Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Illuminatus v1.0.0

   (10 reviews)

Guest

About This File

This is my first megawad Illuminatus. It took me a while to get the full version out due to problems with the beta testing as well as some personal things, but now I finally got the full official version out. I did release a beta of the Doom WAD, but it wasn't finished as it also had many problems. In the future, I might update this WAD with bug fixes when it comes to playing this WAD with DOSBox and classic source ports. I do hope you all enjoy this megawad.


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

dylux

· Edited by dylux

  

Illuminatus Review

 

Let's start with the Cons:

 

-        Almost too easy combat, even on UV. If you die playing this game, then you must be drunk. TBH, I don’t think the author was going for dogfighting in this wad as much as he was into problem solving.

-        (Almost) Every monster fight comes in pairs. You enter a room, and whatever enemy is on the left, will almost certainly be mirrored to the right.

-        You activate a switch and you’ll find yourself running around finding out what this switch did. I’ve seen HeXen games with less “switch resulting.”

-        Loads of backtracking. Loads of it.

 

Now the Pros:

 

-          Loads of ammo, health and everything else to assist you.

-          Large maps, especially after Map 23.

-          Virtually flawless seamed architecture. Nothing fancy, yet nothing bland.

-          Most importantly, Illuminatus was fun.

 

To me, no matter how well a game looks, no matter how well map is made, no matter how long/short the level is, NONE of these compares to whether the game is actually FUN or not. And I admit I had fun with this wad. Definitely a 90’s feel, which isn’t a bad thing if done correctly - which Illuminatus does.

 

There’s definitely more exploration and/or problem solving than combat with this wad. The later levels are huuuuuuge and will take up to an hour each to complete because you’re going to be running all around the map finding out what each switch you just activated did. If you like exploration/puzzles more than combatting, then this is the wad for you.

 

Overall, Illuminatus is not a fantastic wad, but far from terrible as well. I think I liked this wad more than Zalewa did, and I am a huge fan of his map work. Worth checking out at least once. I liked maps 24 and 25 the best. I would definitely play it again after a few months of playing others.

 

I give this wad 3½ stars out of 5.

Share this review


Link to review
Gato606

  

Really interesting megawad from Aquarius199, I enjoyed to play it using weapon mod "DudeThe4th" and playing on Doom Touch on cellphone.  It was entertainig that the maps are non-linear and very focused on exploration, you got to check every corner to realize what changed after you activated a switch, can be a bit repetitive, but I like exploration.  The architecture and design, I find it very nice, specially focusing on a tech-like design which is my favorite theme, there was also some interesting puzzles around.  The only downside was I found too many ammo on HMP, I found several times shooting pointlessly just to pickup more ammo.  It was kinda annoying the area on "Six elements" level where you had to deal with a toxic floor and a number of radiation suits and monsters breathing on your neck, lol.  Also, I am not sure if it was a good desicion to put archviles by pairs on the last 3-4 maps and two cyberdemons when dealing with the Icon of Sin ^^;

Share this review


Link to review
Zalewa

  

This is a WAD full of conflict. The good meshes with the bad and the average and it creates a soup with a bitter taste. This is something that I've managed to complete thoroughly in coop, but it was an experience that could only be described as mediocre. If you want to see what's the best this WAD can offer, go play MAP25. Every other map will be worse than this one.
 

The Good

 

It must be noted that the WAD is correct in nearly every technical aspect. The architecture is of standard Doom proportions, there are only few mistakes and there isn't a place here that would indicate that the mapper lacked technical knowledge on Doom mapping. This isn't perfect, though. One thing that bothered me were the hanging corpses, strewn in some places above otherwise unobstructed floors where, if you play with infinitely tall actors, they will block you. This makes me doubt if this was tested thoroughly in Chocolate Doom, because this problem should've been caught and fixed.

 

Another good thing are the ideas - at least for some of the levels. The Trench is a level that shows an interesting idea but with mediocre execution. However, this point is also disputable because there are many levels that are just the same as the other levels stuck in their map index vicinity. There's much repetition in gameplay.

 

The architecture, from visual standpoint, is decent. There's not much detail but it is there and it does its job nicely. The visuals are sufficient.

