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Halloween Horror V: THE UNKNOWN – Map Labs Presents

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Halloween Horror is back! This time, the Map Labs crew asked authors to channel fear of THE UNKNOWN and come up with a suspenseful map for the season.

Here are the 8 spooky maps received, enjoy!

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: 93521st November 2023
9 Comments and 5 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

A Place in the West + The Wrap-Up Two! – Map Labs Test Tubes #14+15

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This release combines two Map Labs Test Tubes (short challenges). Unfortunately, one of them only received one entry so it was combined with the larger Test Tube.

A Place in the West, as the title suggests, simply asked authors to build a map based on the popular comic Half-Life: A Place in the West, which depicts life in America under the Combine.

The Wrap-Up Two! – much in the vein of The Wrap-Up! – allowed mappers to choose any previous Map Labs theme and enter. Finish an abandoned project, remaster a previous map, or make a brand new map; all were acceptable as long as the map fit one of the Map Labs themes. Nine maps were submitted.

Enjoy this double feature!

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.


Total Downloads: 43215th November 2023
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Tune Two: Crossfade – Map Labs Test Tube #13

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

As a follow-up to the successful Tune (a 24-hour Atom), the Map Labs folks expanded the challenge for this Test Tube. Plus – as the title confirms – there’s a twist: entries must be based on TWO songs!

Here are the 9 maps entered, including 4 bonus maps.

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.


Total Downloads: 3418th November 2023
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The Wrap-Up! – Map Labs Test Tube #10

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This unique challenge allowed mappers to tidy up an unreleased or unfinished map – or make a totally new one – for any of Map Labs’s previous themes [even at the time, that was a whopping 23 themes to pick from!]. But being a Test Tube, time was really limited – this challenge only ran for 10 days.

Here are the wrapped-up and entered maps – enjoy the solid 19 maps in The Wrap-Up!

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.


Total Downloads: 4871st November 2023
2 Comments

Freeze – Map Labs Atom #5

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This special winter edition Map Labs Atom was run as a 3-day jam instead of the usual 24 hours. The theme? Easy, make a cold map.

This time there are 19 ice cold maps for you to play!

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.


Total Downloads: 55425th October 2023
1 Comment

Tune – Map Labs Atom #4

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Here is another “Atom” (24-hour map jam) run by Map Labs. This time, the prompt was simple: make a map inspired by a song.

Here are the entries – a massive 28 maps were received! Enjoy!

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: 35322nd October 2023
12 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Later"

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: 45724th September 2023
2 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Now!"