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Level: BtB2016 - Secrets of a Lost City back home search
Author(s): BtB 2016
total rating:9.56 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
Jay 10 8 10 9
Mytly 10 9 9 10
Phil 10 10 9 9
Revenge 10 10 10 10
category averages
(4 reviews)
10.00 9.25 9.50 9.50

Reviewer's comments

"This is an extraordinarily intricate level. I would categorize it as a trapfest, as there are relatively few tranquil stretches in the nearly two hours it took me to complete it. It also has a cramped feel to it, as most of the action takes place in close quarters set in underground or indoor areas. On the other hand, the surroundings are quite pleasing to the eye, especially in those occasional open and well lighted areas where they can be viewed to full advantage. The several timed runs along the way were challenging but fair to the player. I was able to conquer only one of the Expert Challenges (the first one, although I may go back later and try again for the second one) and thus was unable to play a small portion of this level. But what I did play bore the stamp of an accomplished builder, and I suspect that this level will place high in the final rankings. I do hope, however, that future levels in this BtB competition will have more player-friendly lighting as well as tasks that are to be tackled in outdoor, daytime settings." - Phil (24-Apr-2017)

"This builder has chosen the austerity end of the B2B textures, setting much of the action in cave like areas rather than lavish palaces and temples, so, although well made, visually this may seem less glamorous than some of the other entries in the competition. However, the atmosphere is wonderful and the gameplay incredibly good. The ingenious traps, timed runs etc., are beautifully crafted and provide quite a challenge. It's not one for a novice player, but all very achievable for those with a bit of experience. Highly recommended." - Jay (22-Apr-2017)

"Oh my... What a ride this level was ! This one is definitely nasty, with its diverse challenges and traps, which made the level very fun to play I got to say. The setting was absolutely gorgeous, and the atmosphere perfectly on point with the events. The 'plot' was very intriguing as well, and the camera work serving it was brilliant. Flawless level, in a nutshell. *applaudes the builder* I managed to get all 3 expert challenges, not without dozens of tries and almost heart attacks, though :p" - Revenge (19-Apr-2017)

"This is probably the kind of level that some players will love and others will hate, given the heavy focus on traps and timed runs. Luckily, I am one of those who love this kind of challenging gameplay. My favourite part is the traps-and-timed run sequence in caves to get the sword. The timed target shooting is also fun. The builder really knows how to create tension: a prime example is a trap-filled room which you first have to traverse while the traps are deactivated, worrying all the while that they will activate any second, and then again once they do get activated.
Enemies are well used, especially the multiple supernatural enemies towards the end. The three secrets are in the form of ‘experts’ challenges’, with the third one accessible only if you find the first two. (I found only one on my first playthrough, but replayed earlier parts to get the other two.)
The visuals and atmosphere are nearly flawless: the daytime section in the first half is beautiful enough, but once night falls, the looks are simply spectacular. The room with the boss fight and the flooded caves at night are my particular favourites.
Overall: A fantastic level in terms of both gameplay and looks, and quite likely to be one of the winners of BtB 2016. Highly recommended." - Mytly (17-Apr-2017)
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