatengine.org
4.) NST Level Selector by ARD (A nice alternative for loading the levels as you please): https://thewarproom.com/showthread.php?tid=44

To start the mod successfully after you download it (Assuming you installed Neo_Kesha's pak Explored too):

1.)Make sure you keep the original and the modded paks in different folders beforehand (For instance the folder Modded_paks will be used to store the updated pak files whilst the Normal_paks folder will store the game's original pak files for said level).
2.)Extract the files from the zip to one of the folders to avoid mixing them up (For instance in the Modded_paks/Boulders).

3.)Navigate to the “archives” folder of your game installation (...\Steam\steamapps\common\Crash Bandicoot - N Sane Trilogy\archives), select it and click OK.

4.)Wait! The patch will take a while to be applied because level archives are big files. The NST Explorer won’t tell you when it’s done but if you have a look in the archives folder you can see the pak files being updated (Make sure you extract the files beforehand.). Once the file has been saved (L104_Boulders.pak, other paks may be presented later), the mod has been installed and it’s safe to run the game. If you’re unsure just wait 5 minutes after starting the patch and that should give it plenty of time to finish. The previous versions of those pak files will be backed up automatically and saved as pak.patch_bak files.
5.)Open the N. Sane Trilogy and start a new game in Crash 1 or load Boulders (Hints and such will be updated later). You’ll know if the mod has installed successfully because there will be no crates in the spawn point.
6.)If the game shows you a black screen once you try to re-load the level, press quit in the level's main menu screen , wait until you spawn back to the hub, re-load it and the level will play naturally once more (This process will happen 3 times in a row due to 2 swapped files my mod possesses) 
7.)The following issue is more of an accident. Some of the Hazards you'll encounter may get in your way at the wrong time and cost you a life. Should you go for a Completionist kind of challenge and suffer a life loss, I will not blame you should it occur from said situation and lastly
8.)Some words of encouragement for you all. Be well prepared, for my mod will challenge you at least on some level especially when attempting the gem.

To sum it all up, if you've played this mod or any of my previous mods, let me know of your experience. I could really use some constructive feedback here and there . 


In case you want to start modding yourself with the tools presented above (and until ARD's level editor is complete), check out his youtube video on how to do stuff like these old-school: 

This video inspired me a lot to work on the current and previous mods to life. 

All in all, I still have a long way to go with modding the N.Sane Trilogy let alone Crash Bandicoot currently. I also recorded some footage similarly to my previous mods but they haven't been uploaded on Youtube yet. However, they will be uploaded soon. This, I can promise. Level number 5's (Upstream's) the follow-up. 
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Boulders RMAL MODE - by BlaZeMaN - 09-04-2019, 07:27 PM

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