Monday, February 14, 2011

Review: Alliance of Powers

Title: Alliance of Powers (Spear of Destiny Mapset)
HellRaiser & StormBringer
Length: 21 Levels
Level Format: Continuous
New Story: No
Graphics: Original Sod
Sound: Original Sod
Special Features: None
Dos/SDL: Dos

Initial impressions: Original Spear of Destiny set with 21 all new levels. The levels look to be beautifully designed and well decorated with many challenging scenarios.

Gameplay: Game play is original Spear of destiny but with all new maps which make the original walls and sprites seem even more impactful. The game play is fast paced a lot of the time as there are a lot of areas where there are many guards and a number of situations where the player doesn't know where they are even being shot from! All walls and sprites have been used with great thought and care so as to capture the full feeling of the original game.

Mapping: The mapping is outstanding and actually better than the original game. The mapping has been kept in the original style but it's not hard to tell that these maps have been made by extremely experienced and talented mappers. the maps have been made by people who know Wolf well and have put a lot of thought into how they would like each level to play out. There are a few maps with mazes, which is reminiscent of the original set, and there is a mapping bug on Level 20 that left me unable to retrieve a key required to finish the level.

As this is just a mapset from the original Sod set it's the mapping that really stands out here. I've played a lot of Sod mapsets and rare to find one that is as good or better than the original when only using the original set of walls and sprites.

Dislikes: There really isn't much here to dislike but the other things I could mention is the mapping bug on level 20


Dean's Score: 8.5/10
Difficulty: Slightly more difficult than the original Sod
Best Level: 14
Worst Level: 17

An outstanding Sod mapset from 2 obviously experienced and talented mappers. I know who the actual makers are of this, using aliases but I won't reveal that here. This is, in my opinion, the best Sod mapset ever released. I enjoyed it so much that I'd prefer to play this rather then the original!

Where Can I get it?: You can download the mod HERE or by clicking on the screenshot at the top of this post.

Disclaimer: All reviews are only my opinion when playing the mod and are not intended to discredit anyone or the hard work they have put into creating their mod.

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