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Screen Shot Screen Shot Added 8-3-1998
LEVEL: TAB 8: THE LAVA GENERATOR
(tab8.zip 711K)
AUTHOR: Michael Contorno

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RATING
84

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Tab8... how many maps does Michael have in him? Many more I hope. The Lava Generator delivers big helping of good quality Strogg slamming action. As you wind your way around the mysterious Strogg generator you will face some very good quality action, and the highest level of challenge a Tab map has produced in a while. Once more, Michael is crafty with the lay-out as it twists and turns over, under, and around itself. You will explore nearly every inch of the generator before you find your way to the escape pod. Tab8 is a bit of a throw-back. The newer Tab maps were a bit easier than the old ones, but were more aesthetically pleasing. Tab8 has some blocky architecture and visual errors, yet the action is non-stop fun, and I had restart the map several times as the challenge was extreme. Also, there are some of the coolest secret areas a Tab map has ever delivered. There were some complaints: mis-aligned textures and brushes, no story at all, and the biggest problem, it is possible to scale up the side of the building in the opening area and reach a part of the map that isn't supposed to be seen until later. You could skip over a large portion of the map this way. Bottom line: the map isn't as pretty as some of the more recent Tab maps, and it lacks a story, but the action is top-notch and the challenge is high.