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The Fortified Castle

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Coming back from Middle Ages, and having killed everything in previous episode, The Monastery, you feel happy and proud of having helped your friends. Unfortunately, Hell Order did'nt appreciate your valour, and decided to intensify his efforts to heradicate all kind of rebellion. Seeing this, General Mac Porter orders you to go back to Middle Ages, a few years later than your previous raid. As possible as you can, use tricks instead of frontal assaults, because this mission is harder than the previous you completed so well. Rebellion does'nt want to loose one of its best members. Some secret areas may help you, if you find them.


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Meril

  

Nice, quite big (200 monsters in UV, takes me 20minutes) castle map. Use of Heretic textures in Doom wad is questionable, but map is not looking bad. Flat textures of teleporter aren't alligned. Architecture is really good. Fighting is intense mostly in cramped pleces. I stucked for a while becouse keys are in secret areas. For its time: 8/10

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It's an okay castle-ish level with mostly Heretic textures, which fortunately seem to have been palette-converted with decent software this time, so they're no uglier than they have to be (the author also seems to have done a decent job of picking the better ones, although that ugly stained glass that was so popular to rip is there). Gameplay is passable; the mancubus courtyard area was somewhat challenging. Overall an average map though, nothing particularly wrong with it but not that great either.

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Got stuck looking for the yellow key - silly me for not realising I had to run around clickin on graves to see if one would lower a wall, revealing a hidden section of the level vital to progress. Map looks good, textures really suit it. Hard to believe this is dated from 95. 2 stars for hidden key.

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The author obviously has a good feel for architecture but Heretic/Hexen textures don't suit DOOM at all. They looked out of place in Eternal and WoS and worse here. Add the ammo/powerup overkill, complete disregard for proper flats alignment and the blaring soundtrack, and from above-average this drops to 2/5 - N_A

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Doomkid

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Impressive architecture for such an old wad.

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  • File Reviews

    • By Meril · Posted
      For 1995 design is ok. But is VERY short. 3 min in slow pace.  Map is easy af.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Square rooms, no details, ugly. Secrets aren't flagged as secret. Only for crappy-wad-lovers.
    • By Meril · Posted
      For 1995, not bad. Some ideas, are really cool, but they're mixed with dumb things. Texture misalignments are common. Overall I had nice time with this.
    • By Nems · Posted
      Aside from a couple of stinkers (I'm looking at you, maps 20 and 33), this was a pretty fun and challenging map set to play through. For the time limit imposed in order to make these maps, they're of pretty nice quality, I think. While I wasn't the biggest fan of the (in my opinion) overusage of Arch-Viles and Revenants, it was still a fair challenge.
    • By Classicgamer6 · Posted
      Disregard earlier review server error caused me to download the incorrect file. So what do I like? The textures combined with the sharp lighting contrast between heavy dark and rather bright areas. What I don't like is the rather empty feeling level with large rooms and corridors filled with medium tier enemies on Ultra Violence, i.e cacodemons and hellknights, while only given a shotgun and chaingun. The issue with this is that encounters become more tedious than dangerous. I would add a super shotgun or spread out the medium tier enemy placement. The level detailing leaves a lot to be desired with the large empty grey rooms/corridors reminding me more of Half-Life than Doom. With some more detailing and better monster/weapon placement I would rank this higher but as it stands this level leaves a lot to be desired.
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