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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 Chipchase · Posted
      Superb firework display of thousands of fireballs seeming in slow motion because of the vastness - mostly avoidable as they land where you were ages ago; but worth playing just to see it. A HUGE square surrounded by tiers with hundreds of imps and a few others, plus a blockhouse you can enter first to collect ammo.  Fighting through the hundreds of monsters when you get onto the tiers is another matter, overwhelming at UV. I cheated to finish so at least I could review.  Some HOM bugs.
    • By CountArchvile · Posted
      Terrence For fucks sake...
    • By Yura04kizel · Posted
      Laggy hell with 32k monsters and too much invulnerability spheres. Just... total vomit.
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Insanity, with voodoo dolls (see second screenshot).  I get the idea of a shooting gallery if that rocks your boat, but 6000 monsters behind railings- as far as the eye can see, FFS! My PC crawled when I looked towards the invuln spheres (someone said 32 k of them and you can't avoid picking up thousands at a time). In the end I cheated with god mode and no-clipping, and waded in among the chaingunners until I got bored.  
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Simple, clearly a first wad.  All on the flat with big, brightly lit, and architecturally implausible rooms. The first map has two rooms, the second map one, and the third map one plus a kind of exit lobby. You can do one of two things - just run past the monsters and finish (I did it in 35 seconds), or have a bit of fun killing the monsters first. No noticable bugs. I hope the author will go on (or went on) to greater things.
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