Jump to content

ODESSA 1 ("Odessa_X" No name actually)

   (7 reviews)
Sign in to follow this  


2 Screenshots

About This File

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.

User Feedback

Create an account or sign in to leave a review

You need to be a member in order to leave a review

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



Lovely puzzle-centric map that was a little more action-packed than I remember. Progression made sense and I didn't find myself wandering for too long without finding some way through the level. If you get lost in this level the automap helps a lot and gives some hints as to where the next area to explore might be hidden.

Share this review

Link to review


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.

Share this review

Link to review

Unknown date

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.

Share this review

Link to review
  • File Reviews

    • By GhoulDesecrator · Posted
      Had lots of fun playing it. Good levels, great aesthetics, and well humored. It's short too so i recommend checking it out.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      I initially had very high hopes for this wad, but they were to be dashed, as will be apparent later in this review.   The author, one Scot Ranney, produced a series of FUBAR Doom 2 wads in the mid 1990s. FUBAR 1 was interesting, but far too easy on account of the superabundance of health and ammo. FUBAR 2 was commendably challenging, but let down by obscure progression and bugginess.   FUBAR 3 looked like the real deal on the strength of its first two maps which are tough, atmospheric and imaginative (not to mention a bit weird - check out the way the end of the first map is linked to the opening of the second...). Map 3 starts off with the player facing up to a Spider Mastermind and a group of Arachnotrons, but it's a lot easier than it ought to have been, and really a bit of lazy design. That's followed by a complex switch puzzle which will please some, but leave others concerned for their slowly diminishing sanity. Map 4 has fairly difficult combat situations, but the sense of progression is lacklustre and some areas don't make much sense. The highlight is the exit room, for which you will need plenty of plasma, health and armour, not to mention a bit of luck.   But level 5, WTF?!! There may be some obvious or not so obvious solution which I missed completely, but really it seemed here that Ranney had decided to sign off by devaluing his own wad and disrespecting those who had taken the trouble to play it. You'll have to try it yourself to see what I mean by this, all I'll say is that this wad could and should have been a jewel amongst its contemporaries, if its author had taken the trouble to make it so....   5 stars each for the first two levels, three for the next two, zero for the last one.    
    • By NightmareZer0 · Posted
      Best game ever made. Period. This started it all. 
    • By guitardz · Posted
      Played on UV.  Some surprising encounters.  Excellent use of KDitD beastiary.  Overall a great E1 replacement for vanilla Doom.  Also, the secret level was brilliant, an amazing combination!
    • By Classicgamer6 · Posted
      Gameplay wise this WAD is okay, nothing too spectacular, but what it does right is detailing and setting the mood correctly. I recommend this if you like special effects in your Doom levels and it's short enough to beat in about an hour or so.