Metroid: Return to Zebes
Release date: Dec 24, 2018
Author: alexman25
Download: Version 2.4.6 (308 downloads)
Genre: Quick Play [?]
Game: MZM
Difficulty: Unknown [?]
Average runtime: 1:00
Average collection: 44%
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Forum thread: Development Thread
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
Description
Metroid: Return to Zebes is a short ROM hack, averaging in at around fifty minutes.

This retread of our favorite planet boasts, new layouts, new music, new palettes, and new graphics.

The world layout is a mix between Metroid: Zero Mission, Super Metroid, and all new original designs.
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Ratings and Reviews
By Metroid Violinist on Jan 19, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
26% in 0:53
My updated review of Return to Zebes (2.4.6)

Game time: 0.40.04
Percentage: 56%

Found some cool sequence breaks that let me beat the game really quickly with few items, I got loads of missiles and etanks though, but my first playthough of this version was fun and could probably be optimized, I got plasma after wave then fought ridley, got gravity and went back to ship- so I barely played the whole new version- lol.

OLD POST:
Overall a pretty fun hack, although I wish there was more. There were a couple of tiling errors and there, and some of the bosses were a bit too difficult for me, I found that this was an overall fun hack.

One last note: That music was AWESOME!...


-See you next mission-
By jumbohotdogs100 on Jan 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
2% in 0:00
i want to play more than what i have, but one critical thing made it unplayable for me: the speed you move through the air. i can see some scenarios where that COULD be useful, but overall it makes going where i want to go a nightmare. i only just got the powergrip, which made things a little easier, but i still found myself mostly incapable of reaching the top of the vertical drop. until this is fixed, i'm afraid i am simply incapable of enjoying this to it's intended potential
By Tipherath on Jan 31, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
30% in 0:43
So, I've played both the 2.1 and 2.2 versions. While it looks like Samus' speed in the air is uncomfortable for some people, I admit that I was surprised by it too, but learned to enjoy it, it takes me back to a boosted somersault in SM. The Morph Ball physics were amazing too, I spent most of the playthrough in the Morph Ball just for the fun of it. The only thing that dragged my experience a little bit was that after defeating Ridley I didn't know where to go, completely forgetting that that was the mission of the game, but that's just me being a dumb-dumb.

Version 2.2 gets rid of all the minor errors, making the experience better. Overall, a pretty solid game. The only reason I don't give it a 5/5 is that the battle with the Chozo Guardian is pointless.
By Spedimus on Feb 02, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
25% in 0:30
I've played every version so far. 2.2 is definitely the best. It fixes many minuscule bugs present in previous versions. The physics were also fixed from 2.1.

The hack itself is fairy short, but that's not a bad thing. Each room is packed so that no section feels useless or empty. I love the amount of sequence breaking potential. The exploration felt great. I was constantly keeping mental notes of previous places I couldn't get to.

Some Specifics:
The Spore Spawn-ish boss was neat and the build-up was great. Definitely not something I would have thought of doing. I'm also glad there was still Maridia to explore after Ridley. Also, that Gravity Suit palette. 10/10 in my books. Unfortunately, the music in certain areas (Brinstar in specific) can get a little... crunchy. Also, the Chozo Guardian fight is pointless. This is just more of a personal preference, but I found it disappointing that the only boss you actually need to fight is Ridley. I actually stumbled into the Varia Suit room by accident, oddly enough.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hack. I just wish there was more.
By Cpt.Glitch on Feb 02, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
28% in 0:54
A very pretty hack! The speedup in movement is nice (takes a bit to get used to) and level design is neat. I found it slightly disappointing when I fought some bosses only to get rewarded with the item I had just picked up before the boss. (I apparently sequence broke). All in all, it's a solid hack. I loved the "beam missile" take on charge beam.
By SuperMetroidSamus on Jul 01, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
30% in 0:39
one of your best hacks. You managed to make a Super Metroid layout. I always wanted to make those. Also heres the dropbox link you asked for on scratch: https://www.dropbox.com/h?
preview=Metroid+Jumble.nes
Second Playthrough And I Roasted kraid And Ridley
By DeadSkullzJr on Aug 16, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
I remember playing a very old demo version of this hack a while ago, recently played v2.2 and now the new version 2.3.1, I can honestly say this hack is progressing really well. I like how the game references some of the aspects of Super Metroid, the areas themselves also reference Zero Mission quite often, giving it the feeling like things have definitely changed since Samus's last mission. The game doesn't feel overly difficult yet in some ways it doesn't feel too easy either, though if you are a veteran to the vanilla game it may be a tad bit too easy. Love the new suit designs, feels more natural with how the theme of the game is. I can't wait for the new updates to start rolling in, definitely will replay this!
By Syphon on Dec 01, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
32% in 0:52
Great hack.

