A collection of 9 levels presented in the linear form of a Special World. Some levels were based off unreleased/scrapped material while the rest were primarily built for this hack, finding our way into Another Special World 2. We hope it brings some entertainment or a nice little distraction.
Things to note:
-You start with 99 lives
-There is no save until you beat the final exit
-Retry system was implemented for convenience
I had fun with this! It was a lot more difficult than the first "Another Special World" hack. I would basically describe this hack as a collection of 9 traditional Mario platforming levels, but the difficulty's been turned pretty high. It's probably more difficult than the NES Mario platformers. I already found the levels to be pretty hard by "FEAR THE TREES". I finished the game with a minuscule 21 lives remaining, but I went for all the Dragon Coins and Moons I could find, and I don't like to go back to previous levels to farm for powerups.
One thing that stuck out to me was that several powerups were difficult even to reach. It's not really my favorite design choice, but your powerup status has a huge effect on how many options you get in the level. A Feather or Fire Flower can absolutely bulldoze some of these obstacles, so maybe it's justified to keep them just barely within your reach. "MT THIN MINT COOKIE" changes it up a bit, in that staying small lets you spinjump-kill the rainbow shells.
Hacks like these show that sometimes, traditional-ish Super Mario platforming can still be a great time in 2021. I can give this an enthusiastic 5 Special Worlds out of 5, since it seems like this hack does exactly what it sets out to do. If you are a super player, give this a try!