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The Courtyard

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My first two levels. One large, one small.

**New version: fixes NoSound bug**

These levels form the first two in what will become a series of levels, interconnected by MASTER.WAD (see above). Play should start on level one, level two follows. NOTE: Although these levels feature DeathMatch and Cooperative facilities, I have not tested these, so cannot verify that they work.

********************************************** ** RUN COURT.BAT TO RUN THESE LEVELS ** ** and install these levels into your Hexen ** ** directory. Otherwise, make sure you load ** ** both WADs at once! ** **********************************************

Here's the story: You come to show your prized posession to a wizard who wants to see it, at his castle. Too bad you didn't know beforehand that he was an evil wizard! Now you are imprisoned in your bedroom. One thought fills your mind: to exact revenge. This means killing the wizard, and getting back your Book Of Spells.

Misc. Notes: * Be careful at the start of level 2 * All the weapons are in there: you will have to be daring to get them all. * Select an easy skill level to play with no monsters but one (or two.) This avoids using -nomonsters switch, but still gives a challenge.

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This WAD is unplayable. Nothing really leads to anywhere, there are doors that need keys to open them which are nowhere to be found - and there are a lot of pointless switches.

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    • By Marlamir · Posted
      Pretty good. The combat was fun and design wasn't bad at all.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Despite its age, nice details and well designed. Way how blue key is hidden is really clever. But map is dark and cramped. Enemies are only imps and hitscanners.
    • By Dovahxul · Posted
      the more I play the more I get more sad that this map pack is going to end soon its really great :)
    • By Meril · Posted
      Pretty good map in E1 base style (except Doom2 monsters) Nice design but there some texture alignment issues.
    • By Nems · Posted
      Despite the browns and grays that are prominent in this megaWAD, I found it to be fun. I also found it to be quite the challenge. The first map gives you a taste of what to expect in terms of enemy encounters. The author makes good use of mid-tier enemies to apply pressure on the player. Monster count for most of the maps barely breaks the 150 mark but, as said before, the use of mostly mid-tier enemies puts pressure on the player. I also like how the megaWAD handles level progression. Most of the levels you go through consist of caves, cities, islands, and tech bases in space. In fact, there's only one real Hell-like level and even it's within the confines of the moon base you fight through in maps 21 - 30.   About the only gripes I have with this megaWAD are with regards to maps 32, 29, and 30. I know the text file and map 31 give warnings about map 32 but there really should be some kind of alternate exit in map 32 instead of trapping you in place if you don't pass one of the puzzles. I wasn't a fan of how close quarters the IoS fight was in map 29, especially since it can get cramped quickly with monster spawns. Finally, the randomization of what keys spawn during your escape in map 30 isn't fun either. 10 minutes seems like plenty of time but between navigating the vent system (again) without light goggles and dealing with mid-tier enemies, that 10 minutes can get eaten up really quick.   Overall, it's still a fun megaWAD. I'd recommend at least giving it a shot.