MAP03: A Barlow in the Belfry (Ghoul School 3D)


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This level occupies the map slot MAP03. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP03.

MAP03: A Barlow in the Belfry, aka the Haunt map, is a vampire lair complete with dungeon, mad science lab, and an eerie dining room. It is where the climax of Ghoul School 3D takes place, though Spike will visit it several times. It was designed by Mike MacDee (Impie) and uses the music track "".


Map of A Barlow in the Belfry
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector, thing, and linedef numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.


First visit: Dr. Femur[edit]

After a series of battles take you through the foyer, arcade, and dining room, you'll find Dr. Femur hiding in the storeroom with the blue door. She gives you the green key and tells you to use Prof. Mengeler's time machine (MAP01: Tardy, but Not Dead) to go back in time (MAP04: Totenhaus) and steal a fresh copy of Barlow's mausoleum key (the blue key) since the present day key has broken.

Second visit: Weird Science[edit]

Talk to Dr. Femur again before entering the dungeon and she explains that the Skull in the library is none other than Barlow's skull, the unearthing of which disturbed Barlow's spirit and caused the undead uprising. Destroying the Skull will stop the invasion, and destroying Barlow will save everyone from being zombified. Now enter the blue door.

The dungeon is easy to get lost in, despite its small size, and it is filled with ambushes. Behind another wooden door is Barlow's laboratory, where you'll find Sam waiting in a mechanical cage near a large wall of switches. She tells you that Barlow did "something weird" to her ex Frank and plans to do the same to her. She also mentions that he kept muttering "left, right, center" to himself, and thinks it might be the combination that releases her from the cage. It is actually the solution to the teleport-cage puzzle in the next room: kill the Frank Monster to access the control room and activate the teleport switches. The first cage contains a live zombie: flip the left switch, then move to whichever cell it teleported to and flip the right switch; then follow it again, and flip the center switch. It has been moved to the last cage, which obliterates the zombie when you throw the control room switch, thus opening the door on the far end of the room. Flip that switch to raise the stairs in the School library.

The Switch Wall:

  • Switch 1: Spawns a crystal vial.
  • Switch 2: Causes Sam's cage to crush her slightly.
  • Switch 3: Spawns infinite chickens.
  • Switch 4: Opens Sam's cage.
  • Switch 5: Destroys whatever is standing in the cage; if it is Sam, she turns into a zombie.
  • Switch 6: Changes the entire lab floor into lava.
  • Switch 7: Spike "suddenly feels very strange." After a few moments, he teleports to MAP05: Wrong Turn at Albuquerque.
  • Switch 8: Lowers the lockers on the other side of the lab, unleashing a horde of zombies and ghosts.

Third visit: Facing Barlow[edit]

Take the Red Skull Orb and place it in the strange red ring in the dining room. It opens the vampire wall-portrait and releases Barlow, who immediately attacks. Kill him with holy water or fire. When he is dead, stairs raise to the dining room balcony and the teleport which ends the game.

Other points of interest[edit]


  1. Head south from the MAP02 portal into a cave with an Enchanted Shield. (sector 46)


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Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doom Speed Demo Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
SM speed
SM max
BP speed
BP max
NM speed
NM 100S

The (absence of) data was last verified in its entirety on August 11, 2022.


Map data[edit]

Things 415
Vertices 1207*
Linedefs 1255
Sidedefs 1931
Sectors 234
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1033.


This level contains the following numbers of things per skill level:

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