Review by Dragusela

Posted:
31 Aug 2021, 22:40
For: New Diamondus
Level rating: 7.2
Rating
7.7

He tried to to a sort of Diamondus remake, I prefer more the IC one but anyway this is good.

New Diamondus 1:
the old and classic diamondus that everyone knows, has some new tiles at the bottom of the tileset wich I think makes it more complicated to use

New Diamondus 2:
the night version, I don’t have anything to say

New Diamondus 3:
This is interesting, has similarities to Diamondus Garden, I thought that this was like an old version of it

New Diamondus 4:
very nice i like it, dark and red, like a holloween version of Diamondus :P

Rating: 7.7/10 N/A

RecommendedReview by Violet CLM

Posted:
26 Dec 2020, 21:38
For: Crayon Valley
Level rating: 9.0
Rating
0.0

One of the more interesting multiplayer level design patterns that’s emerged in JJ2 is the commitment to making it easy for the player to get around without bumping into things. You wouldn’t necessarily expect this from the sometimes downright nonsensical layouts of the official levels that served as our earliest examples, and yet here we are. Arguably this pattern has two main components: if you see somewhere nearby, you should be able to get there easily, and if you’re moving around at high speeds, you shouldn’t get unexpectedly overly impeded. In general, movement through the map should be intuitive, leaving you to focus on where you want to go more than how to persuade the level to let you get there.

And as you might imagine, this pattern really shines through in Crayon Valley. With only a few exceptions—high jumps in the bottom corners, occasional moments of losing speed by bumping into ceilings—it’s very easy and pleasant to get around here. Edges of platforms are perfectly positioned to let you transition to other nearby platforms, which is made the more impressive by how how many tiny platforms there are, all of them more or less working with each other. And yet, miraculously, the layout doesn’t feel clinical at all.

In fact, the level even finds time to divide its layout into two halves, top and bottom, distinguished both by different eyecandy (outdoor trees and hills vs. indoor sand and blocks) and by the thick walls between them, with only a few carefully defined points for the player to switch sides. This should make it easier for the flagholders to escape capture in the lower half, as it can take more work to reach them there—reminiscent of such stalwarts as Happy Castle CTF—but also defines a lot of clear structure. You can get a general sense of where you are at a glance by looking at the graphics around you.

Better yet, the two graphical halves of the level don’t clash at all, thanks to careful use of the same general color palette (rainbows, pastels, and pink walls) and a few common elements like lampposts. With eyecandy doing so much informative work in this level, you might worry that it would be overdone and get in the way of the gameplay, but it manages to accomplish its goals without those pitfalls, succeeding through color palettes and broad strokes at what other levels might need entire arboretums to accomplish. The distant parallax background of the top half uses the same general palette as the rest of the level, but sufficiently faded and low-contrast as to not look confusing solid.

Ammo choice is mostly standard stuff for a CTF level, with the normal set of powerups (bouncers/toasters/RFs). Seekers and fireballs (forced by the level to exclude pepper spray) are also present but can’t be powered up. Electroblaster is the more interesting inclusion and tracks well with the level’s layout, which does have a lot of key spots (in the top half) with thin enough walls to attack other players through. The handful of TNT pickups I’m less sure about, but maybe that weapon is enjoying a renaissance, I don’t know.

All in all, a delightful showing with an uncommon yet vivid color palette. The layout is strictly symmetrical on the edges but not in the center, an interesting choice that gets around an awkward center area where players can clearly see the exact spot the mirroring happens. The CTF bases are in clear visual fortresses but are still quite open, approachable from three different sides. The music is cheery without becoming inane.

RecommendedQuick Review by PurpleJazz

Posted:
30 Oct 2020, 12:47 (edited 30 Oct 20, 12:47)
For: Crayon Valley
Level rating: 9.0
Rating
9.0

Another solid CTF level from Faw. The various JJ1 sets have been amalgamated together in a nifty way to create a visually interesting level. The pastel colors in the background complement the sprite layer nicely without being distracting. The gameplay and the layout are pretty excellent for the most part, with a few handy tricks here and there.

