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Title:Adamantine Cruelty (767a8b19ce5338d8ceea1c8e4fe274a6)
Filesize:1762 Kilobytes
Release date:04.03.2004
Additional Links: erc's ExcellenceRetroquakeUnderworldfan's
Type:Single BSP File(s)
BSP: ✔ • PAK: ✘ • PROGS.DAT: ✘ • Custom Models/Sounds: ✘

Files in the ZIP archive:
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acstart.bsp481 KB02.03.2004
ac.txt4 KB03.03.2004
ac.bsp3972 KB04.03.2004 - Adamantine Cruelty

A large brick/metal map with a start map and a cool secret. High quality brushwork and great gameplay!

Tags: sewer, curves, metal, stone, underground, huge, super secret, large, bricks, hard, multi-theme

Editor's Rating: Excellent
User Rating: 4.6/5 with 40 ratings
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Ankh, rated this a 5 8 April 2010, 19:03
Game play is spot on. Brushwork is curvy and imaginative. Map is very good looking.
Ubermann, rated this a 4 27 June 2010, 14:28
Very good map with nice complex structure.

Monster placement, ammo/weapons and health are all of them quite balanced.

A map you can't miss and you will probably want to re-play.
Bazzu 7 July 2010, 20:25
Fantastic map!
And then there are a secret part to get to.

Very sexy!
Dani 4 September 2010, 21:31
I cannot find the secret part.. Dx
Aen, rated this a 5 13 October 2010, 19:10
Very very good!
Qmaster, rated this a 5 23 December 2010, 22:21
Totally awesome! I located the super secret too! :D Fun and very reminescent of the secret level Underearth(e2m7) 5/5
Cocerello Registered, rated this a 5 10 September 2012, 20:08
Great example of what can be accomplished with few textures on a single theme. Gameplay is good but could be better by varying the monster placement system a bit more. Length, difficulty, and ammo/armor/health are ok.

The secret part is easy to open but hard to find.

The map greatly benefits from r_wateralpha like it says on the .txt
Cyt Registered, rated this a 4 30 May 2013, 20:43

Pretty good map. The structure is often circular or like a cylinder. My favorite part was the staircase that keeps spiraling downward to the point where you become submerged in water.

Although, after that, I ran into some kind of bug or glitch where I get stuck on the floor and I can't even jump my way out of it. What was weird was that all of the floors started doing that, even when I went back some sections of the level.

But other than that, I had a pretty good run playing this. 4/5

Lane Powell Registered, rated this a 5 18 August 2013, 13:11

Excellent if frustrating at times.

Lane Powell Registered, rated this a 5 21 August 2013, 5:05

Still looking for the secret area. Got as far as the observation decks, but I'm sure there's another section. Currently scouring the whole map for another hidden door....

Icantthinkofanickname Registered, rated this a 5 30 November 2013, 13:45

An all-round superb map: beautiful, fantastic gameplay and a nice super secret.

MikeTaylor Registered, rated this a 5 30 November 2013, 19:08

Yes, a beautiful map all round. Superb work, with a real sense of atmosphere and a layout that is initially bewildering but eventually makes sense.

The super secret is hidden under water, just where you emerge on to platform to fight some ogres -- quite near the start. There's a grate below the water-line. Hit it to open in, then follow the underwater passage.

NightFright Registered, rated this a 5 9 March 2014, 8:57

This will keep you busy for a while due to its size and layout. With its many underwater areas and winding staircases, there is a lot of exploration to do. I realized that you can unlock some secret by shooting all the yellow windows of the map, but I didn't find the doors which apparently opened after doing it. Other than that, I can only give praises about this one.

Mecheye Registered, rated this a 5 31 August 2015, 2:08

I found myself running out of ammo a few times on Hard, but overall a great job!

pjpk Guest 28 December 2015, 2:08

Absolutely superb level, right level of difficulty, great atmosphere (one particularly claustrophobic bit - with the spiral downwards staircase - nearly gave me a heart attack)

Unfortunately I had to look up what to do in the room after the gold door but that might just be my lack of Quake knowledge.

Great map!

Bloughsburgh Registered, rated this a 5 25 August 2016, 12:04

Wow, an amazing map!

The brushwork is certainly quality and a pleasure to get lost in. Love water levels of any kind so this one fits the bill. Fun secrets, challenging gameplay on skill 2 and a great super secret after the fact!

5 stars!

FredBezies Registered, rated this a 5 31 August 2016, 20:03

Another Vondur jewel. Enough said :D

Pritchard Registered, rated this a 4 13 September 2016, 14:31

I struggled at the start of the map, the layout is quite maze-like before you get the silver key and I wasted a few minutes retracing my steps in frustration before I found where I had to go to reach the key. I also ran into ammo problems at a few points, having to run past enemies in order to have something other than an axe to hit them with.

That said, the map was great fun, with the combats providing a great variety and plenty of opportunity for excitement. That first Vore in the big staircase was a big "Oh crap!" moment for me, great stuff.

bfg666 Registered, rated this a 5 11 October 2016, 0:38

Wow! Just wow! I enjoyed this as much as Honey or Something Wicked. And the super secret is awesome, kinda like an extended version of the one in White Room. A masterpiece that every quaker should play. 'Nuff said.

bfg666 Registered, rated this a 5 24 November 2016, 3:50

Now who's the troll who just rated this gem 1?!

ezze Guest 24 November 2016, 10:07

It was not me, however I can understand. Not everybody likes huge maps, for one I like medium/small where you can easily play in one go without saving.

Still, rating this 1 is weird.

JMP Registered 24 November 2016, 12:32

@bfg--You can see the most recent ratings here:

The guy who gave it a 1 is "parubaru."

I don't mean to put him on the spot, but I'd be curious to hear his reasons for giving it a low rating. I didn't find AC very fun to play and don't think it's as phenomenal as the average rating suggests, but the map's craftsmanship is undeniable, and I think that merits a 3 at the very least.

bfg666 Registered, rated this a 5 24 November 2016, 12:53

I didn't know you could see who rated what, thanks.

According to the editor's rating policy, even a 3 would be an under-rating since it concerns "A map without any particularly outstanding or memorable features, often fairly plain in looks and with somewhat sloppy construction. Sometimes there is an additional marker in the description that modifies the rating in a positive or negative way, like "OK" (C+) and "Barely average" (C-). Not that recommended."

This definition is far from being applicable to this map, whether one enjoys playing it or not.

JMP Registered 24 November 2016, 13:21

"According to the editor's rating policy, even a 3 would be an under-rating"

Yeah, I'd probably give this a 4 (I'll have to play it again before rating), but people don't always follow the editorial guidelines. I've seen a few high-quality maps get hit with 3s, so I assume some people use a 3 rating to make punitive subjective judgments.

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