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HADES LAIR

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A cold breeze blows against the back of your neck. Goosebumps ripple up your flesh, leaving a sick feeling in your stomach. You stand before the holy teleporter and the gates to Hades. A life long search is finally over. Legend says, "To enter is to never leave..."


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Sui Generis

  
A modest brown stone/rock level from '95 with a weak opposition and slightly poor progression with backtracking. The architecture is reasonably varied and interesting and the layout has some interconnection. Some of the small scale detailing is quite impressive for the time. The progression is obtuse as one switch (hint: in the tekgren room) lowers a wall near the start at the other end of the level. There are only 64 monsters, so overall this is easy but ok & fun for a quick, casual play. 3.5/5

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This medium-sized map with a small monster population provides surprisingly interesting and varied gameplay. It is highly non-linear and keeps the player in sufficient danger that health is always a concern. Architecture is well thought-out and logical, allowing free movement but with good-looking structures and even some twiddly detail here and there. If you liked "Sentinels Of Damnation" by the same author, then you'll almost certainly enjoy this one at least as much.

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This is dated December 1995. It's not bad. It starts off with a lift/switch puzzle that's either clever or aggravating depending on your mood, but the rest is a pleasantly nostalgic dungeon. It would have been a decent addition to a contemporary megawad. Against it, it's very undemanding, and the progression is sometimes obtuse. It takes pains to stop you getting trapped, but you can still get stuck if you try to explore the shooty-switch pool.

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    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Nice mini episode, reminds me of some sort of amateurish Plutonia Experiment sometimes. Pretty enjoyable!
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      A very decent challenge. Took me about half a dozen attempts to crack it on UV. The wad is from 2015, but could just as well have been from around 1997. Solid, traditional classic Dooming.
    • By riderr3 · Posted
      The visual level design here is mostly similar to Plutonia and its unofficial sequels PL2 and PRCP. But it is by no means a gameplay part, since for example the gameplay in the first maps revolves around ammo shortage with not so much opposition (although it was tight in places, I admit), while the latter maps are somewhat reminiscent of slaughterwads with a bunch of ammunition and opponents.   The same applies to the size of the maps - the first ones can be completed in 6-7 minutes, while the last ones takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Although this could be explained by a kind of progress, despite the fact that even MAP12 (the first map in wad) is not a walk in the park.   I am not opposed to forced pistol-start (maybe even for), but usually if the levels should be completed in this way, they should be better balanced, as the ability to store things from previous levels is discarded.
      And again, I repeat as previous speakers - perhaps some arch-viles were even superfluous. This is especially noticeable when you go through the same room several times.
    • By Spectre01 · Posted
      Mostly enjoyable set in vein of "Plutonia but harder" and with larger fights. Visuals are often minimalistic, with combat being the focus of making the maps interesting. Expect plenty of Viles to resurrect what you kill and forced pistol starts on every map. 3/5
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      Pretty nice map, some parts are been a little rushed out like the columns texture alignment, but overall the structure and the layout is pretty cool!
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