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Eye Candy – Map Labs Test Tube #8

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This Map Labs challenge focused on purely visuals – make a pretty map, gameplay optional (and did not count toward the score). This was a Test Tube, so the mappers only had about a week to pull off the best-looking map they could.

This time there were a whopping 28 entries (including a bunch of bonus maps, and adding another fantastic background map). 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.


Total Downloads: 2335th July 2020
1 Comment

Back on Track – Map Labs #9

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The latest Map Labs challenge is Back on Track, where the challenge was to create an interesting way to have the player backtrack through an area or even the entire map – a classic map design pattern. Yep, somewhat in the vein of BackTrackVille but certainly its own challenge. (But the next full Map Labs challenge is a collaboration with us here at RTSL, so keep your eyes out for that!)

This time there were a whopping 19 entries (including bonus maps, and a fantastic background map). 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: 49617th June 2020
5 Comments and 3 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

Companion Piece 2: Companion Harder – Map Labs #8

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

For this challenge, Map Labs expanded their Test Tube Companion Piece (couple days) into a full-blown lab challenge (3+ weeks). The theme was of course to make a map where the player works alongside an ally or companion.

So here are the 10 maps entered, along with 2 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!

Fun fact: AllyVille was going to be one of the Lambda Cup 2018 challenges for a long time. Unfortunately we wanted to get some extra features into the game to expand the usefulness of NPCs, and that was never completed. So AllyVille was cancelled as a theme – glad it can live on somewhat under Map Labs!

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Total Downloads: 36114th June 2020
7 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Now!"

The Grid – Map Labs #7

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Map Labs put an interesting spin on the main challenge #7 – entrants had to select 5 grid spots in a row from the grid below for the framework of their map. The grid combines settings, setpieces, and map objectives with some bonus challenges for some spice.

The result? 14 new maps, and 2 bonus maps for you to 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!

The Grid

The Grid

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Total Downloads: 83630th April 2020
45 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

Rebel Surge

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

After the explosion in Nova Prospekt, Gordon Freeman teleports to City 16, right during the beginning of the uprising.

The mod features replayability, based on difficulties.
The chosen difficulty in Options BEFORE LAUNCHING A MAP will affect many things during your playthrough.
The author highly recommends to play on Normal difficulty during your first playthrough.

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Total Downloads: 1,01428th March 2020
24 Comments and 11 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

CromulentVille 2 – Map Labs Test Tube #7

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Another Ville! The Map Labs crew put together another Test Tube (short, several day challenge), and this time it’s a Ville sequel! That’s right, here’s the second CromulentVille, the wacky, weird, sometimes fun challenge!

The original CromulentVille was actually only a 50-hour challenge, and it was the challenge with the most ever number of entries. This sequel was a few days longer, and there are 14 entries and 2 bonus maps this time. 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: 8691st March 2020
11 Comments and 2 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

The PTSD Mod 2

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

PTSD guy returns in this all new epic adventure, full with completely new levels, secrets, weapons and returning characters such as Clockface, BlueASIS and possibly more. PTSD guy’s mental state is rapidly declining after the events of PTSD 1, you must travel on a big journey to find out what is causing this, and put an end to it.

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Total Downloads: 68126th January 2020
14 Comments and 3 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Bear Party: Adventure

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Have you ever dreamed of playing as a Care Bear? And getting to murder other Care Bears? Then have I got the mod for you!

Bisounours Party: Adventure is the latest release from Klems, prolific Source modder and overall winner of The Hammer Cup 2017.

Author’s notes:

I have been working on this weird ass source mod for over a year now. It’s mostly complete (some assets needs to be redone, need voice recordings as well), so I’m releasing it now to get feedback. It’s a full singleplayer campaign with 5 maps, fairly long (between 1 to 2 hours), with custom mechanics, weapons and enemies. There’s a few cutscenes and some story, some puzzle and parkour, but it’s mostly a lot of bunnyhopping around and blowing up carebears. Go play it and (hopefully) post feedback here! 

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Total Downloads: 86015th December 2019
41 Comments and 7 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"

Halloween Horror II: The Darkness – Map Labs #6

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The most wonderful time of the year! Halloween is upon us, and that means another scary mapping challenge from Map Labs. This time it’s Halloween Horror II: The Darkness, where mappers were tasked with using light and darkness in a unique way.

The Halloween mapping challenges over the years have been a bit of a mixed bag. But this pack of spooky maps is solid from top to bottom with some real clever maps in there. Buckle up, and embrace the darkness.

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: 1,21731st October 2019
9 Comments and 3 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

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: 89613th October 2019
6 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!