Super Metroid: Ascent
Release date: May 27, 2019
Author: Benox50
Download: Version 1.12 Unheadered (17584 downloads)
Genre: Exploration [?]
Game: SM
Difficulty: Veteran [?]
Average runtime: 6:35
Average collection: 80%
Read Me: [None]
Forum Thread: Ascent forum thread
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
Unleash the colors !!!

Ascent is a full hack of super metroid.
More super metroid with same gameplay but whole new level design, new visuals and even some new mechanics. It has approximately the same amount of rooms as original game but bigger rooms and the difficulty is harder than original but not too much. The hack gameplay focus on puzzles, exploration and challenges. The focus on puzzles is stronger than most hacks. However there is multiple ways to advance or solve a problem. This is my first real attempt at hacking, there could be some weird moments of me trying stuff :D, but nothing will be out of place assets or ideas. Metroid for me is a huge alien underground isolated maze and this is what it will be about.

The main idea of this hack is like multiple small hacks put into one with a connected progression and world. So its more levels based. (multiple zones)
With map portions closing behind you at the end of the zone.
You will see where it ends on the map ingame.
Start at the abyss of the planet and ascend your way up to the surface.
Read the "README.txt" for more important info if you need !

Will you be able to defeat the black parasites and reach the extraction point ? find out in ascent
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Ratings and Reviews
By MetroidNerd#9001 on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
77% in 6:00
This is one of the, if not the best hack I have ever played. For one, every room looks amazing. No part of the hack was hard to look at, and some rooms boast simply beautiful tiling and effects. Though the locking of previous areas may seem offputting, each area is so big that going back won't even cross your mind. Luckily, each area has its own completion percentage, so you can know if you completed an area before moving on. The custom music used in this hack also works very well in the areas it is used, only serving to deepen immersion into the hack. The changes to the upgrades are also refreshing and well implemented, but I won't give away too much. Overall, this is a hack that everybody should play, and everyone should be able to take something out of this hack to use in their own hacks.
By Digital_Mantra on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
If you could only recommend 3 hacks to a new player, this would be one of them.
Showcasing the best use of FX1 to date, Ascent pushes the boundaries of how aesthetically versatile this game truly is. It's colorful, it's beautiful, it's psychedelic.. and it's fun. It's really fun.
Every time I replayed it I was inadvertently taking different routes, progressing with a different item order. I can't fault the hack for closing off zones either, because you have an item % counter per each zone. It's always your decision to 100% it before a point of no return. When you play this it's important to just stop and take it all in, there's some details in the level design and parallax scrolling that will blow your mind if you're familiar with hacking Super Metroid.
5/5 Orbs, S-Tier. Well done Benox50.
By Syphon on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
98% in 6:30
Ascent is a masterpiece and the best Metroid hack I have ever played. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to go for 100% straight away but missed one or two items in the last area that I couldn't find even after searching for a while. Maybe next time.

Anyway, level design, aesthetic, challenging but not too difficult puzzles, exploration. It does all of those right. I also loved all the new features/mechanics that were implemented.

Do yourself a favor and play this hack. It's a blast.
By MetroidMst on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
83% in 4:34
This is the currently my favorite hack. It's large, full of colors and wacky stuff, and the gameplay is just about perfect. For those like me, who like exploration based hacks and exploration based challenge, this will make you very happy.

There are a couple of minor drawbacks, though one is personal preference and another is due to the story telling in the gameplay. The story element I found somewhat annoying is enemies can be a bit of a damage sponge sometimes, though I also rarely used Missiles to be fair. The second is there are a lot of reserve tanks.

There are also a couple of unique gimmicks the hack does well. They are best left to be discovered by the player, but it changes the way you approach the hack and makes it, like Benox states, multiple hacks in one. It's done really well and makes for some nice organic breaks between exploration segments. It also helps the player not get super lost, despite being a massive hack.

