Halloween Horror – Map Labs #1

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

13th October 2019

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!

Basic Details
  • Title: Halloween Horror
  • Filename: sdk-2013-sp-mlc-halloweenhorror.7z
  • Size : 348 MB
  • Author: ThatsRidonkulous, The_GuardianTM, White_Red_Dragons, Matt71490 AKA Event Horizon, David Driver-Gomm AKA Kralich, 1upD, LordDz, JanKaszanka
  • Date Released: 31 October 2018

Download Options

Download to your HD [348 MB]

Manual Installation Instructions
  • Make sure you have the Upcoming branch of the Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer installed in Steam and run at least once. (Properties – Betas – select upcoming from the dropdown list).
  • Copy the “halloweenhorror” folder into your SourceMods folder.
  • Restart or start Steam.
  • Halloween Horror should now be listed in your Library tab.

Reviewing

If you decide to use the Per-Map Opinion Images, feel free to use the file below as a template:

HalloweenHorror-Review-Template.txt

Entries

Listed as they are displayed in the mod itself:

The Sun Vanished by ThatsRidonkulous
Unanswered Questions by The_GuardianTM
Lab-Map by White_Red_Dragons
Gracey Manor by Matt71490 AKA Event Horizon
Terminus by David Driver-Gomm AKA Kralich
Shadow Walker 2 by 1upD
Mom and Dad by LordDz
Back on Course by JanKaszanka (bonus map)

Screenshots

WARNING: The screenshots contain spoilers.
Each map has 5 screenshots.

1600 x 900

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3 recommendations, average score: 4.67 (out of 5), standard deviation: 0.22 (what's that?)
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Time Taken:
Average: 2 Hours
Shortest: 1 Hours by matt71490
Longest: 3 Hours by Hec
Total Time Played: 4 Hours
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8 Comments

  1. georgegk

    Why is only the first entry playable? All the rest are inactive even if after I have passed the first one.

    1. weskerplus2000

      put in the developer console sv_unlockchapter 8 and will be fixed

      1. feyun

        Unknown command

  2. Unq

    Sorry! The command is sv_unlockedchapters “8”

    The download is now fixed, you shouldn’t have to do this anymore. If you already have the old download, use the console command above.

  3. Play It Now!

    No reviews yet, so I figured I would post a quick one of my own. These reviews are based off of my passing thoughts when I played these over a year ago, so they won’t be super long.

    The Sun Vanished by ThatsRidonkulous
    It is great!

    Really good visuals and sound design here, the world feels real and that adds a lot to the horror elements. I kinda wish the whole “sun vanishing” idea was explored a bit more, and I can’t say it particularly scared me, but aside from that, this entry is as good as it gets.

    Unanswered Questions by The_GuardianTM
    It is okay

    I honest to god remember nothing about this entry so I assume it was just “okay”

    Lab-Map by White_Red_Dragons
    It is okay

    Feels unfinished, missing alot of files (this might have been fixed since I played it), but overall, pretty inconsequential.

    Gracey Manor by Matt71490 AKA Event Horizon

    My entry. Competition came out of nowhere so the idea was somewhat half baked at the start and developed as the map went along. Ending was really abrupt, but I ran out of time to implement the ending I wanted to use. Also a huge reference to the Disneyland Haunted Mansion attraction.

    Terminus by David Driver-Gomm AKA Kralich
    It is okay

    Really short, but not terrible for what it is. Pretty much straight down the middle for me.

    Shadow Walker 2 by 1upD
    It is great!

    One of the few maps that actually managed to scare me. The use of the custom code here is great (after all, the author created it), and there’s pretty much nothing bad to say about it.

    Mom and Dad by LordDz
    It is good

    Really interesting idea/story but the horror elements are somewhat cheesy and hard to take seriously. Aside from that, a really solid entry.

    Back on Course by JanKaszanka
    It is okay

    Kinda neat visually but boring in terms of gameplay and execution.

    Summary
    1. Koopliss

      The Sun Vanished map is based entirely off of the Sun Vanished ongoing ARG, so i guess the map wanted to play more with the horrifying aspects of the ARG rather than actually anything to do with the sun actually vanishing?

  4. Hec
    Play It Now!

    Well, so I’m quite impressed this nice competition has so few reviews so here are some thoughts about it.

    BOLD: The Sun Has Vanished

    It is great!

    I truly like how the gameplay of this now-classic creepypasta was implemented, the whole environment was creepy and dark and also You can feel that horrid feeling of trying to escape from that unknown orb that haunts you. Also, the final escape is very satisfying when you reach it.

    BOLD: Unanswered Questions

    It is okay

    Was more environment than a coherent horror story, also the gameplay was confusing and frustrating at some points, The main horror resource was being chased by those burned men with a crowbar but they were pretty predictable, so is a bland horror resource, I guess in order to make a scary mod in HL2 you have to be more creative than using that chasing asset.

    BOLD: Lab-Map

    It is bad

    I guess it was a nice concept but sorry, it was just bad implemented, it didn’t offer any horror or mysterious context, and overall it felt more like an SCFI environment than a horror one. As I said it once and I sustain it, “HL2 Zombies are not enough to make a horror mod experience.”

    BOLD: Grace Manor

    It is good

    This also had a strong dark environment which was cool overall. I liked the satanic rituals reference, and the evil G-Man’s sightings, despite this, it was short and the ending just came out faster and random than I expected.

    BOLD: Terminus

    It is okay

    This one was more like a proof of concept and offered really little challenge or a deeper horror experience so it was just OK.

    BOLD: Shadow Walker

    It is WOW!

    This one was the best and well-earned one. Offered a great horror context told inside the gameplay of the mod. The implementation was nicely done and the gameplay was entertained and challenging at the same time. I also had a pair of nice jumpscares playing this one. So it’s totally worth it.

    BOLD: Mom and Dad

    It is WOW!

    Let me say it, the concept in this one was just mind-blowing, and despite the gameplay was just like a story-tale one, where you just basically “walk”, it was the most impressive story, I also think it was just great the story is seen from the child of that couple perspective. I also loved how the author used the CMB as the main horror character in the story, that was a very clever touch.

    BOLD: Back on Course

    It is good

    This was a short but OK horror delusion into the HL2 universe, so yeah It was nice, despite the very basic “walk” dynamic.

    BOLD: In conclusion
    This was a worthy Halloween competition, hope more and more on the way here in RTSL.com

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