Halloween Horror – Map Labs #1

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This is where Map Labs all started. Last year’s Halloween Horror, here in time for the spooky season this year.

The mappers were charged with, of course, making a scary or Halloween-themed map. The challenge recieved 7 entries and 1 bonus map. Spooky ones, creepy ones, weird ones. Have fun!

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord!

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Total Downloads: 93113th October 2019
6 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

Cosmonaut

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

You play as a cosmonaut who has had to abandon their space station, but upon arriving back on earth, discover that the place has been overrun by the combine. What happens next? Do you give in to the Combine army, or do you resist and use your skills to find some way of escaping?

Cosmonaut is Dolmo’s greatly expanded and polished version of his entry of the same name for last year’s NostalgiaVille mapping challenge.

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Total Downloads: 1,2646th October 2019
22 Comments and 13 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Half-Life: Abridged – Map Labs #5

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This clever Map Labs challenge was a partnership with the great folks at Lambda Generation. Here was the challenge:

Imagine this: Your friend is too lazy to play Half-Life. They tell you that they’d rather experience the games in an abridged form of some kind. A little annoyed, you walk back to your desk and start creating just that.

Take a chapter from any Half-Life game, and make it WAY smaller. That’s the challenge! Half-Life: Abridged.

The challenge recieved a whopping 22 entries and 3 bonus maps! Here they are, enjoy!

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Total Downloads: 1,89117th August 2019
8 Comments and 5 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"

Think Tank – Map Labs #4

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Well, the Maps Labs folks went ahead and created a theme we here at RTSL talked about many, many times – but never dared to do. A theme based only around puzzles. Here is Think Tank, and the theme summary is exactly that – create a map focused on puzzles. As always, if you’re interested… Read More

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Total Downloads: 90115th June 2019
13 Comments and 5 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Abstraction – Map Labs Test Tube #3

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The latest Map Labs release is another Test Tube – a short challenge that only ran the weekend. The theme was to create an abstract map.

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord!

The challenge recieved a solid 14 entries and 2 bonus maps, here they are!

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Total Downloads: 8404th May 2019
7 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Later"

Supplier

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This takes place during the uprising of City 17 and Barney, who is leading the resistance, spreads news all around to remind all citizens that Gordon Freeman has arrived. Playing as a rebel, your squad has suggested that you go ahead and grab any supplies while you’re on your way to the Citadel so you can assist the Freeman.

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Total Downloads: 1,04827th April 2019
10 Comments and 9 recommendations with no significant bias

A2B Trajectory

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

You find yourself in an environment where Combine forces and Zombies are at each others throat, and you are quickly caught in the crossfire. Try to find a way to escape the area amidst the dangers that lurk around every corner…

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Total Downloads: 1,39825th April 2019
13 Comments and 11 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

RunThinkShootLiveVille 2 – Map Labs #3

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The Map Labs team keeps cranking out quality mapping challenges. This time they approached me to ask about a crossover challenge and I suggested a sequel to the namesake contest RunThinkShootLiveVille. That was a fun challenge to run and play, and some memorable maps were entered.

So for this first crossover with Map Labs, the theme was to make a map featuring the sections Run, Think, Shoot, Live – in any order.

The challenge recieved 12 entries and 2 bonus maps, here they are!

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Total Downloads: 2,47814th April 2019
40 Comments and 8 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

E-Lab-orate

for Half-Life

This old lab complex was already tricky to navigate. Now, with the facility on lock down and rapidly descending into chaos, the most direct routes are blocked and you will have to find alternate ways to reach the surface.

E-Lab-orate was created for TWHL’s 20th Anniversary Competition.

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Total Downloads: 98818th March 2019
12 Comments and 9 recommendations, most say "Play It Later"