Rainbow City
Release date: Oct 31, 2008
Author: squishy_ichigo
Download: Demo [UH] (1292 downloads)
Genre: Incomplete [?]
Game: SM
Difficulty: Unknown [?]
Average runtime: 0:40
Average collection: 21%
Read Me: [None]
Forum Thread: [None]
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
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Ratings and Reviews
By Vismund Cygnus on Apr 20, 2015 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Sadly unfinished, but a really interesting take on a Metroid hack, with some really cool level design and enemy edits.
By Aran;Jaeger on Dec 08, 2016 (Star Star Star Star Star )
21% in 0:00
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Quick Summary of the meaning of my SM hack ratings:
5 orbs: SM hacks within the 80% to 100% (90% ± 10%) range of perceived perfection; SM hacks for outstanding wholesome playing experiences and at most minor inconveniences.
4 orbs: SM hacks within the 60% to 80% (70% ± 10%) range of perceived perfection; Well done SM hacks with noticeable design problems.
3 orbs: SM hacks within the 40% to 60% (50% ± 10%) range of perceived perfection; Normal decent average SM hacks.
2 orbs: SM hacks within the 20% to 40% (30% ± 10%) range of perceived perfection; Overall messy, confusing, or punishing SM hacks with some upsides.
1 orb : SM hacks within the 00% to 20% (10% ± 10%) range of perceived perfection; Ruthlessly unplayable, broken, or barely from the original game changed SM hacks.

Judgement parameters summary:
° Creative ideas and features, polished design, how enjoyable and fun the hack can be, lack of hard to find or cryptic required game elements, the difficulty, and if the hack can be finished without major guides or tools.
° Note that the length of a SM hack will not necessarily contribute to my rating of the SM hack, since instead the averaged out experience over the whole hack will be taken into account to get a relative comparison between SM hacks.
° Besides this, lack of impactful changes from the original SM game also went into the evaluation of SM hacks (otherwise one may consider them among the 3 stars hacks) as follows: Ultimately, for my ratings I consider a situation in which an SM enthusiast that already has, knows about and is familiar with the original game and its prominent mechanics could only choose 1 new SM hack to play and thus would really want to make sure he/she will get a fresh and fantastic experience or journey out of his/her 1 choice.

The goal of all these SM hack ratings is so that rather new players have an overview of the whole spectrum of SM hacks and how to sort them in, in relation to each other, where SM hacks that are rated lower might still be enjoyable for more experienced players.

Finally, sometimes for SM hacks it can be relevant that they may be significantly more enjoyable from a player standpoint at which the player is well practiced and familiarized with Super Metroid's game mechanics in general, and that in particular some of the best SM hacks may not be the outright best first SM hack choices to play otherwise because of this, and for beginner SM hack players this typically steers the best first SM hack choices towards some of the SM hacks that I rated with 4 orbs instead of 5.

Rating for some hacks may be off by 1 Star, but arguably not more, and ratings are not attempted to be provided within the precision of ''half orbs''.
By MetroidNerd#9001 on Jun 30, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Though neat hack with nice graphical edits, this hack suffers from samey level design and some poor design choices. There is a severe lack of direction, and you don't get enough missiles. I wish that this could be a finished product.
By Sapphron on May 18, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
% in 1:21
I really didn't like this hack. Like nerd said, it was quite samey. All the rooms felt similar, there's too little energy/ammo, the "end boss" is way too difficult when you're this underpowered (but you aren't softlocked if you run out of ammo)
Same music, same tileset for the whole game.
Do not recommend.
time is rta
By KPF on Feb 21, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Don't listen to the people downing your hack. You did great making it. I like that you put together 2 of my favorite games. If you get to opportunity, please finish this.
By Zhs2 on Mar 27, 2024 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Fun, but overdesigned. It's pretty easy to see why the author burned out on this when there is so much content to be had just in the first area alone (the only area that is accessible, in fact) but 50% of it is complicated morph ball mazes and pipe paths. If half of the effort spent on paths underneath the surface were dumped into other areas I feel like this hack would be a lot more complete. As it stands, it's a testament to how being too ambitious leaves you with a scavenger hunt for a total of 25 ammo (spread across missiles, supers, and power bombs) just to kill one reskinned Botwoon. Keep it simple unless you have a solid development plan for your hack, folks.

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