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Review of The Infested Caverns
"glowing blue crystals and dark caverns make for great gameplay"
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Map Name   The Infested Caverns (gloom.bsp)
Map Author   Kris Siuda
Download   gloom.zip (0.25mb)
 
Reviewer   R1CH
Reviewed on   Wed Mar 8 13:08:49 2000
This map earns the GMD Seal of Approval!

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I remember when I first played this map, with my lovely dark Matrox G200. All I could see was glowing blue crystals and lit up walls, it looked really spooky. I even somehow managed to get lost for hours on end trying to get out of the spiders base (don't laugh, you were a newbie too at some point :)

What I liked most thought was that the map was completely balanced. The spiders have a tall ledge next to their base. If they stack up to it, only commandos, HTs or Exterms can reach the eggs. With adequate defence, this makes for a good base. The humans on the other hand have quite a few ledges in their own base, where they can mine jump too to build teles only accessible by kamis and drones.

The two entrances to the Caverns are well built with plenty of cover to hide and build healers behind; it's not just another corridor. The Caverns themselves are well designed, with jagged rock faces and eerie blue crystals. There are even a few holes in the Caverns (albeit quite high up) which make for a good egg if you can get there.

I like this map even today; it offers a diverse and interesting game every time it comes up in the rotation, and I think we will be playing this one for a long time to come.


User comments:
This map is brilliant... one of the oldest, simple and effective design pr... - impact [more]
I have to say that this is the most balanced map for Gloom. One of the... - gingerman [more]
It is way too easy to play Human on this map! More cramped hallways!! - Saig
This map can be good if the hoomans don't rush the spiders right at the b... - [CARGO] [more]
Good map. Simple, pioneering, effective. A classic. - Carcinogen
One of my favorites. And yes, it took me hours to get out of the base, too. :) - OlegBoleg
I have never like the alien base on this map, 5.0... Spider Spawn Destroye... - Ranger [more]

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Average rating for The Infested Caverns: 7.4/10

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Total: 46 ratings
 
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Comment: Hardly any mis-aligned textures, all of them fitted the theme very well. A bit more variety could of been used in the humans base though.

Layout
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Comment: Great layout, no where which can be camped easily, plenty of cover.

Creativity
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Comment: Caverns.. blue rock.. creative, but only because it was the first map to do so :)

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Comment: I really like this map. It may be showing it's age, but a game on this is always fun.
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