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kboom series

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The Castle theme is my favorite. I like this style, but its hard to do.

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5-minutes valley-type map. Clearly made with a lot of care. Having said that, the layout is short, lineair and too simple. Decoration & ambiance are not special but just fine. Sadly the gameplay is far from exciting, the fights @ UV are easy and have way too little variation. Overall: 3* average, it's far from bad, but it has nothing to wake me up for.

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A small linear adventure through some mountains and brick\/marble structures (not epic enough to be called castles I'd say). The outdoor areas are rather featureless, the indoors are much better, though somewhat spoiled by their overly symmetrical structure. Not particularly memorable but there are some cute ideas, such as that shootable exit switch with a barrel in front of it, and it offers plenty of rocket launcher action. Silently teleporting monsters are weird though.

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nice architect...exciting gameplay...blast from past

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An early source port map from May '98. It's a dark valley-style map with a couple of small castles and a walkway; there's a nice effect with burning lava. Suffers from a linear layout that requires a bit of looping, and the red key should have been easier to find (the readme mentions this, but why not just put it in the open?). Decent action, although you get tonnes of rockets and lots of space, so it's never very hard. The expected archvile assault never came.

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    • By Meril · Posted
      Another abomination in doom mapping. It's crap even in crap category.
    • By Meril · Posted
      Ugly, rectangular, not enough ammo. In one word: CRAP
    • By Meril · Posted
      Sound replacement is terrible. Sounds are very annoying. Level also is ugly. Only thing I like is sprites replacement. Kicking nazi asses is same as good like demons ones ;)
    • By SeanLeal · Posted
      Dear Doomkid,

      I was involved in the design and play-test of each of these levels. Please know these were created from *scratch* and we spent our time making sure the levels were as playable as possible. We were not terribly focused on texturing, other than to give players positional awareness in different parts of each arena.

      Map 6 -- Offices of Death -- Was intentionally designed to be as accurate a representation of the office we worked in as possible. Admittedly, playability was taken as a second priority. We did manage to create working "elevators" and "stairs" to give the illusion you were going up and down floors. I was pretty happy with how we did.

      Considering it was 1996, and no way to simply "Google" different ideas. Your best bet at the time was to jump onto the Usenet and hope you could find a decent board with active members. Other than that, it was pretty much all self-taught.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the other levels. Yes, they are old-school, big arena, style. We spent a LOT of time trying to make sure they were as balanced as possible, with escape routes, and required risks for rewards.
    • By Summer Deep · Posted
      Excellent stuff for the mid-1990s. Lots of action, good layouts, pretty challenging on UV.    9/10