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Flip the World [REVIEW]

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avatar Headaxe
Level 54 : Grandmaster Technomancer
I would like to ask you to excuse me for any inconvenience, that is caused by my english skills, which are not perfect yet.
I am not an english native speaker, which is the reason for possible spelling mistakes.

"Flip the world": An interesting name with an interesting concept behind it,

which has several smaller mistakes though.

Map name:
"Flip the World"
Map reviewed by:Headaxe
Map uploaded by:[ronniejanuszki]


Originality (18/20)

The idea of gravity changing in Minecraft exists for a while now, but it was never seriously used in a map.
This has finally changed and ''Flip the World'' pretty much uses an entirely unused concept.
It is one of those maps you just don't see coming, however the map can't get a full score in ''Originality'', because gravity flipping is not a an entirely new idea though.

Atmosphere (13/20)

The map get's a nice puzzeling atmosphere, cause of the clean and colorful design of the map and it's levels.
In order to give the gravity change a nice effect, the map is using a row of command blocks, that change your camera angle.
That gives you a cool rotation effect, which would be much better, if the map  wouldn't totally change your camera angle at the end again though.
Unwanted Minecart sounds and spelling mistakes at the beginning of the map annoy you and destroy the atmosphere aswell, even though all of those problems are just smaller and rather unimportant issues.

Presentation (13/20)

The page of the project contains special features like several YouTube videos, a detailed and good looking Update log and
a description of the project and it's rules.
The page has a lot of content, but the structure is really messy and no colors were used.
Sadly the project has only an ingame logo and no renders, which looks really bad in the end.
There is only one screenshot, which shows the logo of the project, so you don't know what to expect.
At least one more screenshot would be helpful.

Ease of Use (4/10)
The download sends you to a mediafire download link.
You can download a zip file, which contains versions for MAC and PC, including ds_store files, readmes and more.
It takes a moment before you find the right file, then you can start the map in singleplayer.
The spawnpoint is not set correctly, you will have to search for the spawn room, which takes a while.
A "Flip the World" logo helps you to find the spawn, but the search is still a pain in the ****.
Even though it would be senceful to introduce that feature, replaying the map is not possible.
However, the map is entirely cheat and bug safe and uses simple corridors and buttons, so you don't get lost.

Parkour and Puzzles (7/10)

The map uses the gravity flipping to create very interesting puzzles, which take a while before you can figure out what to do.
Level design, the concept of the map and the simple control of the map all work together at this point and the puzzles give you an amazing feeling, that you might know from games like ''Portal''.
Most of the puzzles can be solved by simply trying every button out, so the difficulty is still relative low.

System (8/10)
The game system is very easy to understand:
You press a button in order to flip the world, then you can access new areas or see things from a new pespective.
The command block systems work very well, but may cause smaller lags. (-10 FPS)
Special effects on the map, such as the view rotation are very smooth, but use and ugly blindness effect and are cancelled by a teleport, which is ruining the illusion of rotation by changing your camera angle again.

Level Design (10/10)
The map contains about 15-20 minutes of playtime, which is really much considering the amount of work, that has to be done to create one of the 10 currently availabe puzzles.
You always have a good overview, even though the maps are relative compact and small.
The floor and the surface have different colors, which makes the illusion of the "map flipping" nearly perfect, however the colors are never distracting you while you are playing.
The level design is mostly linear and doesn't give you many possibilites of doing something "wrong", cause of it's small size.


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  • DNRMaps
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • October 7, 2015, 5:28 pm
Please note Flip the WORLD! has been reuploaded at http://www.planetminecraft.com/account/manage/projects/3480311/. Thanks!
You aught put a link to the actual map/their pmc profile.
  • Headaxe
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • April 28, 2014, 9:17 pm
Dude, did you never wonder why there is a huge download button? o.O
  • Danspire
  • Level 42
  • Master Pixel Painter
  • March 23, 2014, 11:58 am
Very detailed reviews, keep it up! Good work!
  • Headaxe
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • March 23, 2014, 12:00 pm
Thank you ^^
Good review.
  • Headaxe
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • March 23, 2014, 11:11 am
Thanks ;D
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • March 23, 2014, 8:55 am
Love it! Awesome review layout, but I would change the highlighted font at the very top about English, as it doesn't match the professional theme of the rest of the blog!
  • Headaxe
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • March 23, 2014, 9:03 am
Ok, thanks for the advice and thanks for the diamond :D
  • Nobody132
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • March 22, 2014, 3:49 am
It looks like the editing took the majority of the time. Nice work!
  • Headaxe
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • March 22, 2014, 3:59 am
Yeah indeed. I am going to customize the layout with every new review blog, I am going to post.
Thanks for telling me your opinion.
Dang, you presented that well. I'll give you a diamond just for putting this much work into actually doing all the formatting for the page and stuff. Like that. Imagine me, a native English speaker, doing a worse job of speaking English than you. HAH!
  • Headaxe
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • March 21, 2014, 7:44 pm
It literally took me several hours to finish this.
I am going to continue with this and make a big series out of it.
The layout is done, so the next blogs will be much easier to finish.
All I need is a good map that is actually reviewable.
Thanks for leaving this diamond btw!
  • Awzum
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • April 19, 2014, 9:25 am
This is awesome! Nice review

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