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Author(s): AoDfan
total rating:7.29 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
Ceamonks890 7 7 8 8
Christian 7 7 7 7
DJ Full 8 8 7 7
Don007 7 6 6 8
Drakan 8 8 8 8
Gerty 8 7 7 7
Jay 7 7 8 8
Jose 7 7 7 8
Josey 10 9 9 9
Larabiker301 4 7 5 8
manarch2 8 7 7 6
MichaelP 7 7 8 7
misho98 8 8 7 7
Mman 7 7 5 5
Nina Croft 8 8 7 9
Orbit Dream 6 6 7 8
Phil 8 8 8 9
Rambo 7 6 7 7
Ryan 7 8 7 7
sonnyd83 7 7 7 7
category averages
(20 reviews)
7.30 7.25 7.10 7.50

Reviewer's comments

"Wonderful little catacomb level, the shotgun is very useful to get rid of skeletons permanently. Final fight against relatively simple hydres to get the gem needed for the final piece." - Drakan (09-Nov-2018)

"This pleasant little level revolves around a neat concept: use different underwater levers to alter the water level of a central tower. The tasks to complete on each level are fairly simple, but entertaining enough and you even get a boss fight and a secret worth going for. Worth a look for something short and sweet." - Ryan (23-Feb-2017)

"This is a 30-minute catacombian level which could also fit into a classic BtB competition if only the main hall wasn't that repetitive and there was more of epic to explore. But it still includes well balanced bits of everything this set originally had - a full galore of pickups, lots of skellies to knock down, a spikes to disabeetle and a surprising boss fought to a modern soundtrack - a kind of transition from old to new. There's only one secret, but involving a whole separate puzzle and as rewarding as the final artifact. SUMMARY: I have a strange (or not?) sentiment to catacomb settings and this one was fine. Could be a bit longer and varied. Recommended." - DJ Full (16-Apr-2015)

"Textures and lights are great, and it's also very fun with a good puzzle and tasks, but the rooms are looking very much the same and there could be different kinds of enemies. I liked the classic styles." - Don007 (25-Mar-2014)

"I like the classic catacomb style. A timed run for a first gem marks a promising start into this short game. The rest is a bit a disappointing sequence of raising the water level several times to finally find the other items needed to finish this Level with straight forward gameplay. The puzzles are easy to solve, enemies are skeletons that easily can be avoided when the tasks are done in a reasonable order. A single wraith is quickly extinguished two corners away from his appearance. The final fight with two dragons is fun, the provided shotgun is not really needed in this game. The good old catacomb atmosphere is well created. A nice finger exercise for in between." - Christian (27-Dec-2013)

"Gameplay & Puzzles: I think that this level keeps the style of the Last Revelation level, the central puzzle is unique though and the timed run with the water was good. The rest of the level is not bad, but not outstanding, just finding items and switches. The few other puzzles were well thought but a bit obvious. Enemies, Objects & Secrets: The skeletons are well used, as well as the hydras, but there is not much more to say, there could have been more other ideas. The objects are standard ones, without any new things, but are working fine. The secret is nice. Atmosphere, Sound & Cameras: The architecture is not very complicated, just basic/square, but the sound is nicely used and overall the construction with the main room is more interesting. Cameras are helping out, but there aren't many flybys or such things. Lighting & Textures: The textures are placed without many faults and fit the atmosphere. The lighting was a bit dark at times, with too intense shadows, which would be better in the main room. Total: 6,75/10, classic but with ideas, yet not outstanding for anything." - Rambo (16-Sep-2013)

"Even if I probably did everything in the wrong order (hence it took me a while to gather the four gems one needed) I had a great time. I even got the secret. Not that I needed it but one never know when battling hydras. The two you meet in here are more than enough to handle and I never even used the shotgun, that is how I like it. Great use of flipmaps in here and also the enemies were placed very well" - Gerty (16-Sep-2013)

"Here's an Olde School catacombs level that pushed my warm and fuzzy buttons. I tried something I haven't done in a while, and that's to play without taking a peek at any walkthrough that may be available. Gameplay is straightforward enough that I hit the finish trigger in 34 minutes, and only then did I look at Nina Croft's walkthrough to learn that I'd missed the secret because I never found the Pharos knot. I liked the idea of raising the water level one stage at a time, but it didn't dawn on me at first that you have to go back and lower the water level again so you can return to previously explored territory. And after triggering one spike-protected gem I lost time trying to do the same in an apparently similar situation before I closed my eyes and found that the spike holes around the second gem were harmless. Although the practice of thinking up cutesy names by spelling common words backward leaves me somewhat cold, I did enjoy this level a great deal. The current 20x20x20 challenge is a smashing success, with every entry being considerably above average." - Phil (28-Aug-2013)

