Ice Metal Uninstall
Release date: Aug 31, 2010
Author: Crys
Download: Version 1.4.2 [UH] (2380 downloads)
Genre: Exploration [?]
Game: SM
Difficulty: Vanilla [?]
Average runtime: 4:07
Average collection: 74%
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Forum thread: Forum Thread
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
The great forces of the Galactic Federation Marine Corps were forced to evacuate planet Nerion III.
The issue was too big for them to handle, yet too big for the federation to ignore.
Therefore, once again, they had no choice but to turn to Samus Aran.
An extraordinary bounty hunter armed with the end-all-be-all of Chozo warfare and survival technology, her mission was simple:
"Venture into the deepest reaches of the planet and disable the Aurora Unit originally placed there for research."
But what vicious creatures lurk below the surface that can make even the fearless GFMC turn their backs and flee like sissies?

This is a ticket into the world of Ice Metal. Can you uncover the dark, deep secrets buried in Nerion III? Or will you die trying...?

Ice Metal is a Super Metroid hack that puts a great emphasise on exploration, rather then combat. There are some new power ups and tricks you need to master in order to beat the game completely. However, the main aim of the hack is to be as close to vanilla Super Metroid in difficulty as possible!

There is one new move you need to learn to beat the game: Which is mid air morphing. How-to: Press down twice in mid air while holding jump button down.

Ice metal was made for everyone, not just experienced, beginners, nor casual players. Rather, regardless of your experience with Super Metroid you can jump in and enjoy this hack.

This is also one of the few Super Metroid hacks that futures a major plot. It is generally set after fusion in a “what could happen after fusion” scenario.

Hope you enjoy!
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Ratings and Reviews
By Bloodsonic on Mar 29, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
55% in 2:52
This hack is somewhat of a mixed bag.
The difficulty was just about right. The openended-ness is good, but it's a little annoying that the terrain almost never sets you on one specific path. It's not always bad, but the map is incredibly vague, so it's very easy to find yourself in a spot where you're running around in a large area that you've already covered and can't find anything new.
Non-linearity is good but I often found myself ill-equipped beam-wise, which was very frustrating.

Levels-wise, it's a little bit disappointing. A lot of rooms are very clunky and claustrophobic. lots of crumble blocks and thin walls and just randomly placed obstacles that made the game feel a lot more like a toybox rather than a mysterious foreign planet.

It's a good hack but it's difficult to ignore the bad.
By Cardweaver on Mar 29, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
65% in 2:10
Interesting hack.
Definitely vanilla difficulty other than a couple of spots where the non-linearity can put you into situations of certain death in an otherwise low-difficulty environment.
There are some mapping issues where using a map station will tell you you've been places you haven't, or where the mini map is just plain wrong.

I think the most striking feature for me is the visual aspect of this hack. It's very pretty. I'm a sucker for good palettes.
By thedopefish on Mar 29, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
65% in 4:39
One of the most open-ended hacks out there. Huge chunks of it can be done in any order you like, or are just outright optional. If you want a hack with a clear intended route, this might not be for you.

Visually it's very appealing with some good variety. Some of the level design is hit or miss, but on the whole it's solid. It was intended to be a fun exploration hack that's accessible to all players, and I think it hits that mark rather well.
By Mon732 on Mar 31, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I personally love open-ended environments and exploration so this hack was an instant win for me.
The palette, rooms and area names are all brilliant.
In-fact it would be quicker to mention the bits I didn't like... Which I can't think of off the top of my head. That looks like an excuse to play it all over again. :D

