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Level: Yvel Woods back home search
Author(s): Igor
total rating:5.33 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
Ceamonks890 4 5 5 5
dmdibl 5 5 4 5
eTux 3 4 5 4
Gerty 5 5 4 4
Jose 7 8 7 8
Kyle 6 7 7 6
manarch2 4 5 5 6
MichaelP 5 6 6 6
Nuri 3 5 7 7
Obig 4 5 4 5
Orbit Dream 5 5 3 3
Ryan 5 7 7 7
Treeble 4 6 7 7
category averages
(13 reviews)
4.62 5.62 5.46 5.62

Reviewer's comments

"You may need to do a bit of faffing around to even get this level to work correctly (for me it only did so by using the original scripts and renaming one of the TR2 files), but once you do so you get a charming little TR2 level with admittedly very simple and linear gameplay, but quite attractive looks (these textures from "It's a Madhouse!" have always been a favourite of mine), although the black ceiling curtain was a bit of an odd choice to presumably represent a nighttime setting. A pleasant little run-around, though." - Ryan (30-Oct-2018)

"I also had issues running this on windows 7. The game always crashed before it even opened. But setting compatibility to Win98 worked for me. After I've finally entered the game, I experienced a short adventure that only includes collecting keys and pushing some blocks. There are some secrets that are really easy to find. This level didn't entertain me much... It's design is similar to the level "it's a MADHOUSE!" from Tomb raider 3 Gold. But the rooms were very nude, without any kind of decoration." - Nuri (25-Feb-2018)

"First of all, I was not able to launch this level in a W7 system, so I had to run it in a PC with Win XP. Not agree with the low ratings for this good level. For me was a solid and well builded level with no bugs, small rooms, nice and good texturization, well balanced enemies, not hard tasks, entertaining gameplay, enough guns and ammo, cameras showing the triggered doors, well ornated rooms... What else do you want? For me a very worth to play level. Recommended." - Jose (24-Jan-2018)

"Although short, this was a fun little adventure very reminiscing of The Lost Artifact. Gameplay narrows down to finding keys to open doors while dodging the occasional trap or slightly adjusting a pushblock. Pretty simple, but as far as looks are concerned it's pretty good. I also rather liked Lara's new outfit. 15 minutes, 1 secret. 05/17" - Treeble (28-May-2017)

"After completing this one, I could only figuratively rank this as a rather mediocre level to play through. Gameplay is rather simplistic(involving the use of keyhunting, some dogs/ Italian mobsters to kill and some basic platforming and swimming from time to time), custom textures used here are quite refreshing to see, in terms of TR2 releases and are placed quite well, even if the overall atmosphere is let down considerably by some painfully unconvincing ceiling textures attempting to be passed off as the night sky. While lighting manages to get the job done and object/enemy use(while not terribly original), are chosen well-enough and don't feel too out-of-place in the surrounding areas. In conclusion, if you're going to go in and not expect a deep, challenging long level to play, than this might do a satisfactory job for you. In my case however, I just found it rather unremarkable and empty in the end. So, make sure to take that into possible consideration, if you're still interested in giving this one a go." - Ceamonks890 (28-Jul-2014)

"I thought this level was an Okay level. I like Igor's levels, but they are definitely not my favorite. His levels like Yvel Woods and Night Home Attack are ones that I would rate a 6.00 on. Still, pretty good levels though." - Kyle (06-Jun-2013)

"As a fan of the It's a madhouse! setting, I really would love to see more levels based on it around, even as simple and straightforward ones like Yvel Woods. The hardest thing on a Windows 7 system was indeed to get it running - but a Windows95 compatibility mode did the trick for me and from then on I could finish it in one sitting. As said, the course isn't all that complicated for most part if you keep in mind that you can use boxes to get to higher places, or move them aside to find crucial items. The most challenging part purely technically was a running jump and grab over spikes, the rest is just confronting a few dobermans and mafiosos - just to give you an idea of the skill level required to tackle this one. The settings may be boxy and simplistic, but, apart from the don't mind the man behind the curtain starry skyline, effective enough and faithful to the original. I managed to miss both secrets, so maybe a replay will be in order somewhere down the line. Fun while it lasts and recommended if you don't expect anything complicated or intricate." - eTux (14-Sep-2011)

"This short TR 2 level dured 15 minutes for me. The textures we can see here are from the TR 3 Gold levels and they fit rather well. Gameplay was a bit slow, few battles made it more fun." - manarch2 (08-Jan-2011)

"For some reason I could not managed to get this level to work on my Windows7 PC (always crashed when starting New Game), so had to play on a Win XP machine instead. You actually get a fairly simple but pleasant 20 minute level here, with friendly looks (except for the bad choice of the starry night textured ceiling), a few dogs and baddies to kill and the occasional block to push out of the way in your hunt for keys. Not a lot of woods in sight though. Found two secret dragons." - MichaelP (31-Aug-2010)

"Had a feeling that I played this one before, or a very similar one, or I just plain forgot to write a review. Anyway this was a nice adventure in a small city. There are quite some enemies you encounter and with a bit of luck it is even possible to slay them without too much loss of health. Getting keys to open doors, although I might add, some of the key locks are in unrealistic places." - Gerty (17-May-2010)

"We are in a little town at evening. We get a lot of weapons for the enemies, so you will have easy thing with the battles." - Obig (10-May-2010)

"Somewhat slight and basic, as play involves pulling a block aside to find a key, or to trigger the opening of an overhead door. There are groups of enemies to combat, so it's good when Lara gets the automatic pistols. The zip lines are used twice. In the first room, and onwards, one notices the ceiling is textured as a star field, without any attempt to raise it up to create the illusion of a night sky. Everything works, but this is likely an author's beginning level. Good texturing to suggest a village." - dmdibl (19-Feb-2010)

"It's difficult to rate this for Sound,as there is no ambient music (You need to load a TR2 CD for that...do you still have a copy?),but atmosphere has been severely let down by having the builder plaster a star texture all over every ceiling - at the very least add a top room to every outdoor area and texture that accordingly,to attempt an illusion of height and depth. This is a shame,as the semblance of a small town has been reasonably captured;and the gameplay is generally entertaining (while never being thought-provoking).Several hunts for important keys,2 zip-lines and numerous confrontations with dogs and mafiosi keep things moving along very nicely.Textures are well-enough used,although the physical construction is rather basic.It provided 20 or so minutes of entertainment,and that's probably enough for a reccomendation." - Orbit Dream (19-Jan-2010)
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