Super Metroid: A More Different Zebes
Release date: Apr 09, 2008
Author: Xaggoth
Download: Version 1.0 [UH] (474 downloads)
Download: Version 1.0 [H] (347 downloads)
Genre: Unknown [?]
Game: SM
Difficulty: Unknown [?]
Average runtime: 2:05
Average collection: 73%
Read Me: [None]
Forum Thread: [None]
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
Super Metroid: A More Differenter Zebes is a half (maybe even mini since it's so short) hack that I've been working on the last couple of weeks after using smile for the first time. So no, there aren't any interesting asm changes, it's really just route and palettes. Have you ever noticed how red the original game was? Speaking of routes, there are three of them. You choose within the first, probably 5 minutes which path you take, affecting items that can be collected, bosses that can be fought, areas reached etc. Two of the paths are very similar and one is somewhat shorter than the rest.

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Ratings and Reviews
By Aran;Jaeger on Dec 08, 2016 (Star Star Star Star Star )
91% in 3:09
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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 Sapphron on Jul 12, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
64% in 1:32
This was, well, interesting.
The different paths are really cool (I took the shortest, without knowing it)but after a while, it can get confusing because you don't know where to go. I probably spent an hour scouting around for things but never got any progression because I was already done in the game's mind!
I really liked the palettes though and where some items were placed. I did sequence break one item that helped a lot, so there are breaks to be made!
By Syphon on Feb 29, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
63% in 1:36
This was different and quite interesting for a halfhack.

It's probably possible to get permastuck at Mother Brain should you not have enough Missiles. The route I took didn't have Charge Beam but I thankfully had enough Missiles.

Palettes looked nice. Norfair in particular.

Worth a playthrough.

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