Crystalline - CTF

Rating
8.5
Reviews:
1
Downloads:
258
Date uploaded:
23 May 2012 at 00:09 (Major update on 29 Sep 2015)

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Author
Plumbe (More uploads by Plumbe)
Type
Capture the flag
Credits
Level by Plumbe. Thanks to all of the players' feedback and beta testing: Superjazz, Sir Ementaler, Grytolle, Tiramisu, Lynx, Ragnarok
Version
1.23
Satisfaction
100%
Screenshots
pluctf01.zip (505 kB)

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pluctf01.j2l Crystalline - CTF 9.36 kB 29 Sep 2015
j1Battleshipsv2.j2t Jazz 1: Battleships v2 52.97 kB 29 Mar 2003
module141.it Mod-141 552.16 kB 28 Jul 2006

Description

!!ATTENTION!!
This is the version that is supposed to be played in the NT!

So this is the first CTF level I created so far that – at least in my opinion – is worth being uploaded here.
The level itself is basically symmetrical, except for some team triggers I included (So each player only has an access to the flying carrot leading to their own base, but not to the one leading to the opponents’).
Significant Pick-ups in the level:
1 Blaster Power-Up
2 RF Power-Ups
2 Toaster Power-Ups
1 Full NRG
Also, there are two warps in the lower centre of the level, leading to a box from where you can decide whether to go to the full carrot or to one of the two Toaster PUs.
Now just go ahead and explore it yourselves. Feedback and recommendations appreciated! :)

EDIT (12.6.2012): Modification of the area between the RF Power-Ups and the flying c’s, slight eye candy changes and a change of file name.

EDIT (27.7. 2012): Some modifications I considered to be necessary for the NT: removal of the invisible trigger tiles below the Toaster-PU boxes, slight ammo alterations (seeker crates are replaced by RF crates)

EDIT (Sept. 2015): Addition of springs at the very bottom for a better flow in this area, eye candy alterations for a little more lively playing experience.

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User Reviews (Sort by Helpful Index or Date Posted) Average: 8.5

RecommendedReview by Rabid Rabb

Posted:
27 Jul 2012, 13:57 (edited 27 Jul 12, 15:12)
Frog (14 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings14 Featured reviews0 Average helpfulness60%
Rating
8.5

Prelude
Surely not the first level but the first upload of Plumbe, Crystalline. The word itself means something consisting or made of crystal. Hm, the most logical story I can imagine behind this, is a spaceship, gathering minerals from planets. Sounds cool, even fits the level that way.

Eyecandy
The easiest thing in making a level, still it takes a deal of time. This tileset is quite popular, what to say, i didn’t ever try it, guessably it’s easy to use. Basically it differs from the exisiting levels, is natural and not chaotic, not overdone. With the lowest detail it don’t get way too bad, so it is okay, but probably the one thing you could improve in it, to optimize it for low detail (put all layer 4 backgrounds to layer 5, put layer 3 eyecandy to layer 2). It’s not that important, don’t misunderstand it. I didn’t find any tilebugs, so in my opinion it deserves a high rating.

Rating:23/25

Gameplay
Due to the big amount of ammo, in lead with the seeker crates (EDIT: well i think the seeker crates were fine, you shoudln’t have modfied that thing) and 2 damage PUs the game is full of action. Followed by a relatively small size (as it’s designed for 3v3 and more), but after a 4v4 and a 3v3 i can state that it is pretty much fun. I will mention certean places. To begin with, there is the Toaster PU’s area. it’s kind of campy but can be a trap too. The problem isn’t with that anyway. The trig scenerys block you from shooting in seekers (from the last version it’s partly fixed), and if want to prevent people from going in with tricks, you just need to make the walls of the entrances sharp like this . About the carrot: it’s hardly campable which is definetly a nice thing. Anyway if you shoot it, it usually sets to be in different places for different players. The place under the base is a little weird, there is a fly carrot for going up, which is only acessable for the team of that side. It’s possible to RF climb/WJ up there. Despite its only for the team it doesn’t help, it’s not faster than going up with the springs 15 tiles away, not even put you to the base instantly, you can still be shot easily. The flow is generally fine, yet needs some time to get used to, i rarely find myself hitting the walls, from certean springs. One note about the Team triggers, if nomovement is on and someone uses GMR to get to the base, he can avoid to touch the trig zones, this could be easily changed like this .

Rating:28/35

Layout
To start off, The bases are placed in the sides of the level in the middle height, connected with three main ways. The question of balancing is just a piece of cake, with the symmetry. Yet if look at it, every important thing is in the higher half. This doesn’t mean that the lower half is useless though, you may use it for your adventage, to hide, because people less likely come there. In the middle, the tube with the blaster PU and coinwarp is unique, i like it, even though it isn’t a crucial part of the level, you can access both the carrot and toaster with orher (faster) entrances. Well i don’t know if i missed anything, i already mentioned several parts of the level above.

Rating:12/15

Pickups
There we have RF and Toaster at each side, they are quite close to the base, as with that the spawns. If you died, you have a good chance to begin with a PU. More as a fact, than a bad thing, The PUs aren’t controllable as they are spread out in the level. The type choices are great, no upgaded Bnc and Seeker, the bouncy wouldn’t have too much use and the seeker one would be too strong. The rest of the 2 damage dealers are there, making the survival a little extreme as there is only one full carrot, which is in the center of the map (considering that the warps are the bottom lead to it). The seeker crates are pretty useful what to say, they usually fill your pockets on your way. You rarely have to care about running out of a type of armour, i think its a good point. However the bottom of the level doesn’t have much in it, it could keep some pepper spray, which is a great weapon in linear maps. I can’t deny anyway, RF is superior to pepper in chance of hitting. Each of the pickups are takeable without any tricks, although with electroblaster, you can get the blaster and the RF from below.

Rating:20/23

Music
Fits.

Rating:2/2

Ending
Well deserved to be in the national tournament mappool. Nicely done!
Playing a 4v4:
[13:59:20] [GpW]Kenny: if id rate this it would be 10
[14:03:26] KrytGpW: EPIC MAP

8.5/10
~RabidRabb

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