Liked the gigantic hooded skull, reminds me of the massive goat skull on the wall of the final Doom2 level (Icon of Sin). The eyes were a nice touch, also. These 2 textures, plus the 4 flame towers made it feel like the map was actually made in hell! :)
On the negative side: I think you need to include a few more health globes. A bunch of green healths, or possibly 1 or 2 yellow healths at the flame towers area would help. Of course, I tend to play more cautiously/defensively than most people, so you might not agree with this.
And, as with Martin, I had real trouble getting the RG most of the time. Kept slamming into the side of the platform. And for some reason, Q3 always played the taunt sound every time I went near the RG. Was this intentional? (Guess it would make for a good warning for other players: "Yipes! He's taunting: must have the RG! :)
7/10 (..::lvl doesn't allow fractional scores, or it would have been a 7.5. :(
Bleh. That's a GREAT solution.
"Mac users are another story"
There are unzipping utilities on the Mac. I can make no guarantees about user-competence, but that's not really the issue here. ;) If anything, distributions of maps should be idiot-proof... there are plenty of morons running Windows too, who are just as likely to screw up when faced with something nonstandard. :)
I can understand there's a tradeoff ... enormous map archives are less likely to be downloaded. Still, good maps will be downloaded regardless of size, and smart mappers will do what they can to reduce that size within the contraints of a cross-platform game that's served pure for best results. IMO. :)
on others platforms, you can play with no music.
This is only an "excellent scheme" for one platform. Custom maps are served on multiple platforms, and have a multiple-platform player audience. Unless, of course, each platform has a different .pk3 for the same map. :
the only problem i had (and it may be intentional - i don't know) is that the rail gun platform was really easy to miss, either by overshooting or by not reaching it at all. apart from that, really good fun to play.