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Spooky Mission 2: The Nightmare Before Christmas by Spooky Team [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 29, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 2:56
I like the first spooky mission hack but I like this one more, it just has more to offer (bigger maps, more secrets and puzzles, and more exploration) than it's predecessor but that's just my opinion.. it was a very fun hack to play and I'd definitely play through it again

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Would recommend
So Little Bubble by Conner [MZM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 23, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:08
amazing for a short quick play hack of MZM

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Would recommend
One Room ZM hack (ing-ing) by ing-ing [MZM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 23, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:08
this hack is amazing and imo it's pretty impressive for a one room hack, nice job ing-ing.

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Would recommend
Mintroid by Golden Warrior [MZM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 22, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:17
best short mini hack for ZM (and Metroid in general) that I've ever played, I love the theme and palette changes and everything else about this hack, even level design, despite the hack being 10x10

10/10
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Would recommend
Project ZM by FelixWright [MZM Improvement], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 22, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 1:44
Another amazing halfhack of ZM, and to be honest, this hack is in my top 3 for ZM hacks, right next to ES Mission and Operation Execution.. I love how most of the room palettes were tweaked and there were some new features added into this hack (speedkeep and dash ball)

There really isn't nothing special about this hack tbh other than the fact that, as per the description, plasma deals less damage, chozo statue hints are removed, and unknown items are enabled upon pickup

I always found it odd how very few hacks have the speedkeep and dash ball feature but this is one of the few hacks that I've played that has it.. this hack, among others, is a really fun hack to play.. hacks are always fun when they have special features like dash ball and speedkeep (in air and on ground) and other features that make speedrunning easier since I love to speedrun hacks and out of all the ZM hacks I've played, the time it took me to finish this one is my best one yet (1:44 is the lowest I've ever got in IGT)

But other than that, this hack isn't much different than original ZM (intentional?) and it's honestly a really good halfhack/remake of a remake of nestroid. give it a shot if you want to get better at ZM, this hack is good for practicing

10/10
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Would Recommend
Metroid: New Zero Mission by jasinchen [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 21, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 4:32
Despite how long it took me to finish this hack (I usually always speedrun hacks that I play and this is the first time I've finished in over 3 hours), I actually like this hack. I can't really say too much since most of it is vanilla but the rest is changed and room design/layout is pretty cool imho.. this is another amazing hack that deserves a playthrough

10/10
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Would Recommend
Metroid: ES Mission 5.0 by Meinos Belfort [MZM Vanilla+], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 19, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
101% in 2:07
this is the best vanilla+ hack I've EVER played and there isn't really much I can say about it since it's a vanilla+ hack but what I will say is I LOVE the palette changes, the Samus screen, the HUD, the text change for the upgrades on the Samus screen, the suit palettes (Deercat Suit/Gravity Suit is my personal favorite) and even some minor changes in level design and room palettes

There's very little bad things that can be said about this hack since it plays out like vanilla ZM does but with a slight change in gameplay so I'm not sure if the difficulty is actually vanilla or veteran

Although I stated that there isn't much bad stuff that can be said about this hack, I did have one issue with the hack and that is the boss battles. I don't generally mind the bosses having more HP but I feel like they were overly buffed in this hack (namely Ridley & Kraid) and I also don't like how the e-tanks were altered and they now only count for less than they normally would (50 in this hack and 100 in vanilla ZM)

But other than that, this hack is nothing short of a phenomenal vanilla+ hack of the original Zero Mission and I think anyone who comes across this hack should try it out, you won't regret it but just beware of Kraid & Ridley as they're slightly more difficult than in vanilla.

10/10
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Would recommend
Max percent is 101% btw
Metroid: Lost Chozo by jasinchen [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 15, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 3:16
I like this hack, it's really good despite how long it is.. it's heavy on exploration (which is a plus in my book because I LOVE exploration-heavy hacks) and there's a few items you can actually get early which is always cool because sequence breaks. I also LOVE the inclusion of Metroid Fusion bosses (Yakuza, Serris, Arachnus, and Nightmare)... but other than that, there isn't much else I can say about this hack.. give it a try if you're like me and you like exploration-heavy hacks

10/10
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Would Recommend
Metroid: Return to Zebes by alexman25 [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 07, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
98% in 1:11
this is the best ZM hack I have ever played and honestly this hack, among others, is in my top 3 and this particular hack is #1 out of all the other hacks I've played. there's so much to like about it (i. e the gravity suit palettes, room palettes, and let's not forget about how OP Space Jump is in this particular hack) this hack is amazing and is an automatic 10/10 in my book

