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Author:Neil Manke, Einar Saukas (QC)
Title:Road to Inverurie (87ea06aef6efbb50fab916836502ad57)
Filesize:1161 Kilobytes
Release date:25.06.1997
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Type:Partial conversion
BSP: ✔ • PAK: ✔ • PROGS.DAT: ✔ • Custom Models/Sounds: ✘

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alba01.txt11 KB25.06.1997
pak0.pak2543 KB25.06.1997

Road to Inverurie

First map of the Alba TC. Set in 14th century Scotland. A small canyon level.

Tags: small, medieval, canyon, textures, dark, story, skin, monsters, planetquake-map-of-the-week

Editor's Rating: Nice
User Rating:
3.6/5 with 24 ratings
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Cocerello Registered 11 April 2013, 19:11

A good story-driven map for its time. The layout is mostly linear but still good, brushwork is nice in some parts and not too ''cubish''. Gameplay is decent with varied combat situations but the map is overloaded with ammo and armour, health is OK. Secrets are decently placed and varied.

Icantthinkofanickname Registered 15 December 2013, 21:25

I understand why Cocerello gave this a 4 and it certainly deserves its “nice” rating. Gameplay is very inventive and actually does not strike me as overly linear. There are some nice secrets and progression is very exploratory in nature. Visually it has dated somewhat, but it is impressive for a 1997 release. And there are lots of lovely little details throughout (like the pig!).

It's a great shame the Alba TC was never finished, because based on this map and alba02, it would have been sensational for its time. But that's where this map's main problem lies: the strong sense of history and narrative that permeates the map makes it painfully obvious that the Quake enemies are just temporary stand-ins. It is still very much worth playing, but it's impossible to ignore the jarring contextual incongruity. 3 plus.

Roozy1999 Registered 18 February 2017, 18:57

Really old but cool.

epiplon Registered 19 May 2018, 19:41

Got some good fun with this one, reading the bits of lore.

pmk Guest 27 March 2019, 5:30

This map is truly worth a play through as it is very unique for its time with interesting level design and brush work that provide a unique level experience. I enjoyed the new enemies you faced at the end of the level as well. Would highly recommend downloading and would give this map a four out of five rating.

madbringer Guest 10 December 2021, 2:56

We all start somewhere, and the career of Neil Manke started here.

Alba map 1 and 2 are early attempts at making story-driven gameplay in the virgin Q1 engine. They're dark, cramped, primitive. Certainly just a demo of what was to come. Unfortunately the TC never came to fruition and the two levels is what we have left.

It is what it is for the time - and experiment in early modding. A demonstration of creativity more than an actually playable map. Neil moved on to greater things in time; just a shame he never realized the full scope of Alba. It had potential with some more polish.

madbringer Registered 10 December 2021, 2:58

Giving it 4 stars for innovation and creativity. I am certain it inspired many other future devs to go on and make greater projects.

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