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Reverie

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A brand new, 32-level megawad for Vanilla Doom 2.exe. Inspired from and made in the style of 90's megawads.


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Gato606

  

Interesting and enjoyable megawad, nice story with custom screen scrollers too

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Hellser

  

The mapset is a load of fun, save for Map31. It took a friend of I three hours to complete the level together - and that was consulting Doom Builder. Outside of Map31, the rest of the maps were a load of fun and would encourage others to play it.

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Gallic00

  

Fun and relaxing.  I liked how longer, adventure levels were seperated by shorter ones.  It was refreshing.

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galileo31dos01

· Edited by galileo31dos01

  

Done with these settings:

 

- Crispy Doom 3.5

- Hurt Me Plenty, Ultra-Violence.

- Continuous for myself, and pistol starts for the DW Megawad Club.

- Saves every 10 minutes or so. 

 

This is a good old school-ish megawad with plenty of fun scenarios. Very Memento Mori-ish as well as keeping it original. It's also notable one inspiration was TNT, as some levels are structured resembling the most memorable maps of the iwad. A lot of well developed switch-hunting and puzzles, I never felt lost to be honest. About visuals, they are ok, some neat rooms like in map 18, some arrows to mark where to go (which I find acceptable), very neat trick with doors at the end of map 17, I liked how map 30 was a mixture of Caribbean-Last Call-Viper style, map 22 has some nice Pharaoh textures well used. In general, visuals are not outstanding, but that's fine, although in terms of secrets, visuals practically don't help, it was really hard to spot a misaligned wall or a simple different detailed portion of a pillar, stuff like that. Map 31 comes to my mind, the way to get the keys felt obscure, not uninteresting but I had to resort to a video to look for the blue key... On the other side, cool midis!

 

Combat is ok, there are great encounters and easy ones. One of the most common things to see is gunners in straightforward corridors, something that became very predictable throughout the wad. Many cybers and queen spiders used really good. Not a fan of those ride a lift/take this teleport - two/three revenants right in your face, but these were uncommon.

 

My favourite maps so far are 01, 08, 16, 20, 22, 24, 28 and 29. The others are good too, specially map 30 in which I really appreciate the IoS fight not being stressful.

 

So yeah, recommendable wad for people seeking non-modern stuff. I'll give this 7.5/10

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Aquanet

  
More successful at being memento mori than memento mori.

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NuMetalManiak

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Reverie is a wad that, even though I go back to it a lot, I can't bring myself to like it as much as others. it's a wad that draws a boatload of inspiration from many other classic wads, exemplifying the styles of classic authors well, and you can see what styles the author goes for in each map. not to forget the continuity nods each level exit has to the next, which is always a plus. gameplay can be all over the place depending on the map, the secrets can be quite nasty, but the whole thing feels awfully disjointed at times, like big and small map dynamics work in weird ways especially around the middle of the set. key hunting and switch hunting in the big maps is quite the time killer too. it's certainly not bad bad but it's still not something I enjoy all that much.

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Guest

  
Pretty good.

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Luv it!

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Guest

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5/5

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It's all worth the effort, as the music.

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This is a good wad, but we've seen far batter lately in terms of megawads (jenesis, prcp etc).

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Sorry, but there's no way you can make a good megawad in just 3 hours. It takes me more then 3 hours to make a SINGLE map. Anyway I guess the author was just screwing around, but still... 4/5

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Sweet jesus this is just awesome. :) -The_Afrit

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This is at least a solid 4/5, although I have the feeling that Interception is going to out-compete it for "truly" seeming like another mid-late 90s megawad. Still, that's by multiple authors and this (mapwise) only by one, so good work.

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Great stuff !! - Chips O'Tool

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This is a superb megawad and I totally agree with all the "one of the best megawads ever" comments. The fact that it was done by just one man is amazing. Rock solid 5/5 but deserves more.

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one of my favourite megawads. nothing too flashy, but it really gets to the essence of what makes doom great. it's really artfully made and excellently arranged and paced. fantastic gameplay and level design. The first half of the wad has some puzzles that can be kind of obtuse, but they're not really bad, just more complex than what i would expect from a doom level.

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Marcaek

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Pretty cool stuff, although the keyhunt in map10 can be infuriating if you aren't a patient person, and Map31 is something of an acquired taste(although very cool architecturally). I thought Doom core had a few better "concept levels" in it however.

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Play it now! 5/5

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Really fantastic work!

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Along with the Memento Mori series, best oldstyle megawad. I'm impressed. Good job Krizik. 5/5

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Guest

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I've just played through this again and I'd forgotten just how damned good it is.

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drifter20k

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Dick tested, Cock approved!!!

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wonderful!! 5/5

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  • File Reviews

    • By E.M. · Posted
      This right here is one of the oldest joke wads ever made, and its parodies of bad map design are still relevant to this day.
    • By SilverMiner · Posted
      The soundtrack is coherent thruout the whole
    • By LateToDOOM2020 · Posted
      No idea how this works Its doom magic!
      Very cool
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      Ok not going to lie, but I thought this shitpost megawad was made last year and NOT from February of 1998 which also technically predates the original Mockery wad by a few months 👀!?
    • By Catpho · Posted
      The first truly mature map of yakfak's. The puzzly, "inner logic" map mechanisms and scavenger, dungeon rat gameplay of their previous levels Meep Keep & Hexasketch returns, but whereas those can feel clunky and barebone at points despite the strong authorial voice, here it is fully fleshed out: the setting is evocative, the construction shows the strong command of shapes that defines yakfak's later works, the item placement and layout bends and loops in complicated and surprising ways, the level's moment-to-moment gameplay is filled with a sense of discovery and wonder.   Job has a strong hook in its text file, but what players might not realize is that they must really hang on to every word in its description to even be aware of the level's main concept. In Never_Again's in-depth review for /newsuff (which I highly recommend for details or if you are feeling stuck), he mentions being locked out if you took the "easy" route out, but I feel that's incomplete, as the real reason hinges on the player being conscious of what they are doing in a representationalist sense. In other words, to be able to reach your dream, you shouldn't just interact and go everywhere at random, but try to think about what you are doing in the context of the game's world. The solution will be clear if you square it with what yakfak hints at. There are complications: the in-game hint system of crosses and arrows are counter-intuitive, and exploration will eventually lead you to the combat zone, which itself is a puzzle unravel as supplies require routing and withholding combat through treacherous enemy placement, with only a berserked fist as defense (HMP or below is strongly recommended). In my own experience, it was fun but exhausting to make it through to the AV-guarded yellow key and slowly solve the piece, but I got massively demoralized when I read Never_Again's review that I had already locked myself out of the second half of the map. It was only when I was showcasing the Doomcute in this map to someone else that the level's inner logic finally clicked, and after some experimentation, which was much smoother thanks to me already being aware of the level's layout and lingering mysteries, I managed to solve it.   The feeling of "lore" behind the level's trials and tribulations is my favorite thing about Job, and I wish it didn't take a review for me to "get it". In terms of intriguing combat, intricate moments, or imaginative layout and visuals, I think zzzv tops themself in (woefully underrated) levels like Spidersilk, Nato, and Northern Powerhouse. Nevertheless, an essential stop for yakfak fans, and a memorable journey for those who look for Doom off the beaten path.
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