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Fava Beans

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Well, this is a very impressive episode including 9 _excellent_ levels. All the levels in this episode were created by myself, excluding e1m5, which was designed by a friend. We feel that any DOOM fanatic will enjoy this episode and will be completely impressed by the work put into it.


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ImproversGaming

· Edited by ImproversGaming

  

Really enjoyed this WAD. Simple and straight forward with small maps and low enemy counts, but a great place to start for a new doomer. I had so much fun playing and particularly enjoyed E1M5, E1M6 and E1M7, these were really fun, nice tempo and I continue dropping back to play these again and again. It was really enjoyable to push the pace on these and see how fast I could finish.

 

Basically, enjoyed the calm encounters and nice simple aesthetics. If it is useful I have uploaded my playthrough to my YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSh0vj-6E2chQqx744Ajl2w

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1Destro3456

  

Really like this wad, I played it because of a thread about skill progression an I loved it, the levels are great for the era and the use of vanilla texture is beautiful. It's impressive that this .wad was made at that year. 

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Denim Destroyer

  

I don't really have anything positive to say about Fava Beans. All of the maps are easy with at times odd progression, why is the blue key in E1M7 tucked away in a small corridor? If you like Knee Deep In The Dead style wads and want to play something historically notable then go right ahead. Otherwise you can find much better wads.

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printz

  

This seems to be a very popular E1 replacement PWAD which preserves the same style. On some parts it feels like a homage, on other aspects it's got a bit of inconsistent gameplay, not up to Romero's design quality. The difficulty is overall easy, though some of the middle maps are quite fun to play.

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Zirtonic

· Edited by Zirtonic

  

This E1 replacement successfully captures the spirit of the original but not much more. Level design is arguably a cut above, with maps constantly looping in on themselves in creative ways and secret hallways allowing you to get the jump on some enemies in a couple spots. The combat is similar to the IWAD, which is to say it's easy even for a new player and anemic for everyone else. The final and secret levels are especially barren and can be completed in under a minute. There is a small spike in difficulty in maps 5-7 just to make sure you're paying attention. 

 

Fava Beans is worth a play for its historical significance and intuitive level design, but the combat leaves a lot to be desired. Still, for something that can be completed in under 30 minutes it's worth downloading.

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Argenteo

  

A relaxing episode 1 replacement. Solid in it's simplicity.

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Percy T

  

These levels perfectly fit the episode 1 narrative, and have some unique level design choices. Also, b e a n s.

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JudgeDeadd

  

A pretty fun mapset with very good lighting and architecture for 1994, oozing E1 atmosphere. The fights can get a little intense at times but you shouldn't have any problems if you're playing continuous. Later maps can have some obscure progression but things will be easier if you find the map powerups. The final level is disappointing (only two barons? We've ALREADY fought a pair on a previous level!) but overall, Fava Beans is worth checking out.

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Philnemba

  

My all time favorite episode 1 replacement wad that keeps the theme & difficulty the same as the original KDITD but with a tiny dash of Episode 2(Lost Souls, Cacodemons & Barons appear in the 2nd half but are rarely used). The only thing that prevents me from giving this a full 5 stars is that E1M8 is too anticlimactic & easier than OG E1M8 but even then this mapset is still worth playing...or replaying on my end ;)

 

-Philnemba 4.5/5

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BigDickBzzrak

  

Super easy, super fun, super enjoyable!

I used only my shotgun and still always had > 80 shells. E1M7 was the best of the episode. Some of the rooms felt like they were literally copied from the IWAD, though. E1M6's automap secret appears, like, thrice.

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CJacobsSA

  
Played this as part of a trip through Doomworld history. It was pretty good! Holds up today fairly well despite some odd design choices. My only real complaint about the map design is that the last level or two really squeeze the hallways tight together so it feels very claustrophobic. It also ends a bit abruptly. Other than that though, a solid entry into the episode 1 mimic genre.

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Doomkid

· Edited by Doomkid

  

Honestly it's pretty damn good, but the author seems a little too up himself..

 

Edit 5 years later: I seem too up myself for leaving this comment, how ironic

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trrobin

  
A great fun E1 wad from 1995 that's still fun to play today. Recommended. -TRRobin.

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Guest

  
Awesome! Best E1 replacement there is!

