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The Orangery

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Back at the end of the 18th century, the demon hell spawn first began secretly to colonise the Earth. They landed near the South Coast of England and slowly began to battle their way North meeting resistance but usually crushing it without mercy or compunction.

They finally reached Sussex and took over an old building there called The Orangery. This building is now owned by a UK Software House and there are some who would say that the current incumbents bear more than a passing resemblance to the demons and monsters of old.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to work your way through this huge area, blagging everything that moves, locate all the keys and escape through the exit. You should know early on in the game where the exit is, but it's a hell of a job to get through it and you will need to solve many puzzles and avoid many traps before you achieve this.


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2/5 There's a few novel bits of architecture not derived from the map's inspiration, found chiefly in the basement. Some intense firefights resulting from enemy swarms but as noted, it feels incredibly empty and is a chore to clear completely.

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Uuuuhgh... this is one of the old and pointless maps that I always hope not to find in my folder. It's large, and since it's short of any details and has an unconsistent texturing, it's much too large for my taste. The gameplay is way too easy with all the heavy weapons and goodies and one Archvile being the hardest monster. A boring map in all respects. 1.5/5 -Milian

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This is dated May 1997. It's possibly the only Doom level set in Sussex, England. I surmise, based on the readme and email address, that it's a "my workplace" level based on the offices of William Data Systems; in which case the company must be huge, because despite having 241 baddies the level feels empty. It has all the problems of this type of map, in that there are lots of small square rooms that look the same, but you have to search each one for keys.

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    • By Doge Sword · Posted
      this is a mockery of two of the best wads of all time.  on top of that gameplay sucks.  don't get it for your sake.
    • By leodoom85 · Posted
      Another solid mapset that captures the PSX version feel perfectly. Maps comes in all flavors, from techbases and urban areas to the menacing void and, of course, HELL and also has some unexpected secrets which you might play it to see. Of course, I absolutely love the PSX version of Doom and this one is no exception. Gameplay speaking, it's pretty balanced and thought out nicely...with ambushes, good monster placement and really nasty traps which you must avoid it at all costs. One thing that will help you a lot is the addition of a new weapon...seriously, that thing is powerful...check it out and try. Maps have a nice look that helps you to be inmersed in the atmosphere and coupled with the music, it's much better.   Great recommendation, give it a try and you'll have a fun time.
    • By leodoom85 · Posted
      Since I tested the map, I can say that playing it again it still surprises me the amount of effort and detail of the gameplay used, like a lot of portals, clever effects like the one used before you pick up the yellow key saying nope and many nice references including a special secret. Gameplay itself for combat is pretty straightforward with some nasty stuff for you in the Nightmare difficulty. Try that out by all means. Really solid stuff which I totally recommend you folks and play it.
    • 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.
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