Review Information
Game Reviewed Metroid Zero, by Alexr
Review Author Roo
Created Jun 22 2019, 9:07 PM

General Commentary and Game Overview
Metroid Zero is a short Metroid (NES) fangame that feels more like a ROM hack (in a good way). It doesn't innovate much, but it delivers a solid, fun, one-sitting experience for any Metroid fan.

Plus, you get to see Kraid's Pog collection.
 
Pros + Solid map design
+ Minimap
+ Neat bosses
+ You get to see Kraid's Pog collection
 
Cons - Spinjumping is a bit hard
- The minimap doesn't actually track your progress in any way, it just shows where you are
- You don't get to play Pogs with Kraid
 
Impressions
Gameplay
8 / 10
The game plays almost exactly like Metroid (NES). Whether or not that's a good thing depends on you. There are a few new bosses. None of them are very hard, but they're still neat to have around.

You get to explore Ridley's and Kraid's quarters, and finding Kraid's Pog collection is one of the most rewarding gameplay features in recent history (and the game was made almost a decade ago!).
 
Graphics
8 / 10
Most of the graphics are from Metroid, and the ones that aren't look nice and fit in well.

Kraid's Pog collection is especially beautiful.
 
Sound
8 / 10
The music and sounds are mostly (entirely?) from Metroid, so there isn't much to say about them. The Ice Beam sound gets a bit annoying at times, but that's about it.

I almost docked a point because Kraid's Pog collection didn't make a sound, but I suppose that's accurate to real life, so I'll give it a free pass.
 
Replay
8 / 10
There are obviously missile and health upgrades (it's a Metroid game, after all), and collecting all of them grants you access to JUSTIN BAILEY Mode (whatever that is), so there's definitely replay value here. The game is short enough that another playthrough doesn't feel like a chore.

Plus, every time you replay the game, you get to see Kraid's Pog collection again. What's not to like?
 
Final Words
8 / 10
Metroid Zero doesn't break much new ground, but it doesn't need to, because it has Kraid's Pog collection in it.

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