Oi27's Ratings and Reviews
Mintroid by Golden Warrior [MZM Quick Play], rated by Oi27 on Aug 28, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
96% in 0:21
Great hack! It was very clear where to go and what to do. Theming was fun and it wasn't too difficult either. 10/10
Sequence Breaking Fusion by Kazuto [MF Vanilla+], rated by Oi27 on May 07, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
49% in 2:00
Very promising; still needs more changes to be completely nonlinear. It was a ton of fun; early pb's and plasma are easy, early space jump, but that's about all I found. Since you're able to finish all the sectors without returning to the main deck, you can skip saving the animals and that was interesting. Ending doesn't change though. ;P
MDbtroid by Infinitys_End [M1 Improvement], rated by Oi27 on Aug 16, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
NEStroid with a new paint job. As far as I noticed, all of the interact-able sprites are redone, and all the edits are massive improvements. This is what NEStroid should have been.
Super Metroid: Ascent by Benox50 [SM Exploration], rated 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.
B2-TW by Grime [SM Quick Play], rated by Oi27 on Sep 12, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
10% in 0:09
Fun, short hack. Could stand to be longer, morphball-unique stuff is a cool concept.
Ancient Chozo by Albert V. [SM Vanilla+], rated by Oi27 on Aug 22, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
84% in 3:28
Best hack I've ever played. A bit more difficult than the vanilla game, and sequence breaking is harder, but this hack looks gorgeous. Project Base integration makes gameplay smooth, and a lot of thought is put into the level design. Would be nice if there were fewer spikes that limit walljumping, which are usually the things that limit sequence-breaking, but Escape Sequence is the only real low point; it seems to have unavoidable acid dives that would make it impossible on low%. The rest of the game is fun for casual playthroughs, and I still can't get over how great the tilesets are!
V I T A L I T Y by Digital_Mantra [SM Exploration], rated by Oi27 on Oct 21, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
63% in 4:21
The rooms very very good looking, as stated in other reviews. Super Metroid has never looked so nice! Though, I had frequently problems looking at a glance and knowing what surfaces I could walk on, especially in rooms that have a solid layer 3 in addition to the normal level layer. Sometimes you walk on the background too, which looks pretty trippy in underwater/heated rooms since the background oscillates and the foreground (the layer you've been interacting with in say, the previous room) is solid.

On the same note, it threw me off that the lava and acid are a dark gray color; it makes it hard to see against a dark background. When I got to the first room that has lava, I just kinda walked into it and ??? woah why am i taking damage. OH THERE'S LAVA??

The best advice is to take the first playthough nice and slow; if you go running into new rooms at top speed, you will be confused and probably underwater.

Aside from those minor points, Vitality is a very solid hack that uses the game mechanics well. Nice 8/10!
Super Metroid: Y-Faster 2 Fast by Metaquarius [SM Speedrun/Race], rated by Oi27 on May 05, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
72% in 3:50
Very good hack but the time limit almost ruined it for me. Dying instantly is a harsh punishment for taking time to explore the map (a worse ending would be better imo), but it's fine if you run out of time - it's based on the game's IGT so if you want to keep playing, you just need to reset the time to 0 in RAM.

Aside from the time limit, each area was well-made. My favorite was the Homenag red Crateria; it seems like a lot of effort went into making it look buggy and broken even though it's not. The elevator is a good touch. The palette changes for Homenag and the physics changes for Redesign sold it for me; it was crazy.

Another thing I think could be better about the hack would be making each area self-contained. They are for the most part, but finding Varia to complete the Redesign area was weird since it was required* but it was in another area, meaning to complete it visiting each area only once, you'd have to do them in a specific order, even though you can access all of them from the beginning.

On the assumption that each area could be beaten without items from other area, I had a pretty frustrating time with Redesign, but was barely able to do it without Varia after collecting every energy tank I could find.

