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Hellbound

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32 map megawad with collections of maps made from different periods of my doom mapping hobby, along with new ones. All old maps are re-polished to make them consistent in look with the newer ones. Maps are "progressively" chained together (so the previous map's end is more or less linked to the next one's start). Difficulty is medium, sometimes hard, but not insane. Experienced players can do it in UV without any problem.

HBFM29.wad: the full version of MAP29. Load this if you think your port/computer can handle the awesomeness (or laggyness) of it. Barely any gameplay difference, though.


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Guest

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In a few of the maps you find yourself wandering in a huge, depopulated labyrinth for ages until you find the exit. This makes them somewhat annoying. 5 stars for the rest!

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subject_119

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Really good but all the caco fights where they are 30 with 2 pain elementals were so boring (like 10 minute each) and you have to kill them otherwise they'll reach the top of the map and block you, so you jsut lose much much time doing something not fun. Though the rest of the wad is really amazing and cool to play (maybe a bit dark), the midi version of hellbound and the map it's played really rocked!

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Guest

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Doomworld needs more quality megaWADs like this.

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Guest

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On par with any wad you might think of or have ever played. Gameplay is stunning and visuals none too shabby either! Easily one of the best megawads out there, with excellent replay value as well. Amazing considering it's just one guy's work... Map29 probably makes it into my top 5 all time favorite slaughter maps!

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Zalewa

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Deserves cacoward. Each level is large, long, extremely detailed and has great gameplay.

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Guest

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Truly excellent. Architecture and level design is stunning. Difficulty levels are near perfect and attention to detail is staggering. One of the best wads in this whole database. A very talented level designer. Almost prefect. 5/5

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Guest

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This could possibly be a 2013 Cacoward, its probably the best singleplayer/coop wad I've played this year :) - DevilutioN

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cannonball

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The gameplay is good throughout though there could still be a little more mixing up of the traps. The visuals for a wad which only really uses IWad textures range from very good to absolutely stunning. 5 stars just about. Definitely cacoward worthy.

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Guest

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Amazing megawad, one of the best I played.

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rsl

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The level of detail is nice but never goes overboard, the best IMHO. The design of most levels is large and encourages exploration, but sometimes the average amount of darkness and the complexity of paths you must take get a bit annoying. Overall, a good set of levels!

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Guest

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Another awesome Megawad this week.... YES !! Cheers Popsicleman313

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wildweasel

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This is well worth checking out.

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Guest

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Finally some good levels are coming out after several disasters from the terryspammers who have nothing better to do with their lives. This is a very good set of levels... that provides al ot of fun and action. Not completely done with it, but I like what I see. 4/5

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Zahid

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great work worth playing

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Guest

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Likely one of the best Megawads I've ever played. I hope the author decides to make more like this!

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Guest

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Newer megawad that has consistently great visuals and level design, and manages to be varied and challenging without resorting to cheapness or devolving into yet another slautherfest ? Who could have guessed that thing like this actually exist.

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Acid

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Very good wad.

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Guest

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masterpiece. 5/5

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Guest

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This is a real masterpiece, perhaps the finest modern megawad. Map 16 is my new favourite urban-style map, gigantic beautifully detailed masterpiece that could be right at home in some Duke 3D mod. I played this with Brutal Doom, which is imo a pretty god match for this megawad (no new monsters, and difficulty never gets too high in a way that could damage playability with BD).

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Cool as shit! 5/5 -Tomiklesz (Bakker, most látok először magyar WADot :D)

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Guest

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I love it.

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this map pack is seriously one of the most detailed, one of the most well paced ive played. ever. its one of the greats, and i suggest giving it a go. play with accessories to murder, brutal, (shameless promotional plug here...but seriously) operation inhuman, or pfenh to really bring out how modern it feels. solid, beautiful, fun. download it. cortlong50

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Sergeant_Mark_IV

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The atmosphere is superb. City levels have a great 80/90's doomsday feeling, while Hell levels feels a lot like Doom 64. Probably the best Vanilla Megawad I have ever played. - Sergeant_Mark_IV

