Level: The Database / Reinhardts Castle / Laras New Home back home search
Author(s): Brenna
total rating:3.75 Gameplay &
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Ceamonks890 2 4 2 2
dmdibl 4 5 5 4
Gerty 1 3 2 2
Jay 4 5 4 4
Jose 3 7 5 6
manarch2 3 4 3 2
MichaelP 3 5 6 5
Nuri 3 4 3 4
Orbit Dream 2 4 3 3
Ryan 3 4 3 3
Treeble 5 5 6 5
Xela 4 5 4 2
category averages
(12 reviews)
3.08 4.58 3.83 3.50

Reviewer's comments

"My rating is also solely based on the Database level, which is actually a simplistic but enjoyable little run- and drive-around a mixture of Venetian and snowy sceneries with a few thugs and rats to kill, a couple of interesting usages of comatose guards and three fun secrets to go for. But things fall apart with the Reinhardt's Castle and Lara's New Home segments as they have a larger hint of sloppiness and incompleteness about them with the former having an abrupt impasse with a non-working key, and the latter being mostly what has been seen before. These things do drag the scores down quite a bit. Oh well, it was a first build." - Ryan (24-Dec-2017)

"Not bad this TR2 level. I suffered a crash in the room adjacent to the snowmobiles (when entering with the vehicle) and also in that room the triggers to open the doors are not very clear, but usually it's a level very easy to play. Enough guns, ammo and medipacks, well balanced enemies, secrets not too hidden, correct texturization... Not a great level, of course, but playable and enjoyable." - Jose (15-Dec-2017)

"The Database is a nice little level, although very weird in a way. For example, you walk into a shop where you see plenty of snowmobiles, which I didn't even try taking anywhere as I just jumped over the counter and doors that I needed to climb into opened, so the snowmobile would have been left behind, and a couple of rooms later comes an obvious racetrack area, so I'm not sure why that was there. I did claim a secret for following it through to the end, but I'd have to anyway in order to proceed. I liked the retextured enemies, by the way, it's always fun to see customizations as these in non-TR4 engines. The end comes rather abruptly in a room with plenty of buttons, but the readme does state the author had planned so many more levels... Other two small entries are included in the pack. Reinhardt's Castle has fun textures, but right on the first room you need to locate the fall-through floor to proceed, and it doesn't really get much better. Ultimately it ends 5 minutes later with a locked door for which the key in your inventory doesn't fit, so I would assume a wrong version of the level was compiled and submitted... Lastly, Lara's New Home was an interesting take on the manor - it made things even bigger, as if they weren't already big in the first place. However, it was prone to crashing all too often so I gave up after a dozen or so tries. I did make as far as the AA meeting room in the second floor, though. 20~ minutes, 2 secrets. 05/17" - Treeble (28-May-2017)

"I had many crashs while playing this! These are three short levels with no story. One of those levels is a changed version of Laras home..." - Nuri (07-Jul-2015)

"OK, so while the first level included in this package, 'The Database' isn't too bad in terms of quality, the other two are so inconsequential that you're left wondering what the whole point of including them here was. As 'Reinhardt's Castle' unfortunately suffers from a game breaking bug where you cannot continue onwards without a key that apparently doesn't exist in the level and 'Lara's New Home' has an issue with crashing to desktop whenever you attempt to enter the inside of the manor(although judging by the extremely similar layout to the all-too familiar Core Design manor, I doubt that I'm missing out on anything.) So in conclusion, I simply cannot recommend this to anyone at the end of the day, as its painfully obvious that the builder released this level without any proper testing whatsoever(due to plenty of potential crashes, bugs and an overall unfinished feeling to it all.)" - Ceamonks890 (05-Aug-2014)

"Rating is mostly for the first level, The Database, as the other levels are short and not really worth spending time on. The Database is fun though, for the short amount of time it takes to complete. A good amount of enemies, three secrets, interesting scenery, which includes guys who are just lounging around. All of it adds up to a relatively interesting experience. Unfortunately, the other levels don't hold up so well. The time the builder spent on those two levels would have been better spent fleshing out The Database. Still, not a terrible download." - Xela (10-Aug-2013)

