A few months ago, I LPed several very old custom CC(1) sets, including RolfR1. Its creator, Rolf Redford, found my videos and told me about his other sets, including NewRolfLevels.
NewRolfLevels is an unusual set because there are two different versions of it. No, I don't mean "an set with one version on one site and another, outdated version on another site". This one has a main version and an "Evil Mirror" version with "slightly harder levels", according to Mike Lask. The main set contains 20 levels and the Evil Mirror contains 21. The Evil Mirror also contains funny hints in which Chip talks about the changes. I played the levels in Tile World's emulation of the MS ruleset.
The first level is called "Second best!" and the hint says "Can you count to two?". I like cryptic hints, this is much better than saying: "press each button twice and choose the second option each time it is possible". Overall, it is a good level.
The second level has a strange hint saying that Chip must get to "glider controls", despite the fact there is not a single glider in the level. It begins with a "Joyride I" style slide. Most of the rest of the level involves pushing blocks into bombs. This is all right in the main version, but the evil mirror has a lot more bombs, making the level somewhat more tedious. Finally, fireballs must be cloned in order to free a path to the exit. This part is great.
The third level begins with a chip collecting session. Each chip lies behind a series of toggle walls, with the walls toggling every two chips (approximately). This is not a problem because there are always chips that can be picked up. However, the Evil Mirror puts two chips instead of one in a few shafts, which can be somewhat annoying, but if the player plans ahead, it is not a problem. For the last part of the level, Chip has to choose between two sections. One of them includes bees and leads to death. The second one involves tanks and is really good. There are always some safe spots. The Evil Mirror puts a few bombs, making this section slightly more fun and challenging.
The fourth level involves several rooms with teleports and balls periodically teleporting. Think Skelzie. I haven't tried optimizing this with the teleport skip glitch. Overall, this is not particularely good. The Evil Mirror adds a few walls in the rooms. This doesn't change anything most of the time, except in the small room, where it is required to go through all the teleports all over again. Evil, but intended.
The fifth level is a simple chip-collecting/monster-dodging level that is rather fun and could have been in CCLP3. I would have voted for it, but I wasn't part of the community back then. The Evil Mirror adds ice in a few rooms. Strangely, this makes the teeth room even easier than in the original. However, the fireball room is much harder and, well, evil. Still, it is good in both versions.
The sixth level feels very short in the original. Dodge a few monsters, pick up a key, open the lock, remove three water tiles, stop the fireball cloning with more cloning, pick up the chips and exit. Simple. The Evil Mirror, however, feels like a more decent level. It involves more dodging, causing the level to be somewhat harder and even the fireballs to overflow into the main room. This one is great.
The seventh level is called "Not Frogs!" The hint says "I ordered regular frogs not those!" Yes, I always found it strange that frogs have so many teeth. The level is extremely easy due to the large number of water tiles the frogs can drown into and the slow cloning of frogs. The Evil Mirror adds a few bees, changing absolutely nothing.
The eighth level is block pushing and simple dodging. It could have been great if it had been harder. The Evil Mirror is interesting, however. There is only one change, but it involves the removal of an ice corner, meaning all the gliders inside the loop escape and become a hazard. However, the trick to get rid of the problem is very easy, but it remains better than the original.
The nineth level is very easy. First, an ice slide with cloning fireballs. Just press the up key and move on to the next, room, except in Lynx. Then, chip collecting with teeth. Finally, watch paramecia crawling around the room where you are, then slide out of the teleport into the exit. The Evil Mirror has slightly less gravel in the teeth room, but this hardly changes anything.
In the tenth level, paramecia are germs. Funny. Four blocks are provided to get the whole thing in control, but only one is required to "plug the leak" and redirect the flow into the water tile (DO NOT REMOVE IT!) By this point, there is a solid mass of germs around the clone machines, making it impossible to stop the cloning this way (however the level will not fill because most of them go straight to the water). The rest is therefore simple dodging (or not so simple, depenging on how long you took to plug the leak). This is a very fun level.
The eleventh level begins with picking up some boots and keys. Rather easy. The next section involves using these boots and keys to free some blocks which will be used to partial post into the exit. This is creative. The Evil Mirror adds a few deadly toggle buttons in the path of the blocks, making it better than the original.
The twelth level involves fireballs cloning onto ice slides and dodging them while picking up chips. This is a fun level. The Evil Mirror adds more chips, making it slightly harder, but I prefer the original.
Level 13 is called "Dancing Glides", not gliders, and appears in CCLP3. It is the best level so far. The Evil Mirror makes the dodging slightly harder, but not that much.
Level 14 is an interesting concept: rooms full of chips with a few tanks that flip periodically. This is surprisingly fun. The Evil Mirror has a few more tank buttons, making it harder and better. This would have been good for CCLP3 if it weren't for the fact it is twice as hard in Lynx due to the different properties of tanks.
Level 15 involves pushing blocks...and dodging! Yes, for each block cloned, a bee and a fireball are produced. The job is to stop the cloning! This is very fun, especially in the Evil Mirror where the blocks must be pushed manually in front of the clone machines instead of pressing other clone buttons. Once this is done, there is simple teeth dodging and the exit.
Level 16 is block pushing, nothing more. There is a little sliding, but it really doesn't change much. Some blocks are not even required...except in the Evil Mirror, which, as a side note, is impossible in Lynx. But the fact is that this level feels tedious and pointless, the worst in the set. Sorry.
Level 17 is extremely simple. The player must clone some blocks, avoid some clone buttons (but the pattern is simple), pick up chips and skate to the exit. In the Evil Mirror, there is global warming, but the level is still extremely simple. I would have preferred it if it was harder.
Level 18 is by far the hardest level of the set. The bug room is great, the ball room is all right, the fireball room is too simple and the glider room is really hard. The Evil Mirror, unfortunately, has too many thieves and is therefore unsolvable.
Level 19 is Fireball Tourism, one of my favourite CCLP3 levels. I really love it. However, it should be noted that instead of opening a toggle wall, the fireballs are cloned and Chip has to press the button himself. The Evil Mirror adds a water tile before the last two buttons (and an extra block!) and a few thin walls, which change ABSOLUTELY. NOTHING.
Level 20 looks like a hard ice field with several blocks, but the hint has a cryptic and hilarious way of saying that Chip must go clockwise. The evil mirror adds an extra block, but I don't mind.
Finally, level 21 of the Evil Mirror is a dummy. There are only 20 levels in the main version.
So how would I rate this set? Most of the levels are good, so :star: :star: out of 5. The Evil Mirror? Also :star: :star: . Some levels are better in the original, but some are better in the Evil Mirror, so they compensate for each other.
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