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Level: The Espana Secret back home search
Author(s): Harrys
total rating:5.89 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
dya1403 6 5 7 9
eTux 4 3 4 5
Gerty 6 7 7 7
Jay 6 6 7 8
Jose 6 6 6 6
Kristina 5 5 5 5
Magnus 3 4 3 4
MichaelP 6 8 7 7
Orbit Dream 6 7 7 8
Ryan 5 6 6 7
Sakusha 6 4 7 7
category averages
(11 reviews)
5.36 5.55 6.00 6.64

Reviewer's comments

"If you want a relatively easygoing experience with little to frustrate you, then you could do worse. Although there are plenty of bulls around as befits the setting, they can be easily avoided if you don't hesitate when completing your necessary tasks. The gameplay is simplistic and pretty much devoid of puzzles, mainly involving pulling levers and opening gates plus the addition of a very brief bike ride, but at least the setting is bright and attractive (lighting is a bit bland in places) and I didn't find that the time I spent here was wasted. Enemies are nonexistent apart from the aforementioned bulls, so the ammo you find is pretty much useless." - Ryan (28-Mar-2018)

"I really felt like I was strolling around the streets of a sleepy Spanish town in this demo, and there were Spanish flags all over the place. The office buildings were nice and so was the swimming pool. Lara can also have a little joyride with a motorcycle. But then, Lara discovers loads of bulls running after her, and if she picks up a large medipack right next to the first bull, she will not be able to keep up with the bull. Unwittingly, she has taken part in the Running of the Bulls, a festival to celebrate the town of Pamplona, to commemorate Saint Fermin and to have bullfights at the same time. Well, I must say that the bulls added a certain element of fear to an otherwise tranquil level, but unfortunately, the shotgun and the uzis were utterly useless! While the gameplay mainly consisted of opening gates with switches, the beautifully textured town makes the player want to explore the area in the hopes of figuring out what to do next. I can't wait to see how the full level looks like." - Sakusha (27-Dec-2011)

"This level confused me on a number of levels. I had played a later release of the author before and actually liked this more, though my scores may indicate otherwise. If the things that needed some attention would've been taken care of, this could've actually been very good - but I understand there's a full version thus making this 20 minute level a demo. So what are those nasty things? As far as looks go - the texturing is actually very good, but unfortunately lighting is pretty much non-existent, only differentiating a little in underwater rooms. That gives it bland and flat look, which also makes the overall atmosphere suffer. The Uzi and Shotgun along with the ammo are useless as the only enemies are easily avoidable bulls (whom you can't harm with any weapons you get), the streets look somewhat bare with little objects used for decoration. As far as tasks go - there's really not that much to do but activate number of switches, what wouldn't be that bad if there were camera hints showing what you have achieved. Practically devoid of any makes it a somewhat irritating experience, but since the area is fairly compact it shouldn't be that hard to find your way, if only annoying when a switch opens the door at the other end of the city. Overall - nothing that memorable, but worth a try for a quick raid in a city environment." - eTux (23-Oct-2007)

"Finding your way in a spanish suburbian town is the thing to do here.But be careful, running around in the streets can be dangerous around here. Some really mad bulls are on the loose.This happens because of the spanish custom of the bravest men to run on the narrow streets side by side with the bulls wich will be sacrificated in the corida.The gameplay isn't so bad but something doesn't fit: like you struggle so hard to get the motorcicle and you only drive it for a couple of seconds...and the city is so empty." - dya1403 (09-Mar-2007)

"It seemed like a demo to me and it was too short. I got a bike and a few ladders to climb, bulls and too many actually which I thought was unnecessary until it ends a few minutes later. I found one secret and I think this one I will forget very soon." - Kristina (18-Jan-2007)

"The design of this level is good, but no much more good things I found. There's no interesting puzzles although gameplay isn't bad, lights and cameras don't exist and the only enemies you'll find are some bulls. Textures are well. I think that in another countries the bull's partys are a special and tipycal characteristic of Spain; but people should not must to think that all the spanish people are the same. I'm spanish and I hate all kind of celebrations with bulls and another animals if they are damaged someway so, in this case, as players can't kill the bulls it's not bad at all." - Jose (27-Oct-2006)

