Mind Crypt

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  1. Mander

    Mander YOU WOKE THE DRAGON
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    The fourth and final installment of my "Mind" puzzle series has finally arrived. Even though my "Mind" series was quite good and popular (The series having over 20,000 downloads total between 4 maps), I always felt that that my maps never properly represented my potential. There was always a couple of challenges in them that I thought "I can do better than that". Then when I did my part on Paratroxity and really took the time to carefully map out my challenges, the result was something that I could proudly stand behind. So I thought, I really need to make my own puzzle map for Sandbox, as all my individual maps were on Foundry, and Paratroxity was a collaborative map so I couldn't call it my own. That's when I decided to do the fourth "Mind" map, my final individual puzzle map (puzzles are just too hard and time-consuming to make). And since it was going to be my final map I decided to really take my time with this one to make sure that every challenge is top-notch. I wanted to make sure that my challenges were not only unique and difficult, but also very enjoyable. Well the result is that this map took a whopping four months to make, much longer than I ever expected. But it was worth it because now I have a map that I will gladly allow to represent my skill as a puzzle maker.​





    The Facts

    -Because I planned out the entire map before I took it to forge, I was really able to drastically increase the length of the map by building most challenges off of eachother. This map is HUGE, it contains over 30 challenges and is quite possibly the biggest solo puzzle map of all time.​

    -Every single one of the challenges is new and original. This is the main reason this map took four months to make, I spent much of that time coming up with completely unique puzzles, and figured out how I could connect them together. I also scraped a lot of ideas that just weren't as fun as the others. (BTW there isn't a single bubblesheild/kill ball combination in the map)​

    -This map is designed to be beat by one person, but it's also a lot of fun to do with some friends (up to four). Although having friends may make some challenges slightly easier to pass.​

    -The proper game varient is absolutely required.​

    -I really concentrated on making the map fun to play. I did my best to make the challenges as epic and enjoyable as possible. ​

    -The checkpoint system is both unique and very handy. Most checkpoints do not involve unblocking teleporters, and the checkpoints are well spaced-out between challenges. I also made sure to put checkpoints directly after difficult challenges, so that once you pass them you won't have to do them again.​

    -There are no ghost jumps, or any really difficult moves incorporated into this map. The challenges are harder to figure out than they are to do. This is my personal preference to puzzles as I find it very frustrating when you know what to do, but just can't do it.​

    -There is a bonus: find and get to the flare. (I was going to have a prize, but the answer got leaked out). I will still put up a reserved spot for the first person to get it legitly. ​

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    The first person to find the flare is:ActualGlory

    -Forging 101:
    >Interlocking
    >Geomerging
    >Pressure switches
    There is a huge amount of interlocking on this map, the most extreme example being a single object that is interlocked with 18 other items!​

    -Ironically even though its name is "Mind Crypt" none of the map takes place in the crypt. I named it that for 2 reasons: 1) For it's association with Sandbox and 2) The majority of the map looks like it's taking place in a crypt as there are numerous small passages and confined rooms.​

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    Starting Room
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    Challenge 2
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    Respawn area
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    Lobby
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    Challenges 6 and 7
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    Challenge 8
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    Challenge 9
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    Challenge 11
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    Challenge 13
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    A path along the way
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    Challenge 18
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    Challenges 20 and 21
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    Challenge 22
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    Challenge 26
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    Challenge 29
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    Top of the Tower
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    Challenge 30
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    The Skull
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    Hints

    Challenge 1
    The key to a door
    Lies in the floor.​

    Challenge 2
    Dump your excess through a crack
    And you may get something deadly back.​

    Challenge 3
    You’re stuck in a room that seems like it can only hurt you
    Here unhesitant courage is your most helpful virtue.​

    Challenge 4
    A bigger room now that’s much more revealing,
    To find a way out look to the ceiling.​

    Challenge 5
    You passed through a deadly fire, but now your trapped in,
    So you need to find a way to make the impossible happen.​

    Challenge 6
    This next challenge consists of not one but two stunts
    You can do them in any order or even both at once
    For step one you must unblock
    And in step two you must unlock.​

    Challenge 7
    There is a problem for you to fix
    So use your tool from challenge six
    Your chances of survival may be darker
    But you can improve them using the marker.​

    Challenge 8
    If you have succeeded with unlocking
    Then you can do some more unblocking
    You will undoubtedly find your new toy
    Which you must use twice with one deploy.​

