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Orpheus' descent into hell

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3 levels of descent into hell, It starts off fairly nice, and gets more and more sick (so I am told).


Ambushes The lair of the darkness beast The circle of death The abatoir (now you know why all those chainsaws are lying around in hell) The Lecture Theatre of hell (what goes on in the chemistry department at night) Secrets (that don't show up on the map)

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· Edited by GuyNamedErick


Short bite-sized maps, each of varying quality, although never to anything below average, at least for 1994. The first map is (obviously) the shortest, with a bit of rooms to go around in but otherwise can be beaten in less than 10 seconds. The second level is longer but still relatively short, does have a few tricks up its sleeve but nothing too engaging. The third and last level is the longest and packs the most action and exploration out of the three levels, such as a small maze of Lost Souls and a way to a secret exit switch to enter E1M9, even though there isn't any secret level included in the WAD.


Texture variation is pretty low and on Ultra-Violence the gameplay is pretty alright, if a little standard. Ammo for the first two maps is pretty strict but manageable, whereas the third map gives you more than enough, even Cell Ammo which might be a bit of an overkill given the low-tier enemies you'll be facing. Map layouts are simple despite the attempts to keep things refreshing and overall the WAD is pretty average. Flaws aside, it is a decent time killer so it may be worth playing for a quick set of levels to blaze through.

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Made early 1994, so rated as such. First two maps are short, the last a bit longer. Layouts are basically simple, and only e1m3 gives a little adventurous feeling. Little texture variation, almost no decoration. Gameplay @ UV is not bad and has a few tricks, but never got me on my toes, not even in 1994. Overall it has little strong points, but also no real flaws, so 3* average.

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Very entertaining. All three levels are very short but the author managed to pack a lot of action, exploration and secrets into them. A lot of interesting triggers\/scenarios are used and at times it becomes almost challenging due to dark areas or low ammo. For June 1994 this is excellent.

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