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  • File Reviews

    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      This is basically 1squares.wad for Doom1. If you're not familiar w/ 1squares, it is arguably one of the earliest true slaughtermaps ever released. The map consists of a very large middle area, which is surrounded by a ring of nearly identical square rooms.   There are 500+ monsters in this map, w/ almost all of them taking residence in the external squares 'ring' surrounding the large open area in the middle. There are many spidermasterminds in the middle area that torment you from long range, so I recommend taking them out w/ the plaz at the first given chance.   There's an abundance of ammo and power-ups in this map, w/ no real attempt at ammo-balancing. This makes this map a bit of a power-fantasy. It took me about 20 minutes to UVMAX, and was not exceptionally difficult - likely due to the lack of Doom2 monsters...   The final showdown pits you against 10 very angry cybies. Thankfully, the author was kind enough to provide a multitude of invulns, and there is more than enough cells in this map to wipe the floor w/ them.   Overall 3/5   The only gripe I have w/ this map is that the texture work and geometry is so basic. I would have liked to see some more variance in design. Once you've looked at the first room, you've basically seen the whole map...   The gameplay was actually quite fun, though - so maybe give this one a try? :)          
    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      I quite enjoyed this map. The opening shot of the castle is quite atmospheric, (see rd.'s screenshot below) even now. There has been obvious attention to detail here, as the map has very few unaligned textures / other visual bugs.   The numerous vanilla attempts at 'DoomCute' really won me over, especially the red felt pool-table, and shower complete w/ soapbar.   The map suffers a bit in the gameplay department - mainly because of its very low monster count. Difficulty is lukewarm at best, and power-ups are quite plentiful.   Navigation was a little bit difficult at first, as much of the map's main progression is hidden behind secret doors - I didn't initially read the readme where the author was kind enough to state: "Hint look for secret stuff in the billiard room." Once I started humping a couple walls, I figured it out.   Overall 4/5.   Some clean design in this map. You can really tell the authors put their hearts and best effort into this one.   This WAD is based off of an earlier WAD, "bcdeath5.wad". That version was apparently far less polished, and was created to run w/ Doom1.  
    • By Endless · Posted
      Quite interesting maps with a unique aesthetic and an attractive design in most levels. 10 maps, 4 more than the previous session and with a particularly nice theme but somewhat explosive and terrible for the end. The gameplay is usually quite fast and explosive, but manageable, until of course, the ending, which I feel ruins the main essence and turns this into a joke. But it's ASS, these maps are usually jokes (some bad or some good) even so I think it's better than the previous session and has a few quite memorable scenes. Xaser and Darsycho create some pretty interesting maps with an appreciable magnitude that I think it's worth trying if you don't want to play the full session. There are certain maps that have a rather cryptic progress and I'm not even sure if they can be completed without some form of cheating (MAP02 and MAP04) but still, I had fun. I would've probably give this map 3 stars if it wasn't for the horrible arch-vile traps at the end of each map.   Xaser is just great at creating this kinds of levels.
    • By Arrowhead · Posted
      Great '94 map - unusually competent in visuals for the time.   Gameplay is pretty easy nowadays, but still enjoyable.   Only reason this doesn't get 5 stars, (for a '94 WAD) is that there are a couple unmarked secrets. That's really the only complaint I have. That, and the final fight on UV can be a bit of a slog - make sure you grab the invulnerability sphere in the cyber's room, as the weapons provided in this map aren't really adequate to take out a cyber. I had to wittle him down w/ single-shotgun blasts - not the most fun in the world...   Regardless, great map - anachronistic in the sense that the visuals are so great for '94. :)   Crying shame the author only made 2 maps, and the other one seems lost to time...
    • By rd. · Posted
      This is not the best ASS, and the experience can be bumpy, but I enjoyed how cheeky it is. It also lacks padding, which is only a bad thing if these puns are interpreted too literally.    Summary: 
        - reasonably idea-rich on a moment-to-moment level. the "nightmare sequence" theme was very good, and every author who used it interpreted it in some strange way. 
      - solid atmosphere and visuals (bathing everything in darkness does wonders for bare speedmapped visuals).
      - gameplay has some unusual bits (punching stuff in the dark; going semi-pacifist at times when you don't have enough ammo to kill stuff or if you don't want to chainsaw lots of spectres). I liked those aspects, but they might be divisive. 
      - brief: with six very short maps, it was over before it outstayed its welcome. 
      - rough execution at times, as you'd expect from a two-hour speedmap session. also some softlocks in map01 (a coffin?! feels intended lol) and map03 (ZDoom-only lift).    Nothing special but I enjoyed myself. The two people who gave the first three reviews were overly harsh; it's not that awful. :)   
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