"Always nice to play a very classic catacomb level every now and then and this is an adventure that brings memories of the past, but succeeds in entertaining the player for the 20 minutes it lasts with a nice concept of raising and lowering water levels. The tasks and puzzles are fairly straightforward and brief, yet they are well mixed and balanced. There is a bit of work to do for the one secret and you get a mild boss fight at the end. Good camera work throughout and on occasion some good use of lighting for effect, while in other places room geometry, textures and lighting have been rather routinely applied without much inspiration. Overall though, a brief and fun raid." - MichaelP (23-Aug-2013)

"An extraordinary game, this. Consider the following: (1) the gameplay is perfect: very well imagined, interesting, challenging, and never boring; (2) there is ALWAYS a clever way of getting rid of all nasty enemies, and doing apparently difficult tasks. The fire that consumes one secret item, for example, can be extinguished, and the skeleton that protects it, exterminated - if only Lara picks up the first shotgun she sees, evading three skeletons by easy means; (3) if Lara makes the gameplay more complex (by using a UW lever too soon, for example), this error is easily corrected. Even the backtracks for picking up the secrets are not boring ones - for it is enough to use one single UW lever to arrive at the right place, a kindness that some builders forget; (4) if places, enemies, textures and objects are not original or varied, they are at least correctly used and applied. And the lighting is very good, and there is a very apt use of camera hints; (5) there are sneaky instances to spice up things. If you push a pillar instead of pulling it, for example... if you forget to examine the bottom of the pool... well, you will certainly lose two very important items! In resume, this game is a healthy display of clever creativity, and I thank its author for a lovely playtime." - Josey (21-Aug-2013)

"Nothing really special in this small catacomb level, but nice to play with a classic style and an interesting flipped-stacked-water rooms sequence. Enemies are well balanced and the player will have all the needed flares and pickups to do the game enough enjoyable and have a good time. There are some small defects but I can recommend it." - Jose (20-Aug-2013)

"A great 20 minute classic raid. Yes, it's kinda short but it includes just enough. All is one huge main puzzle - you have to go to the different floors by using levers to control the water level and this way you can access different doors. The skeletons were quite annoying but at least we get the shotgun to blast them away. The final battle was great. Textures are okay, no high quality or something like that, but it captures the Catacomb atmosphere just fine. Enough camera hints were given, maybe more music could've been used though. I liked the extra tasks for finding the only secrets and you feel very satisfied when you get it! A recommended adventure!" - misho98 (10-Aug-2013)

"Aside from a secret (which I never went after,but which presumably meant a degree of backtracking)this was a very straightforward and generally undemanding 20 minute Catacomb adventure,with the usual tasks so familiar to this wad.Nevertheless,the Hydra Finale was fun and less frustrating than others of a similar nature;and gameplay progression was always fluid and fast-moving.Everything was put together perfectly well and it provides a relatively stress-free short raid.Not a lot to remember in the long term,but a good choice if following on from something rather more demanding." - Orbit Dream (10-Aug-2013)

"Having in mind the fact that the builder used almost unchanged catacomb WAD (adding only hydras, mechanical scarab and UW levers to it) and already existing catacomb textures, this level is superbly built. Yes, it is simple, the objects and textures are seen for hundreds of times already, but still, the final product is still a very nice, short and interesting game. The main goal is to gradually raise the level of water in the main tower in order to reach higher tiers and collect four gems. In the process you meet some skeletons and have to evade them and lure them away, due to the fact that you are missing explosive weapons. However, it is not annoying but fun in this case. The gameplay includes a bit backtracking as you need to lower the water level sometimes and to return to lower tiers, but it is not overdone and it makes some sense here. The whole gameplay is a big puzzle (raising/lowering water level) that is superbly thought of and never boring. There is a short timed run, an easy jump sequence, collecting additional key items, pushblock puzzles, wraiths, and one secret worth backtracking. The level is not heavily decorated, but that does not have to be a flaw here. The final battle against hydras is an excellent climax and hydras are well chosen for catacombs settings. Although the textures are already seen hundreds of times, the lighting is really applied professionally here. Honestly, I was amazed at the way the builder used bulbs, shadows and other effects. This level is rather short, maybe 15-20 minutes of gameplay, but definitely worth playing. The builder showed an amazing talent here and should definitely build more levels in the future." - Nina Croft (08-Aug-2013)

"This short level is a pleasant, classic catacomb setting, with the usual elements all present and correct - wraith, skeletons, darling mechanical beetle etc., - up until two entirely unexpected hydras at the end. The basic premise revolves around flooding several levels of a room with a tower structure in the centre and collecting gems. Nothing hard to achieve, but an agreeable enough way to pass twenty minutes." - Jay (07-Aug-2013)

