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Level: Winston in Prison back home search
Author(s): cessusbangy
total rating:3.43 Gameplay &
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Atmosphere,
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Ceamonks890 2 3 3 4
Diz 4 4 5 5
dmdibl 3 3 5 5
eTux 2 5 4 4
Jay 4 6 5 6
manarch2 1 3 1 2
MichaelP 3 6 6 6
Moonpooka 2 2 3 3
Obig 4 5 5 5
Orbit Dream 1 1 0 0
rtrger 2 5 3 5
Ryan 1 3 4 4
Scottie 3 4 4 5
TheStig 2 2 2 2
category averages
(14 reviews)
2.43 3.71 3.57 4.00

Reviewer's comments

"Back to the good old Mansion again, and once again the changes are minor. This time the fridge is masquerading as a prison cell, a rocket launcher has been inexplicably placed in the kitchen and Winston is wearing prison gear. Apart from the opportunity to blow up the butler himself and a funny quad bike ride, there is nothing new here." - Ryan (25-Aug-2016)

"More of the same ol' content as we find ourselves in the TR3 Croft Manor level yet again, only Winston is wearing prison garments, the fridge has been retextured to look more like a prison cell, security cameras are included and for no real logical reason, there's a lethal turret in the kitchen(which you can use to exterminate your loyal valet, like a 'good and completely trustworthy' employer would usually do.) Simply not worth bothering with at the end of the day however, unless you're really curious in giving this one a quick look at, before dumping it into the recycle bin when you're done." - Ceamonks890 (17-Sep-2014)

"It's that bloody old ripped prj of Lara's mansion again! You know;the one that always crashes when you try to get into the basement. How many more times is it possible for a lazy builder to upload this after having done nothing more than inserting a silly character of their choice? (In this case, Winston in a prison outfit being blown up in the Kitchen).Alas,the possibilities of this sort of level creation happening again are almost infinite;so it's probably best to just give it a quick once-over and go - although you'd be missing the splendidly buggy bike-ride if you do;which just goes to show that some people can find ways of messing up even the simplest of level-building tasks." - Orbit Dream (14-Sep-2011)

"I'm afraid I really couldnt see the point in this one. Now firstly, if the author has in actual fact used the unofficial editor, and faithfully re-created every lighting and texturing element of Lara's home from TR3 then it's an impressive effort. However the lighting is far to close a match for this to be an original creation and it feels much more to me like a copy and paste job lightly modified. As such you cant really award any marks for originality. Pleanty of bugs and crashes, and a few sound anoamlies as well. Only recommend if you are a die-hard fan of the old Core Design Mansion. Stiggy" - TheStig (19-Aug-2010)

"Copied from Lara's house with few exceptions. A big no. Even though it's nice to shoot Winston after all." - manarch2 (24-Jul-2010)

"Author coud be very angry to Winston. You can find a rocket launcher in the kitchen too, for the killing. Not enough the old methold, and close him into the fridge? :) Moreover, he won't appear everytime. Be careful, don't go to the cellar, because the game will exit." - Obig (30-May-2010)

"It is hard to see any improvement over TR3 home levels that were being released eight years ago. Play this as a standard level (so that one can make saves) and the game crashes when Lara descends the stairs into the basement. Play this as a Home level (forgo the ability to save games), and Lara can go into the basement, swim in the aquarium, and get the racetrack key. I confirmed that this is the same as it was years ago. I played this as a standard level, crashed the game in the basement, then replayed it as a Home level. The same book turns off the fire for the chimney, Lara does the same timed run to the basement door to get the racetrack key. Winston is dressed in prison garb, the freezer has a door to make it look like a jail cell, and there is a small gun turret in the kitchen. I don't get what this about, but it's inconsequential. Lara enters the racetrack to find a new quad bike. When she tries to ride it the animation shows tires and bike flipping above and below Lara. Try to accelerate away and the game crashes. That's it, because there are no savegames. I think I saw everything. When Lara was in the gym there was a missing texture which gave a mirror effect. Maybe the author didn't think players would ever get to the racetrack, but this hardly seems an improvement over existing levels. I don't get the point." - dmdibl (04-May-2010)

