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99 Ways to Die

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3 level WAD set in a castle environment. Excessive attention given to the appearence of the levels (texture selection, alignment, lighting, etc...), but game play does not suffer (some great battle areas!).

I use a P90 machine, so I imagine some areas may run slowly on underpowered machines.


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Catpho

  

A fine and perfectly serviceable mapset. There's solid architecture, good grasp on doom gameplay ( a bit on the easy side but plenty of cool encounters to back it up) and impressive lighting (even with today's standards!).

It's not anything groundbreaking, just small, short and fun mapset. Doom antiquarians rejoice!

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Spectre01

  

Short and relatively nice-looking set for it's time. Plays alright, though pistol start balance does make me raise my eyebrows. More enjoyable to experience continuously. It's OK. 2/5

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TheOligopolist

  
Pretty enjoyable. It's old, so the difficulty isn't very high but it looks quite nice, and I liked the way the levels flow. Unfortunately the teleporter destination near the end of Map 3 is disabled for UV, easily fixed with Doom Builder though. Pretty excellent compared to other stuff I've tried from the early days of Doom 2.

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Guest

  
very simple, but fun.

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NuMetalManiak

  
a little fun, three level set. MAP03 could have the best had it not been for the teleport bug on UV.

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Guest

  
Dated 1996, but looks more like an experimental wad from 1994, so rated as such. Layouts are overall simple, and looks like author just tried something. Texture use is quite spare but mostly works. Decoration is overall simple but nice on some places. Gameplans simply do not work, and map03 is clearly not tested @ UV. Overall: quite amateurish, but as editors like DB2 did not yet exist in those quite slow P90 times (even the cpu of my fridge looks faster ;-)): 3/5 for the try.

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JudgeDeadd

  
A fairly nice mapset with sparse 1996 visuals, though the lighting details help in fleshing it out. I wish the author was a bit more willing to use darkness instead, because even the shadows here are pretty bright. The gameplay is a bit too easy most of the time.

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Unknown date

  
A very good-looking pwad from 1996, though it is too short. Lighting effects like this wad's are actually pretty standard nowadays, so it might seem less impressive, but give it a shot anyways. 4/5

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cacomonkey

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Very nice wad but I'm thankful that Hackneyed told us about the teleporter bug in Map 03 since I did in fact play on UV and found I couldn't exit into the final room. So I had to play the Map over again on Medium difficulty.

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a grate example of a 4/5 wad

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this plays pretty good, not very detailed and the author doesnt seem to know the light levels :) Nice map 4/5 - PerOxyd

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Short but sweet. Nice lighting. ~vf

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This map was KNOWN for its lighting, peroxide. anyway, good map. **** ish. -Csonicgo

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Nice detail, great gameplay, perfect wad. 5 stars -Lupinx

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Guest

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So so...

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Guest

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This wad is in my opinion epic. Not only does it have great lighting and gameplay for '96, but it is special to me as the first wad I ever downloaded and played. 5/5

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this is like Half life 2. old, and fucking beautiful.

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He used a P90 machine... I probably played this on a 486DX and had issues lol. Anyways... a pretty neat wad... historical if anything. Nice lighting effect for the time. Most custom wads from this time sucked. This one didn't. 4/5

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Nice enough levels with some attention to shadows.

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Guest

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Really nice, especially considering it's from 1996 already.

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Guest

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Very nice design ideas. 4 stars because map03 is impossible on UV.

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i havent played many wadfiles in my life but this one is like the best. ill give this baby a nice 5/5 grafics are better then gameplay

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Guest

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meh

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Guest

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Nice. Better graphically than the gameplay.

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Is this actually possible to complete? The teleporter that seems to be supposed to take you to the last room doesn't appear to work...

