Quiet on and off for years a team of fans has been working on Prime 2D, a 2D version of Metroid Prime, and a demo is finally available for download and play. I spent about 15 minutes with the game, and – wow – that’s exactly what it promises. Holy cow, you.
First and foremost, the pixel art graphics are beautiful, and Samus’ animations are silky smooth. The environments are just full of details. It’s a more realistic and earthy visual style than seen in an actual Nintendo Metroid entry, but it is completely professional in quality in every way. Where in Prime 2D demo differs especially from typical Metroid is incorporating the mouse into the shooting; where you drag the cursor is where Samus must shoot. Honestly, this element can use work, as the cursor moves too slowly and it is sometimes a little difficult. But it worked well enough to survive a fun and intimidating boss fight at the end of the demo.
And yes, just as usual Metroid Prime, you can scan the environment to gather information and make progress. (It was my smallest favorite item in Prime series though, so I̵