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Level: The Palace of Nlabricole back home search
Author(s): Nlabricole
total rating:6.24 Gameplay &
Puzzles
Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
Dimpfelmoser 6 6 7 7
eRIC 5 6 5 8
Gerty 6 6 7 8
Gonxii 4 6 7 7
Jay 6 6 7 8
Jose 5 6 6 6
kabal 5 6 6 7
Kristina 7 7 7 8
Magnus 5 4 6 6
MichaelP 5 5 6 7
Momster 5 4 6 6
Orbit Dream 6 6 7 8
RaiderGirl 6 6 7 8
Ryan 6 6 6 7
Sash 6 5 6 7
Scottie 7 7 8 8
Torry 4 5 7 8
Treeble 5 6 6 6
category averages
(18 reviews)
5.50 5.72 6.50 7.22

Reviewer's comments

"This level is shorter than the author's previous and debut level, but still quite nice with nice usage of textures, lighting. You fight some harpies, skeletons and a demigod; also avoid bugs. A level for beginners." - kabal (09-Nov-2017)

"This is a crisp and linear 30 minutes Cleopatra's Palaces adventure with some easy gameplay tasks and enemies to dispose of. You get the Crossbow, Revolver and Uzis, which will easily defend you against all the harpies and skeletons you encounter, as well as the lone demigod. Rather unremarkable, but solid nonetheless." - Ryan (07-Jul-2017)

"The pretty Cleopal textures have been used to good effect in this twenty minute level and the action moves along quite briskly. It's very easy and straightforward to play - no puzzles or timed runs and you get so much weaponry that the skeletons, harpies and demigod really pose no threat at all. On the plus side, you do get to use that adorable mechanical scarab. Nothing special, but quite blameless nevertheless and a very good level for the newbie raider." - Jay (08-Jun-2015)

"It seems that the author was in a hurry to release this level; no much care with the textures and I even found missed textures in the last pool; also I don't know why place pistol ammo or even the pistols; the revolver or the uzis are only useful to deal with the final boss, but even so I used explossive ammo 'cause i had enough. The secrets are very easy to find, but this time i missed a couple of cameras when pulling jumpswitches far of the triggered doors. Nothing interesting in the gameplay, based about pulling switches, place some artifacts and use the scarab three times. It's your choice if the level is worth to play for you after 10 or 15 minutes of gameplay: the remaining rooms will be the same." - Jose (06-May-2015)

"A rather short easy level where you have to find the mechanical scarab, one gem and a musi scroll to go through it. Gameplay was really easy with lots of enemies which they are not a threat since you get tons of ammo and medi packs. 20 minutes of good raiding though" - Gonxii (06-Oct-2013)

"The level builder has taken the palace of Kleopatra as an example to himself and has built his own version. And he has managed it anyway. Lara goes here on the search for the crowbar, the mechanical scarab, a scroll and Pharos Pillar. The rooms are diverse designed and textured. The interior arrangement looks very nice. It is often, that level builder build nice looking, but absolutely bald rooms. This is luckily not here the case. Lighting and sound also feel well. Opponents are skeletons, little beetles, harpies and a Demigod. However, Lara finds enough weapons, ammunition and Medipacks. The playing time was a bit short with about 30 minutes. I would have gladly even more of this nice palace explored." - Scottie (12-May-2009)

"A totally unpretentious and yet surprisingly zestful Cleo adventure from way back.Nothing takes you by surprise (and the secrets are placed directly in your path;thus betraying the fact that this is an early effort from the builder) and yet the adventure is never boring,but instead has something interesting happening seemingly around every corner.The Mechanical Beetle is overused,but the location of the Diamond pick-up had me baffled for a while,and there are plenty of enemies to blow up along the way.The end result is 30 minutes of straightforward but rather fun adventuring." - Orbit Dream (06-May-2008)

“This was a short level which lasted just over ten minutes. The texturing is nice although it doesn’t offer anything we haven’t seen before. There are skeletons wraiths and beetles to avoid kill or make fun of. I found two secrets both of which are impossible to miss. The second secret didn’t even serve any real purpose. The rooms look nice not only because of the nice texturing but also because of the nice architecture. The first half of the level was fairly non-linear but the second part was very linear. There isn’t anything hard in this level you swim a little run a little deactivate some spikes kill some enemies and pull numerous levers. Overall a nice little level but don’t expect too much.” – Magnus (29-Jan-2004)

“Maybe the title gives and idea that this is one more classic cleopal level nicely done. We have the mechanical scarab and a pillar plus one gem. The skeletons and beetles harpies are the enemies and all you have to do is get the crowbar open two doors and pull a few jump switches. Near the end the demigods will take some of your health and make you use al your ammo but other than that there isn’t anything new here. Twenty minutes and two secrets found maybe they were more though.” – Kristina (17-Aug-2003)