    Challenge 9
    You should be carrying an extra item to throw,
    But you will not need it here,
    Instead use what’s up above to get down below
    And destroy the nuisance near.​

    Challenge 10
    You’re back to where you were before,
    But now equipped with something more,
    Here knowledge of location should be applied,
    So your item can benefit you on the other side.​

    Challenge 11
    A test of time to clear the blockage,
    A test of courage to cross the bridge.​

    Challenge 12
    Is there more bark than bite? Maybe a little,
    But it'd still be best if you stuck to the middle.​

    Challenge 13
    First you must set the bubbleshield loose,
    Then find a way to preserve the mongoose.​

    Challenge 14
    To get to the freed item, a familiar path must again be tried,
    Find a way to die on the ledge in the room of your first suicide.​

    Challenge 15
    You should have protection in a new place if you didn’t make a blunder,
    And now you can use it to create a path that’s safe from Heaven’s thunder.​

    Challenge 16
    Careful listening is what this challenge is all about,
    Wait for a large explosion before finding your way out.​

    Challenge 17
    You may find the new way to go, and certainly feel free to take it,
    But you’ll need to supply yourself for the future if you want to make it.​

    Challenge 18
    This challenge does not require any sort of perk,
    Only the knowledge that the physics here don’t work. ​

    Challenge 19
    Danger will be upon you before you can hardly catch your breath,
    Quick reflexes and a hoarded item should save you from certain death.​

    Challenge 20
    To find a way in look for a purple marker that’s partially fused,
    And getting the checkpoint will require something you just used.​

    Challenge 21
    Now you have to find some way to get back to the start,
    Damage right after healing begins is an essential part.​

    Challenge 22
    It won’t be long before you notice there is a new afterlife,
    And that a quick reaction will help you pass the next strife.​

    Challenge 23
    You’re up in a new place but I hope you brought a guest,
    Because you’re going to need to free a bird from its nest.​

    Challenge 24
    Now you need to find an item that will make your range greater,
    And destroy something non-explosive below to help you out later.​

    Challenge 25
    Repeat challenge twenty-one and the start of twenty-two,
    But this time use your guest to get to someplace new.​

    Challenge 26
    23 will have helped you out with the first part of this as reckoned,
    And puzzle 22 will have provided your escape from the second.​

    Challenge 27
    You have never been so free in this puzzle as you are now
    But you need to get to the skybubble. The question is: How?​

    Challenge 28
    From freedom to a cage, advancing requires the right angle,
    And then you'll have to find the way out of this whole tangle.​

    Challenge 29
    Through a dangerous checkpoint to get to the next part,
    Where there is beauty to behold, but where do you start?
    The most important hint of this speech
    Is that every item has a different reach.​

    Challenge 30
    This hint is a subtle guide:
    First find something concealed,
    Then use it twice to get inside,
    And quickly grab that overshield.​

    Challenge 31
    Knowing that the final path is clear should really brighten your mood,
    But beware as Heaven’s wraith may have not been completely subdued. ​


    Bonus Hint:
    Not knowing where to start a quest can sometimes be quite dull,
    So I’ll tell you that the hunt for the flare begins with the other skull.​

    Note:
    Many of the hints cover multiple challenges so If it seems like you should be on the next challenge, but according to the hints you're not, don't sweat it.​


    Testers

    aAftershock​

    ActualGlory​

    Brandon Lavoie​

    Merrifield69​

    T3CHH800​

    Tylyr1​

    YEE MAN IZ BAK​






    Thanks for viewing,

    please tell me what you think!
     
    #1 Mander, Sep 19, 2009
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  2. Xang

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    I dont know much about puzzle maps, but i do know that you make some of the most challenging things ive ever seen... I went insane doing your other maps and i`ll go insane beating this until i beat all of it. BTW put the hints up soon >.<
     
  3. Aftershock 10

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    So you finally released it then Mander :)

    This map is by far my favourite one of yours, it was very fun to play the first few parts that i have done, and it wasn't toooo difficult which was v good. A definite 5/5 for what i've done so far.

    I'm gonna try and beat it and then come back and say what i think about the rest of it, but i have no doubt it will be amazing :D
     
  4. dennis1895

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    the place where the pistol br part is really genius that one took me a while to figure out.
    then second i had no clue what to do but finally managed to get out there im currently stuck now at the red collumns part .
    so far this map is really good no jumps all the time just hard thinking.
     