Overall though, this is a definite recommend. It sets the bar for visuals, and credit to Benox for sticking with the tried and true formulas, instead going way out in some instances and making a work of art.
By Sapphron on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 6:50
Low% is accounted for in this hack, which earns it a big thumbs-up in my book.
The room names are very unique
Door unlock system and warp stations for each zone
Good item progression
Lots of puzzles that make you think

Play this.
By Hubert0987 on May 28, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
67% in 4:05
By Jefe962 on May 29, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
63% in 4:42
Spoilers ahead!

I like this hack a lot. It's definitely a good hack. Benox has made the rooms to a very high standard, and the puzzles really get the player thinking. The idea of 3 separate areas is a unique experience. The effects in some of the rooms had me completely immersed.

However, I felt often frustrated by the layout of the some of the areas. I felt as if the hack was slightly too open in general (that might be a personal nitpick). I must've been round the second area at least 5 times in total to find what I needed. I wasn't sure what the intended route was either, because I felt like I was breaking the sequence to obtain particular items.
Some enemies in the final area made me quite upset, especially the shield bangs (and the final boss was a little weird, but I can understand).

These issues aren't enough to put me off the hack, however. I ended up finding every item and this eased some of my troubles (eventually).

Give this hack a try, and you'll probably enjoy it!
By Metroid3D on Jun 01, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
67% in 6:44
Wow! Wow! Wow! Hands down one of the best SM hacks I've ever played.

The segmentation into three zones is wonderful and ensures you're never too far away from your current objective. There's no "Do I need to use this new item back in the first area in the one corner of the map I missed" and the items/rooms have a really neat flow to them. The warp rooms are cool for getting around quickly but aren't super necessary. Not being able to go back for items is a bit of a bummer, but I never felt under-powered despite not going out of my way for a high %.

Room names are really charming! They've been done before in hacks but combined with the level design makes this hack feel a little bit like SM meets VVVVVV at times.

The new mechanics were super cool and a good way to mix up gameplay, while not feeling too out there. Room design was great as well, good use of effects and foreground/background tiles. There's lots of great little opportunities to get certain items earlier than intended.

Most importantly, despite this being a really long hack it DOES NOT FEEL IT'S LENGTH.

Probably the best hack currently released as of now. Go play it.
By albert v. on Jun 01, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
68% in 9:40
This Hack is a good example of how New hacks should be, i really enjoyed exploring around and finding so many new areas, really good choice on music and graphics, specially for the underwater zone, this areas really impresseds me as no other hack, that background music and deep blue tiling makes it be the best of all areas, i gotta said it's the best underwater area I've seen on Super metroid hack, the palettes were really good, also many custom enemies makes the areas so interesting as for many New mechanics.

Congratulations benox!
By mccad on Jun 03, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
I wrote a long detailed review but my internet killed it :(

Seriously though, easily the best hack I've ever played. Download it right now.
By OhCwap on Jun 09, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 4:44
God tier hack!

3/4 of animals saved
By jamablues on Jun 09, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
80% in 6:30
WOW... just wow.... so much amazingness. You win the internet!!! Can't wait to play this again!!!
By Ri2nOneRok on Jun 12, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
95% in 7:00
Large hack and seems discouraging to have to complete it all. But as you play the levels, you feel the sense of vague linearity to the game which keeps me hooked as I continue to play the entire hack, and you dont need to look back. It is well designed might I add. Certain rooms have cryptic puzzles but not impossible. Physics have slightly changed and none are bad or annoying.

Once you obtain speed booster, it is important to master the maneuverability its new moves. Take some time to practice it before moving forward. Some hacks leave you questioning if you have unexpectedly broken sequence of the game.
In SM Ascent, if it feels like you are not in the right level due to near death, it is most likely that you must finish mining for special items. As long as you explore moderately, you will be fine. The enemy armor is more realistic than the OG. I appreciate that missiles are more damaging as they should be as opposed to beams having a higher damage priority in the original game. A pet peeve of mine is why Samus has such an advantage against enemies with her killshots as well metroids being too easy to kill (like what is the point of even creating metroids?). This game corrects that serves justice to the enemies that were once easy to kill. This helps prove Samus is the true galactic warrior.

