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The Cursed Hangar

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This was the first level of the Freedoom project from around 2006 to 2017. It has recently been replaced and so I decided to make some edits and fixes, to create a "definitive cut" version and release it stand alone. I chose the name "The Cursed Hangar" for this final re-issue.

The map is intended to be a play on Doom's E1M1 "The Hangar". It follows the rough layout of that classic map, but is slightly more complex and slightly more difficult.

The map is intended to use Boom features and so has moving floors, modified COLORMAPs, transparent textures, etc.

This PWAD is designed to work with Boom compatible source ports and Ultimate Doom v1.9. There's a DEHACKED lump that spices things up a little bit if your port supports MBF code pointers (most do).

I've also included two SFX that my brother and I contributed to Freedoom in the early days and which were subsequently replaced.


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Erick

  

A short map that had quite a history with Freedoom, that being the first map of Freedoom when it was just Freedoom (as doom2.wad) and Ultimate Freedoom (as doom.wad), then to being the first map of the Phase 1 only, and now no longer part of the project. So history aside, the map itself is short but neat, which also made it a rather nice first map when it was part of the Freedoom project.

 

The map resembles the Hangar from the original Doom and it's pretty easy to tell right away. You go kill some Zombiemen and Shotgunners, pick up some armor, blast your way through the short level, and done. Some Boom effects were used well here, including one where the lighting of the room changes to something more menacing. Other than that, it's nice to see this map in the archive.

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Voros

  

If you're looking for some badass map to challenge yourself with, you're in the wrong place. This map is not just a (cool) map.

 

It's a part of Freedoom's history.

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Liberation

  

Very short, but some nice effects used.

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everennui

  

Nice little map. I'd probably give it 2.5 stars. It's not very challenging on UV, but it was very reminiscent of a map from original Doom. I liked the open door when you go up the lift. That's always nice to see. The pipes were a good touch. There were some cool light effects, moving textures... boomedit.wad?

Thanks for sharing.

I did UV Max in 3:31.

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Walter confetti

  

Nice, short map with some interesting boom effects!

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  • File Reviews

    • By Ordon · Posted
      well, the concept is good  BUT...   WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS??
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      Definitely shows its age. It was a real grind to play through, mostly due to the levels being boring, but also from a remarkable over-reliance on hitscan, especially shotgunners. For some reason. The third episode does indeed pick up much of the slack, but with the really fun levels being shining exceptions rather than rule for two thirds of the WAD it still left me annoyed and exasperated in the end. The maps look fine most of the time and the music is good to really good, which is something to hold on to. I would still advice my past self to skip most of this one.    
    • By Cinnamon · Posted
      There's not too much for me to say about this one. While it isn't exactly my jam 100% of the time, I'm struggling to see how any creative endeavor could entertain me so thoroughly, throughout all the 32 parts of it. Ancient Aliens is charming, somewhat challenging, mysterious, well-paced... I could iterate over plenty of different variations of lavish praise, but I guess that in and of itself describes my feelings: AA is remarkably well-rounded. A DOOM blockbuster - and I use that description as an honest compliment rather than the pejorative it's sometimes thought of. One for the ages, and it'll be one of the WADs to which many of my future experience will be compared.    
    • By VoanHead · Posted
      On second thought, this wad is kinda mid if you ask me. After playing through all of it on pistol-start I wasn't really blown away by it. The midi pack that was made for this in 2020 was very nice if you ask me, but why this wad ever deserves a midi pack when it's so bland is what makes me scratch my head. Idk man, I didn't like this one as much as others do :/.
    • By baja blast rd. · Posted
      This reads as an early example of arcade-style mapping.   Areas are defined largely by color combinations, with no real overarching theme to the map: there are silver techbase rooms, brick-like Earth rooms, red hellish rooms, without much in the way of detailing or setting-building -- all centralized around a square hub room with key doors, which repopulates with monsters each time you find a key. It's on the simpler side visually, but still a very clear step above "monotextured square rooms"-type design, with some solid architecture, shapes, and texture combos here and there, and even a clever crushing UFO-like "ring" at one point.    The gameplay concepts are very straightforward, with one exception being a room that has you platforming over damaging floor while closets of lost souls and cacodemons open up. Instead, the bulk of the fighting is more often dished out as blocks of monsters often revealed in closets -- blocks at a density far below what you'd consider slaughter. Some of the potential fun involves herding monsters towards barrels; once I waited several seconds for chaingunners to walk halfway across the room, right next to a clump of barrels I could blow them all up with. The ending fight is designed for you to pour rockets into two static cybs while circling, and I skipped that one.    Completed in a bit under 10 minutes. 
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