Waist High In The Damned

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Robert Kendo

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Just a damn fun vanilla Doom level! This level is a linear race to the finish that progresses like a condensed campaign. Every power-up, monster, and weapon was meticulously placed and play-tested. It starts out simple with just a shotgun and quickly but steadily ramps up the difficulty, as well as the arsenal. Balanced for "Ultra Violence"





Build Time

About 2 months.

Editors Used

Doom Builder 2


100% Item playthroughs are not possible by design, the player must choose one weapon to leave behind... The monster kill count only reaches 98% Not sure whats up with that.

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