I didn't really experience any bugs or anything hindering me from progressing so I can't say I have a problem with this hack, BUT I will say one thing.. I wish this hack was longer or maybe had a sequel, I mean I like short hacks but I'm more familiar with long hacks (full hacks) but nonetheless, this hack is an amazing one and I honestly think it deserves a playthrough if you have an hour to spare

10/10
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Would Recommend
Metroid Subzero by Conner [MZM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 05, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:20
Short, sweet, simple, and straight to the point.. this is another amazing short hack for Zero Mission.. I love the Varia suit palettes and even the name for it. the level design is pretty cool too, for a short hack but there's nothing special about this hack but it's still worth a playthrough if you need something to occupy your time for about 30 mins to an hour

10/10
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Would Recommend
Metroid: Scrolls 6 by Conner, OneOf99, CaptGlitch, JRP [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 05, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
95% in 1:51
AMAZING hack, even the music and level design is amazing along with the items the Samus screen (all items have different names and I think that was pretty cool).. this hack is definitely worth a playthrough..

10/10
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Would Recommend
Metroid SR387 by OneOf99 and NathanTech [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 05, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 1:25
one of the best ZM hacks I've ever played tbh, really lovin the phazon suit (my favorite suit btw) and the level design.. research center and phazon mines were my favorite areas. I also like that Ridley was nerfed (he becomes a pain if he has too much heath) but all in all, this is an amazing quick hack of ZM and I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for short hacks like this

10/10
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Would recommend
Metroid: Odyssey of Aran Demo by Caldw3ll [MZM Incomplete], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 29, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
49% in 1:51
Too bad it's only a demo hack, I liked this hack alot while I was playing through it. and despite how short it is, it's still a phenomenal hack.. I love how the author added speedkeep in ZM because that's not something you normally see in ZM games, I also like how speed booster can break bomb blocks and how this hack is similar to SM Pantheon in the sense that there's a certain item (in both this hack and Pantheon) that you get later on in the game instead of at the beginning like with most metroid games


I think the narrative text was a nice addition. I also like the sequence breaks in this game along with the neat level design, this hack was very fun to try out. but other than that, there's nothing else too special about this hack apart from some tileset changes in some areas. anyway this hack is definitely a unique and I think it deserves a playthrough. great job caldw3ll, I'm really looking forward to playing through this hack when it's complete!

10/10
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Recommend
Metroid FreezeFlame 2: Twisted Dimensions by Conner [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 28, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 1:05
Definitely like this hack more than the last, this one might actually be my favorite of the two, in all honesty


I like how the creator added many different hacks into his hack (SR387, RTZ, Stargazer, Scrolls 6, Spooky, & Subzero). I think that was a genius idea because those 6 MZM hacks are also amazing, just like the FreezeFlame hacks and tbh I don't like MZM or even MZM hacks like that (not as much as SM anyway) but I'll give this one, and the hacks that were involved with this hack, a pass since they're the best MZM hacks I've ever played


Space Jump was wicked, especially with the way you can just spam the jump button. I like when hacks have infinite Space Jump, it's just more fun that way. but apart from the OP Space Jump item, there's nothing else to say about this hack. it's an amazing MZM hack that supersedes its predecessor while staying true to it at the same time. I HIGHLY recommend this hack if you like short MZM hacks and fwiw, I suggest checking out the hacks that were involved in this hack too because they're also amazing hacks. I would give this hack more than a 5 orb rating if only it were possible, that's how much I like this particular hack


My personal rating of each hack (including FreezeFlame itself) are all listed below:

FreezeFlame: 10/10
Return To Zebes: 10/10
Scrolls 6: 10/10
Spooky Mission: 10/10
SR387: 10/10
Stargazer: 10/10
Subzero: 10/10

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Would Recommend
Metroid FreezeFlame by Conner [MZM Challenge], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 28, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:44
I don't really like short/quick play hacks that much because I prefer long hacks but this hack and its sequel are an exception.. I liked the ice & fire worlds and how they both represent extreme heat (fire world) and extreme cold (ice world) and the reason why I liked them is mainly because in most Metroid hacks, there's usually only have either extreme heat (large majority of Metroid games) or extreme cold (Metroid Fusion only, I think) but never both at the same time and I'm glad the creator added both into this hack making it an entire heatrun/coldrun until you acquire Varia


