The Evil Thing

  • Review Date: 2000-03
  • Author: Nathan Ruck
  • Genre: Half-Life
  • Rating: 63


Well it didn't start off good. I open the text file and read -
Description: load of shit
Previous levels: None released

And I load the game up and find Nathan included his configuration settings which differ from mine (so I had to delete it and restart). However, it ended up quite good in the end.
The level design wasn't spectacular, but there were sections and rooms which were quite appealing. Texturing was good. The levels took place in your usual setting similar to the original game.

Unfortunately gameplay was not as good as the design. It was your typical Grunt battle, and the only other enemy to make an appearance were those annoying Assassins which were too hard. There are many times where an enemy could have been placed, but you end up strolling through just looking at the scenery. There are, however, a number of small puzzles to solve such as finding the end of a wire and breaking it to shut down the security system of some door. Puzzle fans may enjoy parts of this level. By level I mean all 16 bsp's, going as small as 170k! There are alot of transitions - it seems every few rooms and it's on to the next map.

There were some good, unique parts to it such as flying a jet or taking a train ride. The train ride had huge potention, but you couldn't even see out the windows properly without disrupting it's path.

However it did keep me entertained for quite a while and is a very good debut release. I look forward to Nathan's future work, as I'm sure it will be good.