Save Room - Darkness Returns
Release date: Sep 07, 2013
Author: Crys
Download: Version 1.1 [UH] (1124 downloads)
Genre: Quick Play [?]
Game: SM
Difficulty: Unknown [?]
Average runtime: 0:21
Average collection: 38%
Read Me: [None]
Forum Thread: [None]
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
Description
This short hack is designed around the concept of exploration as well as giving the player some sort of emotional feedback that one may not often see. At heart the hack was inspired by another one called Darkness spreads 2 which was made very early on in the super metroid hacking scene, and this is what one could imagined it to be like if re-made today.

So if you got some experience with super metroid and want a short, but unique experience, this is may be the hack for you!

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Ratings and Reviews
By Aran;Jaeger on Dec 08, 2016 (Star Star Star Star Star )
39% in 0:16
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No animals to be saved.

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 Pixel_Tiger on Jul 07, 2017 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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By Sapphron on Jul 04, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
37% in 0:15
Really liked the major change in the middle, did not see it coming at all. Very good hack even though I accidentally skipped a few rooms and couldn't go back.
By nodever2 on Aug 10, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
37% in 0:33
More or less a showcase for a really cool concept where the whole world changes about halfway through. The concept is really cool, though the hack itself is quite linear and doesn't offer much more than said showcase. The boss palettes/sprites were cool too though.

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