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Castle Phobos v3.1

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A nine level episode where the theme is set in a castle environment that is meant to be a challenge. Included is new fantastic music to keep you going. The music is pure pleasure for those who have a General-Midi music device. There are new monsters: A Seargent that looks similar to the player for multi-player confusion, Death's Shadow replacing the imps. You will find that the levels get increasingly more challenging to level 5 and eases off on levels 6 and 7 and becomes hard again on level 8. Level 9 is only tough if you insist on destroying every demon. Remember, this level is built so that you will never become trapped. Every room that has an entrance, has an exit! (Note: as a challenge, I mean without using cheat codes!)

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Yeah, nah. Unvandalised pure Doom and this might have scraped in with 3 stars. But no... insult has been added with awful graphics mods and gratingly annoying custom sounds. Why do people do this? I played with probably more than a 100 gameplay mods and could count on one hand those that were good enough to justify their existence. The rest are like nails on a blackboard as far as enjoyable play value goes. This gets an overly generous 2* (and only because there were no crashes or lockups).

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I already played Castle Phobos v5.0 for Doom II, converted by DragonRook 2 months after this first version, and I'm glad to find this one now. Thank you! 5 stars - Jive

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Eh, this is okay at best. Some of the new monster graphics are broken (the new sargent graphics have no death sequence), and the levels themselves could have used a lot more custom textures to improve upon the castle style. 3 stars.

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