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WADS OF THE DAMNED: PART ONE: BLOODY DREAMS

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Wads of the Damned are puzzling, death-monger wads that will push your true DOOMing abilities. The part-one wads load in as levels 1,2 & 3 respectively. If you are a thinking player, you will not need to resort to cheat codes to survive. All the DAMNED wads contain 4 DEATHMATCH starts and player 1-4 starts. Each wad has been thoroughly tested for both single and modem play (special thanks to Marty Ray for help with the modem play). The wads are also desgined to be played in sync, meaning, if you jump to #3 without retriving the weapons of #1 & #2, you will not survive.

DAMNED01 is the heaviest on puzzle. Failure to throw switches in a precise order will result in death and frustration. The wad should be taken with caution. "Rambo" style playing will unleash too many monsters at the same time. The wad is based loosely on the bottom left corner of an old map I have for the original ZORK (i.e. the chasm, the bank and the volcano).

DAMNED02 is linear for the single player, but has plenty of loops and hiding places for DEATHMATCH. Of the three, this one is my favorite. Monsters may seem heavy, but they are actually easy if you are calculating and methodical. In single player mode, you are always pointed in the right direction to complete the wad.

In DAMNED03, I decided to let loose. I had a fun house in mind when I put it together. Animated walls, light tubes and an exit room from hell will splatter your blood several times before you get this one right. It plays well in both single and modem play, but the order you find the keys in affects your survivability significantly in single play.

If you need any hints or have comments, don't hesitate to drop me a line!

Sean 73042,3405

COMING JANUARY 31: WADS OF THE DAMNED PART TWO: THE EDGE OF SANITY


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Summer Deep

· Edited by Summer Deep

  

This has its faults, but I'd rate it as pretty much a 'hidden gem' amongst obscure early Doom 2 wads.


The first map is slated in one of these reviews as irretrievably old-fashioned, but so what? Progression requires some hard thinking early on, then there's some tough combat in the second phase (those hidden chaingunners behind the wall can be lethal).


Second map is more straightforward and good fun, though the decision to include a concealed exit might test your patience a little. Also I'd like to have seen the Revenants free to roam, rather than being penned into cages.


The final level is imaginative and memorable, but is perhaps a bit too clever for its own good. The area with the Spider Mastermind and the Mancubus can be buggy, and the yellow key area seems a bit redundant, though it does contain a secret (and more chaingunners behind false walls).


The maps are meant to be played continuously with weapon carryovers. They date from the mid 1990s and are packaged as individual wad files, just as they were on the 1995 DZone Gold CD. Not sure how they are or were supposed to be run, but I loaded them sequentially in the excellent Rocket Launcher, and that worked fine. Presumably the same could be done in ZDL. 


An excellent effort for 1994. I'd give it 4+ out of 5.

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UV en 7 vies - Eye's

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I had a hard time believing that these are really that old. Designs that make sense and use Doom's features effectively are quite rare among the 94' wads. 4/5 - Belial

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Three maps dated December 1994, saved as separate files, although e.g. DAMNED02 is Map02. DAMNED01 is awful, a switch puzzle with memory-based gameplay that belongs in a bygone decade. DAMNED02 is better, a dungeon with gameplay, but it's still very puzzly and fiddly. The design looks better than typical 1994 maps, e.g. it looks like something from 1995. DAMNED03 is better still, a solid level for the period with a flow, although its very average today.

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  • File Reviews

    • By Chipchase · Posted
      More tripe.  Huge badly designed and featureless rooms that give you leg ache just watching going through them. The opposition from monsters is pitiful. 
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      A busted crock of shit. The map is random scribble, it's insane.  Why do they upload this tripe?  The third screenshot above gives an idea what to expect.
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      Consists of some rooms to be opened in key sequence from a central area. Doors are narrow and each reveals a row of monsters waiting for you, and you don't have enough ammo (I had to cheat). No atmosphere, bright lighting, and mostly Wolfenstein-ish cuboid rooms. Technically OK, with minor texture mis-matches. At least his own summary was modest.   Give it a miss.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      cannonball is yet another mapper who will probably take some getting used to when it comes to his maps. I remember hating on Return to Hadron when I first played it, but after subsequent plays it got easier. the same can be said for a lot of his other wads.   while this is my first time playing through Sparta 2, I easily got into cannonball's playstyle. his architecture style is always the same, as are his usage of monsters, basically you'll be running around often in the heat of monsters; the space is wide enough to accomodate this kind of playstyle and you just gotta be quite wary of where projectiles are flying. even if the monster count is low the layouts make things rough. but overall, what I like most about cannonball's maps is how well they can be run through. sure, you're gonna be dealing with a fuckload of carnage in these maps, but they all are very speedrun-friendly which is a plus. notable maps include:   MAP08, which is probably the roughest start in the wad MAP12, which has a false sense of security with its monster count. the two slaughter finales which are both well done.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      I don't pretend to understand any of the promotional material accompanying this map, relating to wizards and the like, and it just seems like a typically unsubtle early offering, albeit on a grand scale. One of the reviews says you can't get out of the Cyberdemon arena once you've teleported into it near the start, but the bad news is that you can. The final room with the Spider Mastermind is quite lively and entertaining, if you persevere that far.   The version of this I played was a Doom 2 conversion, which ran in the MAP10 slot, with some Revenants, chaingunners and Pain Elementals, but if you download the one on this page you'll probably get the original wad.  
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