The rest of the hack was a ton of fun. Did things differently from how you'd expect and had a lot of interesting surprises. 8/10!
Metroid: Oil Spill by Spedimus [MF Exploration], rated by Oi27 on Aug 14, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
11% in 0:50
Nice hack! The nonlinearity was well thought-out; I did a bunch of weird stuff and took some wrong turns; no softlocks, and I was able to finish it without collecting gravity or varia, or most of the items. The oil/acid dealt a lot of damage any time I ran into it, but that wasn't too much thankfully.
Other than that, the level design made for some really cool exploration.
Oxide by Cyclamen32 [SM Exploration], rated by Oi27 on May 10, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
170% in 2:31
Cool hack, but not perfect. Finding Kraid was difficult, and there's only 1 location to pick up your first power bombs. Aside from that, lots of drops, fairly easy, interesting level design. Too many "kill all the enemies" rooms, and one during the escape sequence(!), which the hack would be better off without.
Overall: 7/10
Super Metroid Nature by Jefe962 [SM Exploration], rated by Oi27 on Dec 27, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
79% in 0:00
This hack was amazing. The item placement stuck fairly close to the original, and advanced techniques allowed a lot of things to be gotten early, or in a different order. There are a few minor gripes here and there, for instance I think the escape sequence was a little too strict, and there didn't seem to be any animals to save. There were some significant acid dives in lower Norfair as well.
The rest of the level design was a joy to play through, and everything else was about vanilla difficulty.
Quality hack; 4.5/5

EDIT: The animals are in Bomb Torizo's room, like usual, but the timer makes saving them a lot harder.
Super Metroid Arcade : Endless mode by Lioran, Tewtal [SM Quick Play], rated by Oi27 on Sep 12, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Cool hack, played for a few hours and I keep coming back to it. Lots of replay value.
Super Metroid Ruin by personitis [SM Quick Play], rated by Oi27 on Aug 18, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:57
Very nice hack. Early-on challenges are jarring, being late-game bosses (Fight Golden Torizo with no missiles and the Power Suit!?!) but once you actually fight them, you find that the difficulty has been adjusted accordingly. Not terribly hard to 100% either; though one item is really obscure.
Wet Dream by Crys [SM Unknown], rated by Oi27 on Jul 29, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
73% in 3:35
Great hack! Not horribly difficult, but harder than the vanilla game. Advanced skills like wall jumping are required. It changes up the items a lot, but leaves the level design more-or-less intact.
The real draw of Wet Dream is how it changes the physics. Samus jumps really high and fast underwater, but sinks very slowly. It's a bit like doing a gravity jump in the vanilla game, except higher maybe. Usually her momentum stops if you exit the water while crazy jump acceleration, but I had a few instances where she kept the speed. All the underwater changes work in a really strange way, but it's a welcome change from the usual. The changes in level design play around the physics in interesting ways; it's very well-designed, save for a few rooms that have "don't touch the ground" gimmicks.
The other major change is that the timer on morph ball bombs is shortened a lot. They explode almost immediately, so you can just mash the button for infinite BJ, and it lets you hover above the ground when used underwater. It's weird, but it's a fun mechanic that the level design takes advantage of.
Wet Dream is definitely worth a play; it's one of the more unique hacks I've encountered. I loved it!
SM:Decision by JoshShoeWah [SM Exploration], rated by Oi27 on Jan 03, 2020 (Star Star Star Star Star )
86% in 1:46
Hack is well put-together, but has tons of tiling errors and the rooms feel designed to slow the player down. I missed a few majors like bombs and varia, and wound up exploring the entire map before finally coming back to them. In varia's case, I skipped it by accident and only found it after getting Gravity and killing Ridley. The other item locations seemed fine.
Super Metroid: Depth by Tedicles [SM Quick Play], rated by Oi27 on Jun 27, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
9% in 0:30
The atmosphere was interesting, and the item placement allowed for some skipping (looking at you spring ball). Maybe overused Metroids, since I only found 1 energy tank, and getting attacked by one killed me pretty quickly. The compact map offered several ways of approaching rooms, which was good and bad, mostly during the escape sequence. Good first hack!
Super Metroid: Recovery by MetroidNerd#9001 [SM Exploration], rated by Oi27 on Dec 31, 2018 (Star Star Star Star Star )
82% in 3:40
The intro sequence of picking up the morph ball and bombs is laid out in a very unique way, which sets the tone for the rest of the hack. Unique, and good for the most part.
Norfair is an exception to the "good" part; doors that put Samus under lava, enemies that deal loads of damage, confusing design, the works. Not enough refill/farming spots. Still unique though, I thought it was interesting to merge upper and lower Norfair using rooms in addition to using an elevator, even if it meant the player could accidentally go to lower Norfair way earlier than they would want to.
The rest of the game is well put-together, and the Tourian is a great example of where the hack shines. Despite being a half-hack, the room design and layout is vastly different from the original game, adding a few interesting new rooms and setpieces that give it its own flair. The escape sequence was another interesting bit, since it was so different from the original. You get more than enough time though, so you won't die even if you make a few wrong turns, and the hack is better for it.