Aesthetically, each world is well done. The theme for Ascent can be visually enjoyed in certain areas. The gradual ascension towards each realm is very satisfying play-through wise. The soundtrack is well done and I find myself commending the music as I play through the hack. The last level concept is re worked to avoid redundant final bosses in hacks so as you are near the end of the game play, it still keeps the players interest focused. And if you ask me it is brilliant.

The game is addicting, but it is not very easy. I feel you must be able to have a certain higher level of skill set to play this game. (not god level or anything, but enough) Some of the puzzles are not easy and I gave up near the end on the last few. Also there seems to be more than way to obtain an item, or to get through a certain necessary path (more than needed in my opinion, maybe to appeal to different skill levels). I feel like I over explored in some instances, and some item puzzles were pretty darn tricky so be ready. A game like this you can easily tell a lot of attention to detail was a priority. It is amazing how large of a scale it was executed in.
tldr - without a doubt... an playable, visual, and audible masterpiece of hack.
By Nemesis on Jun 19, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
88% in 9:55
Wow this game was fun!!! I highly recommend!

The first zone looks a bit eh. The second one looks better but it's hard to see things at sometimes.

I'm not a fan of the haze on the bottom of the screen that fades up and follows you.

After like 7 bomb bounces you can't bounce anymore and automatically fall :(

Some items are hard to get, but maybe I just didn't know the right trick to get them since I don't know many of the tricks.

The third zone starts off beautiful and then turns into an action packed super mario 3 world 8 boat level! Talk about a ride! I've never been so excited while playing Metroid!

Cool mechanics in the game and some cool ideas. I highly recommend!
By vexbanearamori on Jun 24, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Didn't even finish this hack and i can give it 5/5.

it certainly feels like a new metroid game all the same. not a hack. and thats the best thing. Everything looks like metroid as well. and it plays like metroid. albeit a little weirdly...

The reason i didnt complete it is well. SNESx9 crashed when my monitor shut off randomly losing ALL of my progress. as it corrupted the save. and i was a good 75% through it too.

but the hacks so good. ima say fuck it and just play it again...would recommend.
By SnakeLancer on Jun 30, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
60% in 4:40
AWESOME!! Realy well done my dude, I remember when I used to play the demo like 2 years ago, so much has changed! I said that over and over again on my stream, this hack feels soo Metroid Fusion-esque which threw me completely off, I love Fusion! When I saw rooms changing that you were previously in I was instantly thinking of Fusion so nice job in capturing that atmosphere :)))
By Oi27 on Jul 02, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
77% in 5:11
Great hack, great puzzles. Favorite one was limited PB radius, it was pretty clever.
By nodever2 on Jul 07, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
58% in 6:26
This hack is great.
There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said, but what I'll say is that this hack is pretty large without overstaying its welcome. It does exactly what it needs to do; the content that is here is all high quality and well-polished. My favorite thing about this hack is that every single room looks really good and unique; the tiling is very intricate and the backgrounds look great. Benox did so much more with layer 3 than I've ever seen, and his use of flexglows combines with that to build a really fresh world. I also really like the focus on puzzles, which were well-designed and the harder ones weren't required to beat the game but still rewarded you with extra goodies. Awesome!

This was a truly inspiring hack to play. I can't say that enough. Everyone should at least try this. There's so much else to mention that give this hack even more charm, the biggest of which for me is the room names. I thought those were really cool and gave this hack a lot of character. I'll leave the rest for you to discover when you play this.
By ExplorationFanatic on Jul 16, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
73% in 5:27
This was one of my first hacks so I had to spend some time in the vanilla game to get good at some tricks before playing it. There's a handful of places where that helped quite a bit and even allowed for what I guess you could call sequence breaks.

The thing that I enjoyed most about this hack is how open it was from beginning to end with with minimal item progression needed to really go out and check other areas at least partially. Some of the music is definitely questionable but isn't necessarily bad. There's a small handful of tiling errors that prevent certain tricks from being used but the game is overall incredibly well done. The ability to explore and the map design are the two best things about this hack.

