The review: The Stairwell is an experimental map based
on some "SCP Foundation" story, which tells me absolutely nothing. But
calling The Stairwell a map is a bit off as this is an experiment in
interactive storytelling if anything, not a Duke3D usermap. Even more,
the map is not as much about storytelling as it is about conveying a
specific kind of atmosphere, which is done mostly with the aid of a rich
soundscape, grim lighting and some visual tricks. At the bottom
of the experience you're bound to feel a bit let down, but here it's
the journey that matters, not its conclusion.
Note that there are two versions of the map available: a standalone version that is compatible with both Polymer and Polymost modes and a classic version that only supports the 8-bit mode. The latter is a bit more rugged and claustrophobic, which may be why you should go for it if you're planning on playing this only once.
Rating: No rating