Title: Man the Mandala
Filename: levels/doom2/a-c/arturo.zip
Size: 32.23 KB
Date: 05/22/95
Author: Arturo Cubacub
Description: A mandala is an eastern painting or art piece, usually circular in motif with a central point of origin. It is used as a cognitive centering device for meditation. The idea is to immerse yourself in the art work, which in the process would bring you to a space where you can overcome your "demons," so to speak, and come to some resolution. When I first saw Doom, I knew it would be a perfect place to put a Mandala in... demons, resolution to higher levels and immersion.... "Man the Mandala" is my first attempt at playing with this concept. I use some eastern symbolism interspersed with some very western ones, which may or may not be obvious. At any rate, it certainly is a lot more fun and immediate than sitting in a lotus position, following your breath to point on a painting on a wall...which can be fulfilling, but is certainly a hell of a lot more work and not necessarily fun!
Base: New level, from scratch/50++hrs.
Build time:
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Bugs: If you find some, let me know.
Rating: (5 votes)
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It is quite amusing map...bit too easy justx
I liked itx
The author piles on BS in his readme, which is a shrewd excuse for making the level symmetrical. There are few monsters, lots of ammo, and some odd texture work. But I can understand why the previous reviewer is so weepy; the map would have been pretty decent in 1995. It's entertaining for a few minutes and a good example of how expectations have changed since then. It also appeared as Map07 in id=7797, a megawad, although it is ruined there by a useless sound replacement.x
This is a wad of my childhood. I remembered everything- the circle, the outside sectors, being scared of the dark rooms.... :cries: it's like being reunited with an old friend!... only not :P. Now that I look at it, it's not detailed, nor is the gameplay very exciting, but I still like it for the hours it took from my life playing it when I was a kid. Cheers to life, and to this wad. ~Csonicgo *****x

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