"Sorry, but I really fail to see what this level is all about. For a start, my game crashed entering the basement, and secondly, I never even saw Winston. I went into the garden, opened the main gates and ended the level in a few minutes. There's also nothing new that I could see. Textures where the same old Lara's Home and same too for the layout of the Manor. Also, a timed run to the trophy room was pointless as there isn't actually anything in there to collect. So, for me, this was a pointless exercise and a it of a let down." - Moonpooka (27-Feb-2010)

"Poor Winston! The level is a TR3 Croft Manor, but it has some differences. Objects from Nevada, Winston has brand new clothes, and you can kill him with a lovely rocket launcher imported from TR3 Crash Site. Or you can shoot him down. What did he do? Hope we'll find an answer next time." - rtrger (19-Feb-2010)

"And? What wants the level builder now say to us with this level? In any case, not a single one reason occurs to me, why one should play this level. There is hardly a difference to the Home level. Winston wears prisoner's things and in the kitchen stands a bombthrower!!! Otherwise I could discover nothing new. If one chooses Winston in Prison, one cannot go down to the cellar, because there is otherwise a crash on the desktop. And if one cannot go to the cellar, one can also not drive with the Quad, because the key for the racing distance lies below in the cellar. But the benevolent player can make it also different. If he chooses Laras Home, he is able to go everywhere. But then he cannot save the game any more. But because there are no opponents and also no dangerous actions, is this absolutely no problem. However, it was strange that I could not drive the whole distance with the Quad. Shortly before the tunnel the Quad had suddenly disappeared. He was simply away and Lara stood in the middle on the distance. The animation mistakes when Lara drives with the Quad can one safely ignore. I know really absolutely no reason, why the benevolent player should touch this level." - Scottie (11-Feb-2010)

"Hmmm, well this is exactly what it says in the level info - Lara's Home with a few modifications. An amusing idea and no doubt we've all shut irritating old Winston in the deep freeze once or twice so perhaps this could be deemed a logical progression. It was certainly rather fun playing with that great big gun again although it would have been even better if it had demolished a few walls (actually, you can blow Winston up with it - don't blame me, it was my husband's bloodthirsty discovery, but I had a go anyway). This is really only one for those feeling nostalgic for a trip round Lara's old mansion or keen to see Winston in his prison garb. It does suit him." - Jay (11-Feb-2010)

"Another faithful (and thus entirely unnecessary) reproduction of Lara's Home, with the only notable reason to look at it being Winstons new 'outfit'. No idea what that gun turret in the kitchen is for though. It is possible to get to the race track and the Quad bike if you play this from the 'Home' menu and not as 'New Level', but then the Lara animation on the Quad is rather screwed up - almost funny, but not quite." - MichaelP (10-Feb-2010)

"As if Winston hadn't been punished enough through all the years he's been part of the TR games, he's put in a prisoner's suit and shackles here, not to mention the large turret in the kitchen you can use to actually blow him to pieces. I suppose if one has a particular dislike for the poor chap - this is the perfect level for you, but I found it difficult to rate it highly because apart from the few details the author mentions himself, this is largely an untouched TR3 manor (as far as I cared to explore). While it looks as good as it always has, and I tried to reflect that somewhat in my ratings, I can't really credit the author a lot for his own input. For Winston haters this will be an excellent platform to vent their frustration, but others won't find much in this particular home." - eTux (10-Feb-2010)

"I seemed to have missed the whole idea of this level. The timed run to the trophy room yielded nothing and the timed run from the attic to the cellar crashed the programme as I was half way down the cellar stairs. As, if memory serves me correctly, the key to the maze/racetrack is in the cellar, I was unable to continue along that line. At one stage I even thought the whole idea may have been to lure Winston into the kitchen and then blow him up with the Bofors gun (doesn't everyone keep one in their kitchen? For the mice maybe?). Much as I enjoyed it, I never could stand Winston, it didn't seem to do much good for the game. I then re-started the game and found you could get to the finishing trigger through the main gates in less than 40 seconds, total distance travelled - 103m. Pointless, 'though possibly the shortest level on record. Addition: Since reading Michael's review I tried opening it from 'Home'. The good news is the game no longer crashed on the cellar stairs and I got to the racetrack (lost the buggy in a hedge and had to finish on foot, don't ask me how!) the bad news is that the game wouldn't save so I got fed up and triggered the end." - Diz (10-Feb-2010)
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