Super Metroid: Ascent
Release date: May 27, 2019
Author: Benox50
Download: Version 1.12 Unheadered (1026 downloads)
Genre: Exploration [?]
Game: SM
Difficulty: Veteran [?]
Average runtime: 5:49
Average collection: 74%
Forum thread: Ascent forum thread
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
Unleash the colors !!!

Ascent is a full hack of super metroid.
More super metroid with same gameplay but whole new level design, new visuals and even some new mechanics. It has approximately the same amount of rooms as original game but bigger rooms and the difficulty is harder than original but not too much. The hack gameplay focus on puzzles, exploration and challenges. The focus on puzzles is stronger than most hacks. However there is multiple ways to advance or solve a problem. This is my first real attempt at hacking, there could be some weird moments of me trying stuff :D, but nothing will be out of place assets or ideas. Metroid for me is a huge alien underground isolated maze and this is what it will be about.

The main idea of this hack is like multiple small hacks put into one with a connected progression and world. So its more levels based. (multiple zones)
With map portions closing behind you at the end of the zone.
You will see where it ends on the map ingame.
Start at the abyss of the planet and ascend your way up to the surface.
Read the "README.txt" for more important info if you need !

Will you be able to defeat the black parasites and reach the extraction point ? find out in ascent
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Ratings and Reviews
By MetroidNerd#9001 on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
77% in 6:00
This is one of the, if not the best hack I have ever played. For one, every room looks amazing. No part of the hack was hard to look at, and some rooms boast simply beautiful tiling and effects. Though the locking of previous areas may seem offputting, each area is so big that going back won't even cross your mind. Luckily, each area has its own completion percentage, so you can know if you completed an area before moving on. The custom music used in this hack also works very well in the areas it is used, only serving to deepen immersion into the hack. The changes to the upgrades are also refreshing and well implemented, but I won't give away too much. Overall, this is a hack that everybody should play, and everyone should be able to take something out of this hack to use in their own hacks.
By Digital_Mantra on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
If you could only recommend 3 hacks to a new player, this would be one of them.
Showcasing the best use of FX1 to date, Ascent pushes the boundaries of how aesthetically versatile this game truly is. It's colorful, it's beautiful, it's psychedelic.. and it's fun. It's really fun.
Every time I replayed it I was inadvertently taking different routes, progressing with a different item order. I can't fault the hack for closing off zones either, because you have an item % counter per each zone. It's always your decision to 100% it before a point of no return. When you play this it's important to just stop and take it all in, there's some details in the level design and parallax scrolling that will blow your mind if you're familiar with hacking Super Metroid.
5/5 Orbs, S-Tier. Well done Benox50.
By Syphon on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
98% in 6:30
Ascent is a masterpiece and the best Metroid hack I have ever played. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to go for 100% straight away but missed one or two items in the last area that I couldn't find even after searching for a while. Maybe next time.

Anyway, level design, aesthetic, challenging but not too difficult puzzles, exploration. It does all of those right. I also loved all the new features/mechanics that were implemented.

Do yourself a favor and play this hack. It's a blast.
By MetroidMst on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
83% in 4:34
This is the currently my favorite hack. It's large, full of colors and wacky stuff, and the gameplay is just about perfect. For those like me, who like exploration based hacks and exploration based challenge, this will make you very happy.

There are a couple of minor drawbacks, though one is personal preference and another is due to the story telling in the gameplay. The story element I found somewhat annoying is enemies can be a bit of a damage sponge sometimes, though I also rarely used Missiles to be fair. The second is there are a lot of reserve tanks.

There are also a couple of unique gimmicks the hack does well. They are best left to be discovered by the player, but it changes the way you approach the hack and makes it, like Benox states, multiple hacks in one. It's done really well and makes for some nice organic breaks between exploration segments. It also helps the player not get super lost, despite being a massive hack.

