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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.


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Salt-Man Z

  

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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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

  

it's cool

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  • File Reviews

    • By Meril · Posted
      It's large 1995 map. Starting area is looking nice, but later author lost creativity and made mazy corridors. Very challenging because of overuse of chaingunners. It's extremely annoying. Lots of traps, Some clever, some not fair.
    • By HUGEkidsY2K · Posted
      Too linear in my tastes looking back now, will do better with my next projects!
    • By Meril · Posted
      For 95' map is really ok. A bit "blocky" design, but not bad. Map is rather big, it takes me 40min but i get lost in one place. Some good traps, IMO kinda challanging at the begining, before you get ssg. Overall good classic wad.
    • By Erick · Posted
      Fun map that captures a nice TNT-ish feel with plenty of weird yet also nice looking rooms, groups of hitscanners and demons to blast through, and a sense of adventure to it. Taking the MAP14 slot, you would see the episode 2 skybox of TNT: Evilution and listen to the track "Cold Subtleness", both creating a nice atmosphere to the map. Worth checking out!
    • By Player Lin · Posted
      Doesn't like the layout and monster replacements, I didn't found RL until got the yellow key and found a lot of rockets, the location where RL is confusing me, and it also not fun when you get kicked down from the cliffs by Revenants, Mancubus and Archviles after the way to Blue key door, the way to the teleporter just far enough to kill you if not killed by monsters which kicked you down. Final timed puzzle room just nasty as the cyberdemon and archvile fights in the same place, not sure why make the level so big but can't make the fights with them also on bigger place too?   It's not bad level but I'm sure the frustration level is sky high, and not sure the slopes from ZDooM do anything good to this level too.
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