Big Scientists

for Half-Life

16th April 2006


This time you are sent in to Black Mesa for an entirely different reason – Giant Scientists!

PlanetPhillip Note

I’ve just found out that this was built for the Spirit of Half-Life engine and that is probably why it keeps crashing for me.

I played for about ten minutes and then the game crashed. Perhaps you will have more luck, I suspect it’s my HL installation rather than something to do with the mod itself. Because It kept crashing I didn’t finish it and all the screenshots are from the beginning of the game. Thanks to Gmann for sending this one to me.

Notes from the Read Me
  • Big Scientists have their visual appearance scaled up, but not their hitboxes. This means that to kill them, you have to shoot between their feet (especially once they get above 30ft)
  • Marines are your friends, the only exception is in the test chamber level (this is due to a bug I cant fix). The ones that attack you are the ones which come from the roof of the chamber, they usually arent a problem as they get killed in the crossfire.
  • During the intro in the chopper, watch the window (this is where all the magic happens!)

Basic Details
  • Title: Big Scientists
  • File Name: hl1-sp-big-scientists.7z
  • Original File Name:
  • Size : 2.59Mb
  • Author: Wil5on
  • Date Released: 30 December 2003
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Play It Now!

7 recommendations, average score: 3.86 (out of 5), standard deviation: 1.84 (what's that?)
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Time Taken:
Average: 8 Hours, 37 Mins
Shortest: 0 Hours, 20 Mins by 23-down
Longest: 25 Hours by Big Bad Brad (-|-)
Total Time Played: 25 Hours, 50 Mins
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  1. Travis

    I played the mod on the WON verson of half-life and it worked fine. I even had the HD pack on.

    1. Jacob

      Can you tell me how to do it? I have the WON version, it works fine. But when I get to playing it, it doesnt get past the loading screen.

  2. Darth Marsden

    I played this mod a while ago and it’s just the funniest thing I’ve enjoyed in ages. One thing that isn’t mentioned is that even the cockroaches are replaced with itty bitty scientists, which is just as silly as it sounds.

    Okay, so the levels are a bit dodgy in places, but that’s not what you’re playing this for, is it? A fun little diversion for 20-odd minutes.

  3. I was going to mention the mini scientsits but forgot. They can be seen in the image with the crowbar.

  4. bumtown

    can someone help me I get normel sized scientists so sometimes I get confused of where to attack them

  5. wart

    i have got the same they are normel size phil can you help us out here

  6. For bumtown and wart, unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to be able to help. I’m not a mapper or coder so can’t tell you anything.

    You could try this address:

    Here’s his Snarkpit profile

    You may have to be a member to see it!

  7. dailybacon

    You’re probably playing in Software mode. You have to be in OpenGL or Direct3D mode in order for the scientists to display correctly.

  8. bumtown

    ok thanks

  9. bumtown


  10. heyzors

    damn this looks so fun!

  11. heyzors

    this came was ok. it would have been a lot better if it was a bit longer and if the scientists actually fought back instead of just standing there.

  12. LOL, fun. Short, but very funny.

  13. bumtown

    my fav mod this month

  14. bumtown

    when im in the chopper the scientists are typing 0_o

  15. Christian

    Went through it in less than 10mn, without having to shoot a single bullet.
    Basically, if I tried, I just went in the way and got shot myself (for instance, the choppers at the bridge sequence do a LOT of “friendly fire’
    Fun, but not a mod as we know it 😉

  16. Yeah, taht’s a good point, you should be able to play without any assistance.

  17. K.A.A.

    I didn’t understand. Is it free?

  18. Yes, all the maps and mods on this site are free.

  19. K.A.A.

    And what should I click in the message about different accounts?

  20. There are 3 types of “account” on Filecloud:
    No Account, Free Acount and Premium. They have different advantages etc. Visit this page to learn more:

    You can simply download a file with no account but it will be a little slowere than the others.

    If you have any more questions try the Filecloud help page:

    Or post back here.

  21. K.A.A.

    OK. Thanks.

  22. K.A.A.

    Are you from GB?

  23. Yes, but I live in Spain ATM.

  24. K.A.A.

    And I’m from Russia.
    Hmmm…ATM, you mean atmosphere?

  25. ATM means at the moment.

    ?????? ??? ???? ????? ?????????? ? ????!