 

The Bad

 

The layouts. By Crom, the layouts are fucking sadistic. Not only there's lots of backtracking involved, ALL levels consist of running around hunting switches. When you find a switch, you are doubly screwed because now you don't know what it did. More often the switch will trigger something on the opposite end of the map. And the maps are HUGE! I used "turbo 255" console command for MAP28 and MAP29. Sometimes there are many potential places that can be triggered (almost always these will involve metal bars), and you will find yourself thrashing from one place to the other, growing more and more aggravated with each passing second. More often than not the layouts will either consist of room-corridor-room progression or huge, empty landscapes (or very long corridors).

 

The fights. It can be noted that the fights go in unison with the layouts and the repetition. When you walk into a room, and look left and see a chaingunner, it's highly probable that there will be another chaingunner to the right, mirroring its colleague, both of them ready to strike you in a scissor-like fashion. Arch-viles will very often pop out from the ground and usually be completely threatless. There are very few fights here that can be actually dangerous to your continuous play and if you die it will probably be because you lulled yourself into auto-pilot gaming.

 

The Summary

 

This WAD could be considered as a treatment for insomnia, or as an example of very problematic layout design. If you're a mapper and you want to know what to avoid, you can use this WAD to learn.

 

However, on a more positive note, if the author were to design the layouts differently and the fights weren't so easy, I'm pretty sure his maps would be more than decent.

Screenshot_Doom_20171027_220611.jpg

Share this review


Link to review
dankbooty

  

A masterpiece of Doom mapping.

Share this review


Link to review
wolfie3dfan

  

Nice megawad. I like exploring more than shooting but I did find these maps to be of enough variety to keep me entertained. Still playing about a map or so every few days. Thanks for making it.

Share this review


Link to review
NuMetalManiak

  

having played the previous two episodes, I knew what to expect, so the secret levels and maps 21-30 are all new stuff. anyways, what I expected from this one-man megawad was pretty much the same thing as before, mostly classic gameplay that is marred by some rather bad decisions in pacing. the biggest issue is, of course, the backtracking. there's tons of it throughout the set, some are considerably more blatant than others. most players including myself are not fans of backtracking at all unless you can make it interesting by adding plenty of combat opportunities or perhaps some extra shortcuts for getting back where you need to go. as a result many of the levels tend to take longer than intended and will likely bore players who prefer the more fast-paced stuff.

 

for the new maps, MAP31 appears to be a Cyberden-inspired map with spiderdemons at the core, not to mention a death exit coming before a secret exit which is certainly something not seen before. and MAP32 takes after Go 2 It with a few other map homages for some slaughter goodness. many of the later maps from MAP21 onwards provide some similar combat experience to the previous episodes, although MAP23 and its voodoo doll puzzle-centric aspect is surely unique. thankfully each puzzle has their own solution shown so its possible to screenshot each one for reference. loved MAP25, didn't care too much for the wide open spaces in MAP28 and MAP29, the big spaces make dodging really easy. MAP30 is mostly standard for an IoS fight. so if you are looking for some unique things, this level DOES have some of them, but it's more or less standard Doom combat and design with a lot of backtracking. it may not suit your taste as much as you would expect. by modern community standards this would be an average wad, some will like it, some won't. i tried to be neutral in this grading.

Share this review


Link to review
Nems

· Edited by Nems

  

This was a pretty fun megawad. I died a few times but I didn't really have any issues with it. I wasn't a real fan of the backtracking of many of the levels and after going through about the first five maps I could see certain mapping and set piece patterns repeated in later maps but those are just personal niggles. It didn't stop the fun I had. Four stars from me. <3

Share this review


Link to review
tempdecal.wad

·

  

Such Quality, very wow.

Share this review


Link to review
Doomkid

· Edited by Doomkid

  

A fun treat worth giving a whirl for lovers of oldschool map sets, probably not too interesting for those looking for highly detailed maps and landscapes choc full of custom textures.

 

Texturing reminds me very much of the techbase maps in the iwads and generally retains that "quality wad from 1995" feel the whole way through. The level design features a few too many cramped hallways for my liking, but this is only an issue in certain areas as there's a good mix of large rooms and outdoor areas as well. Unfortunately it can get repetitive as the wad doesn't really deviate from the E1 techbase theme all the way up until map21, unless you find the two particularly enjoyable secret maps. Level aesthetics remain interesting enough for those who still love the 90's feel but will probably not be enough for those seeking something new or innovative.