“I like Nlabricole’s unpretentious approach to level building. As people have pointed out before there isn't anything too inventive or spectacular there but it's always very professionally done and provides usually good clean fun for the time it lasts. The cleo wad is probably my least favourite but this looks nice most of the time especially the big underwater area near the end and then it is over before you can get sick of it. The gameplay is pretty straightforward and mainly revolves around finding the crucial items. You get too many weapons and medi packs but this probably shall compensate for the sudden propagation of beetles once you stumbled upon the secret. Has anyone ever wondered why in every single cleo adventure the demigods appear near the end; as if for the grande finalé. Always a bit of an anti climax as they are the easiest to kill of the Cleo baddies. You just stand right in front of them and press action till they keel over. True it takes ages but since Lara takes no damage at all I always feel kind of sorry for the demigod. What a way to go. If I was a demigod I think I would try to die with more grace. But I digress. Back to the level in hand. What more can I say?! Play it enjoy it and then move on to the next adventure.” – Dimpfelmoser (11-Aug-2002)

“Though overall this was a simple 30 minute level with no difficult puzzles or jumps I still found it enjoyable because of the exploration needed to find a few of the objects and the beauty of several of the rooms including a gorgeous underwater temple room. Your objective is to find and use the mechanical scarab the gem and the scroll by opening a few doors activating a few switches and swimming through a few underwater rooms. There are a few skeletons harpies beetles and a demigod that will try to stop you but with the crossbow and explosive ammo you find early on they are no problem. There are plenty of pickups and the two secrets are easy to find.” – RaiderGirl (25-Jul-2002)

“With an interesting underwater start this 30 minutes level soon fell back into the old normal Egyptian style of game although some of the rooms were very nice especially one underwater area with quite straightforward puzzles and progression. There are also a couple of bugs and they all have to do with enemies actually the bugs were a real help and actually quite funny as a couple of skeletons got stuck in some greenery and a golden bird flew straight at me then got stuck behind a pillar and I just watched as it flapped its wings without getting anywhere also I was a bit shocked at one stage when I was about to fight those skeletons I climbed atop a block to turn around and see that one of the skeletons had also climbed it.....I’m sure that ain’t supposed to happen god I hope these skeletons aren’t getting smarter!” – Sash (21-Jun-2002)

“Quite a small 25 minutes cleopal adventure which stands out for a few larger rooms/areas with water greenery and fountains but they are connected through some rather simplistic and boring walkways. Most of the enemies do not have their smartest day and get stuck somewhere so Lara does not actually have to worry about them. Standard use is made of the mechanical scarab and other than that it is just from one switch to the next. I found 2 secrets which are in fact hard to miss.” - Michael (21-Jun-2002)

“Apart from the wonderful underwater sequences with fountains and all this was a pretty standard sort of level that took me 40 minutes due to the fact that I missed the crowbar on the first pass. The AI on the enemies seems to be missing because this lot were pretty bloody stupid but I blasted em away with me trusty ol crossbow anyway.” – Torry (21-Jun-2002)

“This level was a bit boring but it had some nice rooms with fountains and pools. The texturization is not as nice as in ‘Lara's Ballad’ but it still gives a good look -- even if some areas it gives a bad look. Apparently Lara's aim here was just to kill the demigod and get to his throne. 30 minutes.” – Treeble (21-Jun-2002)

“Although not as long as his fist level I had a great time. Still love all the goodies you find especially for the skeletons. You encounter some banshees and a demigod skeletons and: some beetles but if you are quick about it you can get all the goodies and outrun them. One banshee I encountered flew into a pillar and he (or she) is still screeching its head off. You need to find the mechanical scarab and some other artifacts. This level is just straightforward not so is his first one. I loved the pool with the two fountains but then I am a sucker for some greenery. 24-05-2002” – Gerty (21-Jun-2002)

“I usually don't like Cleopal levels because of the textures but this one is very pleasant to see. I like the two rooms with water especially the last one at the end of the level nicely designed. It is not a difficult level there is practically no trap and no jump to do. All you have to do is some swimming and find levers the golden scarab the crowbar and three artefacts along the way. If you enjoy blow out skeletons and find pickups this level is ffor you. Some good fights against birds one of them is more clever than his friends as it takes refuge inside a column to not be killed by Miss Croft very funny. In 30 minutes Lara reaches the last room with the guardian. 2 secrets easy to find.” – eRIC (21-Jun-2002)

“A pleasant 30 minute level. I think I'm one of the few who like the Cleo wad. I like the greenery and don't mind a swim or two. Lara's Ballad was definitely a much better level but I enjoyed this one. One thing I don't like is finding a secret and being penalized by getting beetles also.” – Momster (21-Jun-2002)
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