Space Station : Milaria

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XLMMilaria.j2l Space Station : Milaria 8.90 kB 12 Apr 2005
SpaceWarbase.j2t Space Warbase 138.96 kB 30 May 2002
zabfs.xm back from space(ZA) 598.47 kB 27 Oct 1998


Today, on the 4th of April, it’s my birthday. Last year, I uploaded a level on this date as well. This year, I decided to do the same. With one of my levels in AB7, I am quite happy =P. This levelname is weird, but I think the name of a level doesn’t really matter. I am trying to make another layout, and so I did. This layout is different compared with the last layouts I made. Anyway, this is another level made for XLM, and I think this is good enough to upload it. There were not alot of beta testers, but I hosted the level a few times and I got positive reactions. So, ehh.. enjoy, or whatever. =P. I have not the faintest idea who created the music, because I couldn’t find it on Modarchive(where I got it from) D=
Edit : The music is by ZALZA.
Re-upload : I changed the bottom corners of the level, and I also made the platforms less squared-off.


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RecommendedReview by Niels aka ChippieBW

12 Apr 2005, 15:58
Turtle Goon (88 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings60 Featured reviews6 Average helpfulness92%

Space Station: Milaria
DarkSonic frequently asked me to review this level of him (mainly because I reviewed nearly all of his better levels so far) Anyway, it’s one of my rare reviews these days cause I’m too lazy to write any others and I’ve got better things to do with my precious time, but I promised DS to pull another one off for his latest level: Space Station Milaria (I’ll refer to it as Milaria for the rest of this review) Let’s see if I’m still able to review.

EYECANDY: 1.8 out of 2.5
In one of the textstrings around the level, DarkSonic mentioned that he was inspired by Zaitox for this level. Once you start the level you’ll indeed see a large similarity between the two levels: both use the same tileset. The eyecandy itself is different from Zaitox: DarkSonic did use other backgrounds are there are actually some original things, like the yellow bars in the background and such. After a few minutes of playing however, you can get the idea that the eyecandy is a bit boring. Some tiles don’t seem to match, but I guess that’s more a fault of the tileset maker than DarkSonic’s. Overall, I can say the eye candy is pretty good but not really one of the best.

PLACEMENT: 2.1 out of 2.5
Maybe some more original things inside the placement stuff? Who knows. At least there’s some originality in the Power-up placement: Instead of the ordinary Seeker/RF-Bouncie-Toaster Power-up system, DarkSonic used a Blaster powerup as central PU. The usual Full NRG carrot is placed just a few tiles above the central PU, which could make the tiny place a good spot for camping. The other smaller ammo is placed quite nice and in original shapes, mostly in vertical shape (along the walls and the central pillar) I don’t have any major negative comments about the placement, ammo is nicely placed however the carrot near the main PU is a bit nasty and asking for campers.

STRUCTURE & GAMEPLAY: 3.4 out of 5.0
On with the major point of this level: structure and gameplay! Well, the level is about 95% symmetrical, and the red and blue half are divided by a large on-tile-thick pillar in the middle. This pillar has two open spots, one with the carrot and main PU (middle of level) and one on the bottom, which can be heavily guarded by two turrets, a nice position for a camping defender. The level is more open than other levels of DarkSonic, and he even managed to make it more original by giving all the platforms in the level “a purpose” (there aren’t floating objects in the sky anymore, but they seem to have a function in the space station. So far the good points. Not everything is good about the structure, and I will start with the very annoying springs in the lower corners of the level, which actually make me want to lower the rating of the level with one full point. The problem is: you approach these springs with high speed and once you hit them, you bump into a wall. You have to break if you want to take them correctly and then quickly move in the other direction. I know this is kinda original but it just kills a lot of the flow. As Ragnarok pointed out earlier, some parts of the level are a bit unneeded and the roof is still a bit Squared-Off. Overall, the flow is decent, but not quite good, and some parts are questionable. I like the music which is used here, but I don’t really think it fits to the level.

DarkSonic did a brave job by releasing a new level which is slightly different from earlier levels he produced. However, all new designs have a difficult start and so does DarkSonic’s. The level would/could have been a lot better if the nasty spring situation would have been improved, and some other parts too (read review) I think I’ll give this around a…. 7.3. Yeah.

Score: 1.8 + 2.1 + 3.4 = 7.3
Download: Yeah, it’s a quite nice new-style level by DarkSonic.
Host: Maybe a few times.