Exploration and level design was great.
SM music was nice, especially Lower Norfair. That one sounded amazing.
Maridia being in the hack was cool.

Really enjoyed it. Recommended.
By Contendo on Dec 25, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
% in 1:01
I didn't know if I should rate the hack 4 or 3 but decided to rate 4.

Pro:
- Nice Pallete
- Nice Tileset
- The "recreation" of Zebes is pretty unique and good

Con:
- Some tiling errors and weird tiling
- Theres a pretty big sequence break in the first norfair room
- sometimes the way-to-go is not really clear
By Multi-Man on Dec 25, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
% in 1:13
This hack is really really good!
I loved the changed physics, the area designs, and the bosses. I especially liked how Kraid is actually a fun and challenging boss fight.
The only thing that makes this a 4 orb hack for me really is that the tiling can sometimes be a bit off, but aside from that, this hack is one of the best ZM hacks. I definitely recommend it!!!
By Sapphron on Jan 12, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
88% in 1:10
Really great hack that falls a bit short of perfection, unfortunately.
Some areas were kinda ruined because sequence breaking doesn't allow for some doors to be unlocked. New music is good for the most part, sounds kinda off but really it's the best you can do with the GBA's processor.
Overall, a good hack. Just try not to stray from the intended path too much and you'll do great.
By Keaton on Mar 30, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
78% in 1:38
To be honest I thought this was a great hack.
It has a great soundtrack
Great level design.
There were a couple map tiling isuess here and there, but I can forgive that.
There were some things though that I didn't like, but they are kind of small things
The physics changes suprised me as moving that quick allowed for traversing areas faster,
but made platforming a nightmare, plus Samus falls like a tank. The area I had the most trouble
with this was in Norfair.
Another thing was that its really easy to get stuck in someplaces (ex: along the way to Maridia)
And sequence breaking kinda ruiend some bossfights, and areas.
Other than that great hack would definatley reccommened!
By catroid on May 28, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Good ROM hack. I did complete but lost my file. Did not find it necessary to got to Torrin and fight the metroids because I could just leave then. I think it needs a Mother brain fight. (Unless I missed it) Some annoying enemy placement in Maridia. I liked the beam missiles. The save station before Ridley should have been a recharge though. Great Job!
By RT-55J on Jun 16, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
96% in 1:27
This is a pretty nice, modestly-scoped hack. Color me impressed.

The custom music is appreciated, even if it sounds like plunky midis.

The extra aerial horizontal speed feels nice, though is a bit hard to get used to at first (especially with the gravity being unchanged).
By MrOrangePony on Jul 02, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
This hack was very interesting. It was creative and really made me feel i was in a metroid game. The atmosphere, the layout was brilliant. I pretty much liked everything, though I got stuck quite a lot, but I believe that was my fault to begin with. I didn't quite understand the unbreakable animated tile, but I still could appreciate it and I actually did like it a bit. I'm looking forward to more good hacks, and I hope more people could not only witness this hack, but rather play and enjoy the experience I had aswell...

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