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Windy Beach Deathmatch v1.0

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Another concept DM WAD for Heretic, this map is the pseudo-sequel to SMKHDM.WAD. For some reason, the level in Doom2 titled 'Barrels of Fun' is a classic, and not because of level design. I guess it's simply for the fact that blowing stuff up IS fun!

So, after noticing that the exploding Pods in Heretic can be carried by wind currents, I decided to take advantage of this and design a level around the idea. So what you have is a central arena with a central sniping area, with Pods circling below due to the wind.

Skill levels are setup so that on Easy, there won't be anything except you and your opponents. On Medium and Hard, the Pods come out in force and swarm the middle of the map. Also on Hard, a few Undead Knights and Gargoyles populate the outer areas, setting off explosions when their projectiles hit some of the Pods. If any of these things annoys you, just play on Easy.

There are 8 Firemaces in this level, and that is because of the way the Heretic engine handles that weapon. It will randomly appear in one of the 8 locations, so remember that it won't always be in the same spot when it respawns. This means that when you play there will be only ONE in the map at any given time.

To exit the map, you need to press at least two of the switches in the central building and then walk into the teleporter. Why is there an Invulnerability Ring in the exit portal you may ask? To give the person who leaves a nice goodie for the next level is why!

Note that since this level is E6M2, you'll need to use the warp code (engage), or the '-warp' command line parameter to get to it.

The background music is 'Popcorn', one of the earliest techno-style songs and appropriate since you'll be popping pods. :)


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  • File Reviews

    • By Marlamir · Posted
      Pretty good. The combat was fun and design wasn't bad at all.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Despite its age, nice details and well designed. Way how blue key is hidden is really clever. But map is dark and cramped. Enemies are only imps and hitscanners.
    • By Dovahxul · Posted
      the more I play the more I get more sad that this map pack is going to end soon its really great :)
    • By Meril · Posted
      Pretty good map in E1 base style (except Doom2 monsters) Nice design but there some texture alignment issues.
    • By Nems · Posted
      Despite the browns and grays that are prominent in this megaWAD, I found it to be fun. I also found it to be quite the challenge. The first map gives you a taste of what to expect in terms of enemy encounters. The author makes good use of mid-tier enemies to apply pressure on the player. Monster count for most of the maps barely breaks the 150 mark but, as said before, the use of mostly mid-tier enemies puts pressure on the player. I also like how the megaWAD handles level progression. Most of the levels you go through consist of caves, cities, islands, and tech bases in space. In fact, there's only one real Hell-like level and even it's within the confines of the moon base you fight through in maps 21 - 30.   About the only gripes I have with this megaWAD are with regards to maps 32, 29, and 30. I know the text file and map 31 give warnings about map 32 but there really should be some kind of alternate exit in map 32 instead of trapping you in place if you don't pass one of the puzzles. I wasn't a fan of how close quarters the IoS fight was in map 29, especially since it can get cramped quickly with monster spawns. Finally, the randomization of what keys spawn during your escape in map 30 isn't fun either. 10 minutes seems like plenty of time but between navigating the vent system (again) without light goggles and dealing with mid-tier enemies, that 10 minutes can get eaten up really quick.   Overall, it's still a fun megaWAD. I'd recommend at least giving it a shot.
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