Official Level Design Contests of 2005

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January

Like the previous contest, this contest was held by a441 and the names of the contestants were not revealed until voting was over.

Match division

River Side Zone
  • MAP01 - Sylvan Island by hotdog003 - 5.50
  • MAP02 - Sea Shell Zone by Some guy - 7.00
  • MAP03 - Astral Fortress Zone by Ritz - 6.75
  • MAP04 - Towers Zone by Some guy - 6.60
  • MAP05 - Mirror Room Zone by Chaos Zero 64 - 4.40
  • MAP06 - Flooded Valley Zone by shadowstar - 7.25
  • MAP07 - Barlin Base Zone by JTE - 5.80
  • MAP08 - The Dunes by Some guy - 6.80
  • MAP09 - Distorted Reality Zone by Blue Blur - 6.40
  • MAP10 - MI II by Some guy - 6.40
  • MAP11 - Forsaken Outpost Zone by Oogaland - 6.00
  • MAP12 - Abandoned Paradise Zone by a441 - 4.60
  • MAP13 - River Side Zone by Some guy - 8.40

Links

March/April

This contest, which saw the return of Mystic as the host, was the start of a new format and a new set of rules. Contests were now held bi-monthly instead of monthly. There were now two divisions: Match and Single Player. Custom textures, music, SOCs and other custom lumps were not allowed in Match entries. Mappers who voted on all other maps in the division they entered had the lowest score for their own map dropped. The winning maps were put in a "Level of the Month" section on the SRB2 homepage's now-defunct addons page.

While this contest received so few maps that voting was called off, the format is still used to this day, with several modifications. The names of the contestants, which were meant to be revealed after voting had finished, were lost, and only two of the maps can be properly attributed. The sole entry of the Single Player division, Gloom Metropolis Zone Act 1, would later appear in FuriousFox's level pack Acid Missile. As one of the first city-themed maps for SRB2, it was very popular during the 1.X era.

Single Player division

Match division

  • MAP01 - Green Hilarity by Bigboi
  • MAP02 - Es You In
  • MAP03 - Center Turret
  • MAP04 - Poison Bog Zone
  • MAP05 - The Picnic Zone

Links

May/June

Unlike the last contest, this one was able to garner sufficient attention for voting to occur. The winner of the Single Player division, Egg Palace Zone, was at the time one of the largest and most elaborate Single Player stages made for SRB2. Aside from a single negative review, it was very positively received. Gloom Metropolis Zone Act 2 was generally considered to be a mild disappointment when compared to the first act, which had been released in the previous contest. Nocturnal Sahara Zone won the Match division with a very high score and is now part of the official rotation as Desolate Twilight Zone. Shadow Hog's two submissions were direct ports from other Doom-based games: Castle Wolfenstein Zone from Wolfenstein 3D and Dead Simple Zone from Doom 2. This prompted a new rule for subsequent contests that banned such ports.

The original download for the Single Player pack was lost after the contest. The download below compiles the maps that could be recovered several years later. Jungle Island Zone and Castle Wolfenstein Zone are not included. Cold Metal Caves Zone only works with v1.08, which was current at the time; it will crash in v1.09.4.

Single Player division

Egg Palace Zone
  • Cold Metal Caves Zone by SRB2-Playah - 7.45
  • Jungle Island Zone by Roboashura - 2.00
  • Egg Palace Zone by Some guy - 7.54
  • Castle Wolfenstein Zone by Shadow Hog - 6.10
  • Gloom Metropolis Zone Act 2 by FuriousFox - 6.00

Match division

Nocturnal Sahara Zone
  • MAP01 - Super Mario Battle Zone by SRB2-Playah - 5.56
  • MAP02 - Floating Rock Zone by Lance88 - 2.60
  • MAP03 - April Showers by Bigboi - 7.25
  • MAP04 - May Flowers by Bigboi - 5.50
  • MAP05 - Piano Room by Bigboi - 5.88
  • MAP06 - Arabian Nights by Bigboi - 7.75
  • MAP07 - Emerald Garden Zone by Tets - 7.89
  • MAP08 - Floret Lake Zone by Digiku - 6.57
  • MAP09 - Chemical Basin Zone by Digiku - 7.14
  • MAP10 - Grassy Ellipse Zone by Digiku - 6.29
  • MAP11 - Nocturnal Sahara Zone by Digiku - 9.14
  • MAP12 - Dead Simple Zone by Shadow Hog - 5.67

