ODESSA 1 ("Odessa_X" No name actually)

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Bob Evans

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The setting is somewhat medieval/modern. I do have a keen interest in castles and I think it is reflected in my wads. The scenic quality is pretty good (I think anyway). Somewhat of an Arena style.


id and gang. Jeff,Margie,Jeffrey and Stacey Maples-my family of testers.


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Too long ago to recall.

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  • 5

The first of the Odessa series, and one of the lighter Evans maps.  Very little incidental combat, rather oriented towards small setpieces interspersed with obscure progression.  It builds up to a fun final battle.  A good intro to the Odessa series - you're going to want to get used to the idea of checking for offset textures and things that look wrong in the automap.

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  • 4
A cerebral map that has been expertly textured and lit. Unfortunately few of the locations have any real atmosphere or sense of place; each is just a set-up for the next trap or puzzle. Redeemed in my eyes by the evident care of the author and steadily ramping difficulty, but I highly doubt that many people would have the patience for this nowadays. Beware that at least one switch is hidden behind an ordinary texture.

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    • By JudgeDeadd · Posted
      The cool visuals of map 02 are probably the selling point of this mapset. The gameplay is pretty good too, though boring at times. The music on map02 is a horrible cacophony though.
    • By JudgeDeadd · Posted
      Today the level feels pretty tacky, with tons of ZDoom effects thrown in willy-nilly. However the gameplay holds up even today, although the Arch-Vile at the end is pointless. Worth checking out for early ZDoom history.
    • By Gato606 · Posted
      Regular maps.  Some of them are not interesting at all
    • By JudgeDeadd · Posted
      With a great music track, excellent visuals and varied gameplay, Helpyourselfish is a must to check out. You might get a bit lost once or twice (hint: look for newly opened paths) but the overall progression is clear and the map flow is great. None of the fights feel unfair, on HMP the action feels rather tense at times but there's just enough health around to keep you going. My only gripe are the places where you can fall into lava and die without possibility of escape.
    • By Jayextee · Posted
      I had a dream once, true story, where I was playing DOOM and everything was kinda familiar but kinda not. Such is dream logic. Keys were the wrong colour, layouts were reversed or had new sections. And yet it still looked precisely like DOOM, the one I've come to know and love.   This is a set of maps that does the same thing; even some questionable choices like the damaging start sector of E1M5 add to the 'dream logic'; everything's familiar and yet, it's somehow wrong.   Definitely worth a curious look even if all you're going to do is get drunk and/or stoned and give it a shot to freak yourself out or something.