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Make It Startan

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Prepare your eyesight for the cacophony of STARTAN mess. The visual delight you're about to experience matches only botched WADs (or that 50-shades WAD). Expect: paper-thin walls, bent doors, strange shapes, STARTAN, more STARTAN and violation of Romero's "change floor, change height" principle. Get yourself inspired by the perfect screen split as you spawn. Get yourself pumped with the pump-action shotgun (but don't forget its double-barrelled brother). Get psyched!

The map sticks to a "base" theme and uses D_RUNNIN as music because it fits the expectations above. It takes about 30 minutes to beat on HMP/UV and 10 - 15 minutes on easy.

UV difficulty is balanced around finding secrets, which range from overly-generous to pathetic. One secret is particularly helpful in choking down the horde. HMP is more suited smooth gameplay, although if you do find the secrets you might find it too easy.

Story: You just went into this place because you thought it sells juicy hamburgers. It turns out that it is instead infested with forces of Satan and it looks like it crawled out of rat's nest. You wanted to turn back, but the entrance door wouldn't open anymore. The only chance of getting out is to go in.


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