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SM - Cryogenesis by Onnyks [SM Exploration], rated by dagit on Mar 30, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
93% in 4:27
First off, go play this.

The only real criticism I can conjure up is that the beginning is slow. It took me a while to find a particular path. This happened a couple times. However, this did give me a chance to get familiar with the map. It's just that maybe a few early secrets are a little too hard to stumble upon? Then again, I enjoyed the challenge of figuring those things out.

I guess my recommendation to other people is play this and assume you might get stuck and have to scratch your head and look around.

I did one sequence break the author didn't anticipate but it didn't cause any issues like a permastuck. So that was nice. It was fun to discover the sequence break and it gave me access to a rewarding item.
Super Metroid Fugue on Globe by JaceTheBodySculptor [SM Speedrun/Race], rated by dagit on Mar 26, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
93% in 3:55
Lots of creative changes to the base game. Initially, I was going to give this hack a lower score. My first 2 or 3 hours of play were brutal and I was salty. I just wandered around and died constantly. With enough wandering and occasionally getting lucky, I managed to get a foothold. Once I beat my first boss things just snowballed from there.

Before I knew it I was making all sorts of progress and collecting lots of items. Most of the new mechanics were good. I don't think I'll go into details here just to avoid spoilers. Probably my least favorite new item mechanics were the suit mechanics. However, I think I liked everything else.

The ending was sort of hard to find but I did eventually find it. I think this hack could benefit from a way to wait for the next time of day, like how geralt can wait at a camp fire in witcher. And maybe there could be some change(s) to make the early game less brutal? Early on staying alive was hard but near the end it was almost too easy.

Overall I enjoyed it. I'll probably need to be really careful who I recommend this hack to as I think it requires a fair bit of patience and determination to get through the early game and survive your first couple boss fights.
Harvest by Oi27 [SM Exploration], rated by dagit on Mar 23, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
44% in 2:13
This hack has a lot of original ideas. Interesting new mechanics. I would say more but I don't want to put spoilers in my review.

I would probably be giving this hack a rating of 5 except, I got really annoyed and frustrated with one particular boss fight that felt like it was entirely RNG. I probably died 8 times before beating it. And the time I beat it, I didn't feel like I earned it. It just felt like I got lucky. I'm not a fan of RNG heavy boss fights.

There's also some bugs with items in the early game. If you come across item locations very early they will be bugged out. I also felt railroaded near the end of the game. I thought for sure I was working towards a particular item and instead I ended up stuck where the only way forward was a boss fight. This was disappointing as I had planned to revisit more of the world and the level design prevented that without any warning.

Overall it's a great hack that I will recommend to people, but I also can't give it 5 orbs with some of the flaws above.
Super Metroid: Hotlands by MetroidNerd#9001 [SM Exploration], rated by dagit on Mar 23, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
68% in 1:20
This is a really good hack. It's got a few flaws but I can list them all on one hand. The big two are, there's too much lag in some rooms and there's no warning at the end of the game. I would have gone back and explored more if I had realized I was at the end.

I liked the custom bosses and events. It kind of gave me a metroid 2 vibe in a good way. This is also a hack that definitely rewards exploration. Lots of good things tucked away out of sight.

Overall, I would (and will) recommend this hack to people.
Super Metroid Biohazard by Mentlegen, SMILEuser96 [SM Speedrun/Race], rated by dagit on Mar 21, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
60% in 2:49
There's a lot to like with this hack. For me it was a rollercoaster at times.

I hit the save warp bug. I used IBJ to reach an underwater area (I didn't have gravity) and I got stuck. I was pretty mad at myself because I couldn't remember the last time I saved. When I reloaded I was in some water area. Thankfully I had springball so I used springball jumps to get out of that area and back to areas I should have been in. I thought maybe it was an antisoftlock measure because I wasn't sure if I had lost any progress. So for a while I wandered around thinking it was just a weird way of preventing people getting stuck the way I had.

Aside from that save warp, which ultimately wasn't that big of a deal, the only other frustration I had was that the map was hard for me to understand and navigate. I think the big rooms were sometimes a bit empty feeling due to a lack of enemies. However, I understand this hack was created in limited time by two people. They made a huge world and populating it fully probably just takes way more time than they had. That's pretty much it for things I could want changed.

Overall my experience was very positive. I think this is a good hack that I would recommend to people. I think speedruns of this hack could be a lot of fun, due to all the routing choices you could make. The upside down gimmick was interesting. I really struggled to control samus but it was fun to have a new gimmick in a hack other than "ruin vanilla physics".

I loved the custom music. I think that was my favorite thing. Finding the chozo keys was cool. The big locked gate that opens was epic.
Suber Meptroid (DEMO) by Exister [SM Exploration], rated by dagit on Mar 20, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
25% in 1:58
This is a really nice chill hack that lets you wander around and explore some well-made rooms. If this were a full game, instead of a demo, I would be giving it 5 points. The changes to the minimap are fantastic and it really made the game a lot of fun to explore.

And even though it's just a demo, it's still some good afternoon fun. If you want to get all the items it will probably take you at least an hour, maybe two.

I'm really looking forward to the finished hack.
Super Metroid: Blackout by JAM [SM Vanilla+], rated by dagit on Aug 07, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
62% in 1:51
Is it weird that I actually kind of like this hack? I think it should be in the spoof or challenge category. You get exactly what it sounds like it will be. A challenging playthrough where you need to use your abilities to find where you are in the room or you need to rely on memorizing the rooms. So I would only recommend this to people who have expert knowledge of the vanilla map.