Well done with this hack Luna.
By Zhs2 on Apr 01, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I liked this hack a lot. It wasn't too difficult to find items, and it didn't railroad you; that might be good in some people's books, some bad, but to me I didn't find it too much of a problem since I don't remember a point where I was dropped on a boss without sufficient gear to kill it - not everyone will have the same experience thanks to how open-ended this hack is, and I think the forum thread proves that. Still, four item balls from me.
By squishy_ichigo on Apr 11, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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By Elminster on Apr 19, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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This had a lot of interesting graphics and ideas. Solid and enjoyable, but not one of my favorites. The hack was too open-ended for my liking and I spent too much time wandering aimlessly without feeling like I was accomplishing anything. It was too difficult to find beams, and once I did find them they were extremely weak. Charge beam was also much later than I would've liked. The difficulty is not too hard, that and the underwater physics make exploring pretty easy, although a bug with the map stations coloring in unexplored areas made it confusing at times. I did like how certain items could be obtained in multiple places, but this also confused me a bit when I found some rooms with empty-handed Chozo statues. I also liked the inclusion of lore in the map stations.

This is not a bad hack by any means, it just wasn't really my thing. I would say give it a try for yourself, it's geared toward a particular play style, but very accessible, and you may end up loving it.
By Vismund Cygnus on Apr 20, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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By Zephoras on Jul 09, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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My favorite hack in existence, 10/10 would play again.
By Aran;Jaeger on Dec 08, 2016 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 3:47
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By kojakt on Feb 11, 2017 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I debated for a bit whether to give this hack a 4 or 5 rating, but ultimately decided 5, and I'll explain why. For me, a 4 star hack has to do almost everything well, and, for me, IMU does just that. It's got good level design, quality graphical edits, and is an overall enjoyable hack to play. To get 5 stars, a hack has to do something that makes it totally unique, and IMU had one thing for me that sets it apart from any other hack: it's difficulty. And the aspect of it's difficulty that is so unique to me is that it most closely mirrors the difficulty of the original game better than any other hack, especially considering the complete overhaul to the level design. It's possible to feel stuck without feeling lost. The game doesn't allow the player to get too far ahead only to have to backtrack and explore vast areas in order to find a progression piece. It doesn't throw you into unfair boss fights or leave you underpowered at any particular point. All of these aspects create the impression of excellent level design and difficulty curve. I'd recommend this hack to anyone, even without the qualifier that they've beaten the original game. That, to me, speaks volumes about this hack. 8.5/10
By STYVUX on Apr 15, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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By Syphon on Oct 20, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
83% in 4:21
This was the first hack I ever played about 6 years ago but I never finished it until today.

The hack is very open-ended and it's possible to miss a lot of items. I didn't find Ice Beam, Spazer and Screw Attack. Also speaking of beams I found them all extremely weak with the exception of Grapple. I believe this was done on purpose for balance reasons so different beam combinations work better but it wasn't balanced very well in my view.

I wasn't much of a fan of the level design. Many rooms felt a bit annoying to traverse and I wasn't very fond of having to do the Deep Ice -> Surface sewers -> Steamfair -> Subterrane route just to backtrack to the Surface every time. I felt there should have been a shortcut unless I have missed it.

I did however like the lore and the general open-ended nature of the hack.

All in all it's mostly enjoyable with some annoying parts. Worth a try.
By benox50 on Feb 01, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I was excited for that one, first one I played where actual custom graphic were used, like new graphic made by the author, kudos to you.
A full hack that old with custom visuals and custom layout and custom items, man this was good.
I liked mostly everything exept that I needed to watch a walkthrough to know where to go because finding that one spot in such an open world map
wasnt really fun.
Never understood why the metal is uninstall though.
By Freyhia on May 12, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
78% in 6:56
A lot of cool stuff here! But too some problems.
Good points:
-very unlinear, you can do every zones in any order you want.
-well designed, you can easely understand where to go.
-nice palette.
Bad points:
-sometimes it is a bit boring to do some long ways to go to one point, there should have more shortcuts.
-There is one door in Deep Ice, if you take it, you are back on the surface and you can't go back so you have to do a very long way just to go back.
-The room may be a bit boring, there isn't a lot in them.

The hack worth it, it is really good and is rebuilding super metroid in another way, it would deserve a 5 if there wasn't these little mistakes.
By metasamus on May 19, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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This is a good old hack!

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