Archive for September 2023


1,000,000,000 Units – Map Labs Test Tube #4

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Another Test Tube (short challenge) from Map Labs here. This one simply asked mappers to make a small map that would fit within one billion units. For non-mappers, one unit is roughly an inch, so this works out to a cube about 20-25 meters on a side. But the challenge was only for total volume, so making an incredibly vertical map with a smaller footprint was also fine. Similar to our 1 Billion Units EMC – but we certainly don’t claim to have invented the concept!

There were 13 entries, here they are!

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: 41924th September 2023
2 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Now!"

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ – Map Labs Atom #2

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Here is the second “Atom” (24-hour map jam) run by Map Labs. As hinted by the title (and unlike AlphabetVille), the authors were asked to pick a single letter of the alphabet and base their map on that letter – again fully open to interpretation.

There were 15 entries in this Atom – enjoy, k?

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: 29320th September 2023
7 Comments and 1 recommendation, say ""

The Boss LVL – Map Labs Presents

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

As a (semi-) follow-up to LVL2, here is a challenge that asked mappers to create a boss fight or climactic finale of some sort. It could even be a sequel to a previous Map Labs entry but wasn’t required. Think BossVille.

Here are 7 bosses to face in The Boss LVL!

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: 68617th September 2023
6 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Now!"

Blade – Map Labs Atom #1

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Only a few years late, here is the first “Atom” run by Map Labs in 2019! The Atoms are typically 24-hour map jams with a specific theme; this theme was “Blade” – interpreted however the authors want!

So here are the 15 entries in Blade!

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: 51712th September 2023
2 Comments and 1 recommendation, say ""

Operation: F.O.R.C.C. – Map Labs Test Tube #19

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Partially inspired by DoorVille, Operation: F.O.R.C.C. (Fleshing Out Restricted Corridors Competition) asked entrants to imagine – and build – what lies beyond inaccessible boundaries in any game (not just restricted to Half-Life or even Valve games!).

Enjoy Operation: F.O.R.C.C. – here’s 15 entries to entertain your desire to wander off the beaten path.

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: 7108th September 2023
2 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

The Layout – Map Labs #17

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

In the mold of Crossfire, which had a huge turnout of authors using the classic deathmatch map as a basis for their own maps, comes this challenge. The Layout asked mappers to select one of 11 popular multiplayer maps from over the years to form the backbone of a new single player map.

So here’s The Layout, with 9 new takes based on classic map layouts!

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: 6853rd September 2023
3 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!