  5. Aaronator

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    Nice. The aesthetics of the map are phenominal. Just like every map you make. I just hope this really isn't your last puzzle map. I think the originality in your maps is what raises the bar. Most people can't discover these things on their own and you have to shift through all the mediocre maps just to find challenging, fun, original maps like yours. I wish you luck on your future endeavors.
     
  6. TecH

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    Wow, pretty much sums up this map for me. All the ideas and time that went into this map is incredible. Some how you design your maps to be fun and challenging at the same time. All your puzzles always come out like no other. Great job mander, this puzzle is definatley (dont know how to spell that) your best :)
    5/5
     
  7. YEE MAN IZ BAK

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    Quite possibly one of the best puzzle adventures I had, next to Paratroxity.This puzzle is full of surprises, and keeps you guessing what to do next. Hard to determine, but I think this may be the longest solo map out to date so kudos to that. There are some nice structures just begging for attention, also you did a good job on budgeting your money on supplies. Overall a well thought out puzzle, and ridiculous challenges making that much more fun to play.5/5

    Yeeman whisper silently to his self paradox origins lol.

     
  8. STARFOX64

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    This is an amazing and very challenging map mander! Definitly your best so far, the post is great, the merging and even the geo's I noticed in forge were amazing as well (haven't quite beaten this yet). Were those ghost merges or legit? Haha just wondering, they probably are legit sence the map is made by you.
     
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  9. Mozzarella

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    It's to bad this map isn't getting all the attention it deserves. . . I love this puzzle, all the ideas incorperated in here all seem to flow just perfect. You are definitley one of the best mander. I hope to see more from you in the future.
    5/5
     
  10. Mander

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    My hints are now up. Sorry for the delay, it may or may not have had something to do with ODST.
     
  11. Aftershock 10

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    Thanks for showing me the second half of this Mander :cowboy:.

    Not only is this possibly the longest puzzle map i have ever played, it is also really really awesome lol. The way everything links together just makes it feel so much more epic and rewarding when you complete the challenges. The concepts are original and interesting, and nothing is repetetive. This is definitely a very very enjoyable puzzle. Great job Mander, 5/5.
     
  12. Jex Yoyo

    Jex Yoyo POETRY, bitch.
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    I remember being told that those are legit. It is pretty amazing...

    I really have no idea how to get past the sixth or seventh puzzle, its way too much for me =( I always hate it when people are so much smarter than I am!!!
     
  13. OMGItzOrion

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    Excellent, excellent map man! It was well worth the wait. I tried it for a full week and got to challenge 14 (i think) before I had to get my friend to show me through the map. He still let me figure out the challenges, but just kept giving me bigger hints until I got them.
    This is without question, the longest puzzle map there is, and my favorite as well. The part with the hornet was epic and fun, and so was the bridge. The only part I found quite hard to do was the final part, and getting the gravlift, but it wasn't rediculouslychallenging either. All throughout the forging is gorgeous and clean too. So that sums up my review and the result is:
    10/10
    Awesome!
     
  14. Mr. Man 29

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    can someone help me with the 2nd room its driving me crazy! i spent like 30 mins on it haha
     
  15. MlgObiWan

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    Wow Mander, how do you keep coming up with those awesome hints? Nice job on the map, it's extremely fun, and I haven't come across a single challenge that's really frustrating so hard. Once the puzzle is solved passing it isn't a big deal. 5/5 for the perfect puzzle.
     
  16. The Toeminator

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    WOW, great map! i'm on puzzle 8 right now and having a blast 5/5!!
     
  17. TecH

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    Mander, are you going to put up a guide for the flare? And when's the YouTube video coming out? Great map BTW, my favorite challenge is the tower at the end.
     
  18. Creech n Spawn

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    Damn man, the map was great! I couldn't believe how long the map actually turned out to be, and with 30 challenges this is one of the longest puzzle maps I've ever played. I give this map a 9/10 for difficulty, and a 9/10 for forging. Congrats on another great puzzle map Mander!
     
  19. Dont

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    Just saw the walkthrough and actually jizzed my pants-
    jk. But seriously this is a brilliant map, especially the way in which all the challenges relate to each other and flow together. There isn't a single challenge that didn't live up to the expectations I had from you Mander. Wonderful job, and I give you a 10/10!

    Also thanks for accepting my friend request!
     
  20. OMGItzOrion

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    Wait where did you find the walkthrough video Dont? I tried playing this map again last weekend but forget what to do around challenge 14. I searched YouTube but couldn't find a vid anywhere. Any chance you could tell me?
     

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