September 20, 2009

The Secrets of Nepal - Review

Level Info:

name: The Secrets of Nepal
release date: May 2009
class: Base/Snowy/Temple
author: Wayne Scales
exe: patched, no TRLE needed
size: 112 MB
file type: TR4

download link: http://www.skribblerz.net/Levels/WayneScales-TheSecretsOfNepal.zip

Storyline:

Our mission begins in Nepal with Lara Croft, our intrepid adventurer, on the hunt for the holy grail.
According to ancient documents written by the knights templar and found near the Jordan basin near Israel, the original guardians of the grail moved it in the 4th century to Nepal, where according to Legend it has remained ever since guarded by Nepalese monks.


Hot on the trail, Lara follows a lead she got from her ancient artefact advisor and old friend Jean Louis Pierre. Thanks to his help she now has a copy of ancient documents which contain encrypted clues as to where the grail may reside.

Our mission begins in the foothills of the Himalayas Ridge that crosses Nepal. But Lara soon discovers that an organization called tech mines are digging for gold in Nepal. Will Lara be stopped in her tracks?

Review:

This is Wayne Scales's debut level. I will only say that I've never seen a better debut level (or levels) so far! Not even Titak, my favourite custom TR builder, was able to make such a great game first time. I was simply astonished at the ambience, the objects, puzzles, story, and I really enjoyed playing this short game, really enjoyed indeed. Although there are few minor shortcomings (cracks in textures, for example) and bugs (with dual pistols or the torch), the game is so exciting and well-built that it looks like it was built by an experienced custom TR builder. I could hardly believe that the beginner made this game. He made some of his own objects, added some interesting and challenging new moves and made a perfect blend of all important game elements, making his story in this game very, very realistic. The game is difficult (but for us, notorious raiders, this is a good thing), timed runs can make your wrists twisted, puzzles are the top of the top, and despite the few cracks, textures are perfectly used to make the ambience of this game perfectly set. My rating: 9.0 of 10. Titak, make room at the top for Mr. Scales! I cannot even imagine what he will create in future. Excellent!

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