Overall though, this is a definite recommend. It sets the bar for visuals, and credit to Benox for sticking with the tried and true formulas, instead going way out in some instances and making a work of art.
By Sapphron on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 6:50
Low% is accounted for in this hack, which earns it a big thumbs-up in my book.
The room names are very unique
Door unlock system and warp stations for each zone
Good item progression
Lots of puzzles that make you think

Play this.
By Hubert0987 on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
67% in 4:05
By Jefe962 on May 29, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
63% in 4:42
Spoilers ahead!

I like this hack a lot. It's definitely a good hack. Benox has made the rooms to a very high standard, and the puzzles really get the player thinking. The idea of 3 separate areas is a unique experience. The effects in some of the rooms had me completely immersed.

However, I felt often frustrated by the layout of the some of the areas. I felt as if the hack was slightly too open in general (that might be a personal nitpick). I must've been round the second area at least 5 times in total to find what I needed. I wasn't sure what the intended route was either, because I felt like I was breaking the sequence to obtain particular items.
Some enemies in the final area made me quite upset, especially the shield bangs (and the final boss was a little weird, but I can understand).

These issues aren't enough to put me off the hack, however. I ended up finding every item and this eased some of my troubles (eventually).

Give this hack a try, and you'll probably enjoy it!
By Metroid3D on Jun 01, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
67% in 6:44
Wow! Wow! Wow! Hands down one of the best SM hacks I've ever played.

The segmentation into three zones is wonderful and ensures you're never too far away from your current objective. There's no "Do I need to use this new item back in the first area in the one corner of the map I missed" and the items/rooms have a really neat flow to them. The warp rooms are cool for getting around quickly but aren't super necessary. Not being able to go back for items is a bit of a bummer, but I never felt under-powered despite not going out of my way for a high %.

Room names are really charming! They've been done before in hacks but combined with the level design makes this hack feel a little bit like SM meets VVVVVV at times.

The new mechanics were super cool and a good way to mix up gameplay, while not feeling too out there. Room design was great as well, good use of effects and foreground/background tiles. There's lots of great little opportunities to get certain items earlier than intended.

Most importantly, despite this being a really long hack it DOES NOT FEEL IT'S LENGTH.

Probably the best hack currently released as of now. Go play it.
By albert v. on Jun 01, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
68% in 9:40
This Hack is a good example of how New hacks should be, i really enjoyed exploring around and finding so many new areas, really good choice on music and graphics, specially for the underwater zone, this areas really impresseds me as no other hack, that background music and deep blue tiling makes it be the best of all areas, i gotta said it's the best underwater area I've seen on Super metroid hack, the palettes were really good, also many custom enemies makes the areas so interesting as for many New mechanics.

Congratulations benox!
By mccad on Jun 03, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
I wrote a long detailed review but my internet killed it :(

Seriously though, easily the best hack I've ever played. Download it right now.
By OhCwap on Jun 09, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 4:44
God tier hack!

3/4 of animals saved
By jamablues on Jun 09, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
80% in 6:30
WOW... just wow.... so much amazingness. You win the internet!!! Can't wait to play this again!!!
By Ri2nOneRok on Jun 12, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
95% in 7:00
I just happened to stumble accross this hack I dont know how I missed it.

Large hack and seems discouraging to have to complete it all. But as you play the levels, you feel the sense of vague linearity to the game which keeps me hooked as I continue to play the entire hack, and you dont need to look back. It is well designed might I add. Certain rooms have cryptic puzzles but not impossible. Physics have slightly changed and none are bad or annoying.

Once you obtain speed booster, it is important to master the maneuverability its new moves. Take some time to practice it before moving forward. Some hacks leave you questioning if you have unexpectedly broken sequence of the game.
In SM Ascent, if it feels like you are not in the right level due to near death, it is most likely that you must finish mining for special items. As long as you explore moderately, you will be fine. The enemy armor is more realistic than the OG. I appreciate that missiles are more damaging as they should be as opposed to beams having a higher damage priority in the original game. A pet peeve of mine is why Samus has such an advantage against enemies with her killshots as well metroids being too easy to kill (like what is the point of even creating metroids?). This game corrects that serves justice to the enemies that were once easy to kill. This helps prove Samus is the true galactic warrior.

