Sapphron's Ratings and Reviews
Super Metroid Nature by Jefe962 [SM Speedrun/Race], rated by Sapphron on Dec 25, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
93% in 3:09
Hands down, the best vanilla hack that I have played. Go check this out now, it'll be worth it.
Super Metroid Containment Chamber by Lioran [SM Challenge], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
16% in 2:26
I really liked this hack. It has tons of tech and some really odd but good puzzles. Everyone should play through this.
So Little Garden by MetroidMst [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
58% in 0:53
Not enough shaktool
Hud looks really nice
Plenty of hidden items and ice's gimmick is really cool
Music was also really nice
Metroid: Falling by TN [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Bosses are hard, but if you take them on late enough they shouldn't be too much of a problem. The item progression is unlike any other that I've seen so far, it was really creative. The exploration and possibilities for sequence breaks were also great. Highly recommend this hack but watch out for bosses.
Phazon Hack by A_red_monk_called_Key [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
67% in 6:19
Bombs took forever and the beam combination quirk was kinda cool. I felt lost for a really long time. But that's good.
I will say, this has the worst Tourian I've gone through. Went on for way too long and there was nothing special. Also a fight can just be skipped in the escape.
Hyper Metroid by RealRed [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
93% in 5:51
Only thing I didn't like is how long you have to wait for the item after Ridley.
Tourian gates didn't take too long to find and the game opens up a ton after supers.
Escape was really nice.
Super Metroid: Arrival by Jefe962 [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
101% in 2:13
Honestly beautiful. Nothing was too hard to find, music was beautiful, loved the physics changes, graphical changes made me feel like I was in the world.
SM Redesign: Axeil Edition by Drewseph [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
96% in 23:39
I don't know what to say about this hack except for what Cirno already said. "It is Redesign, except without the stupid."
also, my time is rta, not igt.
Cliffhanger Redux by Digital_Mantra [SM Challenge], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
80% in 9:17
This is indeed a challenge hack and savestates are probably needed for some parts. Tons of beautiful art is on display in this masterpiece. The Wrecked Ship's entrance shuts off after you enter it the first time, but there is a back path. Heat runs, interesting item progression, difficult puzzles, a pretty big world, and much more. If you consider yourself an okay player, you should consider checking out this hack as it'll teach you some stuff.
Super short charge is necessary.
Super Metroid: Hydellius by TROM [SM Unknown], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
67% in 9:41
This was a good one.
Item collection only goes up to 76%.
Twin doors weren't too bad even though the planet was pretty massive. Item progression was cool for some parts and I really liked the heavier physics.
Super Metroid: Z-Factor by Metaquarius [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
86% in 6:05
Lower Norfair was annoying and so was the Wrecked Ship
Everything else was nice. Maridia wasn't as bad as people made it out to be and Tourian was the second best I've played in a hack, only to Redesign Axeil.
Super Zero Mission by SBniconico [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
63% in 7:15
Surprised I managed to finish this. Setting off the alarms in the Pirate Ship was so annoying since I had to wait so long for that item. You need tas-like skills to make it through there without detection.
I liked respin though.
Metroid Mission Rescue by Mettyk25jigsaw [SM Exploration], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
76% in 39:08
NOTE: Newest version is on page 17 of the forum page, v2.5 Easy
[time was in-game]
This hack was probably the most interesting one I've played. I played on v2.45 Easy because I didn't know what to expect in Normal or Hard.
I think people with some patience should give this hack a try/playthrough. It's definitely an interesting ride. I came out of this a different person.

Pros:
-The level design is decent for the most part
-Tons of areas to go, 8 total planets
-699 total rooms (on Hard)
-Hint room that gives the general area for your next major item
-Many items and puzzles
-Challenging, even on Easy Mode
-Ammo/hp pickups were increased (on Easy)
-Special morph ball item combo that works pretty great
-Custom HUD and new item names
-Custom bosses

Cons:
-The massive endgame door hunt
It's about 3 times as obnoxious on Normal or Hard because you have to find 24 of these stupid doors in stupid locations. But hey, at least there's a map.
-Some enemies hit like tanks
-Few permastucks (to be fair, you have to try hard to get stuck)
-A tight heat run, but that can be a plus if you like those
-Progression is extremely convoluted, stuff is hidden behind normal-looking walls and other awesome places
-Suitless underwater is prevalent
-Only one ammo per upgrade
-No bomb jumping (well you can but I won't tell you how)and no mockballing
-Earpiercing Maridia music
-Almost no sequence breaks, path is extremely linear
-Area names/item names are unpronounceable
-Only 9 e-tanks

There are tens of things to say about this hack that I can't really remember off of the top of my head.

Give this hack a go. You might regret it but it's an interesting journey through and through.
Limit by Sin [SM Unknown], rated by Sapphron on Sep 09, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
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