I do have a few issues with the hack and it's mainly directed towards the warps/portals and the issue is where the portal teleports you to. I say that because I know that fire world portals send you to the ice world and vice versa but the exact portal it sends you to seems to be random and that's an issue for me as there's no indication that tells you which portal leads where but that's my only issue, even if it is a minor one


But other than that, this is a phenomenal short MZM hack and I like it.. really looking forward to more hacks like this in the future since I'm a fan of heatruns and hacks that have it (with the exception of Cliffhanger because of how tight it is for me in that hack). apart from all that, this is a hack I'd most definitely recommend if you like heatruns or even short hacks like this


10/10
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Would Recommend
Deep Freeze by Cpt.Glitch [MZM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 26, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:51
I like it, it's a very "chill" hack (pun intended)

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Would recommend
Super Metroid - GBA Edition by The Brothers Crafters [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 25, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
94% in 2:13
This is definitely one of the best ZM hacks I have ever played through. I really like how beautiful Maridia looked and, in my honest opinion, Maridia looks much better in ZM than it does in SM

Gameplay was, more or less, difficult than vanilla ZM. I really liked how the inclusion of Spazer beam and the way it looks when using it is pretty cool. another thing I liked was how well done and polished green brinstar was (along with many other rooms) I love the designs used to recreate SM for ZM.

But apart from all that, this is a real good hack that I would recommend to anyone, since the difficulty isn't very high and anyone can play it. I don't really have much to say about it other than it's an amazing recreation of SM for ZM and that it is most definitely worth a playthrough


10/10
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Would Recommend
Super Metroid YPX by YP [SM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 24, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 4:24
This is honestly one of the best hacks I've ever played and I'd go so far as to say this hack is in my top 3, right next to Darkholme Hospital and Subversion


The hack is a little difficult at first but the game begins to open up a little more once you pick up hi jump.. I LOVE the speed booster puzzles that involve wall jumping (which are probably all of them iirc) and it's a nice change of pace imo.I also love how Phantoon is weaker in this hack than he is in vanilla SM.. the insta-kill spikes become frustrating and annoying if you're not used to the SM Redesign-style physics but they become one less problem to worry about once you get a certain item


Anyways apart from the physics and the spikes, this hack has AMAZING graphics and design, which honestly remind me alot of Fusion. I also think adding the Unfreezable Metroids (reference to Other M) was pretty cool and I like how those metroids and the ones in Gorfair we're very weak and didn't have the strength to latch onto Samus like the grey & white metroids could


The only minor inconvenience for me was defeating Kraid and not getting any reward for it like you normally would when fighting a boss.. anyway with that being said, this hack is still a pretty good hack if you like hacks that are challenging (imo this hack beats Dependence & Golden Dawn by a LONG shot) like most challenging hacks, this hack is not for beginners or players unfamiliar with how Super Metroid is played but I'd still recommend it if you like tough or challenging hacks..



15/10
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Would Recommend
Temporus by Grime [SM Unknown], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 21, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
47% in 0:57
This is a phenomenal short hack and I quite like it even if most enemies infinitely respawn and do a little bit more damage than vanilla SM. I even love the room design and layouts and even the unique tilesets, it's unlike anything I've ever seen before and I think it's aesthetic visually.. I don't particularly like how slow morph ball is but the hack doesn't take long to finish so it's not much of an issue, I also like how the speed booster acts like Project Base's, allowing you to acquire a short charge in as little as a second, so don't worry if you don't know how to short charge, this hack makes it real easy for you to use the speed booster with it's almost instant methods of getting a bluesuit.. apart from that, a couple of the rooms provide a challenge when it comes to acquiring a certain item. and like the description said, don't let the small amount of rooms fool you, because they all have lots to offer. anyways this is a unique short mini hack that I would highly recommend this hack if you like short mini hacks that provide a slight challenge and are a little bit higher in difficulty than vanilla SM but as per the description, this hack is NOT recommended if you're unfamiliar with how Super Metroid is played.



