OmegaMalkior's Ratings and Reviews
Tallon IV Tours: Phendrana Frolics by dewhi100 [SM Quick Play], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 06, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
24% in 0:38
By far one of the coolest hack with new mechanisms and final boss. I'm not gonna spoil but definitely give this hack a try, you won't regret it when you finish it.

Would've loved to hear a custom soundtrack for research station but that's really my only nitpick.
New Wet Dream by TROM [SM Unknown], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 05, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
124% in 6:52
Definitely one of my favorite rom hacks that I didn't expect it to be. Unlike Lost World where item progression felt like an absolute drag, in here everything flows naturally. And with sequence breaking, you get to have a real blast. Bless those easy IBJ bombs. Getting Super's early felt great. Didn't find Varia at first so did all of Norfair with just the Power Suit (the hell runs WERE PERFECTLY MADE thanks to health replinesher). But I will admit that on the downside of item progression, Ice Beam was in a place the map marks you were already at so make sure to get it or you won't know you missed it. Also, screw Gravity's placement. Really hard to guess it was there. Apart from these issues, definitely a really solid hack to try. Barely felt like a half hack
Super Metroid: So Much Hell by The Monster of Surrealton [SM Spoof], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 02, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
It wouldn't be called So Much Hell if it didn't really feel like it. Masterpiece at doing what it promises to do.
Sigma++ by Silver_Skree [SM Incomplete], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 01, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
This is lowkey an insanely good hack and I'm sad it sits at 3.5 stars only because some dude couldn't read the readme. Loved the speedbooster new physics, loved the energy replenish by holding charge beam and easy IBJ but losing health with each bomb is genius so you need to think well when you want to try IBJ'ing or in general block searching. Truly a crazy good mod that unfortunately never saw the light of completion. Really wish it had preview images cuz the lack of info on it made me not play it for a long while. Glad I took the dove.

Note: Croc was fun but challenging, really neat finale
Metroid SR387 by OneOf99 and NathanTech [MZM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 28, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
85% in 1:35
Good hack, but storywise it made no sense for Ridley to appear before the "rouge AI" was dealt with. You should've textured Motherbrain to a different colored (say red, for corruped just like in Metroid Prime 3) and had Ridley tried to kill you after you destroyed the rogue AI they sent you to exterminate yourself. Apart from this pretty big story gripe, excellent hack overall. Didn't like Phazon mines too much since you were blocked in every specific corner unless you got the Phazon suit but overall enjoyed the rest of the hack a lot more. Bless the music, specifically the first level. Did not like the Tourian bland music near the end.
Opposition by mccad [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 24, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
57% in 3:15
Edit: completed with the new version that's compleatable :)

DO NOT let the single preview image, dull description, lack of forum post visible here, or "incomplete" status drive you out from playing this masterpiece. I've played almost all high ranked SM hacks out there, and this is definitely in my top 5. Progression always felt natural and I never felt like I was too lost. This was definitely going to be one of the best hacks out there if 100% completed.

Also, one of the HARDEST first powerbomb pickups I've ever collected. Was that even the intended way? I don't know, but man was it fun going up that room.

Very sad to hear the project is officially scrapped in favor of it turned into an Indie game, but nonetheless great work and hope your new game can be just as good as this :)

For those that want to dwell on history of the mod:

Link for forum: https://forum.metroidconstruction.com/index.php/topic,4628.msg62184.html#msg62184

Link for project YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsklRJi2-ZF8G_bjNptBTJg

Link where author states in comments that the hack was formally discontinued: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I4xNw3MHBM
Super Metroid YPX by YP [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 03, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Absolutely loved it
Super Metroid: Arrival by Jefe962 [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 03, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
88% in 2:08
Loved it from start to finish. Think I played this hack years ago but as soon as I saw it had I think Project Base asets I dove straight into it again. Phantoon was a disappointment but apart from that loved the hack in every other aspect. Gold Torizo was pretty fun, and loved the music EXCEPT that Tourian song in the equivalent of Lower Norfair. Thing really has to go. Apart from that, 5 orbs easy
Rise by begrimed [SM Speedrun/Race], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 29, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
15% in 1:16
Hack is called Rise but PLEASE go downwards first to get Varia if you don't want to suffer like MetroidNerd#9001 and I did on the first try.