This being one of my first hacks from the site has really set the bar for expectations
By Nefertenia on Aug 25, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Sir, you just delivered a masterpiece of romhack <3 absolutly my new fav hack.
A hell load of love into small details, beautifull use of eyecandy and more then just a few clever puzzles.
Keep up the good work!
By MykelLinden on Aug 26, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Having gotten just over halfway through Zone 3, I am absolutely in love with this ROM hack. I truly believe that it surpasses vanilla Super Metroid in a good deal of ways, from its incredible use of foreground/background imagery to its incredible sense of exploration (plus the fact much of this exploration is optional) to the incredibly complex and extremely well-thought out puzzles that protect many of these optional collectibles. I also love how the rooms are named, many of them offering hints at what to expect in that room. I'm also a huge fan of how the Shinespark was redesigned and integrated into several very complex sequences throughout the game (not to mention the addition of the Shinespark E Damage Reduction collectibles).
Lastly, I also love the antigravity moments with the Morph Ball that allow you to tackle the room you're in from another perspective.

All in all, I would have to say that this ROM hack of Super Metroid is truly one of the pinnacles of achievement in hacking, and I truly hope (as I feel) that this hack becomes one of the primary benchmarks for SM hackers for years to come, for Super Metroid: Ascent is one of those hacks SM hackers should aspire to reach the depth, complexity, and enjoyment of.
By Rossolon on Sep 05, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
unique hack and im interested in the whole progression mechanic you have going. i ask for your blessing for this to be a foundation for one of my hacks of the story of calvin series i will only use the progression mechanic but the rooms will be all made by me all you have to do is tell me how to change the room names cuz im gonna make the hack im using for take place on a space pirate flagship with ridley as the main boss of the third zone. will you give me your blessing. i wont start on it until you do
By WowFamDesu on Sep 16, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
54% in 5:45
Fantastic level design, progression, puzzles, challenges, world design, and absolutely visually stunning rooms. 10/10 great hack!
By jdlyga on Oct 30, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
63% in 7:00
I just finished this hack, and I made an account just to tell you all how beautiful and amazing it is. It's humongous, very pretty, and there's so much depth.

Samus is at the very bottom of a multi-layered planet split into 3 giant areas. Each area has multiple sub-areas with different music and tilesets. After you explore each subarea and collect powerups, there's a boss at the end. And after, a frenzied escape sequence! After that area is engulfed in a huge blast, you move up into the next area further towards the surface into Area 2. And the process repeats with Area 3 until you finish the game.

There is a lot of custom music in this game, some of which you might've heard before if you've played Super Metroid Arcade or other hacks. The graphics are done amazingly well and as a whole, it feels like a totally new game instead of simply a rearranged Super Metroid.

There's a couple new upgrades in this hack, some of which you might remember from Metroid Prime. The way the upgrades are handed out is pretty interesting. You gain a certain beam upgrade surprisingly early. There's also antigravity mechanics, and a very different "floaty" shinespark that leads to all sorts of different puzzles.

I've played a fair amount of Super Metroid hacks. Some of which I've gotten frustrated with due to getting lost or being unfairly hard. But this game is designed quite fairly, and doesn't hammer you over the head with insane difficulty. This game is definitely harder than Super Metroid. But not dramatically so. You're in good shape if you know how to wall jump reliably, and can pull off a shinespark in restricted space.

But try it, see if you like it. I did.
By hayen on Nov 15, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
83% in 3:39
By Grayfox82 on Jan 05, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
87% in 8:57
Un hack muy disfrutable con todo lo que nos da esta versiĆ³n de SM. Me sorprendiĆ³ poder visitar areas previamente destruidas en zonas inaccesibles al inicio. Rejugable y entretenido. Quiero ir por el 100% ahora!
By alexman25 on Jan 16, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Five orbs well deserved.
By kojakt on Mar 18, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
80% in 9:30
Quite possibly the best hack I've played. In every way in which I could grade a hack, whether it be graphics, level design, mechanics, physics, new features, clarity, accessibility, facilitation of players of all different skill levels, and all the other ways you could imagine that I'm not mentioning here, this hack doesn't just succeed, it excels! With so many design choices to be made when creating a hack, it's almost unbelievable that nearly every aspect feels like the absolute best choice was made. It really is that good.