"A classic Catacomb style level, this uses only the original objects, textures etc from TR4, and original soundtracks. I think it works quite well. The game consists of a central area with several floors and you need to use levers to fill or empty each one to get to each floor. Leading off from each one is an area with a gem, and a challenge, and something which triggers access to the next area, there's no running round like a headless chicken here. Challenges are a timed flip map room, which I've actually never seen done in that way before, a room where a windup mouse has to be used, pushing a pillar to release a ghost, and taking care of some skeletons. Deadly squares are indicated well. There was a star on one of the walls but no crowbar to pry it off with. The final showdown was 2 giant snakes from TR chronicles, always good fun. This was the Catacombs we know and love, but with a few new ideas. 25 minutes." - sonnyd83 (07-Aug-2013)

"The level ultimately left my feeling nostalgic with the old Tomb Raider engine but none the less; I'll make sure to keep a unbiased review. The gameplay began out nicely but nothing was original and has been done before. There weren't any puzzles, more like find what goes here which is something of annoyance. Like with every catacomb level, there has to be skeletons along with wraiths but; at least they were easy to defeat but along the lines of originality, weren't the most fun thing to beat. Everything came out of the catacomb wad except for the boss battle at the end of the level which I liked personally. There was one secret but, to get it; I had to do something that I personally don't approve of. Lara (me) had to literally walk into a flame underneath an object you need in order to progress to the only secret. Lara has visited catacombs many times in her custom life and I have to say that this level is one of many atmospheric level and while it's definitely not in the league with them, it still looks the author took time. There weren't any audio soundtracks except for a custom one in the final boss battle which did add something if not nothing to the experience. The camera work was exceptionally really cause; you trigger something and the author had the kindness to show you what happened although it would've been okay without it. As said above, the lighting was exceptionally good with a few rooms being a little bland. But, I really did like the two pedestal rooms that had bright light beaming down on it along with the audio that played in the last room, very atmospheric. The textures were very well done and as far as I know, nothing was wrong except for a few if not many stretched textures." - Larabiker301 (05-Aug-2013)

"This entry in the 20x20x20 competition serves as more of a Back to Basics level of sorts, with most of the resources used being included with the original level editor. Our main objective in this levelset is to explore the side-rooms within the main hub area for four gems in order to access the final boss fight and the mask itself. Gameplay itself is pretty simple and straightforward, with a small amount of backtracking available for those who want to collect the only secret present in this level, after collecting a few key items(outside of the gems), solving very simplistic puzzles and surviving decent enemy encounters involving undead skeletons. The objects used throughout fit the environment well, but tragically due to a lack of them, can make the tomb feel quite empty and barren as a result. Texturing, lighting and musical choices on the other hand are all used very effectively, helping to capture the classic atmosphere of TR4's levels flawlessly into this levelset, that many of us old-school raiders enjoyed so much. In conclusion, I found this levelset to be well worth the time playing. Despite the level only taking 16 minutes to complete(if you're willing to collect the secret) and feeling quite empty for the most part, it more than makes up for it with high amounts of polish, casual gamer- friendliness and clever use of different water levels to access different areas of the tomb. Highly recommended for raiders who just want an easy, non-frustrating level to play after a long hard day at work/school." - Ceamonks890 (05-Aug-2013)

"A basic catacombs themed level; there's nothing really ugly about the design of this level, but nothing that stands out either, and it's pretty cubic looking. The default objects and enemies are used well enough. This is structured around a flooding/draining (although you can do it in a linear order if you aren't getting the secret) central area and various side rooms. Like the visuals there's nothing especially stand-out about the gameplay, but nothing too bad either, and getting the secret spices it up a little (even if it's mostly object hunting). It's okay but doesn't excel in any area." - Mman (04-Aug-2013)

"Maybe this level is a tad less inspired in the visual quality than the others, using the original catacomb textures the builder has still managed to create a convincing enough setting with very interesting gameplay. I found the overall appearance to be a bit simplistic in several rooms, with one room having mostly the same (slightly psychedelic) colour. Some textures didn't clash that well to the surrounding ones. But the main thing in this level is clearly the central puzzle - the multi-stage flooding/draining of the central tower to find four gems -, and it's very well conceived and gives the game a very original touch. The concept combined with some gameplay that is neither too confusing nor too linear either also hides the fact that some of the side quests are rather mundane and not so special, although there are exceptions. I especially enjoyed the nicely designed timed run in the lava room and the quest for two additional items to find the secret was also fun. The enemies (i.e. skeletons for most of the time) are effectively used and the hydra appearance at the end a nice surprise; overall I found this to be a well-rounded 20 minute effort. Recommended." - manarch2 (04-Aug-2013)
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