I'm the longest time that I've taken to beat the hack in the reviews it seems. Why? Cuz I beat Golden Torizo without Super's since I accidently skipped them, and without them AND without charge beam, your only shot at killing GT is with missles, which you know, he dodges except for a tight frame window? Yeah, took forver but did it. Unlike Sapphron I didn't know he wasn't required to beat to end the game but oh well, was fun torture nonetheless.

Now onto the actual hack. Definitely a unique experience, just imagine SM Ascent but on steroids. Physics are wonky but not half bad since platforming it priority. Re-spin is there which is a blessing for this. Infinite missles is amazing when you can't get charge beam. Space jump felt real good to get tbh. Just like caauyjdp, I did not understand how to get X-Ray scope since I also skipped spring ball, but some-frikin-how I clipped through a wall which actually DID help me get X-Ray without needing spring ball (these bombs don't make you jump, btw, which was the hassle). Overall a cool and unique experience if you're down to try something different. Could use some polish here and there but overall, great variety.
Super Metroid: Escape II by Hiroishi [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 28, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Phazon Hack by A_red_monk_called_Key [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 27, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
76% in 8:37
still waiting for full release :)

Beat 0.3 a while back and just completed 0.4 again now. Always love how complete this hack is while just being a beta version. But please, make dark/light beam fire quicker and space jump have a wider window to jump in the air. And add respin. That Ridley fight was insane had it not been for me patching re-spin myself. Apart from that, true masterpiece. You will get lost, but every time you vastly explore you'll always find some level of progression. Would've loved a timer in the ending.

Oh, and loved that double white duo, but GOD DAMN would I have loved to refill before entering and since my last save was so far back I had to work my ass to beat them.
Super Metroid: Hydellius by TROM [SM Unknown], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 27, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
One of my favorite ROM hacks that I've ever played
Super Metroid: Kaizo Edition by Green Samus [SM Challenge], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 24, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
10/10 would torture myself again
Hyper Metroid by RealRed [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 24, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Still to me the best hack ever made. No questions about it.
Super Metroid Exertion by Mentlegen [SM Improvement], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 23, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
36% in 1:40
Loved this hack from the absolute start to finish. The color gradients of blue were used well, felt inspired by OG SM at the beginning but the rest is very unique. Bless the physics of this romhack, think it took inspiration mostly from Project Base? Stellar hack that my only gripe is that it feels short, but probably due to it being a contest submission. Thanks to the creator that told me on YT that the grayed out blueish doors were missle doors as I did not know that lol.
Lost World by TROM [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 23, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
116% in 14:46
So I changed my one star rating to five after picking it up again. Did I change opinion on the critique I originally gave it? Not really. What gives it now a 5 star rating is only due to the fact that you have to transform yourself into a true completionist to finish this hack. After giving it more patience that I had originally gave it was quite the extreme tedius experience as progression is nowhere unless you check every brim till you casually shoot a well hidden tile that so happens to lead to Ridley which had me going nuts for a whole 3 hours. Nonetheless, the pro's and the cons of this hack:

Pro's:
-You WILL feel like you're playing an extremely new and unique Metroid game. 100% the longest Metroid game I've ever played. And do note, I cheated my way skipping a few gates cuz I really couldn't fathom playing the hack for 5 more days as some gate positions were REALLY cheesed. Think I only needed like 4-5 more but they're just too much to find without a guide and I pationately don't like to look for guides to complete Metroid games. Don't even know how I found all four of the green world on my own.

Con's:
This hack is LONG and by long I mean you will need to search every corner for specific items. Get ready to see Super Missles in every corner without actually obtaining one. And fyi, for your sanity, get your first pack with a trick, glitch, or workaround. I don't even know when's the first SM supposed to appear through sequence but I had to break it at that SM on the roof speed booster block in the yellow map/part. Go figure.

Feel like I suffered playing this hack but if you like to explore every corner of a rom hack and like being an extreme completionist, this is the rom hack for you. 5 stars only from the immense effort this creator must've put into this but I really do wish a condensed version of this hack existed.