Any criticisms I could make about Ascent would be either personal preference or bias, or of certain elements simply being well above average whereas most elements of the hack set a standard of being exceptional. (Basically like someone giving you a Rolls Royce and you complaining about the interior trim color.)

I give Ascent the best compliment I could ever give a hack, which is that playing it for the first time reminded me of playing Super Metroid for the first time all those years ago. That same feeling of not wanting to stop, even for 5 minutes, intrigued by the wonder of what was coming next. If it were to somehow be exposed to a vast audience of typical everyday gamers, I believe it would be a hit game. I truly believe this hack sets a new standard and will spur future innovations to greater heights.

PLAY THIS HACK, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Even if you've never played Super Metroid before. You'll be happy you did.

By RT-55J on Apr 16, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
81% in 6:30
Very engrossing.
By Freyhia on Apr 24, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
88% in 7:50
A summum in exploration! All zones are directly very opened, And the graphics will make you feels like you never go twice in the same room. Also this is good this hack created a new boss, innovation is good.
But the massive escape disappointed me a bit.
By croissant bug on Apr 24, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
By DARK_DOOM on Apr 26, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
96% in 11:42
This is as good as the original but with bigger rooms, bigger challenges and a lot of new and cool ideas. I spent quite a few time looking for the next item and exploring the wild environement with a feeling that I am totally lost :-)
Thanks a lot for this hack !!
By Zhs2 on May 13, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
I'm gonna be that guy and not rate this hack 5 stars. Why? Sit down for a minute and I'll tell you why points of no return are a stressful gimmick holding back an otherwise fantastic hack.

Area 1 was fine, I know what I missed and it was just a little bit annoying that I couldn't go back and get it because lava had risen in the first room and now those missiles aren't collectable without just a wee bit of searing pain to the E-tanks. This was just the starting point for the frustration, however.

In Area 2 I found myself having mapped out the entire thing, no rooms missing on a Danidub map, yet no motivation to search every corner just to fulfill a meter that said 86.7% because I could not remember a single tank I had either missed or needed to come back to with more equipment and neither did a loop back around reveal a single thing. This was the point where I put the hack down and said, nope, I'm not even going to try to put up with that for Area 3, which is probably even larger and has even less obvious items to collect in the weirdest spots.

Normally, if I had the freedom to explore as I pleased, I don't think I would have felt that pressure. It not only dampens reasons to explore and find all the items, but beats reason over the head with a "LOL YOU BETTER DO WELL IN THE PREVIOUS AREA OR YOU'LL NOT BE HIGHLY-EQUIPPED FOR THE NEXT..." If I was assured that at some point I could go back and rectify mistakes this hack wouldn't be such a bummer to me. Nice room memes tho! Three stars for putting more than an ounce of effort into an otherwise tedious game.
By obcd on Jul 06, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
definitely a masterpiece , and the music is awesome
By Kremit44 on Jul 31, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
95% in 6:04
This hack is outstanding save for one issue. The massive size of each zone makes getting 100% in each zone too tedious IMO. I think the ability to return to each area would have been very welcome, as to make backtracking and secret hunting a little more fun and carefree, as opposed to searching all over for the one/two items missing before proceeding. After exploring subsequent areas I believe going back to previous ones, now enhanced, would not have felt so time consuming and possibly even refreshing. However it's an interesting and unique concept and given the vast amount of more traditional experiences I find it hard to be overly critical given just how exceptional this game is in every way. I loved the shinespark mechanic, the puzzles/challenges, graphics, music, and the overall presentation. Thanks to the creator and all who helped bring such a wonderful game to life, I certainly appreciated it.
By DramaticMarquinh0svi on Oct 04, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 4:15
Old review(4th October 2020):

Amazing hack,3 escapes,a custom boss,some improvements,but so tedious,and has way too many hard tricks,and getting to area 3 and never coming back sucks,i wanted to go back to get all the items i missed,but i can't.4/5

