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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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    • By elend · Posted
      When first reading this wad's description I thought this will be a 1994 style map, where someone just tried to recreate his office building to shoot up his colleages. Boy, was I wrong!   Going Down emerged as one of my favourite megawads so far, with its very clever use of small to medium map space and interesting gameplay mechanics in every single map. The first couple of maps start innocent enough, but soon you will find yourself navigating literal crawl spaces, thinking about use of space and / or slight puzzle mechanics just before being thrown into hell itself and fighting for your life. Going Down is designed as a literal descent into hell, which was the most beautifully realized aspect of it. How every map slightly changes into a more and more hellish theme is just great, great design work. Even though the later maps delve into slaughter territory I must admit that I still quite enjoyed it. Actually this was the first time I enjoyed being slaugthered and figuring out how to approach the map.   Going Down is simply an amazing piece of work, oozing quality from start to finish and rewarding the player with incredible elevator music inbetween. A must play.
    • By Rosh Fragger · Posted
      Such a wonderful creation! I really wish there were some more maps so this could make it into ZDaemon Thursday Night Survival (TNS) someday...
    • By Ajora · Posted
      This is a solid contender for being the absolute best Megawad that I've ever played. 
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      I...did not review this, okay. well, it's blue and it's pretty decent and setpiece-y. get used to ribbiks' style and this one is just like all his other maps, very well-designed and fun to play. just watch out for MAP03's final area.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      it's one of those classic 90's wads you can probably just sift through, but it's not that good. plenty of inescapable pits, some awful level progression, and some actually trollish crusher placement lie within this one.
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