Well, it took a while, but the results are finally in! We got a good range of entries this time around, from veterans and beginners alike. It was very fun to play all the entries and see what you all came up with.
Designing a floating island meant your imagination could go wild, and our entries didn't disappoint! A great selection of wild, fantastical were sent in for this competition, making judging yet again a tough gig. Congratulations to our winners and all those that submitted an entry!
No, not a retelling of a certain Japan-oriented romp with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. This is a short, puzzle-based Episode Two map with a fantastic aura to the landscape and structure design. I didn’t quite get the impression that it was a floating island though (the landscape seemed to be rising out of water, which would make it more of a mountain in my mind), which knocked this map out of the top three. Still, a fantastic effort from Tetsu0.Penguinboy
Tetsu0 takes the Myst
theme that Moaby used and took it a bit further by adding some gameplay and exploration. While there was really only one proper puzzle in this short map, the exploration in this entry resonated with me. Displacements are used well, though it would have been nice if the surface of the main island wasn't so flat - the theme allows for some creative terrain use that I felt could have been used more effectively in this entry. Addition of a 3D skybox was nice, however some more refined texture and geometry use within the skybox would work wonders. I would love to see more puzzle-type maps on TWHL!AJ
dewdle let his imagination run rampant in this Counter-Strike: Source map. Set in a steampunk-ish world (Dishonoured springs to mind), the map is a hazardous collection of walkways, pipes and giant gears. A wonderful interpretation of the brief, with only a bit of a quality tune-up needed to really drive it home.Penguinboy
Dewdle's entry has a complex mechanism of cogs moving about in the top half of his map, which supposedly run the map's titular cloud-generating factory. The general feel of the map is nice and one thing I really enjoyed (though I don't think it was intentional) was that it was daytime in the upper areas, but seemed like it was night in the lower regions of the map. Gameplay-wise, the map seems quite cramped and some odd decisions (weapon spawns in CS?) detract from the experience.AJ
Personally, I loved this map. If there’s one thing I miss from the Goldsource days, it was the more outrageous maps that were released for it. This map for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is right up there in ridiculousness: set on a giant asteroid, it features an orbiting space shuttle and quite a labyrinth of a space base. Unfortunately, it’s perhaps a little too ridiculous for CS:GO’s gameplay: a far smaller, tighter version would certainly make this map a winner.Penguinboy
Captain Terror just squeezed his CSGO entry past the competition deadline, and it shows, as the map is quite incomplete. The concept and setting is a neat idea - the map is set on a space station, with the terrorists boarding from a shuttle. The map is quite large and has a lot of open space, which means that the gameplay quickly degrades into a sniper battle. The close proximity of the two bomb sites also detract from the gameplay experience. I'm not sure that having the shuttle rotate around the station is a good idea, as moving objects in multiplayer never turns out well.
The Stupendous Quest of the Annoying Microwave – NineTnineAJ
Case in point with what I was talking about for Orbit: crazy, surreal Goldsource maps. A team of headcrab guides? Check. A non-sensical quest to discover a bizarre item (a microwave, no less)? Check. A short, but amusing map.Penguinboy
NineTNine shows us that competitions can still have a lighter side with this humourous Goldsource entry featuring a wise headcrab and a quest for a magical microwave. While it's obvious that this entry was not intended to win, it does get a special award for making me laugh. Good job!AJ
Up for a bit of a challenge? A nice combat-oriented map is what greets you here. It’s a little sparsely detailed, but a great effort from first-time entrant, HalfLifeRules.Penguinboy
Beginner mapper HalfLifeRules submitted one of the few maps with gameplay in this competition. The first thing that I noticed with this map is the issues with draw distance - since the map was so large, regions were being clipped by the renderer during play. This can be avoided by adding walls and other obstacles to block visibility of far-away areas. This entry could be improved by adding some more details to show that you are on a floating island - it isn't immediately noticeable when you first play the map. I'm looking forward to seeing more work from HalfLifeRules in the vault!