New review(21th february 2021):

It is a amazing hack,it has 3 escapes,it improves a lot of stuff,it consists on 3 areas that are fun to explore,getting the items,power ups,and exploring every where,even tho 100% is easier because many paths are shown on the map,some hidden items are so hard to find,and most of the hard items are on area 3,the bosses have a "health bar" that shows how much health they have left,at the end,there is 3 bosses to fight barely any pause,and the last is a custom boss,thats very cool,the escape sequences are not hard,i think area 2 is the hardest,because you have to go to dangerous areas to get the "Varia suit" of the hack,this rom hack is the best rom hack i played,and it truly deserves a 5/5.
By BlackMage on Nov 17, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 7:21
Nothing much to say that hasn't been said before, except: I love Boost Ball, what an amazing Item. Instantly accelerates you, can be cancelled out of while allowing you to keep your speed, gives you absurd underwater mobility AND allows you to clip through the floor. What more can you want out of an item?

To clip with Boost Ball: Activate it, immediately re-press dash, then quickly tap up to unmorph and while still sliding, tap, but don't hold, the direction you're facing. You'll stand up and immediately clip into the floor. On flat surfaces, you'll only be pushed one tile down. Doing it on slopes can push you 3+ tiles down, softlocking you. I don't think this trick has many practical applications, but it's fun to mess around with!
By Insomnia Speed on Nov 27, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
98% in 10:31
9.5/10 hack

very interesting hack

love those puzzles

animals saved

highly recommend
By thedopefish on Dec 23, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
71% in 4:51
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Cool hack. A pretty original concept, with some fun new mechanics. Custom music, custom items, custom blocks, custom graphics. A few elaborate (but optional) puzzles. Lots of GIANT rooms, but you can move through them quickly thanks to boostball and the super-buffed speed booster.

I feel like I did a ton of stuff in an unintended manner. Possibly related, I spent a whole lot of time in areas 1 and 2 exploring everywhere except where the major progression items were hidden. And then I reached area 3, and pretty much unintentionally made a beeline straight down the critical path, to the end. Escape timer is extremely generous--I had over 3 minutes left when I finished.

I did get stuck in walls/floors and softlocked a couple of times, but I played on v1.0 and I believe those spots were fixed in later patches.
By brized on Jan 29, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Not a fan of requiring repeat bomb jumping in a few parts, but otherwise no complaints.
The readme has a lot of good info; check it out before you play.
Lots of new mechanics that are either intuitive, explained in the manual, or taught through level design.

Overall one of the all-time best SM romhacks.
By Kandier on Feb 03, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
71% in 0:00
Difficult but correct!, I only didn't like that you can't go back to previous zones, rooms with water, some room elements that hide your view & parts with Grappling Beam... but, definitely is one of the best hacks, the mechanic with the Shrinespark is entertaining & funny!, & finally... I could see Spazer & Plasma Beam together!, that's was great!, thank you Benox50, this hack is highly recommended!
By DeviousB on Mar 05, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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By shaktool7 on Apr 17, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
74% in 6:52
Flawless. No Complaints. Theres's a reason its the top SM hack on main site. Do yourself a favour and play this.
By therealsusan on May 06, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
70% in 6:00
My second playthrough a couple months later I did it in 4.5h with 65%

The first time I spent waaayyyy too much time figuring out that puzzle where the rippers break the blocks (you know the one)

The damage/heal zones are pretty cool (the main reason I'm giving 5* instead of 4*)... But I found in my second playthrough I was MORE hesitant to go into the heated rooms in favor of searching around more and getting more prepared...

Anyway, it's definitely a top notch hack.
By WompaStompa on May 11, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
99% in 9:10
Played version 1.12, would recommend at least trying.

Most of the puzzles were fun.
Graphics and music were neat.
I enjoyed new Shinespark.
Seeing boss health was nifty.

Some areas were really laggy, especially Croc.
Boss rush was OK.
Final boss. This would go in CONS, but I get that actually programming something new is not trivial at all, so I'm not gonna be a huge jerk about it.

