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The Waterfront

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Innovative level 1 for Doom II. Excellent 2 and 4 player deathmatch and suprisingly good solo and co-op play as well. Features areas haunted by the ghosts of dead players, some of whom are still firing their guns at you when you pass. Also features INTENTIONAL USE OF THE ARCH-VILE BUG!!! Don't be daunted by the size of this file. It's an excellent deathmatch. It was about 270k before I started putting in the graphics, music, and sounds. And because of its great visibility, it plays a lot smaller than that. You should have no trouble finding someone to kill, especially in a 4-way game.


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baja blast rd.

  

I was not expecting much out of this 1995 map I searched out on a whim, but this was a fun ten-minute excursion.

 

It starts off unremarkable. You're touring a bland-looking, extremely brown-textured city block, playing shotgun peekaboo with zombies and imps through the building fronts.

 

But as the boat by the harbor and the lighthouse in the distance both suggest, this is less a map about visuals and combat and more one about exploration and, the author's true love, presenting clever, creative ideas. What really makes it is the use of "fake sprites" as NPCs and decoys. While playing, I interpreted it as a simulated battle in progress, but according to the text file, the map is "haunted by the ghosts of dead players, some of whom are still firing their guns." There was another gag later I won't spoil that got me. This was also one of the earliest wads to intentionally use the archvile ghost bug, as one of its major "gimmicks," although the threat level is low enough you have to sort of go along with it. Throughout there are plenty of amusingly janky ClipArt- tier custom textures, including one massively overscaled radiation sign that I laughed at. The custom textures are used to support the gimmicks, which include sector machinery that you can operate, albeit nothing overly sophisticated.  

 

If it were much longer, I'd have started to feel the datedness of most everything but the creativity -- but it's short and sweet, so no big complaints. This would be a good candidate for a modern homage or remake.

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Kloki38

  

For 1995 standards the level has very good visuals, okay custom gfx and above average level design. The map itself is not very big, but it´s still fun to play. 

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Meril

  

Great visually, some clever ideas and well used sound replacement (final part in red key building, no spoilers). For it's age awesome!

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This map left me with a big smile... Layout is quite simple and detail is low. The WTF-factor is the fact that this map actually IS from 1995. The Archvile bug is only made very tame use of. But the way, the player is hoaxed in this map several times is really cool, not to mention the great finish. I never would have expected something like this in such an early map and that's why I give it 4.5 stars. -Milian

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Scott Crank only has a half-dozen or so levels in the archive but they're all good. This one is simpler than the others and it's quite as good. It's too short to be a meaty single-player level, but not so short as to be a top-notch deathmatch level. And the much-ballyhooed archvile bug is a bit of a damp squib

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5 stars, very enjoyable

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Hilarious. This old little map has no weaknesses. 4/5 stars, vdgg

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This was pretty fun. I liked it. There were some interesting gimmicks in it.

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Great surprises and decent gameplay make up what's otherwise a short and not super inspired map. Great place to poach some ideas from, but overall nothing too spectacular.-GreazyS horts

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This is easily my favorite user-made level that I have come across thus far in DOOM. It has really everything that I want in a good level. Love the soundtrack. Love the creepy eerie feel to it that really begins to progress towards the end, leaving the player enveloped in a fog of mystery & wonder, even after it's over. One thing continues to remain a mystery: where is the arch-vile? I studied the map & could find one no where, so how is the bug even still implemented? ~~ Cam the Cat - 4/17/11

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was this an inspiration for Fragport MAP19? they look similar. this level is ficking awesome anyways with a nice ghost bug, a teleport ambush, and some keen graphics and tricks. lol at the ending room.

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I knew about AV bug but have never seen it in the wild as I thought it requires some nasty preparation. It's awesome.

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Some areas look quite nice, but in the end the level design is not interesting enough to make this map stand out. -- 3/5

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Nice and very orginal. 4/5-Moti

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Absolutely fantastic level design and gameplay, the end of the map was a nice touch recreating a shooting gallery type room and having to shoot the bull's eye to finish was very clever (complete with bell ring sfx). The buildings look beleivable but slightly boxy on the outside however this kind of quality coming from 1995 is very rare indeed and so this can be forgiven. There is also a good bit of challenge that intermediate players will find welcome. A worthy download 4/5

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fantastic end...but undead gunner :

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Kick-ass level! Highly recommended.

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A landmark map. Highly original, atmospheric and plays well.

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A very awesome 1995 wad. This map surprised the heck out of me. Easily added to my all-time favorites now. I recommend people that haven't played it give it a spin, it doesn't take very long to complete, and you likely won't regret playing it. 5/5 -Lupinx-Kassman

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a grate level

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Amazing... So much effort was put into this map !

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Such surprises set up back in 1995 ? I can hardly believe in them ! Perfect map 5/5.

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Vehicle-map demonstrating a simple but excellent implementation of the AV bug. The map itself is short and not special, but the fact that this AV bug implementation was made in 1995, makes it from a technical and historical POV very interesting. As such: 4/5. BTW 5* is imho a bit too much honour, the map is not that good, even in 1995...

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Jimothy

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This was a pretty fun, open map for Doom II that replaces Map01. While I never got to see the archvile bug due to me squishing it into itty bitty demon atoms, this map was nonetheless a fun romp. I will admit the flat decorations of the walking "ghost" players threw me off, as did the flat images of the chaingunners at the end of the level. Still very fun! 4/5

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      well, the concept is good  BUT...   WHAT THE FUCK EVEN IS THIS??
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