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Ice Metal 1: Uninstall

Hack of Super Metroid

Description:

Intro:

The great forces of the Galactic Federation Marine Corps were forced to evacuate planet Nerion III. The issue was too big for them to handle, yet too big for the federation to ignore. Therefore, once again, they had no choice but to turn to Samus Aran. An extraordinary bounty hunter armed with the end-all-be-all of Chozo warfare and survival technology, her mission was simple: “Venture into the deepest reaches of the planet and disable the Aurora Unit originally placed there for research.” But what vicious creatures lurk below the surface that can make even the fearless GFMC turn their backs and flee like sissies?

This is a ticket into the world of Ice Metal. Can you uncover the dark, deep secrets buried in Nerion III? Or will you die trying…?

Ice Metal is a Super Metroid hack that puts the focus on exploration, rather then raw skill. There are some new power ups and tricks you need to master in order to beat the game full out, but it mostly tries to stick to how hard the original game was.

There is one new move you need to learn to beat the game, which is mid air morphing. How-to: Press down twice in mid air while holding jump button down.

Ice metal was made for everyone, not just experienced players, beginners, nor casual players. Rather, regardless of your experience with Super Metroid you can jump in and enjoy this hack.

This is also one of the few Super Metroid hacks that futures a major plot. It is generally set after fusion in a “what could happen after fusion” scenario.

Hope you enjoy!

~ Cryshi / Green-Kirby

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Super Metroid (JU) [!].smc - GOODSNES 2.04
  • CRC32: D63ED5F8
  • MD5: 21F3E98DF4780EE1C667B84E57D88675
  • SHA-1: DA957F0D63D14CB441D215462904C4FA8519C613
  • SHA-256: 12B77C4BC9C1832CEE8881244659065EE1D84C70C3D29E6EAF92E6798CC2CA72

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
LunariaHackingDeveloper, Concept, & Tile Editing
James KennonGraphicsSpore spawn and other misc.
BroozerGraphicsFor Slimy FG +BG

User Review Information

Exploration Is Fun

Reviewed By: MetroidMst on 19 Nov 2012

Very few Super Metroid hacks are built and designed like Ice Metal 1: Uninstall. In fact, probably none are quite at this level of being open to the player. Right from the start, you are almost allowed to go where ever you want. Obviously, collecting the first few items is required, but the general open feel of the hack is refreshing.

Of course, this does lead the player to some strange circumstances. You can find some bosses really early, do a lot of underwater exploring without the Gravity Suit, and generally be lost. However, the strength of exploration makes up for a lot of what is missing. The game lacks challenge though, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can be a pick-up-and-play experience without providing a frustrating experience. Just looking around through the world and collecting items while figuring out where to go makes for a fun Metroid game.

Ice Metal has a very strong identity with open-ended exploration. I would consider it a little too easy for my taste though. While it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, if you spend any time searching and collecting items, the bosses are pretty much pushovers. I am sure that you can come across one or two much earlier than you would expect though, which may make them more difficult than I experienced.

In the end, I did enjoy this hack a lot. There is a lot about it to like. The custom graphics are nice, the focus on exploring is definitely a nice feature, and playing it is fun. Ice Metal is worth the few hours you will spend exploring the game.

Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Exploration Is FunMetroidMst19 Nov 2012N/AYes
WOW!Leviathan Mist09 Sep 2010N/AYes
MUST PLAY!!riffman8109 Sep 2010N/AYes