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Project Base 0.8.1 by begrimed [SM Improvement], rated by LackedL on Feb 02, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
55% in 1:11
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Time is IGT.
As most people who have played this hack know, it is just a recreation. A recreation that blew me out of the water when I first played it! I utterly LOVE this hack so much! It is honestly in my number one spot for the best rom hacks I've completed in general! Everything about this hack is awesome with the customizability and access of the entire game. It doesn't completely revamp the game to a point beyond recognition nor does it add just a few graphical differences. It adds a whole new take on Super Metroid. The movement is better, the game looks better, the rooms are better, and everything is just BETTER!
The movement of the game is feels very natural, or as natural as Metroid gets. The addition of the Dash Ball and backflipping allow for multiple new routes as well. These routes can be mockball spots made easier and getting to Phantoon without grapple beam. With speed keep being a thing in this as well, that allows for very broken movement with the speed booster. You can gain a charge in almost every room and go anyway you want. It definitely helps out in red tower and with accidentally running into a wall as well.
Zebes, in this hack, is the same as Vanilla, but with many additions and graphical enhancements. Take the pre wrecked ship room with the grapple beam points and everything. That room, under the water especially, adds a secret underground area of the ship where the ghost always haunts even after Phantoon. It also has a quick route to Marida which is very helpful. Also, the first missle item rooms revamp, along with quite a bit of other rooms make the game look really nice and beautiful.
The menu in this game, or map screen, adds quite a bit to this game. There is a brand new screen that allows for customizing Samus in multiple different ways by turning on and off minor things such as backflip echoes and screen shaking as well as major things like backflipping and speed keep to allow you to play however you want. It also comes with many preset and the ability to customize your own top menu to a speedrun style with a controller tracker, a prime style screen, and more. The Samus Item screen is also different since it now has more color and shows different beams being equipped along with the color of suits.
This hack is a straight 10/10 and I would recommend it to anyone that has or wants to play Super Metroid. I believe it is a quite easy hack to get into as well with the added things and new abilities that help with speedrun tricks. All in all, this hack is great and you should DEFINETLY get it!

TL;DR - Project Base is a good hack with a ton of new stuff
Metroid Fusion: Special Edition by Lostglaceon [MF Vanilla+], rated by LackedL on Oct 04, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
50% in 1:39
This hack was awesome throughout. I loved all the reworked and added things such as the re-added hangar room and the sequence breaking aspect of the game as well. Going off of that, I wasn't entirely a giant fan of the original sequence breaking fusion since you could only do truly 2 sequence breaks and that's it, but this game allows for different paths and I even got wide beam early via hell run which I never thought I'd do in this game. Anyway, this hack was awesome and I will be playing it again. Hell, it may even be my favorite recreation of the game. I'll probably even play this version over the original on before Dread too! 10/10 hack. Would recommend.
Super Metroid - GBA Edition by The Brothers Crafters [MZM Exploration], rated by LackedL on Sep 29, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
88% in 1:45
Review is 4.5 orbs
Time is IGT

This hack was pretty good! The map and areas are nearly exactly like original Super Metroid's and the replacing of enemies that hadn't existed in Zero Mission with different ones was a good idea compared to flat out removing them. The reason why this isn't completely 5 orbs is due to two things. The first being the items. Some items, for some reason, seemed to have been switched with missiles. I'm guessing this is to avoid a 110% or something, but it was a little frustrating. Next off was sequence breaking. There truly wasn't any room for sequence breaking in this game without luck. Green gates can't be gone through backwards which was odd and certain item sequence breaks, wave beam, were flat out impossible without luck of a bomb jump. Going back to the good of this hack though, I enjoyed the custom music a lot. Sure some weren't perfect, but it was still great. Green Brinstar would have probably been my favorite out of these. I also really liked how Crocomire was implemented. Although he was a little buggy, it was nice just being able to see him in this game. Speaking of Croc, his death sprite is a little funky, as in creepy funky. You'll know when you get in this hack. Anyway, I hope the next person who plays this is gonna enjoy it. It's a good recreation and feels at home for someone who grew up on Super Metroid.
Ancient Chozo by Albert V. [SM Vanilla+], rated by LackedL on Jul 19, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
64% in 3:09
I honestly loved this hack through and through all while I was playing it. The level design was very nice. The custom music was also awesome (I liked Red Maridia the most). I also enjoyed how it had elements from Project Base within it like backflipping. I even enjoyed the little boostball ability as well! Sadly with every great thing there has to be something bad. I did like the escape sequence, but the second room wasn't my favorite (Won't spoil anything for new-comers) I also didn't like the Draygon fight too well with the sand that you sink into and the unbreakable turrets.

All in all, this was a great hack with a great challenge! I hope the next person to play will have a great time playing it like I did!