"The Database: A short TR2 Venice level, with the usual complement of baddies and dogs, plus, at one point, a rather bizarre room floored in ice with a shark swimming around underneath and a room full of snowmobiles which you can ride if you wish (and you really should check underneath them) Ė not oneís normal idea of Venice, but interesting, sort of Venice via Nepal. Reinhardtís Castle. You wonít get anywhere with this unless you manage to fall into an invisible hole in the floor right at the beginning. Luckily, I play in headless chicken mode so Iím good at falling down unexpected holes. Unfortunately, you wonít get very far with it in any case, since it only lasts a few minutes and appears not to have a finish trigger. Laraís New Home: Yes it is. Broadly speaking, itís the old mansion with the same stuff to do Ė assault course, swimming pool etc., but the builder has put his own spin on things rather than creating an exact copy so it does appear that the old homestead has had a makeover. Iíd already played all other levels from this builder before discovering this set (his debut) so itís particularly good to see how much progress he has made with subsequent works." - Jay (20-Jul-2011)

"The architecture was OK and some gameplay elements were fun. However so many crashes and missing or badly used textures here. Reinhardt's Castle cannot be finished. All in all lower than average." - manarch2 (14-Nov-2010)

"Fair enough;this is a first release,and the builder has since progressed to undeniably bigger and better adventures.Nonetheles,it remains an absolute textbook example for new builders as to how NOT to release a debut level! It is abdundantly clear from the game-stopping bug in level 2 that the builder not only neglected to get someone to Beta test his work,but that he didn't do much of a job with his own Alpha test! Uploading an obviously incomplete work for public consumption is always a risk (and the question of what age a builder happens to be should matter not a jot when it comes to reviews;each and every level should be judged entirely on its own merits - or lack thereof).However,it was clearly a risk that Brenna was prepared to take,as he has since progressed very positively in his level-building hobby. It must be said that the first level of this incomplete trilogy IS a lot of fun,if a little rough around the edges.The 2nd level is a somewhat annoying run around,culminating in a tricky climb to an open window and a subsequent total impasse.The third is the usual uneventful Mansion,as seen innumerable times previously. As a whole,these levels represent a curious type of 'work in progress' ethos and should best be overlooked. Try 'The meaning of Christmas' instead,for a far more accurate and enjoyable example of Brenna's work." - Orbit Dream (13-Nov-2010)

"My scoring is largely for the first level (The Database, 15 min, 3 secrets), which playes nicely as a Venice in the Snow level with plenty of bad guys to shoot and most doors happily opening for you all by itself. The snowmobile room and the use of the sitting dudes was kind of fun (especially the guy watching TV - LOL) and this part is definitely worth a quick look. It goes downhill from there, as Reinhardt's Castle not only features a fall through floor and a climb through ceiling wall (always unfair) - it even seems to come to a halt when a key you find among a few boxes does not fit into the only available key lock nearby. Lara's New Home is then - well, yet another Lara's Home level and as such I continue to not enjoy them, even if this one is at least constructed ok. But in the end I wish the author had expanded more on the concepts of the Database level." - MichaelP (06-Sep-2010)

""The Database" is a charming small level, with good graphic sense. Lara gets helpful pickups and disposes of bad guys. I liked the sharks under ice that oscillates between opaque and transparent. The snowmobile secret is clever. Good use of lighting. I would have been happy to play more levels like this. But then "Reinhardt's Castle" has a problem within a few minutes. After a fall-through floor, and a climb-through ceiling, it looks like it will be an attractive level. Lara gets a key, climbs through a broken window into a hallway where a door should be open. But the keyhole is for a different type of key than Lara possesses, so any further progression is impossible. There is a whole area that players can't reach. "Lara's New Home" isn't your usual ripped project as in TR3. This must be a manual construction so a lot looks different and plays different. The button on the diving board opens up Lara's bedroom (strange bathroom). A music room button initiates the timed run to the basement. The basement holds piles of treasure. Interesting, but this level is prone to crashes, so save frequently. I could reload after a crash and continue." - dmdibl (15-May-2010)

"Mixture of Venice textures but that is it. Finding two keys to get to the Data Base room, and on your way there, you shoot a couple of thugs and that is it. Second level is called Reinhardtís Castle. It starts with a nasty fall through floor you have to fall into or else you cannot proceed. That will not be the only wall you encounter and there is a nasty ladder that leads to an open window that works a bit weird but lets Lara into the rest of the so-called castle. Having found the second key my game stopped there, as there was no way to proceed and Lara kept saying NO when I wanted to use the key." - Gerty (30-Mar-2010)
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