Quick Review by Rysice

Posted:
25 Apr 2020, 23:00
For: Hellfire
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
9.7

Awesome eyecandy

RecommendedQuick Review by proud2beamerican

Posted:
19 Apr 2020, 03:40
For: Temperature (Scraparap Remix)
Level rating: 8.5
Rating
9.7

This is one of the best remixes of JJ tunes I’ve ever listened to. It’s one of the kind – so different, original, and very pleasant to listen!

RecommendedQuick Review by Primpy

Posted:
14 Apr 2020, 12:33
For: Hellfire
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
10.0

Plays well and has gorgeous visuals. Instantly one of my favorite battle maps.

RecommendedQuick Review by Loon

Posted:
13 Apr 2020, 13:07
For: Hellfire
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
9.6

Top notch stuff right here. Nice starting positions btw.

RecommendedQuick Review by FireSworD

Posted:
13 Apr 2020, 09:44 (edited 24 May 20, 07:16)
For: Hellfire
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
9.5

Some quirky movement issues aside (Mainly opinion based stuff), this level is mostly technically solid and very impressive in ALL aspects I considered.

One of the best JJ2 battle levels ever made.

Almost exceptional job Gerakobits!

RecommendedQuick Review by Omar1

Posted:
19 Sep 2019, 20:30
For: Orbital IV
Level rating: 8.5
Rating
N/A

i Like This Map Really And The Music is Cool Too Thanks For Making This Map :D Good Job

RecommendedQuick Review by P-F

Posted:
13 Sep 2018, 03:48
For: Robust Ruins
Level rating: 9.0
Rating
9.2

great level, awesome background.

RecommendedQuick Review by P-F

Posted:
13 Sep 2018, 03:36
For: Orbital IV
Level rating: 8.5
Rating
8.0

great level, but i dont approve of simitry.

RecommendedQuick Review by FireSworD

Posted:
13 Sep 2018, 02:50 (edited 16 Jul 20, 09:18)
For: Orbital IV
Level rating: 8.5
Rating
9.0

Besides mainly opinion based stuff, Orbital IV has a very solid layout. I think the Update deserves a higher rating.

RecommendedQuick Review by Black-rabbit

Posted:
18 Jul 2016, 08:17
For: Play as Mario!
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
10.0

HOW TO DO THIS?

Not recommendedQuick Review by SaVn

Posted:
20 Nov 2015, 14:14
For: Hardware Database
Level rating: 7.8
Rating
N/A

this level is corrupt!!!!!!!!!!

repair this!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[Don’t rate (or recommend) levels you can’t play.]

RecommendedQuick Review by SaVn

Posted:
30 Sep 2015, 20:06 (edited 30 Sep 15, 20:11)
For: Play as Mario!
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
8.4

Beautiful! This mutator seems useful for multiplayer!
DR? Yes.

[Review changed to quick review, see the review rules.

RecommendedQuick Review by SaVn

Posted:
11 Sep 2015, 04:06 (edited 11 Sep 15, 04:21 by Stijn)
For: Wicked Wood
Level rating: 8.9
Rating
9.5

This level is not bad, but playable.
The needs of eyecandy work perfectly, the gameplay like, the layout is nice, the music seems right for this.
Weapon/Ammo Placement: okay.

Download Reccomandation: YES!

RecommendedQuick Review by PurpleJazz

Posted:
27 May 2015, 11:29
For: Robust Ruins
Level rating: 9.0
Rating
8.8

A solid and enjoyable level. While the layer 4 EC is rather minimalistic, it does the job and overall the level feels very professional. The BG sun combined with the heat effect looks amazing however. Works well in duels, as was intended, but the level is also large enough to work in small AYCR and TB games of up to 8 players.

RecommendedQuick Review by Primpy

Posted:
25 Apr 2015, 08:04
For: Play as Mario!
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
10.0

Working properly for me!

RecommendedQuick Review by Zoro

Posted:
24 Apr 2015, 14:51
For: Play as Mario!
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
9.5

Worth downloading it and having fun around…

RecommendedQuick Review by Superjazz

Posted:
19 Apr 2015, 11:42
For: Play as Mario!
Level rating: 9.7
Rating
10.0

It’s me, Mario!

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