Original review:

One star to this amazing rom hack for it being the first SM rom hack I ever abandonded mid-game. The title fits it well as I'm always constantly lost where to go from how much backtracking you have to do. You can spend a hefty amount of time reaching to X or Y place to find only a mere missle pack in a convoluted place. Also, absolutely no sequence breaking unless you IBJ your way to infinity which is pretty annoying as a lot of places seem to have potentential to reach early, but hello super missle doors/gates on the other side of that tight place you had to impossibly wall jump too. Sad since I really loved with a passion this creator's other work (Hydellius). May pick it up again out of boredom.
Tallon IV Tours: Chozo Ruins Rumble by dewhi100 [SM Quick Play], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 06, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Kinda good hack, loved Kraid. I'd recommend this hack just so you can see Kraid.
Super Metroid: Gelid by Scyzer / Begrimed [SM Quick Play], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 01, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
3.5 star in reality, but points for effort in the concept department
Super Metroid: Advent by Shadow96 [SM Quick Play], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 31, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
32% in 0:49
There a phantoon in this hack?? Didn't even notice. Good hack, weird backtracking, really need custom music imo, but good enough for a nice short well made hack.
Polarity by Oi27, Moehr [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 03, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Magnets were too weird to control so barely used, but liked the overall hack
Ancient Chozo by Albert V. [SM Vanilla+], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 03, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Liked it but wish it weren't so Vanilla tbh. Had Project Base so it's a for sure try from me
Super Metroid: Y-Faster 2 Fast by Metaquarius [SM Speedrun/Race], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 01, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
58% in 1:48
Good hack, midly frusterating at times tho. Beat Spo-Spo without Varia and instead used Gravity cuz I simply didn't go to the right side on that third level, bummer. Also, screw that method to obtain Plasma lol. Had to look up a guide to complete it.
So Little Piracy by mccad/MetroidMst [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 30, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
550% in 1:15
5 star graphics with 3 star left side of the hack and 4 star right side. Reviews didn't lie when they said the left side of the hack was just weird. Too much grapple and trolling near the end of that left side left me with a sour taste. Good gimmick with crock but had to look it up how to do it cuz really the hints weren't all that clearI had to shoot *there*. Right side of the hack was very pleasant. You can get Spazer with 4 energy tanks before getting Varia btw, was a really tight but cool hell run. Music was pretty good and this hack gets 4 stars from the last song used in the credits. Cheers.
Super Metroid: Y-Faster 2 Furious by Metaquarius [SM Speedrun/Race], rated by OmegaMalkior on Jul 19, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Good hack but a version without the timer would be very welcome. I'm good at the game but timer went out at Spo-Spo. Unfortunate since I really wanted to see the ending.

Edit: Since Oats read my review on live stream, raising it one more star since the effort in the hack truly was good. But some puzzles were tight on the timer regardless
Super Metroid: Rulers Of Ruin by jk16bit-palmy- [SM Quick Play], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 01, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
48% in 0:16
Weird hack. Accidentally skipping Phantoon would've been a rather sore for me but the fact that he was in water and Gravity was nowhere to be found made it worth the skip. Where was even Gravity? Wave? Legit did not see a room where it could be.
Super Metroid: Infiltration by BoostGuardian [SM Unknown], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 01, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
A New Mission by snipereighteen [SM Quick Play], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 31, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
11% in 0:26
In reality a 3.5 star hack but site doesn't let me rate it that. Not really 4 stars since it is really a weird hack. I got speed booster by clipping so many times and the perma stucks doing so didn't help much either. Apart from that it was pretty ok overall
Angry Remnants by DSO [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 30, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Didn't finish. The hack feels so cluttered with the physics AND the clumped level design that going from point A to point B to explore felt like a drag. Cool concept if it weren't such a convoluted combination
Eris by Digital_Mantra [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 03, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
So Little Garden by MetroidMst [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 03, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Super Metroid: Redesign by Drewseph [SM Exploration], rated by OmegaMalkior on Sep 01, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
if I wanted heavy gravity I would play Zero Mission tbh
Phantom by Zzanitari [SM Incomplete], rated by OmegaMalkior on Aug 02, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.