 

The music consists strictly of tracks from Doom1 and Doom2. Enhances that 90's feel, but a part of me would have enjoyed custom music instead, although I understand that it can be hard to find music from other sources that fits well with Doom so it's not really an issue. If you're like me and still enjoying this after map04, you're probably not the type of player who minds reuse of iwad content anyway. I can't comment on compatibility as I tested this in ZDoom, but I can't imagine anything here realistically needs more than Boom compat to work properly.

 

Regarding difficulty, I found I had an abundance of ammo and health throughout the entire wad, more or less. This is the one area the wad let me down - Some of the later maps require you to focus a bit, but overall this is not for those seeking any kind skill tester or hardcore challenge. Difficulty rarely goes above anything that Doom1 throws at you, despite this mapset (obviously) featuring Doom2 monsters.

 

It looks like Aquarius199 made this entire mapset himself which is impressive in it's own right. I know from experience how difficult it is to make one-man megawads - My largest mapset is 21 maps and that took what felt like an eternity to make, so a full pack of 32 must have been pretty damn intensive. As far as multiplayer goes, this would probably be too cramped for co-op unless you enable the "players can pass through eachother" DMflag.

 

If you like OS stuff and aren't bored of the 90s Doom feel, I urge you to give this one a spin. It even features and ENDOOM screen, I thought that was a really cute touch that put the bow on a nice oldschool package. If you're looking for something with fancy, brand spankin' new visuals such as Ancient Aliens, BTSX, Stardate etc etc, you're not going to find it here.

 

I'd give this wad a 3/5 overall, mainly because I would have liked something that asked more of me as a player on the UV difficulty, but I have to bump it up to a 4 for all that effort coming from one Doomer alone. Well done.

Share this review


Link to review
Krih Gamer

  

This Is Not That Bad But In Some Levels You Can Lack Ammo But Still Its A Great Megawad And I Recommend It

i Would Rate it 4.4/5

Share this review


Link to review
  • File Reviews

    • By Ajora · Posted
      This is a solid contender for being the absolute best Megawad that I've ever played. 
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      I...did not review this, okay. well, it's blue and it's pretty decent and setpiece-y. get used to ribbiks' style and this one is just like all his other maps, very well-designed and fun to play. just watch out for MAP03's final area.
    • By NuMetalManiak · Posted
      it's one of those classic 90's wads you can probably just sift through, but it's not that good. plenty of inescapable pits, some awful level progression, and some actually trollish crusher placement lie within this one.
    • By Budoka · Posted
      A few really good maps supported by a bunch of alright ones. Visuals are mostly Plutonia-inspired, with the occasional veering into Shores of Hell type mish-mash architecture. Difficulty is about on par with DOOM2.wad I think. Overall, a rather pedestrian affair, although the standout maps are certainly worth the time.
    • By dylux · Posted
      BACK TO SATURN X E1: GET OUT OF MY STATIONS REVIEW:   The Good:   - Stunning visuals   - Great monster placement   - Lots of (clever) secrets and they are rewarding   - Enough ammo to keep you going   - The names of the Maps LOL!   - Loads of fun   - Awesome music!   The Bad:   - Not long enough. LOL! I loved it so much, I didn't want it to end!   In Short: I've actually played this fantastic WAD at least 6 or 7 times. Why? This is my second favorite WAD of all time, only bested by its successor, BTSX Episode 2: Fountain of Sparks. I remember the very first time I played it a couple of years ago like it was yesterday. How many times can you say that (in a good way) about a game?   I remember being completely blown away by the architectural designs at the time. I even remember giggling as I sunk in the ocean on the final Map, only to read something like "To Be Continued..." and thinking, "Awww....it's over." But I admit that, like everyone else, I had loads of fun with this.    There is lack of a "customary" final boss (I wasn't certain if this was a "Good" or "Bad" element of the game, hence why it's in neither category above - it really will depend on the player so I kept it neutral). But don't let that deter you! The final "stage" in the last (playable) Map is as memorable as it is wicked, and it'll keep you on your toes just like any other customary boss!   Play this WAD if it's the only WAD you ever play. Definite replay value.   Well deserved Cacoward. Thanks, Team, for making it!   5 out of 5 stars with me.  ~ dylux
×