I found ceres to be the most challenging part. During the ceres escape it took me multiple tries to get past the 3rd to last and last rooms. One horrible thing happened mid playthrough that made me upset. I went into the save room before botwoon and the game crashed. I would avoid that room if you play this.

Overall, I had a lot of fun playing this. The idea is a bit lazy (just make everything black), but at the same time it's a great challenge. I would rate this a 4, except for the crash bug.
Metroid Crawl by moletotem [SM Vanilla+], rated by dagit on Mar 20, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
89% in 1:55
This hack leaves you asking, "Why can't metroid morph?"

I spent a good chunk of the early game laughing.

Eventually the new gimmick just didn't matter. At that point I almost stopped. There was one item I couldn't find and that kept me going more than anything. I tried to use xray in the bowling room at the back of wrecked ship but the game crashed. Unfortunately, that caused me to lose about 10 items I had collected. So my final percentage was 89% instead of 99%.

Overall, it's a funny goof twist on vanilla but once you reach the plasma pirates room after draygon you've seen all the hack has to offer.
Metroid Grime: Dream Sequence by Grime [SM Incomplete], rated by dagit on Feb 22, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
69% in 2:30
This hack has a lot of good things about it. Good art. Weird rooms (that fit the theme). However, it is unfinished and took me multiple attempts because on the first attempt I went in a broken save room and killed my save file. It was the save room at the top of red tower, but unless you know the vanilla game fairly well you may not recognize which one it is. The wrecked ship save room is also broken. Do not enter either of those save rooms, you won't be able to get out and if you save you'll have to start over from scratch.

Other than the broken things, it's an interesting hack. I disagree with the author about the difficulty. I think this is quite a bit harder than vanilla. There were a number of places where it seemed like I was expected to morph into a tunnel after a walljump and while that's not too hard to learn it's way more complicated than what is required in vanilla. Not to mention the gimmick with the suits, but I can't really say more without giving spoilers.

Overall, it's fun, weird, and visually interesting. However, you'll need to have patience with it because it has weird difficulty spikes, precise platforming, and the late game can be very punishing. This is a great start of a hack but I had to take away points because it's incomplete and unpolished.
Super Metroid Blockland by Sludkip [SM Incomplete], rated by dagit on Jul 20, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
52% in 2:50
Time is real-time. I got my completion percent by just adding up how many items I found.

If this were a finished hack, I would probably rate it a 3. However, in the current incomplete state it's got a lot of bugs and no save rooms. And I feel like I need to take a point off for that.

The art style is a bit weird but charming in its own way. It often feels like the hack is messing with you.

I feel like this could be cleaned up and turned into a 4 orb hack if someone wanted to put in the time.

In the current state, I would only recommend this to people who are going to use save states and have a lot of patience.

I stopped down in a lower norfair area after I got locked in the room. It seemed like I had found the major items, including the unknown item. I probably missed some ammo or etanks.
Sigma Boss Rush by Silver_Skree [SM Boss Rush], rated by dagit on Feb 15, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
36% in 1:28
This is a good hack for someone that wants a relatively short hack that is quite a bit different than vanilla. It's got some decent puzzles and the level design is all original. However, it also has some flaws. So approach it with patience or you'll just get frustrated.

I was going to give this 3 chozo orbs for being a fairly mediocre hack, but then I remembered how much I hated the escape sequence. They give you plenty of time (30 minutes), but most of the rooms fill with acid so that extra time isn't useful. The acid will kill you way faster than 30 minutes. I had to kill MB several times before finding my way out.

One criticism I have is that the first couple items, necessary for leaving the landing site, are hidden and it makes the landing site tedious. You just have to wander around and search every tile until you have what you need to leave.

The Phantoon fight is a bit too long. Unless you fight him early you won't be in any danger. It's just time consuming.

The Draygon fight is kind of annoying in that I don't know if you can fight Dray without tanking a ton of damage. The way things work out it just sort of seems like you stand there and take damage and hope to win the damage race. Fights like that seem more like a check on your exploration than something skill based and just don't appeal to me.

All that said, I think you can do much worse than this hack, especially for a 2008 hack. It's worth playing if you want something that's not too crazy and can be easily completed in an afternoon by an experienced player.
RBO Insane by aigamerds [SM Unknown], rated by dagit on Feb 15, 2022 (Star Star Star Star Star )
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I was unable to complete this hack even with save states.

This hack is meant for people that want a really challenging and maximally frustrating experience, but it also includes a lot of level edits that more annoying than anything else. Like in Ceres station, the bodies of the dead scientists now have collision so you have to jump around them. You can't just walk/run through rooms. It's just really awkward. With savestates it took me over 10 minutes just to do ceres station.

I spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure out how to get out of landing site and other 5 minutes just getting the first item. The level edits are punishing and obtuse.

I almost liked the way they changed BT's room, but the fight itself went on way too long.

I gave up when I reached a hellrun and after several attempts realized that I probably missed at least one item and didn't feel like going back for it. The hack just didn't draw me in enough and it really felt too similar to RBO and RBO Impossible.

I spent about 4 hours on this hack in total. Maybe some day if I run out of hacks to play I'll revisit it, but I doubt it.