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For a box map in space there are some nifty ideas here and interesting visuals. As a creative exercise there is a lot to recommend. But there some serious flaws in game play and this is where this level will take the most hits in terms of my final score. There are a lot of features to get caught on (something you do not want in cpm): the most offending party on this count is the stairs, and as the reviewer says the outdoor area is precarious, but the pipes in the interior are pretty precarious too. There are many features intended for cpm movement that are underutilised, and some superfluous details. For example, under a set of stairs there are two angled wall trims, only one of which can be used; i'd just get rid of the other. And the bath on the ground level; it is intended to cushion the fall of the player grabbing the RA and as a trap for said player too. But it simply prevents the necessary strafing to get the speed to use said wall trims to reach higher platforms. The openings above the wall trims are way too small, often blocked by stairs, and preventing access to sections of upper platforms. And the stairs, I think from memory to the lg, have angled trim at the bottom and top corners. These needed to be scaled slightly larger to make important diagonal jumps across the map and to reach the upper adjacent platforms. Finally, weapons and ammo: way more than is necessary! I appreciate that the outdoor area is tricky, and people probably won't want to venture out there too much but it is not too difficult to duck out to a platform, grab a weapon already present on the inside and to jump right back into the box. Just as a suggestion to the reviewer: if a map is suggested for intended gameplay then you need to playtest the game on the recommended gametypes/mods and tailor your review accordingly. If cpm is not your bag, fine, but then leave the map in the queue for reviewing and perhaps also bring it to tig's attention so he can find a more suitable reviewer if necessary (e.g. if it has been in the queue for too long). Big ups on the author of this release for exploring some novel ideas but unfortunately they just hurt the gameplay.
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Bathhouses are also hard. I've also tried to map some japanese sento CTF map 2 years ago and having that look convincing while having tubs placed is hard to figure flow out and then there's the general hydrophobia of the 'winner' playerbase as water is kryptonite to the bunnyhopper.
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01 May 2018
a cube with, gorgeous, unusual textures on the inside. the outside pathways are as best reviewed, "precarious". game flow for me was o.k. seemed like the inside was too cramped with items, stairs, and such, for a fast, smooth game. bots played surprisingly well. also, this map can be played in dm/tdm/ctf modes. i enjoy this map, for the unique visuals, just wish it a bit larger.
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