Return to Daro

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Four maps created to celebrate the 20th birthday of the one and only STRAIN. If you don't know what that is... man, screw *this* WAD; GO PLAY STRAIN!

STRAIN has long been my favorite Doom WAD, and I've always wanted to pay tribute to it in some way. Suddenly, its 20th anniversary was barrelling toward me and I figured -- it's now or never!

Let's take a trip back to Moonbase Daro together!

NOTE: STRAIN.WAD and STRAIN.DEH are REQUIRED to play Return to Daro, and must be loaded in the correct order: STRAIN.WAD/.DEH and then RTD.WAD. If you don't see the "Return to Daro" title screen, something went wrong. And if you get stuck arachnotrons, the DeHackEd patch wasn't loaded correctly. When playing in ZDoom, make sure you unzip the contents of strain.zip before loading them.

Credits

id Software Alpha Dog Alliance for STRAIN CodeImp, SlayeR, and Visual Vincent -- creators of Doom Builder, SLADE, and Doom Writer TITLEPIC font, "Space Age", by Justin Callaghan Playtesters: Albertoni bzzrak David Newton Dragonrider Jayextee

Base

New maps from scratch; based on the STRAIN resources

Build Time

The month of June, 2017

Editors Used

Doom Builder 2.1.2.1553, Doom Writer, SLADE2, and MSPaint

Bugs

None




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Salt-Man Z

  • 4
  

Super cool. The STRAIN aesthetic is always great, and these four well-crafted maps are a great tribute to the classic WAD. Ryath really brings out the potential of the new bestiary, moreso than the original authors ever did. The final level is a bit of a letdown, being a simple arena with a rather low-key battle to end on. But the first three maps more than make up for it. MAP03 in particular had a few spots that made my jaw drop. More of these, please!

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Zalewa

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  • 4
  

I rarely see additional maps done for existing PWADs; and these ones here are good. The WAD is quick to beat with rather easy difficulty but the levels have good balance between exploration and action. Some triggers will not be obvious, especially on MAP03, but it's nothing too iritating given the overall small size of the levels. I also liked the puzzle with closing doors on MAP02.

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bzzrak

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it's cool

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    • By Meril · Posted
      Map made in 1995, typical for that era. You can find mazes, square rooms etc. But few rooms are better with some details and more intresting. None of teleporter flat is correctly fitted to grid. Gameplay: Monster placement is not bad except two rooms. First when you teleport into small room tightly filled with pinkies. Second is the worst of the worst. You are teleported into big square room crapped with pillars and monsters including archville where no place to hide. Backtraking is present, but not disturbing. Overall: Ok, but some places are very bad designed.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Like most of '95 maps, low details, square rooms etc. You can find here some weird use of textures and walkthroughalbe bars. In gameplay side, map is ok. No challange, but not boring neither. Overall is barely below average. 3-/5*
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done on HMP/continuous/saves.   A super solid mapset I had the pleasure to play. This one felt like a modern adaption to the old known Scythe, while bringing its own personal style: it is divided into episodes, difficulty progression is highly notable between them, but monster density remains on the low side. Visually remains on the classic side, starting with tech bases, always indoors, then slightly pushing the player into open spaces connected with caves and lava, and more fleshy/spooky environments nearly the end of the set. Personally, I really liked that purple sky in mid maps, an unusual color in the game. While the author kept it simple with texturing, there's a lot of work on atmosphere and connection between levels. More specifically, in most maps the starting place is the previous map's exit room. If not then you'll know where you'll going to be, again because of the theme's consistency, which I liked a lot. One thing to point out is the usage of darkness in at least one piece of every map, something that always gave a sense of insecurity, as monsters had an advantage I lacked, which was pretty cool and tense (map 25 last room is dark and brutal, one of the most memorable moments of the set imo).   The combat and layout are the most consistent and interesting sides of this wad. Monster count might not be too high, but the author worked it out in way that little can still be brutal. The first and second episode are very low-key, with some surprises to introduce the player into what's coming. Third and fourth are more trap-based and also introduces serious (but simple) platforming/chasms. Last two episodes are what Moonblood as been anticipating so far, all of the previous but in a much brutal and unforgiving way, also including hectic starts. On par with this difficulty progression, there's monster progression, this means that each monster is introduced in an old-school iwad way, only barons appear much later than I expected. In terms of layout progression, non-linearity is what rules, excellently done btw. The maps will give you the opportunity to choose your way to find resources and deal with monsters. Despite playing on continuous, I payed attention to the weapons placement: it's not your usual classic megawad, there's place and time for each weapon to be the star of the map, usually provided near the starting spot, so the player has an idea of how's the map going to turn out. This kind of pace was really appreciated, since I enjoy variety. A final boss is included to give a conclusion to the story (quite a nice story, if you want to understand the author's view it's here), always nice to see custom endings that don't have an IoS, always nice.    Secret-wise, these are not just your typical misaligned texture, with usage of the automap and a good ear you can find them all, but they usually take an extra effort to find, more often related to audible clues. They don't give you much in general though, this is probably the only downside as sometimes I found single medikits and I didn't need them at all, but perhaps pistol starters might appreciate them more... My favourite maps are from the fifth and sixth episode, the secret maps too, since there were more open layouts and mixing of every monster/weapon. I think there was no map I disliked, well maybe map 26 which was quite good except for the many imps on ledges lol.    Overall, I dig this gameplay, very exciting, recommendable for anyone looking for classic adapted to nowadays perspective, if that makes sense. Uh just try it, Scythe and Jenesis fans can't miss this, my rate is 9/10. 
    • By Eye del Cul · Posted
      Interesting, but I'm not a fan of hidden buttons and convoluted gameplay. 

       
    • By Nine Inch Heels · Posted
      This is one beautifully crafted piece of well orchestrated torture.   UV-difficulty is by no means suited for players inexperienced in the slaughter genre, and even on HMP you're expected to get the very basics right.   What starts as a series of smaller, moderately difficult, albeit punishing encounters in seperate areas of this map evolves into a full blown fight for survival that takes place almost across the entire map once you unleash the final wave of enemies.   The layout of this map is nothing short of effective. By the time you got your first set of guns you will already have several revenants, a vile and more coming for you, while at the same time this map manages to deny you any sort of comfortable "cubby" that you can start working from at your leisure. Unless you really cleared out an area in this map you best keep moving, because something will shoot at you from somewhere and when you get hit hard anywhere down the line it's probably gonna hurt a lot in the long run. But don't be fooled into thinking you're simply going to carve out some space where you like and it'll just stay that way, that's not how this map is going to play.   If you plan on beating this map on UV, you're gonna have to do some very careful planning in order to not get blasted from seemingly out of nowhere at the most inopportune moments and have enough resources left to deal with the final wave of flyers in a "safe" fashion, relatively speaking. Situational awareness at all times, and a proper route is key here.   This was a tough nut to crack, but I had a good time with it. If you're anything like me, and you like to play maps you need to sink your teeth into, this little gem here is well worth downloading.