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The Fireworks Factory

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It was just like last year's Fourth of July celebration. You were tagging along with your friends and fellow Americans, watching the fireworks go off in the distance, and downing enough bottles of beer to drown out your own blood. Suddenly, however, the sparks started to look... different. They glowed a dark red, and began falling to the Earth instead of dissipating. People began to panic as the sparks landed upon them and set them fully ablaze in an instant. You, however, stayed resolute. You knew who was responsible for this: The Legions of Hell! With your trusty pistol at your side, you make your way to the nearest fireworks factory -- where your keen senses tell you the demons reside.

You will not let a bunch of hellspawn ruin the Fourth of July.

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This is a level I designed in less than 24 hours on the Fourth of July, 2009. After playing Qingshuo Wang's Rocketeer (ROKETEER.WAD), I was inspired to make a rockets-only level, and felt that it would be appropriate to do so on this particular day. The level uses mainly red, white, and blue textures, and I even turned the yellow keys into white keys! I implemented skill levels on this map, so if you find Ultra-Violence too hard -- and you just might -- try Hurt Me Plenty or lower. Your patriotic carnage is set to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and when you win the level, you are treated to Emanuel Leutze's famous painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware." You can even find it in the level itself if you're eagle-eyed enough. All in all, I hope you have fun on this level, and if you're from the United States, have a happy Fourth of July!

Oh, yeah, and the level does not realistically or accurately represent an actual fireworks factory. The title is just something I felt was appropriate given the idea behind this level.


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As of July 10, 2009, this WAD has been updated. (It was uploaded on July 7, but was only processed yesterday.) This new version fixes a bug that prevented 100% Kills when played in Boom, and makes other minor edits to visuals and gameplay. As of this writing, all supported mirrors have this new version except for the Texas mirror. Have fun! -TGH! (July 11, 2009. Rated "average" for the sake of balance.)

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This is dated July 2009. It is intended to celebrate the date on which our country graciously gave the American colonies their freedom. You fight 129 baddies - probably a symbolic number - exclusively with rockets in a simple metallic techbase, basically one central hall with some adjoining rooms. You get loads of health and ammo and you can skip the final battle; it's more of a novelty celebration than an actual level to play and enjoy.

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Just like America, it's awful.

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Low-raters, why do you hate America?

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A(n) (almmost entirely) red, white, and blue map with all rockets for weapons and a few 4th-related music tracks. A bit easy with all the ammo at times, but fun and a nice tribute. 4/5

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Hell yeah! A real American map! This is actually a pretty darn fun map, albeit short and simple.

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The actual level design is actually good. But the gameplay is boring and sometimes anything but fun with those revants firing there rockets at you. There is also not really anything "American" about this map besides a MIDI version of the American anthem that plays in the background. I would have given this a 3/5 stars if the revants had not been there (or at least no so many of them) but as it stands i can't give this a higher rating then a 2/5 stars. Sorry Baker:(

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quote ... "There is also not really anything "American" about this map". You obviously didn't find the secret room :p . Not bad at all. Risen3D users should put the switch -c_stairs_off on the command line.

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That...was..BEAUTIFU L!!! 50 stars[and 13 stripes]

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Nothing special, really. Confined spaces, rocket launcher and an annoying revenant window. 2/5

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a rocket fest; fun but too short, too much ammo and health (skill 2); 4/5

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Very easy/boring for casual play but probably fun for speedrun. Nice visuals too, even though it's basically one main color for the entire map.

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good for one go

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    • By chlef · Posted
      No, this is not a 5 star wad, not by a longshot. It is an acceptable time killer though and it's also marred by some teleporter confusion. It's small and the cyberdemon is pretty easy to get rid of, so as name suggests, don't panic.
    • By NoXion · Posted
      Some decent gameplay ideas here. The idea of the level itself being an enemy is perhaps most exemplified by the room with the large crusher taking up the most of the middle. In each corner that room is a lantern, and these are solid objects that you have to negotiate while passing through this room, as they force you to move into the zone of the crusher. Early on I got a little careless and was crushed to death. From that point I took the map a little more cautiously.

      The experience of the level is marred somewhat by the back-and-forth travelling one has to do to complete it. I get that the point was to keep the player running through the gauntlet of the traps, but some bits of it were tedious in a way that I don't think the author intended. The doors are poorly marked; the yellow key door is just a carved face. Some areas are needlessly cramped, the starting area especially. This isn't to say that there aren't any areas in this level where cramped surroundings do work; there's a room that's full of imps past one of the teleporters that's a fun little skirmish, although you have to be very good at dodging. And I noticed an error in one of the traps:



      But overall I had fun. 
    • By chlef · Posted
      Yeah, doesn't merit a 5, but it is a very good small map.
    • By chlef · Posted
      Dull, ordinary, dull, plain and dull. Barely acceptable as a time killer when you are desperate. The only impression the mapper leaves you with is laziness. A little more effort and this could have been OK.
    • By P1e0r0c0y · Posted
      9.5/10. My Favourite Ultimate Doom Megawad for sure. Awesome levels, secrets and great monster placement.    Heres my video review-    
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