- ChippieBW

EDIT: I see that you re-uploaded the level, which you really didn’t have to do for me alone =P. Anyway, now it’s been improved, I need to recheck it. Some factors in the level could raise the rating a lot, the placement of the springs is one of these things. The situation as it is after the change is really A LOT better, and after re-playing it, it enjoyed me more. There are still some small flaws in the level, but it’s truly a lot better now. Rating has been raised with 0.5 points. Good job.

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RecommendedReview by the WINNER

12 Apr 2005, 20:11
Bee Boy Swarm (46 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings46 Featured reviews0 Average helpfulness47%

(comment that has nothing to do with rating)
“And I dno why I just said that. Anyway, nice level, and I snuck on in my schooltime to write this. So flame the WINNER if it sucks.”

The only thing I can say to this is: I like how sometimes people find sneaky ways of flaming me without admins noticing. Especially when I did nothing!
(end of comment. Begin review)

Eye Candy 8.0
I see you are really limited to the eyecandy offers of this tileset. I mean that the tileset doesn’t have lots of things to do good eyecandy tricks. The lack of animations. I found none. There’s a little confusing part at the bottom. The bottom-middle, exactly. Anyone could think “I can go through that!” but they can’t.

Gameplay 7.0
I decided to agree with Chippie a bit, and hate the springs. I really hate them at the bottom. As mentioned in the eyecandy section, you can’t go through the bottom-middle, although it looks like you can. You actually can go through it from a 1-tile high passage. WHY did you do a 1 tile passage, although you could have made all of the tiles at the bottom-middle able to go through? The annoying springs do a good job on hiding it. Nobody can notice it, because they just get bounced up by the springs.
Now for the suckertubes in the base area. I dislike how you can use a suckertube to easily catch the flag, and the only way to defend it is to shoot seekers all the time, hoping someone goes through the tube and gets hit.

Placement of Stuff 8.5
What idea made you have a blaster powerup as the “middle-powerup” and bouncer/toaster powerups as the “side-powerups”? It’s simple to say that toaster and bouncers are better than the blaster. Except if you keep bashing the spacebar (or other fire button) like mad. You should have fastfires, if you have a blaster powerup as the middle one.

Overall 8.1 (not an average!)
So this concludes the review of another XLM level. You did a better job than other XLM people.

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RecommendedReview by Ragnarok!

5 Apr 2005, 13:57
Spaz Slackrabbit (147 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings88 Featured reviews9 Average helpfulness81%

Hi! HB, even though i am a BIT late. Sorry I wasn’t on at ur birthday. I was throwing up from this crappy fever. I still feel sick.. But this level really deserves a review. On Friday, expect something. And I dno why I just said that. Anyway, nice level, and I snuck on in my schooltime to write this. So flame the WINNER if it sucks.

Eyecandy :
Rating : 8.5
Comments :
Well, a few copied stuff from Zaitox, and to be honest I HATE that level. But this isn’t it so thank GOD. Anyway, the translucent caution things are cool, but I swear Zaitox has em.. ;P Anyway, there are a few nice stuff in the level, like the bottom middle area. It looks nice. How the vines and everything covers eachother up. There aren’t many linear parts or stuff. Or any squared off bits. GJ. ;l

Gameplay :
Rating : 8.8
Comments :
Well, the movement is quite smooth. And this is really nice. It has far enough bases, and there are practically… 2 dead ends? .o0O0o. And yet they aren’t really big. There are a few pointless areas, like near the base, there is a tiny platform, with a spring on it. There is not really a need for it, but I suppose if you don’t want to get the enemy flag whilst getting ready. =\ Well, the huge pillar going through the bottom is good as it has tactic in it. ;D

Layout :
Rating : 8.2
Comments :
Nice layout and good way of removing a really FAST way of getting from base to base. (Going through the pillar if it wasn’t there) The pillar kind of divides the level apart. I hope it isn’t platformy, coz that is what I am saying. Anyway, GG.

Placement :
Rating : 8.4
Comments :
It is somewhat original, and there aren’t really any square placed ammo areas, but I think the blaster PU shouldn’t be so near to the Full NRG. Other than that. GG. GG. GG.


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Review by DanYjel

4 Apr 2005, 19:19
Jazz Jackrabbit (215 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings215 Featured reviews0 Average helpfulness44%

Strange number of download. 3 and 666? OMG RU devil or satan?

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Review by DarkSonic

12 Apr 2005, 20:16
Carrot Juice Addict (306 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings177 Featured reviews14 Average helpfulness85%

Yay, you helped me for one time, the WINNER. =D
I might add that I updated the level, like mentioned in the description. This is mainly for Chip, because he hated some things that lowered the rating alot. So, maybe he can re-download the level and check again or something. (Unless he is too lazy)

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