Aesthetically, each world is well done. The theme for Ascent can be visually enjoyed in certain areas. The gradual ascension towards each realm is very satisfying play-through wise. The soundtrack is well done and I find myself commending the music as I play through the hack. The last level concept is re worked to avoid redundant final bosses in hacks so as you are near the end of the game play, it still keeps the players interest focused. And if you ask me it is brilliant.

The game is addicting, but it is not very easy. I feel you must be able to have a certain higher level of skill set to play this game. (not god level or anything, but enough) Some of the puzzles are not easy and I gave up near the end on the last few. Also there seems to be more than way to obtain an item, or to get through a certain necessary path (more than needed in my opinion, maybe to appeal to different skill levels). I feel like I over explored in some instances, and some item puzzles were pretty darn tricky so be ready. A game like this you can easily tell a lot of attention to detail was a priority. It is amazing how large of a scale it was executed in.
tldr - without a doubt... an playable, visual, and audible masterpiece of hack.
By Nemesis on Jun 19, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
88% in 9:55
Wow this game was fun!!! I highly recommend!

The first zone looks a bit eh. The second one looks better but it's hard to see things at sometimes.

I'm not a fan of the haze on the bottom of the screen that fades up and follows you.

After like 7 bomb bounces you can't bounce anymore and automatically fall :(

Some items are hard to get, but maybe I just didn't know the right trick to get them since I don't know many of the tricks.

The third zone starts off beautiful and then turns into an action packed super mario 3 world 8 boat level! Talk about a ride! I've never been so excited while playing Metroid!

Cool mechanics in the game and some cool ideas. I highly recommend!
By vexbanearamori on Jun 24, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Didn't even finish this hack and i can give it 5/5.

it certainly feels like a new metroid game all the same. not a hack. and thats the best thing. Everything looks like metroid as well. and it plays like metroid. albeit a little weirdly...

The reason i didnt complete it is well. SNESx9 crashed when my monitor shut off randomly losing ALL of my progress. as it corrupted the save. and i was a good 75% through it too.

but the hacks so good. ima say fuck it and just play it again...would recommend.
By SnakeLancer on Jun 30, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
60% in 4:40
AWESOME!! Realy well done my dude, I remember when I used to play the demo like 2 years ago, so much has changed! I said that over and over again on my stream, this hack feels soo Metroid Fusion-esque which threw me completely off, I love Fusion! When I saw rooms changing that you were previously in I was instantly thinking of Fusion so nice job in capturing that atmosphere :)))
By Contendo on Jun 30, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
By Oi27 on Jul 02, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
77% in 5:11
Great hack, great puzzles. Favorite one was limited PB radius, it was pretty clever.
By nodever2 on Jul 07, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
58% in 6:26
This hack is great.
There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said, but what I'll say is that this hack is pretty large without overstaying its welcome. It does exactly what it needs to do; the content that is here is all high quality and well-polished. My favorite thing about this hack is that every single room looks really good and unique; the tiling is very intricate and the backgrounds look great. Benox did so much more with layer 3 than I've ever seen, and his use of flexglows combines with that to build a really fresh world. I also really like the focus on puzzles, which were well-designed and the harder ones weren't required to beat the game but still rewarded you with extra goodies. Awesome!

This was a truly inspiring hack to play. I can't say that enough. Everyone should at least try this. There's so much else to mention that give this hack even more charm, the biggest of which for me is the room names. I thought those were really cool and gave this hack a lot of character. I'll leave the rest for you to discover when you play this.
By ExplorationFanatic on Jul 16, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
73% in 5:27
This was one of my first hacks so I had to spend some time in the vanilla game to get good at some tricks before playing it. There's a handful of places where that helped quite a bit and even allowed for what I guess you could call sequence breaks.

The thing that I enjoyed most about this hack is how open it was from beginning to end with with minimal item progression needed to really go out and check other areas at least partially. Some of the music is definitely questionable but isn't necessarily bad. There's a small handful of tiling errors that prevent certain tricks from being used but the game is overall incredibly well done. The ability to explore and the map design are the two best things about this hack.

This being one of my first hacks from the site has really set the bar for expectations

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