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WADs that aren't serious, but aren't jokewads

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Does anyone have any recommendations for maps that have a a tongue-in-cheek feel without being completely ridiculous/shitty? I'm talking about WADs along the lines of Massmouth 2, Grove, Mandrill Ass Project, etc. Stuff like that.

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I find that a lot of ZDoom .WADs from around 2000-2004 aren't entirely serious, such as ZDCMP#1, the Zort series and TheUltmateDoomer's works (License to Spell Doom and Super Sonic Doom in particular). They usually just have a few Easter Eggs, perhaps the author talking directly to the player and a few references to things in the community at large. Although none of them are quite so obviously not-serious as the examples you've given.

I'll also pimp my own shit and say Twisted Joke probably fits the bill, largely through dint of being a Christmas .WAD that involves a ski slope.

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I hate being a self-promoting bastard, but my own recently released map pack kind of fits your description. It has a rather goofy storyline (which doesn't impact gameplay), but still contains pretty normal levels just the same both in terms of gameplay and visuals so its not really a jokewad. Just normal levels with some bits of humor thrown in.

http://www.doomworld.com/vb/wads-mods/55888-my-new-project-short-maps-edit-its-finished/

I hope this doesn't count as advertising.

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Thats what I aimed my noob project series to be (series of five zdoom wads I made between 2006 and 2008). Unfortunately those maps aren't too polished though, because I was pretty inexperienced at the time I made them. Also, zdoom evolves like a virus, so it would be a wonder if they still work (I know massmouth 2 for example requires special fixes.)

You should check out Community is Falling 3 (also assuming it still works), because though the story revolves around doom forum drama and in-jokes, the map design is pretty awesome. Also, I am not sure if you would count it as completely serious (maybe the later wads), but the kzdoom series is pretty cool.

Though thats all I could pull off the top of my head for zdoom that hasn't already been mentioned, one of my favorite classic style wads could be considered tongue-in-cheek: Infected Area

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Check out the Great Bicycle Mystery wads. Bring a friend though, they are coop oriented. Good maps, the premise of the wad involves bicycles, if that is any indicator of the srsness of it.

No links because I am too lazy for this.

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Killing Adventures and Temple of the Lizardmen (1 & 2) would probably count; too.

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I don't think Yakworld can be considered an outright jokewad, but it certainly is quite silly. There's a bug where the rocket launcher explosion sound plays a voice clip in certain ports, someone else will have to elaborate.

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Gez said:

Killing Adventures and Temple of the Lizardmen (1 & 2) would probably count; too.


I think killing adventures is a jokewad actually. But many say its a good one though.

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Judging by the demo activity it's probably a little more than just a jokewad. Its gameplay is fucking great. Music selection is excellent too.

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hardcore_gamer said:

I think killing adventures is a jokewad actually. But many say its a good one though.


It's not a Mockery-style jokewad where the "joke" is that it sucks. The level design isn't breathtakingly gorgeous, but it's serviceable and fun.

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Action Doom and its sequel probably haven't been mentioned because they're so obvious, but they definitely fit the bill.

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