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Guest

  
Likes 5/5

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Guest

  
Regards Cheers! Good maps. Pleasure to play. There are some who say easy. No !!!! This is the normal level of difficulty. Such is the original Doom! No 1000 Hell Barons and 100 cyber demons. In the E1 there were 2 Barons !!! There should be more maps like this. You can play without cheating. No IDDQD. Adam

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great gameplay!

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the map's difficulty is average imo. People need to start playing doom with fast monsters on =p

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Guest

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I wonder if that last review was by NoPoet himself. ;) Four stars.

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This replaces E1M1 and is great fun, although the author comes across as a self-aggrandising twit in his readme ("I insisted that the levels I designed were no less greater than those in the actual game..." he says). He didn't do anything after this. Fava Beans is easy to review; it's a parallel universe version of E1, with some of the same design ideas, but mixed up. It's just slightly cruder than Id's E1, and played today it's not too hard, but it's entertaining and very nostalgic.

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Old school, could easily have replaced E1.

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One of the greatest E1 replacements ever made. Even with all the new, more detailed and challenging KDitD replacements, I still find Fava Beans to be the closest in style to ID's original episode. 5/5

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this one have lot of success among doomer, in my opinion this wad is just mediocre (but overated) there are better episode 1 replacement that deserves more attention.

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Very , very good. i enjoied it

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  • File Reviews

    • By Obsidian · Posted
      As sequels go it certainly has more ambition than the original while still keeping its detail-laden aesthetic, but it's plain to see what parts of the mapmaking process received the most effort and the gameplay stays fairly rote throughout. It's not an amazing gameplay experience all told, but it's still fun enough to play and it serves as a neat little snapshot of some of the mapping attitudes and styles of yore.
    • By Walter confetti · Posted
      A overall pretty good first effort map with some small cool details, new textures, a pretty good theme and room construction, as well for clever secrets and layout design. Pretty cool stuff.
    • By ImproversGaming · Posted
      Oh wow, I really loved this! I appreciated every map and it has been a step up from Fava Beans, my last WAD. I am a largely unskilled and inexperienced doomer so this may have aided my enjoyment. I loved the episode structure: first maps were warm-up through to big maps with larger enemy counts, through to maps with interesting mechanics but low enemy counts. Just had a ball with this. Tough in places but not unreasonable.   Highlights for me were (if I have to limit to two maps per episode): E1M5 - Long level with a cyberdemon in the nukage at the end  E1M6 - Circle straffing a cyberdemon on a stairs E2M3 - Loved the fast tempo of the map E2M4 - Tyson Imp punch level, wow I had to skill up E3M2 - Tough but fun with lots of routing to consider E3M5 - Loved the map but particularly the cyberdemon arena at the end   Sorry, but I also loved the gimmick maps (E1M8, E2M8 and E3M8) - you have to try these - short and really interesting. Also enjoyed the secret maps (E1M9, E2M9 and E3M9), short, punchy and fun!   Basically, loved the mapset and the variation across all of the maps, really fun. If it is useful I have uploaded my playthrough to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSh0vj-6E2chQqx744Ajl2w
    • By ImproversGaming · Posted
      Really enjoyed this WAD. Simple and straight forward with small maps and low enemy counts, but a great place to start for a new doomer. I had so much fun playing and particularly enjoyed E1M5, E1M6 and E1M7, these were really fun, nice tempo and I continue dropping back to play these again and again. It was really enjoyable to push the pace on these and see how fast I could finish.   Basically, enjoyed the calm encounters and nice simple aesthetics. If it is useful I have uploaded my playthrough to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSh0vj-6E2chQqx744Ajl2w
    • By NomTheBot · Posted
      Three minutes into the map I already like it. The starting room looks nice and the room after that can be difficult if you do not navigate it well enough. I do not understand why you would give a rocket launcher when the room in front of you which is filled with lost souls who will attack when you press the trigger. I do like how you give the chaingun and plasma gun before the big room with Barons and cacodemons. However, the room does have some strange textures for the cacodemons' pockets. I do like how one of the pockets is a lift to a switch that is required to press to make progression. I do like the room with the resources needed for the last fight but I do think the room was a bit too tiny and the fight would have been harder if you did not place the BFG in the open. 7/10
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