Links

July/August

The original download for the Single Player pack was lost after the contest. The download below compiles the maps that could be recovered several years later. WED and Storm Ruins Zone are not included, although the latter would reappear in FuriousFox's level pack Acid Missile. It featured two gimmicks that were reused in Deep Sea Zone Act 2, namely platforms that crash against the ceiling after being stepped on, and a moving block that acts as a crusher from below and a regular platform from above. All downloads of WED have been lost. While many voters acknowledged the effort that went into it and praised some of the gimmicks, it was largely panned for its extreme difficulty and confusing layout. The winner of the Single Player division, Dark Palisades Zone, was later featured in Tets' level pack Blue Heaven.

Single Player division

Dark Palisades Zone

Match division

Greenery Hills Zone Act 2
  • MAP01 - Greenery Hills Zone Act 2 by JJames19119 - 6.63
  • MAP02 - Cynicism by RedFox34 - 6.00
  • MAP03 - Insanity Planet Zone by SRB2-Playah - 5.12
  • MAP04 - Amphitheatre Zone by Oogaland - 6.25
  • MAP05 - Peach's Castle Zone by Chaos Zero 64 - 4.50
  • MAP06 - Diving Meadows Zone by ST218 - 5.70
  • MAP07 - Up and Down by ST218 - 4.40
  • MAP08 - King of the Hill Zone by hotdog003/Spazzo - 3.38

Links

September/October

Most voters agreed that many of this contest's entries were sub-par, and all of the maps received scores below 7. The Awsumest Level Zone, a joke entry that was designed to be as bad as possible, still received a higher score than some of the other maps. This contest was also the first to have disqualified levels: The Maze was accidentally entered into the Match division instead of Single Player, and The Shining River - the first level to receive a flat 0 - was released before the contest.

Single Player division

Molten Caves Zone
  • Molten Caves Zone by Naga - 4.50
  • The Maze by Roboashura - 0.40

Match division

Elemental Ruins Zone
  • MAP01 - Egyptian Mayhem Zone by Tailsonic - 6.40
  • MAP02 - Egyptian Twilight by Mikel - 0.29
  • MAP03 - Elemental Ruins Zone by JJames19119 - 6.60
  • MAP04 - Greenery Hills Zone Act 3 by JJames19119 - 5.80
  • MAP05 - Green Springs Zone by Cyan - 5.60
  • MAP06 - Irritating Area Zone by Trigahd - 6.40
  • MAP07 - Pillar Panic Zone by Trigahd - 5.20
  • MAP09 - The Shining River Zone by Mikel - 0.00
  • MAP10 - Volixean Ruins 1 by shadowstar - 4.80
  • MAP11 - VR 2 by shadowstar - 4.00
  • MAP12 - The Awsumest Level Zone by Digiku - 4.20

Links

November/December

This contest included Tree Ring Zone, the only level to ever receive a perfect 10. It was subsequently added to the official Match rotation in Version 1.09.4, but its popularity steadily declined, and by the time it was removed from the game, it was generally agreed to be mediocre. As a result of Tree Ring Zone's perfect score, Four Seasons is the highest-rated level in the old voting system to not win its division.

The original download for the Single Player pack was lost after the contest. The download below only contains Molten Mountain Zone, the only map that could be recovered several years later. Incomplete Xmas, as the name indicates, was entered in an incomplete state. It got lost after the contest and was thus never finished.

Single Player division

  • Molten Mountain Zone by Naga - 5.29
  • Grass Highway by ST218 - 5.57
  • Incomplete Xmas by Shadow Hog - 7.57

Match division

Tree Ring Zone
  • MAP01 - Lava Dome by Tailsonic - 7.50
  • MAP02 - Tree Ring Zone by Some guy - 10.00
  • MAP03 - Atmospheric Temple Zone by Naga - 5.20
  • MAP04 - Emerald Beach by Cyan - 5.00
  • MAP05 - Ice Summit by Mikel - 2.20
  • MAP06 - Chaotic Caves Zone by Furyhunter - 4.20
  • MAP07 - Eggman's Lab by Mikel - 0.80
  • MAP08 - Acid Frost Zone by FuriousFox - 7.50
  • MAP09 - Four Seasons by Oogaland - 9.50
  • MAP10 - Saturday Evening Zone by Oogaland - 5.00
  • MAP11 - Volcanic Highway Zone by ST218 - 4.00

Links

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