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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: 69021st November 2023
7 Comments and 4 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: 29015th 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: 2458th 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: 3761st 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: 44125th October 2023
1 Comment

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: 62517th September 2023
5 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

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: 6318th 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: 6313rd September 2023
3 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

Half-Life: Abridged All-Stars – Map Labs #12

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

After the rousing success of Half-Life: Abridged, the Map Labs crew ran a broader challenge to abridge popular Half-Life mods instead of the official games. The list of mods available to entrants was huge (too long to list here!) but it covered a wide variety of HL1 mods, HL2 mods, and even several small and single-map mods.

So here’s Abridged All-Stars, with 11 entrants!

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: 74230th August 2023
2 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Now!"