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Screenshot of deso
Author:Jim Lowell
Title:House of Desolution (f6dd095aabef00a57738716d2dd778e6)
Filesize:373 Kilobytes
Release date:05.08.1996
Additional Links: Crash'sSPQ Level Heaven
Type:Single BSP File(s)
BSP: ✔ • PAK: ✘ • PROGS.DAT: ✘ • Custom Models/Sounds: ✘

Walkthrough demos:

Files in the ZIP archive
Files in the ZIP archive:
File Size Date
DESO.BSP863 KB05.08.1996
DESO.TXT3 KB05.08.1996

House of Desolution

Small medieval building with a lava area. OK.

Tags: medieval, lava, small

Editor's Rating: Average
User Rating:
3.1/5 with 36 ratings
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Cocerello Registered 23 November 2013, 15:58

Unexpected brushwork for its time.

ArrrCee Registered 21 February 2014, 23:29

I had fun with this map once I figured out what was wrong with my quake setup. You can watch my video for it here:

FacilisDK Registered 15 April 2014, 14:18

Well designed and quite enjoyable. I only found 3 secrets.

JellyGal Registered 12 August 2014, 19:28

I quite enjoyed this short map. It had some nice combat and traps. The layout was pretty cool as well, I especially liked the bridge area for its connectivity. The only part I didn't like was when you go up an elevator and get two ogres right in your face. Not very pleasant. The visuals were alright as well, nothing too special but definitely not bad. I know it's a minor detail, but I found that boat ride pretty fun. :) Anyway, I recommend you try this map.

TheInsaneMilkman Registered 3 January 2015, 23:22

Pretty good for a 1996 map. There's some alright combat and some cool tricks in there, though there are a handful of flaws. There's a really annoying lava trap and a lift that leads you directly into the face of an ogre, and you have to wait for a boat to go back and forth once when you get the gold key (although the boat is pretty cool). It's got some really cool secrets too (I found them all). 3/5

kewlsnake Registered 12 December 2015, 21:57

Thank you for this level. It was fun to figure out the enemy layout. The most memorable part was the boat in the lava.

NewHouse Registered 22 May 2016, 18:50

Even though it was quite linear, golden key was placed surprisingly well - I almost got lost, but map didn't have much places to look around so it was quite logical in the end. My scores will be for this weak 3/5, because I'm not sure will I end up try it again.

JMP Registered 7 August 2016, 19:56

I originally didn't enjoy this, but after playing it a second time I appreciate it much more. I like the Gloom Keep architecture in the first part of the level, and the secrets are well-placed.

Esrael Registered 6 November 2016, 14:03

I liked this map. I especially loved the first part (before opening the silver key door) with its atmospheric lighting and architecture.

The secret placement was quite clever as well. For example, the Ring of Shadows was in quite an appropriate place for its name. ;)

The only thing to nitpick about the map was waiting for the boat to come back after picking up the gold key.

Noxat Registered 17 January 2017, 21:00

Short, decent map with some clever secrets and nice architecture.

Carrascado Registered 20 January 2017, 22:57

This is actually a good map! Maybe the first one that is really enjoyable in the archive. The map has small size but it's well textured, with good use of lights and enemies.

It has some ambushes, traps, secrets and more vanilla stuff that is well done.

Special mention to the little boat trip to the golden key, pretty nice for a 1996 map.

pmk Guest 7 October 2018, 5:13

nice small 1996 quake and is the first in the quaddicted archive that is worth playing. Nice lightening and combat provided within the map and although it is a short map it is worth playing for its clever secrets.

Gila Registered 9 August 2019, 20:00

Has somewhat of a E4 feel to it. And this was made only two (almost) months after Quake was released.

Philnemba Registered 1 January 2020, 6:16

Pretty cool Quake map from 1996 that has a good challenge with tight ammo and a right good balance choice of monsters. Also the boat ride was a neat touch.

JuanchoES Registered 6 October 2020, 23:43

The first map uploaded to quaddicted that isnt absolute crap, very enjoyable.

The boat ride is very memorable lol.

DrOctavia Registered 9 December 2021, 3:02

Really interesting layout and a fantastic early mapping example. The boat ride was really fun. Worth your time

Johnny Law Registered 11 May 2022, 22:47

Kind of crazy IMO that this is the fourth-oldest map on Quaddicted. Obviously rough construction (no surprise given the available tools), but some fun ideas and real thinking-in-3D layout.

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