Altzan's Ratings and Reviews
Hyper Metroid by RealRed [SM Exploration], rated by Altzan on Jun 24, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
77% in 7:11
An amazing hack with a few small irks.

Exploration and decoration were top notch. Exploring the planet and finding where to go next was very enjoyable, and finding secrets even more so.

Getting the next key item to proceed was mostly painless, though a couple were tricky and almost got me to look them up instead of finding them myself (the first super missile, the first power bomb, and gravity suit).

The finale and escape were jaw-dropping. I had no idea an escape sequence could be that elaborate and dramatic. Did run out of time the first try and had to give it a second go, but I really liked it. Felt exciting and frantic. Managed to find the animals too.

I'm going to knock it down one notch due to annoyances with the map, mainly. I know that Super Metroid doesn't inherently mark items as acquired on the map, so I won't blame the hack for that. But it was frustrating when I could come across items where I can't collect it yet, but I enter the cell it's in, so the tile on the map becomes pink to designate I'd been there. I couldn't leave it blue to ensure I remembered to return and collect it. This meant having to take a lot of screenshots and notes. A similar issue arose with doors from time to time - most doorways were shown on the map which was excellent, but more than a few were not shown at all, and I'm not talking about secret entrances or hidden doors, just regular out in the open doors that were marked on the map as a wall for some bizarre reason. It made keeping track of where I've been and where I still needed to go a bit of a headache later on whenever I collected a new key item and needed to decide where to check next. Probably could have knocked off one or two of my playtime hours if that hadn't been a problem.

Nevertheless, it was a fantastic and very fun hack, one I'd recommend to any Super Metroid enthusiast. The skill needed to win is somewhat higher than vanilla SM, but not much, and the improvements to the game that were brought along by Project Base really help you feel powerful and capable as you grow your arsenal throughout the game. Well worth your time. Just keep a notepad handy, if your memory's as bad as mine.