10/10
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Max% is 47% btw
Super Metroid: Ascent by Benox50 [SM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Nov 18, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 2:51
like everyone else had stated, this hack is AMAZING in every possible way . there's not really anything bad that can be said about this hack.. it's one of the best hacks on MetConst and one of my personal favorites next to Darkholme Hospital and Ancient Chozo.. what I really like about the hack is how there's a slowdown feature when running or using the speed booster, the puzzles weren't too hard or too difficult, and I love howaestheticc is is visually, like some rooms are bright and some areas are dark and some are not too bright or too dark. and then there's the level design and progression which is another reason why this is a good to play if you're looking for hacks to play. the difficulty isn't too high or too low so anyone should be able to play this, I also love the inclusion of weapon/e-spark tanks, the healing/damaging mists, and even the boss fights are easy, or challenging, depending on your play style, especially crocomire since the fight is made much easier due to hyper beam blocks being available to use. I also love how the bosses and mini bosses have a HP timer thing that helps you out if you ever wonder how much HP the boss or mini boss has left.. only problem I have is that going for 100% is tedious due to the fact that once you leave each zone, there's no way to go back if you missed any items or upgrades.. but other than that, this is a GREAT hack. 10/10 would recommend
Metroid: Spooky Mission by Magconst [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 24, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:50
pretty good short mini hack of ZM, love the Halloween theme.. the "Hell" area in particular is my personal favorite tbh.. anyways this hack was fun to play despite having to completely restart nearly 10 times because I kept messing up, and on top of that, I chose to do it savestateless.. but despite all that, I like this hack

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Would recommend
Metroid: Extraction by Conner, Exister, Raygun [MZM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 23, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:21
short, sweet, simple, and straight to the point. I like this hack, it's pretty cool despite how short it is.. and I like the addition of the baby metroid and spiderball.. spiderball has always been my favorite item in Metroid II and I'm glad to see the author added it into this ZM hack.

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Would Recommend
Metroid: Operation Execution by Roebloz [MZM Vanilla+], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 03, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
93% in 1:47
I enjoyed this hack but I hate how buffed Ridley was. tbh he's the only thing that's keeping me from giving this hack a full 5 orbs.. like goddamn why he gotta have so much fuckin health?? I mean I beat him, using cheat codes cause he's too damn difficult without it, and that's one problem I have with this hack..you have to fight Ridley to get a certain item to get wave and I hate that he's blocking the only item that'll get you to wave like maybe if he was guarding ice beam instead then beating him would be so much more doable since he's so damn difficult when you do come across him

Apart from that bs,I enjoyed the hack and it's interesting and unique level design and how all the space pirates were removed and replaced by a single space pirate that was buffed and acted sort of like the SA-X from Fusion (the SA-X appears in multiple places that you go to and even tries to hinder you by killing you on sight when it spots you)

I probably won't be playing this hack again due to the fact that I had to restart FOUR fuckin times due to the fact that I kept missing items and I FINALLY got all of them (like the person above me has stated, max item percentage is 93%) I really want to recommend this but I don't think I can, all I will say is play at your own risk and be careful when fighting Ridley, he's not like vanilla ZM Ridley so don't go easy on him..

7/10
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Super Metroid: Hidden by TN [SM Unknown], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 20, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 5:13
it's a pretty good hack for the most part. I love hacks that are heavy on exploration and this hack is one of them, with the other being the prequel to this, Falling.. both this hack and Falling are heavy on exploration and that's what I like about them the most. I also love the way item/path progression has been changed, it's a fun way to explore the planet while acquiring powerups.. but I only have two problems with this hack; one of them are the bosses. they have been buffed so much that they're honestly a chore now and it'll take almost all of your missiles and supers to defeat them, Kraid & Ridley were the most difficult to me but I still managed to defeat them . I honestly never use murder beam but I had to when I got to Ridley because he had a MASSIVE HP buff and it took me a while to defeat him.. it took all my supers and nearly all my missiles to defeat Kraid... Spo Spo, Croc, Botwoon, Phantoon & Draygon were, more or less, the same as their vanilla counterparts imo.. but other than that, it's a cool hack that is definitely deserving of a playthrough if you love exploration-heavy hacks but beware of the bosses and don't enter their lair underpowered