"Soothingly quiet and brightly lit, this is a level that's hard to stay mad at. Sure, it's not all that great, but it's just too happy and cheerful, I can't help but feel that disliking it would be like kicking a puppy. The texturing is okay, but the lighting is more or less non-existent, making the level unrealistic and bland, but at least you never have to worry about it being too dark, right? The streets you're on look believable, but they don't help the gameplay, and expect a lot of long runs back and forth. At least you get to use a motorbike for a short while. Gameplay in general is extremely boring, with a few crawlspaces, a few levers, and not much else. The only enemies you encounter are bulls, which I thought was odd at first, until I saw the obvious connection between bulls and Spain. They're all easily avoided, though, and don't pose much of a threat. The lack of cameras is baffling considering the abundance of levers that open doors on the other side of the level, but while it gets frustrating, the level is fortunately very compact and doesn't even last for fifteen minutes. All in all, this is a Level Editor footnote you'll forget in a week, but its cheerful atmosphere is bound to cheer you up after all those dark and depressing levels you've been playing lately." - Magnus (23-Oct-2006)

"You start out in a village of sorts and finding a way into the buildings is a must. Getting the bike is also needed just for the slope. I found one secret the Ornate Handle and perhaps it is me that I never found the other piece that goes with it, but I never needed it. Tricky part comes after your encounter with the first bull. I suddenly felt I was in Pamplona, the bull-street-racing in Spain, that is an event that is held every year. I am not in favour of that so called game but for Lara to endure this ordeal, well....., that is a different story. All in all it is an adrenaline rush to avoid the bulls (they must have been on something as mine were quite fierce) and to get out in one piece. There are however some paper-thin walls and a lack of cameras, so that you have to go back and fro a bit to figure out where a door or a trapdoor has opened. But this is for sure a different adventure altogether, so if you are in for some dodging the bulls; have a go at it as I had fun." - Gerty (13-Oct-2006)

"You aren't in the city long before you get a smart looking motorbike to ride around on, so you can have some fun just zooming around the streets before settling down to some serious raiding. I always enjoy the jumping around on balconies scenario so I had fun, even though the gameplay was a little simplistic. As befits the Pamplona setting, there were several bulls running around the streets, which was rather a nice touch. I don't speak Italian, but I could just about gather from the readme that this level could be continued, which might resolve the slight feeling I had that it all ended rather abruptly and I hadn't accomplished a great deal." - Jay (09-Oct-2006)

"Short and sweet and admittedly a really nice idea to model the city of Pamplona with the bulls roaming around the street. Of course due to limitations of the editor there are only a few bulls and there is no real chase whatsoever and indeed the level plays rather sedate with rather straightforward progression, the occasional unnecessary crawling, a cool bike to get you from one corner of the city to the other and back and the occasional climbing up to the next level with a few not too tricky jumps to get to levers. Play it for a relaxed 30 minutes in a rather brightly lit setting. Found only one secret." - MichaelP (03-Oct-2006)

"The title which appears on the Loading Sceen is 'The world of the Mutant',which is altogether rather more appropriate for the adventure in hand; because,as you venture further into this level,more and more of the creatures appear until by the end the whole place is crawling with them.As these are nothing more than the re-textured Bull,though,you don't have to worry too much,although they do provide quite a chilling presence. Aside from them,this is a pretty standard 'running through streets' adventure,although quite nicely put together (especially for a first effort).None of the tasks are in any way tricky(doors have a tendancy to open of their own accord when you approach them)which is probably a blessing as camera clues are non-existent. The motorbike is not really necessary except for one ramp,and I never did work out what to do with the 'fuse secret'(which was hardly secretive in the first place).This,coupled with a trapdoor left unopened at adventures end together with a lack of ultimate purpose,left me feeling somewhat dissapointed. But it'll wile away 40 minutes or so very pleasantly,nonetheless." - Orbit Dream (17-Sep-2006)
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