Metroid: Takeover
Release date: Jan 30, 2019
Author: Spedimus
Download: Version 1.2 (US) (307 downloads)
Genre: Unknown [?]
Game: MZM
Difficulty: Unknown [?]
Average runtime: 1:48
Average collection: 77%
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Forum thread: Release Thread
Rating: Star Star Star Star Star
Description
Takeover is a Zero Mission hack with layout changes, changed tilesets, sprites, and palettes.

Credits:
BioSp4rk for MAGE, Unknown Items GFX & asm
Captain Glitch for StartItems asm and Palette fix
Trunar68 for the Crocomire Hack
Nintendo for creating ZM & Fusion
Screenshots
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Ratings and Reviews
By gotrice on Jan 31, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
57% in 0:00
Overall the hack was fun and I enjoyed it. Couldn't find all the powerups though. Believe I was missing screw attack, gravity suit, and plasma beam.You can traverse the Sunken Caverns pretty early if you got the ice beam, which was the last item I found because I missed obvious blocks to blow up to get to it.
By alexman25 on Jan 31, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
No completion stats.
Certainly not the best hack out there, but pretty solid for (to my knowledge) a first attempt. The room design could use some work (a lot of tile errors/misuse and can be pretty blocky), and the map could use some work too. For a veteran difficulty hack, it's pretty easy too.

The most fun I had with the hack was traversing Norfair for the first time. The platforming was difficult and fun, and whenever I messed up it felt like it was my fault and not bad design. Going through the heat runs was pretty good too, but I'll admit I'm pretty sure I didn't get everything I was supposed yet to before I got into Norfair.

Overall, a decent hack, and I look forward to future hacks made by Spedimus.
By caauyjdp on Feb 02, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
81% in 2:36
Great hack.
By WowFamDesu on Mar 13, 2019 (Star Star Star Star Star )
94% in 2:49
This is probably the most conflicting hack I have ever played. The level design was amazing at times, and then downright frustrating at other times. I spent a lot of time grinding for power bombs as sometimes you will get locked in an area where power bombs are required to progress but there are no refill stations.

For anyone reading, while walljumping and bombjumping are not technically required to beat the hack, they are required if you don't want to softlock yourself. Shinesparking is absolutely required to beat the hack. I really enjoyed the tricks required to reach some of the expansion packs in the game, they were intuitive and made me (a speedrunner) struggle to reach them. They were extremely rewarding and by far my favorite part about the game. There were some parts in the game where I struggled to figure out what to do next (during ridley i gave up and opened up mage to see where I was supposed to go because the next step was pretty out there)

The map/world is by far the largest that ZM hacks have to offer. IMO this made in-area-pacing pretty good, it wasn't like you were just running into item after item, you actually had to look for items and it felt extremely rewarding when you did find one. To add to that, it was like whole sections of the map opened up when you found an item, which was incredible. In a way it felt like each area had "tiers" that open up when you found an item.

However, because of the "tiers" and how the map worked, the backtracking was extremely painful. If there were interconnected sections running throughout the map to make backtracking easier, I certainly didn't find them. The fact that the route from norfair to kraid in brinstar is basically a big line and the least fun of all the areas to traverse through definitely did not help. Maybe its just how I played the hack the first time around, but I spent a lot of time backtracking to see what exactly i had opened up in each area. I would have to play it again or open it in mage to see if they exist, but the game could really benefit from more connecting passages.

There were a few graphical bugs, like the sprite for mecha ridley was all messed up, and some platforms we'rent displaying correctly (actually not sure if that was intentional or not), but nothing too major or gamebreaking. The gameboy soundchip could clearly not handle the music at times, but I don't necessarily think that's Spedimus' fault.

Because of the size, it really feels like a full-on metroid game rather than just a hack, which I think is the first ZM hack that has made me feel this way. Despite the issues I touched upon, I really enjoyed it and would say it is absolutely worth playing through. It might even get me to make a 100% route for it.

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