8/10
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Would NOT Recommend
Metroid: Falling by TN [SM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 20, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
97% in 6:17
it's a pretty good hack for the most part. I love hacks that are heavy on exploration and this hack is one of them, with the other being the sequel to this, Hidden.. both Hidden & Falling are heavy on exploration and that's what I like about them the most. I also love the way item/path progression has been changed, it's a fun way to explore the planet while acquiring powerups.. but I only have two problems with this hack; one of them are the bosses. they have been buffed so much that they're honestly a chore now and it'll take almost all of your missiles and supers to defeat them, Kraid & Ridley were the most difficult to me but I still managed to defeat them . I honestly never use murder beam but I had to when I got to Ridley because he had a MASSIVE HP buff and it took me a while to defeat him.. it took all my supers and nearly all my missiles to defeat Kraid... Spo Spo, Croc, Botwoon Phantoon & Draygon were, more or less, different than their vanilla counterparts imo but I do have one thing to say: DON'T GET TOO CLOSE TO PHANTOON OR YOU WILL DIE.. Phantoon can OHKO you if you get too close, regardless of how many e-tanks you have.. but other than that, it's a cool hack that is definitely deserving of a playthrough if you love exploration-heavy hacks but beware of the bosses and don't enter their lair underpowered

6/10
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Would NOT Recommend
Super Metroid 32 by snipereighteen [SM Unknown], rated by RX-78-2 on Nov 19, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
it's not bad as most hacks on here tbh, this is one of the hacks that I like.. only reason why I rate it 4 stars is cause it's not one of my favorites but it's still a pretty good hack to play. the difficulty is slightly harder than vanilla but anyone can still play it tho..

7/10
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Would recommend.
SMChallenge by SMILEuser96 [SM Speedrun/Race], rated by RX-78-2 on Feb 03, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
114% in 0:10
Pretty nice mini hack

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Recommend
CRE 2 by Tundain [SM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 31, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
94% in 0:21
just like the last hack, this one is amazing and phenomenon too, especially for a hack of the quick play genre. I'd definitely recommend this to people who love quick play hacks

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Recommend
Super Metroid CRE by Tundain [SM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 31, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 0:36
this hack is decent but I liked the enemy resprites though, very unique and different. I didn't like the Ascent-style physics but they aren't that bad since the hack is short enough for the physics to not be problematic

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Recommend
The Adam Virus by Crystal_Knight [SM Unknown], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 30, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
90% in 0:18
I like this hack despite how short it is

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Recommend
Samus' Turkey Journey by Sapphron [MZM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 23, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
90% in 0:03
pretty cool short mini hack, I like it. nice work sapphron

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Would recommend
90% is max percent btw
Super Metroid - Revamp by The Brothers Crafters [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 06, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
101% in 1:47
pretty good remake of super metroid for zero mission (much better than GBA Edition tbh), I approve..


5/10
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Metroid: Takeover by Spedimus [MZM Exploration], rated by RX-78-2 on Jan 04, 2023 (Star Star Star Star Star )
83% in 2:59
Pretty decent ZM hack, I liked it and enjoyed it

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Would recommend
DOOMtroid by Jefe962 [MZM Quick Play], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 27, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
25% in 0:29
It's a pretty good hack imo. I like short/quick play hacks and this one is a decent one.. I really like the Doom theme the most even though I'm not that big of a Doom fan. the only thing that was a little strange was the space jump but that's about it. and like many others have stated, there's nothing special about this hack but it's a good hack to play if you like short hacks

7/10
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Would Recommend
Metroid II EJRTQ Colorization 1.3 by Quantam [M2 Improvement], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 26, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
100% in 3:07
I know Metroid II is supposed to be in black & white but I actually like this version better than the OG M2.. the colors make the game look so much better and the colors are beautiful too, especially the colors used for Varia but other than that, not much is different since it's just a color patch for Metroid II
Super Metroid: Vino by Cyclamen32 [SM Unknown], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 26, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
98% in 4:57
it's an ok hack imo.. the only thing I do like about it is that you can rapid fire your supers (the super missiles damage is unchanged btw) but other than that, I have nothin more to say about it

5/10
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Would recommend
Disturbance by interdpth/raygun [MZM Unknown], rated by RX-78-2 on Dec 30, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
94% in 2:55
Not worth it, don't waste your time with this game.. it ain't bad but it's just not worth playing.. I honestly can't recommend this hack to anyone. there's better ZM hacks on this site so don't bother playing this hack

4/10
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Wouldn't recommend
Super Metroid: Cristener Homenag by Juan Dennys [SM Vanilla+], rated by RX-78-2 on Nov 19, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
there's nothin good that can be said about this hack other than it could be worse.. it's not as bad as everyone says it is but it's still pretty bad. item progression and progression in general is just stupid.. I got halfway then stopped and quit after defeating phantoon because it's just not worth playing. DON'T PLAY THIS UNLESS YOU HATE YOURSELF!!

1/10
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Would NOT recommend .