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The Given

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The Given is a monsterless puzzle map with an emphasis on exploration.


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Bauul

· Edited by Bauul

  

An absolutely gigantic, stunningly realized surreal puzzle map, The Given places you in a kind of dreamlike medieval village deep in a gigantic cavern.  You're tasked with finding and hitting a selection of switches, to reveal.... something that unfortunately I never discovered.

 

I don't know if I just wasn't in the right mood or just don't have the brain for this kind of thing, but I stumbled around aimlessly for about an hour before giving up.  The puzzles are indicated by red torches, but while locating three or four torches, I only successfully found a single area that was clearly a puzzle.  In the end I resorted to noclipping around and did manage to find another puzzle, but upon realizing what it entailed (memorizing a route through a maze, then mirroring the route in your head so you can re-follow it in a reversed version of the maze made up of invisible teleport lines) I concluded that while it wasn't impossible (with paper, a pen, and lot of trial and error) it just didn't seem like much fun.  But if that sounds like something that really appeals to you though, this map is for you.

 

However, the map itself is genuinely an absolutely incredible work of art, and simply enjoying the music and the atmosphere is well worth your time.  I'll try coming back it another time, perhaps when I'm feeling more cerebral, but for now it's a solid 5 with a point docked for being just that bit too unfathomable.

 

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rodster

  

If you have slaughtered enough demons and need a break with a nice puzzle, then this map was made exactly for you.

In general, if you love mysterious enviroments and puzzles, then I'm sure you won't be disappointed with this map. Some of the puzles will be easy and some of them will be more difficult, I think it depends on what kind of person you are, but they all are solveable.

The author also uses build-in hints so that you don't end up running around like a headless chicken. which is usually the case with "hard" puzzles and riddles (sorry for the rant, but I really hate some puzzles and riddles, although I used to love of them back in time). The music and the architecture of the map go together well, it creates a mysterious and calm atmosphere alltogether. 

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