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The Enigma Episode v2.0

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Clean those shotguns and grab your thinking caps DOOMers! Here's nine levels of hot and tasty DOOM II action. For an _extra_ challenge play each level alone starting with a pistol. For a blastin' good time play them as an episode. All support difficulty levels and contain co-op and deathmatch starts.

This is a revision of the original release. Bugs have been fixed everywhere and all levels are significantly changed, I hope you'll find them both more challenging and more fun than before.


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NuMetalManiak

  

first of all the biggest issue I have with Enigma is I for some reason cannot extract the download from the zip file for some really dumb reason. have no idea what's up with that, but I have to download it from the DSDA archive and I'm not sure if anyone else has this problem besides me.

 

Enigma, a 9-level set by the late Jim Flynn, lives up to its name. this is the kind of wad where you will get lost, looking at completely odd, Maximum Doom-like detail (sorry, but is this really amazing design?), jumping puzzles (I never find these fun), and cryptic progression where if you're gonna try and get out somewhere, you might want to try to use random walls. some secrets are required. those weird Mandelbrot images look like fancy desktop wallpapers, and you're gonna spend some time looking at them since this set actually is quite long in individual level length. levels like Triplet and The Citadel are true highlights of the set, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here. another thing to take note of is that each of these original levels somehow had been released beforehand, while Jim actually compiled them all and released them as one wad which is this file.

 

gameplay actually is quite hard, for a set from 1995 that's quite an accomplishment. if you're not dealing with figuring out where to go, it's actually somewhat enjoyable. unfortunate that I spend quite a lot of time groping at the level progression and what I need to do. perhaps the design also didn't help matters. Jim's definitely a peculiar one, this and the Eternal Doom maps he made show just how powerful he is at trying completely off-the-wall things. me, I'm more traditional than this.

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sesq

  

Pretty good, very unique architecturally - everything is Huge and there's lots of vertical jumps. It's also very old, so it's a (lot) bit ugly, contributes to the charm for me. Just the right amount of challenge.

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Doomkid

  
Really hard, but damn fun!

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This WAD is way too hard, I spent almost 30 minutes for each levels and I got stuck on MAP06 but the detail is quite good

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Excellent.

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Great architecture and gameplay, far better than the v 1.0 - 5 stars, because I remember even today of this so fine pwad and the pleasure I had to play - Jive

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Enigma: the most fun you'll ever have with unmarked necessary secrets, bad texturing, needlessly massive areas, and unintuitive switch hunts. I'm dead serious, 4/5

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Ugly beyond belief, but also a great source of inspiration - cool ideas are everywhere. I'd recommend warping directly to MAP04 - if you don't like it, skip this mapset. Well deserved 3/5 stars, vdgg.

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I liked it. Jim effing Flynn! EFF YES!

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a strange one but still worth a go! an interesting concept for a first level considering the date of the release but yeh its no hell revealed thats for sure but a good episode replacement never the less =]

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shit

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A little too easy, but not without a certain charm.

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Not bad...3/5

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Seriously one of my favorite WADs ever. ~vf

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Boring and basic architecture. But good gameplay should keep you from being bored. 4/5

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    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
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