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Title:Squad 768 (976e7ecf256c4fc9e051d73c1f6c295d)
Filesize:632 Kilobytes
Release date:01.06.2014
Additional Links: Func_Msgboard
Type:Single BSP File(s)
BSP: ✔ • PAK: ✘ • PROGS.DAT: ✘ • Custom Models/Sounds: ✘

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768_5th.bsp1249 KB01.06.2014
768_5th.lit295 KB01.06.2014
768_5th.map354 KB01.06.2014
768_5th.txt1 KB01.06.2014

Squad 768

Small metal/base map with many crates and jumping puzzles. It is inspired by the 768/vertical contest and Metal Monstrosity. The map source is included.

Note: This map requires Quoth.

Tags: small, base, metal, vertical, quoth, textures, jumping, crates, source, runic

Editor's Rating: Nice
User Rating:
3.3/5 with 23 ratings
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Icantthinkofanickname Registered 9 June 2014, 22:24

A nice, albeit flawed, map.

I liked the puzzles/hidden progression and the compactness of the map, which is a welcome change from the general tendency of recent releases to be epic behemoths with gazillions of monsters. Not that I dislike large and long maps, but sometimes it is nice to play something shorter and more manageable.

The map has its issues, though -- probably mostly as a result of its being a speedy release with no playtesting. What I found most frustrating were jumps that required a lot of precision to execute (although highly skilled players will probably not be bothered by this). It was fun to figure out where I had to go, but actually getting there was often a bit of a pain.

Still, overall I enjoyed it.

metlslime's comment on the Func_msgboard release thread (post # 8) sums it up perfectly, I think.

FifthElephant Registered 11 June 2014, 12:46

I think an average rating of 3/5 is probably better than it deserves. :P

mfx Registered 11 June 2014, 20:06

Oh come on, its funny somehow. You know what would have made vertical progression more satisfying and rewarding? Those shortcut lifts! Just my 2 cents..

Cocerello Registered 14 June 2014, 14:04

Absolutely loved this.

It isn't a straightforward map so it will have lots of detractors as usual. But if you can bypass prejudices, you get a very good short map.

Balanced in terms of amount of combat, breathers, and jumping. The brushwork is more than decent for a map this small, good lighting, almost perfect placement and choice of monsters, difficulty about ID maps hard level.

But above all i liked the fact how well are done the routes while jumping, not obvious, not hard to guess. Also, there is at most only one jump that needs a minimum of skill, and no trickjumps required, so having to repeat it doesn't get annoying.

As a jumping map it is very easy, and i am a guy that doesn't know a thing about trickjumping. But as a whole is good in terms of difficulty.

MikeTaylor Registered 2 July 2014, 13:06

Impressive, but not much actual fun. I found one of the jumps just too hard (unlike Cocerello, who is evidently a bit of a wizard), so I found myself cheating. The combats are quite jolly, and some of the puzzle solving is amusing.

MikeTaylor Registered 2 July 2014, 13:08

Oh, one other thing: I do find it disconcerting to see rooms full of bright red runes, and none of them are (pressable or shootable) buttons. Just feels wrong to me.

LanceCharleson Guest 3 August 2014, 20:17

I can't climb the ladder...

Cocerello Registered 4 August 2014, 2:40

LanceCharleson, have you run the map in Quoth?

MykeTaylor, as far as i remember all the maps in Quake's episode 3 use those red runes textures as just decoration. Its something common.

MikeTaylor Registered 4 August 2014, 10:30

It's true that red-rune decorations are not unprecedented. But they're particularly unhelpful in a problem-solving level where finding buttons is potentially a major part of progression.

Icantthinkofanickname Registered 4 August 2014, 17:38

MikeTaylor, for what it's worth, I had a similar experience with the red runes. I guess it's partly a matter of placement: as I recall, when I played the map I did not assume all of the runes to function as buttons, but the ones that were half-hidden behind crates and such did seem like they should be shootable or pressable.

Cf. metmon1d, which uses the same texture extensively, but where it is obviously decorative (probably because it is repeated in a regular pattern).

In case this sounds too negative, let me restate that I really did like this map despite its shortcomings (even if I am not as big a fan as Cocerello).

bfg666 Registered 31 December 2016, 10:55

A slope jump on a very tiny bump required for normal progression is a no-go for me. It's fine for secrets but not for regular play. Combat is a little unforgiving on skill 2 - harder than id1, contrary to Cocerello's claim. Otherwise, the map itself is decent enough, though a couple secrets would have been nice.

AnthonyS Guest 24 May 2017, 3:22

Just average.

2/5 stars.

AnthonyS Registered 14 November 2017, 3:06

Just average.

2/5 stars.

brunomiwa Registered 4 January 2019, 13:18

Liked the map. The jumps weren't a concern. Maybe the elevators should be like if you stand on it for a period of time, it goes down.

overlord Guest 27 June 2022, 11:23

I managed to squeeze by the first set of lasers without finding the button to turn them off. Only when coming back down I realized I missed most of the first floor.

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