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    • By Gato606 · Posted
      It's a nice wad overall, nice map design, textures and monster placement, enjoyed playing on D-Touch (GZDoom1.8) with Dude4th weapon mod.  My only complain would be the secrets, they have very few to no clues about their position.  There was a problem on E3M5 on the secrets around the squared starting room with stairs, the wall closes and let me stuck inside, had to use idclip to get out from those secret rooms.
    • By amackert · Posted
      I recently played through this continuously twice on UV. Overall I feel this is an expertly crafted WAD from start to finish. Beautiful scenery, great soundtrack, and intense gameplay. Maybe a little too intense sometimes, and with that it's probably not a WAD I'll recommend to newbies. If less experienced players absolutely have to try it, I suggest playing on the lower difficulty modes as the included readme suggests. Describing the later maps of this WAD as "brutal" on UV is an understatement to say the least.
    • By galileo31dos01 · Posted
      Done with these settings:   - GLBoom+ 2.5.1.4. - Ultra-Violence. - Pistol starts. - Saves every 10 minutes or no saving.   This is a funny memewad of concepts and tricks from the Boom engine. It's anything alike classic conventional Doom gameplay, ergo the chosen compatibility, and brings a specific gimmick in a satirical form for each map. Aesthetics are part of the idea too, by way of monotextured layouts of the simplest geometry, such as to find out which sector/linedef has an action, and mostly grey and brown as the predetermined colours, with a bit of green and red bricks in some levels. Besides, skies made of one resized texture, and music from TV series and movies, the ideal recipe for an experience in Doom one doesn't opt for everyday.    Concept-wise, it's much appreciable to experience each map on its own, even more when the idea of carryovers will only block your progress in survival maps: better leave in bad shape and restart freshly than carry less than 15 hit points and be eternally murdered by former human ambushes. This example is one of Pinchy's numerous parodies of unconventional/inconvenient situations we've all been through in Doom. Humping walls to find progress like in primitive maps, having the screen constantly tinted because of pickups, being harassed by incoming projectiles from monsters out of your FOV, that fear of eating your own splash damage because the door can close at any moment, these are just a few of the most hilarious cases I've seen here. It wouldn't be bad to say not all of the gimmicks were clear enough to me, still don't know what's the meme in map 13. Same in some of the later maps, they seemed to have less ridiculous and more serious content, or at least not something different from earlier maps, but if anything I support that seemingly passion for zombiemen hordes, which held up my enjoyment most of the time. Funnily enough, it wasn't until the very last map that I laughed out loud at doomguy's surroundings, and there was nothing else than THE END messages under a sky in fireblu. Guess I couldn't hold my laugh for too long.   Secret-wise, it's interesting to me that in a wad of this category the only existing secrets serve as a combination of the gimmick in question and helpful extras for survival. The second map's way to hide secret sectors is quite funny indeed. As for favourite maps, I found the concepts in map 02, 04, 07, 09 and 15 to entertain me more, last one because it tickled my fancy for exploration. Some of the rest like 05, 07, 11 and 14 woke my other feelings, not only they made me laugh but also feel tense, those imps and troopers could not beat me!... not more than twice...   Overall, even if not all of the maps made sense, or had strange concepts I didn't understand, the point was to laugh, and I believe that was achieved here. Because laughter is good for the organism, check this out. My rate is 7/10. 
    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      Not too shabby. Very intricate level with halls & rooms to explore taking up almost every square inch of the castle. You do have to look through pretty much the whole place to find the necessary keys, but you'll have fun in the process. Most of the gameplay is pretty simple run & gunning of mooks but there are a couple neat traps, like the teleporting/telefragging area and the exit. Despite the large and labyrinthine design of the level, it doesn't get boring or easy to get lost in due to the abundance of landmarks (mainly sector furniture) and high interconnectedness. Texture alignment is quite bad, but oh well. There are some replaced sounds which are a bit odd but not bad, which kind of encapsulates the whole wad.
    • By MTrop · Posted
      If you want something quick, fun, challenging, and a little nostalgic, play this.   Good job, Jimmy.  
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