Aliento just released a fan game named Metroid: Bounty on 64 Digits. This initial release is the result of three years of work, and it shows! The sprites are beautifully done, the levels well designed, gameplay is solid, and it has great particle effects on top of it all.
Admittedly, the game is relatively short, allowing you to beat it within about 30 to 60 minutes or so. A few small glitches and bugs crop up here and there, but nothing that spoils the fun of this game. I enjoyed the experience thoroughly, and I think any Metroid fan should give this a try. Keep in mind that this was created by a single individual. I think you'll be impressed.
In terms of mechanics and gameplay, Aliento got very close to the Super Metroid feel while adding the unique feature of mouse aiming (reminiscent of Abuse). I found the game to be very well polished, with plenty of items to collect and traditional techniques making an appearance. There are also a few items and features not present in the official games. Here are some of the highlights...
- A detailed map system.
- Unique, upgradeable beam weapons.
- Beautiful detailed particle effects, 3-D effects, and sprites.
- Lock-on targeting system.
- Mouse-controlled aiming.
- Super Metroid style Scan Visor.