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Kill 'Em With Kindness

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In this wad, I create an intimate experience full of tiny interactions and surprises. It is a fully hand-drawn, wholesome environment in which the player waters flowers, pets their dog, and wanders around in nature.

It was extremely interesting for me to create something so feminine and gentle out of a game so masculine and violent. I realized that what I was creating became so much more than just a wholesome environment. I was modifying death animations so that when you water a flower "enemy" with your watering can "weapon," the flower starts to dance rather than die. Or the dog, a modification of the demon, goofily wobbles around and follows you out of a need for love rather than out of a desire to kill.


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Xyzzy01

  

...I demand a sequel! 

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...and a chip butty with bacon!

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gaspe

  

Vapid and pointless garbage.

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Not Jabba

  

Pure happiness, albeit only for a couple of minutes. You can read a more in-depth review here: 

 

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Gabenslair

  

It has done what the creations intentions were; to create a substantially different feel and perspective on doom.

 

I'm not the sort of person to say "keep it up" nor "encore" but your wad does jump out from the thousands of typical hell and techbase levels. I personally like to keep my typical "masculine wads" masculine, but it does look alot different from the usual doom mods. Sort of like that "youtube-friendly" doom wad yet unironic and serious.

 

The content itself is very lacking as if you were supposed to enjoy the wad like it was a gulp of water. All you can do is pet the dog thing and water the plants. You could go up the steps but they just lead back down. 

 

The style of the wad is vastly contrasted with our usual wads, resorting towards handdrawn and crayola drawings and if needed, ameteaur ms paint drawings added onto that. The author/illustrator has cleary shown that she/he/xe/they/A.H. doesn't demonstrate professional skill on the likes of eviternity, so they taken the route of making everything childlike to mask their lack of drawing to promote a child game. 

 

I usually expect something like this from either a father making a small wad game for his little daughter or that apple advertisement wamyn that casually says "Whats a computer?". 

 

I cant find any aspect to improve upon this due to it's jarring identity in contrast to the typical fps "masculine" wads out there. 

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Major Arlene

  

I had raised my eyebrows when I read everything in the text file, but I really enjoyed this! It's totally adorable, all the assets were obviously hand-made with love, and the puppy is wonderful :) Just wish it was longer! I hope you do some more with this, it's definitely a welcome break. Maybe add some menu assets to really sell the idea.

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Fonze

  

Adorable is a word I'd agree with for this wad and will start my review with for the purpose of extending the power of the subliminal advertising here.

 

Unfortunately, this wad is small and limited in resources, so even trying to look at this in the light of wads that don't contain maps still has this wad coming up short. Would love to see the author take these assets, add some more, and learn about map design in the advanced GzDoom engine, as this has potential and it would be cool to explore some more areas with this going on.

 

Definitely give it a download and a quick look, if just for how cutesy it is :D

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Pure Hellspawn

  

4 out of 5 just because it was funny summoning friendly demons to bite the flowers.

 

Also watching a friendly cyberdemon not having any effect on the flowers was fun too.

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Obsidian

  

Adorable, if a bit insubstantial: I'd give this 3 stars due to how little there is, but I feel like I'd be ruining someone's day if I did. Also the default hand acts as a somewhat rapid weak chainsaw in the stock maps, heh.

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DyingCamel

  

Adorable, but sadly only one room. Wish there were more so I could spend more than 5 minutes in this world. Love super creative stuff like this!

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[McD] James

  

I really enjoyed playing this, even though there isn't a lot of content. It's relaxing and cute, and that's really all it needs to be. I would love to see more Doom WADs like this.

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