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The Warlock's Hearth

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Your world is collapsing around you and your only hope is a portal leading to further danger. Once home to a powerful warlock, his demonic minions are now free to use his magical abode to open portals to distant lands as they see fit. They should be stopped.

The Warlock's Hearth is a very large map for limit-removing ports with an emphasis on atmosphere, exploration and enjoyable fights that still challenge the player without putting the pressure on all the time. The map features an .ogg soundtrack courtesy of Der Wolfmensch (Marco from Decoded Feedback's sideproject).


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Spectre01

  

Cool adventure-style map with a high level of detail and plenty of variety in both themes and gameplay. 4/5

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plums

  
Great map, excellent architecture and atmosphere. I like Zalewa's choice of word: "relaxing" difficulty, plenty to keep you interested but never especially hard or overwhelming. I could've done with a bit more challenge at times. A very well-constructed, engrossing adventure nonetheless.

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Liberation

  
Very nice map. Found ammo a bit scarce, that being my only compliant. The theme I liked looked lovely and mixed well with different sections, the tech base area I really enjoyed. Took me 40 mins with 96% kills. Epic!

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NuMetalManiak

  
Thing 1520 is only flagged on UV meaning that one mancubus never teleports in on lower difficulties. other than that, nice.

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Zalewa

  
Excellent large level with 700 monsters that are strung out so it's not a slaughter map and it never feels like any section is needlessly prolonged. The map is well balanced and provides lots of space to manuever and lots of pickups so that the difficulty level is relaxing - you don't need to worry too much about getting killed here. I'm not a big fan of the music choice, though.

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Guest

  
5 stars.

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Guest

  
Very nice!

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Bryan T

  
Would've preferred it spread across multiple maps but it's great. The music especially. https://youtu.be/4Sr PVi-VZcI

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Gustavo6046

  
Very good map for it. Keep it up!

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    • By Gaia74 · Posted
      I must say that although it is a wad of terry, I would like to find a serious one like this, new enemies very interesting and original just for their attacks, bosses that have inspired me (and you can see it in my creations) and it is really amazing like this wad despite having their terry traps is entertaining and much better than many wads of 32 levels, if you want to have something interesting to play and different as long as you ignore the story is fun filled with very good boss fights, excellent music, this is an option although if you can not stand the terry traps just do not try it   5/5 to be a joke wad   Gaia74
    • By Chipchase · Posted
      A quarter of a million monsters in a gigantic flat square room. It is said to be for stress testing source ports (and your PC?), otherwise it's on the other side of crazy. It took my PC nearly two minutes to load the wad (I thought it had crashed) and I took less than two seconds to die. At least it ran - the author says he never even managed that.
       
      The first screenshot has a high viewpoint because an Archvile lifted me. The second shows it in the Eureka editor; seeing only about 4% of the area, and every red square is a heavyweight monster (yellow selecting a caco).  and Doomguy is in the bottom left corner. Eureka was crawling, almost unusable - how did the author even build this?    
    • By CaptainResident · Posted
      This was great. Great joke wad and a great Terry trap collection. Instead of the generic "Oh it's a well made map at first then BOOM" it's actually a well-made megawad that simply has them as little traps that can be avoided. It's able to be completed, seriously. That's new. I especially love the final boss and highly suggest using a cheat against him. Trust me, do it, it'll be worth it.
    • By defiatron · Posted
      This wad is fucking legendary.
    • By geo · Posted
      Are you up for a brutal, non stop challenge through detailed, but bland environments? The Secret Energy doesn't let up, so it's either a low health slaughter map or a speed runner's dream to get from switch to switch, all while enemies constantly spawn in with each button press. There's little health for such meaty enemies and even on the easiest difficulty, it's a slog to kill them all. To balance out the lower health, there are less hitscan enemies that seem to be relegated to a few chain gunners that can get distracted in a sea of madness.   It feels like a punishing experience from the first room. It fills with imps, then pinkies, then flying enemies, then revenants and a cyber demon. The entire map is like that. Enter a room and it will flood in via waves. Each wave opens up something new and you need to find where that new thing is. Is it a switch on a wall? Is it a switch inside of a pillar? Did a door just open up? Are you supposed to go back into the main corridors of the complex? At least on my first play through, I felt there was a poor flow to the level.   The place is so big and centralized, you might miss where you need to go next. No arrows, the switches are around corners and walls inside of rooms that may or may not have opened. The game has its detail, but detail with greens, browns, a few blue wires across the floors, perhaps to guide you to the next area. It was all lost on me and blurred together into a jumble. While the structures of each new room was different, it's the color scheme and darkness that stayed the same.   Give it a try. There is something redeemable in here for those hardcore enough to endure the first room, let alone the entire map.
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