Being permanently locked out of 100% items because no backtracking zones is really annoying, especially when you didn't learn about the per zone item completion tracker until the second zone.
Enemies felt like damage sponges, especially after breaking some of the gates, until I collected all beams and damage increase items.
Hidden items, but there's no X-Ray (or at least I didn't find it) and you don't get PBs until the final zone.
Screw Attack is unsatisfying to use.
Too much Grapple beam.
Finite Bomb jumps.
No VAR beam.
By Pixel_Tiger on May 24, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Very nice and exploration friendly hack with good graphics and nice music. Recommended!!!
By LetsPlayNintendoITA on May 27, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 6:45
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One of the best hacks I've seen. So full of fun stuff, many new ideas, every map feels fresh and has many stuff that even a player new to speedrun-y stuff can do.
My fav area? Zone 2.
But every room, from the smallest to the largest, is never dull.
Puzzles? lots of them and all clever.
When you get to the solution for them your head click on it and it's never frustrating.
One of the coolest thing? I was going through a room in zone 3 and... didn't even realize that I learned how to Quick Charge... I saw the bumps on the floor and said "is there some puzzle that involves this?". I tried running on the corridor using the dash button in time with them and boom. Learned it. And now can't go back to normal ever even on vanilla hacks.
The coolest thing about Speedbooster? The unique ability to... MOVE in it. It slowed it down, sure, but the ability to move while using it, and the puzzle involving it were amazing.
And I loved all the various ways to solve a puzzle or to traverse an area by unlocking new abilities or items, or not having them, you always could find a way to move around regardless.
One of the best games I played.
By MrOrangePony on Aug 10, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
87% in 7:52
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This is the best rom hack I actually ever played, unfortunately I havent played too many rom hacks but.... wow! This is seriously an experience any one can pick up on if you are kinda a new player... the only sucky part is not being able to back after the zone, BUT it WAS in the read me file, so that is sort of my fault haha! I dont want to spoil anything but seriously.... check this hack out, it is definitely worth your while and very unique....
By Contendo on Aug 19, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
68% in 7:23
I hate to think that I rated this 4 orbs once
By ocesse on Aug 20, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 7:20
Coming from Return of Justin, Ascent is like a rainbow in a picnic.

I like that each room is unique and colorful, with its names that sometimes is an ingenious way to give you clues and I also like that the puzzles have different ways of being solved, even if you think enough you can do sequence break, although of course, because the game is divided into 3 areas, what you can advance is only limited to the same area.
Although I do not like the black fog in some rooms that covers the bottom of the screen, it is not a factor that demerit in the least the excellent work that the creator of this game has done.
In short, a fairly large game with good puzzles that make you think to find the solution, new game techniques, quite colorful and use of FX, it has been a fascinating experience and different from any other hack I have played.
I recommend that you also play it and enjoy it !!
By Kriken Empire on Oct 07, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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This hack is worth all the praise it's received. It's not perfect, the flaws levied against it are warranted. There can be anxiety about missing items permanently, navigation can be a pain if you don't find the critical items quickly, and while it's definitely not the hardest Metroid hack (even under the "veteran" tag), I think it generally requires prior knowledge of several tricks like shinespark and walljump at least. Definitely missing a beam or other weapon permanently can influence how hard the game is.

When I say this is one of the top Super Metroid hacks I don't mean it's like Super Metroid, but it's because Ascent actually feels more like its own Metroidvania-type game separate from Metroid itself. It's more like Axiom Verge or something. It's tone is also different, giving off a lot more levity but with rare moments of being extremely dark.

If you want to get into playing Metroid hacks, I recommend this one because it's a strong showcase of what you can expect from hacks but at their best and most ambitious.
By KaptenR on Oct 21, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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This was an amazing hack!
Top Level design!
Some new interesting mechanics, refreshing.
Colorful and clear environments!
Just the perfect challenging, not too easy, but not crazy hard either.
Some nice puzzles too.
Everything I love about Super Metroid this hack got!

I give it 5/5. Definitely play this one!
By SpookerK on Nov 07, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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