Release date: Mar 02, 2021
Author: JonnyManjiro
Download: Version 1.0 (295 downloads)
Genre: Challenge [?]
Game: M1
Difficulty: Expert [?]
Average runtime: 1:41
Average collection: 92%
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Other Links: RHDN Release
This hack contains a smaller map than the original, but all rooms are unique and have new palettes. The platforming and enemy placement are much more difficult than the original, but to compensate for this, the player starts with 99 health, doors requires fewer missiles, and missile drops provide an extra missile per pick-up.


Start with 99 health

Faster door scrolling

Missile drops add 3 missiles

Red doors require 3 missiles

Yellow doors require 6 missiles

All upgrades are included except for the wave beam

Total E-tanks and missile upgrades have been reduced to 6 and 12 respectively

Kaizo light difficulty
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Ratings and Reviews
By kkzero on Mar 21, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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This was quite an interesting hack, I have to say. The main thing that kept me going was the rather small scale of rooms/area throughout, because the exasperatingly large exploration sequences of other NEStroid hacks turn me away.
Now, this is definitely not a hack for those who can't stand NEStroid. For one, it makes a lot of use of the game's tech, like unmorph-jumping and bomb+jumping. Another thing is the enemy placements; a lot of stuff's underfoot, especially during times when the hatch spits you out onto their movement trajectory. The placements of objects and tiles, therefore, definitely are what give the hack difficulty. So yeah, "Kaizo light" is a pretty fair description of this hack.
That being said, I found Ridley and Kraid rather easy. Ridley, I could quite effortlessly shoot down without Long Beam once I made it to the platform left of him, with the fireballs just cruising down the pit without bothering me. As for Kraid, it was pretty easy to avoid taking damage just shooting him through that little shot block.
All-in-all, a pretty decent hard-style hack. I personally managed to get through without savestates until Tourian (I was desperate to finish this and rinkas are terrible).
If you can stand NEStroid-style difficulty and "features", I'd recommend giving this a try. If not, I can't quite say the same.
By drr3member on Apr 03, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I was able to beat the game without using save states. It's definitely very hard. There are a few sections with cheese that I discovered. Overall, the level design is pretty good, but some rooms are unbearably annoying with the enemy placements.

Tech you must learn if you want to beat this thing is un-morph jump, vertical and horizontal bomb + jump, and bomb jumping at least two levels.

I enjoyed the simple platforming sections and exploring the map, but the boss fights were poorly designed. For Ridley, if his fireballs fall down the pit then he's defenseless. For Kraid, the fight is literally just shooting through a one-block hole until he's dead.

Tourian was short and not too hard. The fight was complete chaos, although by that point I had all the E-tanks so I was able to get through it without focusing too much. Rinkas are mean though.

I think if this hack had more consistent palette choices and more interesting environment designs, I would give at least 4 orbs. But props for the platforming and an interesting take on building a Nestroid hack.
By SpookerK on Nov 26, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I loved the puzzle like design of every room, it was fun to figure out how to overcome everything. Ridley and Kraid were a low point as others said but I thought the Mother Brain room was well done. I kinda wish there were more M1 hacks like this.
By AuroraxPhilic on Apr 28, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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Absolute gem of a hack. If Junkoid did not exist, this would be my favorite Metroid hack of all time. Brilliant use of all of M1's exploits and flow. If you are not too knowledgeable on M1's tricks, this hack likely won't be for you... but if you are, you'll have a heck of a time.
By RT-55J on Sep 28, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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beth ™ is a very nicely made, very small hack. Nearly every screen is a deliberately constructed platforming challenge, and they provide a good test of one's advanced Metroid 1 skills. The solutions to a few rooms are particularly devious.

Learning the particularities of M1's unmorph jump is the key to success here. As long as you don't move laterally after unmorphing, you can jump mid-air whenever you want. It's tricky to do, but feels very satisfying to get right.

Keep in mind, however, that wallcrawling is not required to finish this game, and is liable to get you softlocked as much as anything else. Clipping through thin ceilings is also not required, but apparently it was also unanticipated, so it can be quite helpful in a few spots.

The only real gripe I have with this is that there weren't really any spots in Tourian that were conducive to farming. This is mitigated by the location of the final e-tank, but it's still something that bothered me slightly.

The Kraid and Ridley fights were relatively perfunctory, but I enjoyed the respite from the rest of the challenge.

Item percentage is approximate (I skipped two e-tanks and missed one entirely, and I assume I missed a missile tank here or there).

Recommended for true Metroid-heads. 4.5/5

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