  26. K.A.A.

    ? ???? ?? ??????? ?????? ??????? ????,?????? ? ??? ????? ?????????
    I know in Spanish only “el Diablo” and “la bocca” .

  27. K.A.A.

    Oh, yes. This program very usefull.

  28. Maxkiller

    ????? ?????? ?????? ?? ??????

  29. ????? ?????????? ? ??????.

  30. john

    finished a while ago. was very funny but not enough killing. hehe.

  31. Anon-00857
    Play It Now!

    Must… kill… more… scientists…
    It was fun but I want big barneys

  32. TheRipper

    My game crashes too, just after the train ride, when the new level loads….

  33. Vlad

    Is there a mod called Cat Life Half-Life ?

  34. Play It Now!

    To put it bluntly, this is an extremely entertaining mod. The novel idea of sizable scientists goes further than you’d think. Well-scripted sequences keep things interesting while shooting the crotch off a gigantic scientist will induce at least laugh or two. Even the brief vent shaft area is fun. The mod culminates in a terrific show of scale and size; this one’s definitely a keeper.

  35. Dravula

    Amazing!! Big scientist too kill! I hope tger will be big grunt mod

  36. John

    I get this message that won’t even let me run the mod: “map change failed: “bigsci0″ not found on server”

  37. I get this message that won’t even let me run the mod: “map change failed: ‘bigsci’ not found on server”

    Have you checked in the maps folder for bigsci0.bsp? If it’s there then the next thing to do is check that the file you downloaded is not corrupted. I recommend you use a free application called HashCalc to calculate its MD5 sum.
    The one I have is: 5b9571aed1c0e429bf6864f472f1458c

    IF that’s the same try deleting the folder you created and starting again. Let me know what happens.

  38. FADI


  39. Ade

    It says in the readme that you’re supposed to shoot between the legs. This plus another comment leads to shooting in the crouch, which isn’t quite right. Just shoot lower, at your level. Imagine there’s a normal scientist standing right in front of you in the center, between the huge scientist’s legs.
    What I enjoyed most was the beginning and the ending. Other than that, I had trouble at first when a normal scientist was supposed to open a door for me, the mapping is.. average, the gameplay sucks.. As Christian said, you can try to shoot something, but you’ll get in the way, or you could just watch… I merely smiled, don’t know why people think it’s funny. Still, it’s interesting, especially watching a small scientist get bigger. It kind of looks like a demo of what can be done, but it’s a shame more hasn’t been done.

  40. VlaDiK!

    I sence horror why I play this mod 🙂
    Its ammaizing 🙂
    Enjoy that mod
    My brother play this mod too!
    So I say its Personal Favourite

  41. Avoid It!

    The idea and the last part of this mod is pretty nifty, but the conversion is a big failure…

    -Very nice idea, last part is fun
    -Plenty of ammo

    -Poor, basic mapping
    -No story
    -Short playtime (~15-30 mins)
    -Almost no combat, no attacking
    -Bugs like game crash and the ones mentioned in the readme
    -No atmosphere

  42. Idea is funny, but I find scientist on dam very hard to kill.

  43. Play It Later

    Ah I just replayed this mod after a long while..

    When I first seen it back then featuring an Osprey right I was all exited but to be blunt with you this mod is pure crap. Yet still in a very funny and special way.. Something went wrong in Black Mesa and the Scientists there went uber huge in size.

    So you and a squadron full of top scientists are send in along with friendly marines to figure what has happened there. Gordon himself needs to to get scaled up in order to hunt down the last remaining monster scientists which are to strong for small conventional weapons by the military..

    -Such a funny and silly plot that this is actually a “play it later” mod for me.
    -Epic script sequences in use. Choppers and planes & tanks attacking huge Scientists just like in the movie King Kong or Godzilla.


    -You basically just run around and watch the grunts duke it out against the Scientists which unfortunately don’t fight back they just act as typical Scientists being scared.
    -Awful mapping though considering the fun mod styled approach I think it can be forgiven.
    -No real story but what I wrote on top covers it pretty much.
    -Short playtime but considering the scenario that’s just fine. 🙂

    I’d say if it wasn’t for the plot which I personally liked a lot as it offers something unique I would possibly rate this “think twice” just because there’s barely any combat required.

  44. Play It Now!

    Can you really do “Big Barneys?” with the big guns and all?

  45. Play It Later

    One of the classic mods of Half Life. Not a serious mod at all but that makes it fun. Really weird but also quite awesome at the same time.

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