Have you ever thought "You know, man... if you like, went south of Pallet at the beginning of the game, you would TOTALLY be able to go through Kanto backwards"? Yeah, didn't think so. But a while ago, I did, and I decided to make it a reality.
Fire Red: Backwards Edition (also going by the title Der Erif when I try to seem slightly more creative), is a a hack of Fire Red in which the maps and scripts are messed with in a way that makes the player go through the gyms in the following order:
Cinnabar > Fuchsia > Saffron > Celadon > Vermillion > Cerulean > Pewter > Viridian.
Additionally, there are other changes:
This is typical.
Not even the Pokedex can stop the overwhelming power of the Old Man.
Regardless, he's not that bad. You just have to walk the entire way around the country, that's all.
Wait... Walk? Slike, you idiot, where are my running shoes?
Now you can RUN around the country. Much better.
Because it's not an island.
The Seafoam Islands aren't Islands, either. Now they're a pair of wells.
But things east of the Seafoam Wells don't look too good. What could possibly be going on here?
Later on in the hack, I decided that many of the areas in Fire Red are painfully boring. Because I was deciding the wild Pokemon for those areas, I had absolutely no inspiration. Then I decided to MAKE some inspiration by fixing those boring routes.
The route connecting Saffron and Lavender has been made into a rain forest. Lots of bugs can be captured here, and trust me, you want them.
Some people call me a sadist, but I like to think I'm making the game more fun.
The route east of Vermilion is also incredibly boring, so I turned it into a swamp. The "Pokemon appear in puddles" mechanic shows up a lot more here.
The route east of Cerulean has been made into a mountain where you can find ice types that weren't available at Seafoam.
The route south of Saffron has been given a more urban appearance.
Contrary to popular belief, you cannot use strength on that truck.
Mt. Moon has always seemed like an awful area to me. I mean, it's more like "Moon Cave". So I decided to make it an actual mountain.
Hopefully this is enough "new area" screenshots to pass the approval process. The point of this hack is the backwards mechanic, rather than any changed maps.
Additionally, this hack was made with the following tools:
TM Editor Pro
Advance Pokemon Sprite Editor
Additionally, I got early scripting help from Liggy, a person I know on another forum.
Edit: Let's add a few new sections here to clear some things up. First, have a "Known bugs" Section.
And since people like to ask me questions, here's a guide to some of the harder things in this hack that seem to keep messing people up:
That should do it.