Kick Attack!

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Kick Attack!
Title screen
Author Tim Willits
Port Vanilla Doom
IWAD Doom, Doom II
Year 1996
Link Doomworld/idgames
This level occupies the map slot MAP01. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP01.

Kick Attack! is a single-level PWAD designed by Tim Willits and released in March 1996. The level was created as a promotional operation (similar to Chex Quest) by RC Cola to help establish the now-defunct brand of Kick soda. Graphic and sound replacements are used to change the setting: the demons are replaced by various intruders sent by "Alpine Spew" (an obvious parody of the more successful brand Mountain Dew) to sabotage a Kick bottling plant.

There are two versions of this level - one for Doom and one for Doom II. The two versions have identical gameplay - only the textures and the title screen differ.

Content[edit]

In accordance to the theme, several things have been modified. These changes are cosmetic, only affecting visuals and sounds, but not the actor behavior.

Surfer mutants
These come in two varieties.
  1. Bald ones in red and gray wetsuits, with blue sunglasses, who hail you with "hey dude". They replace imps and shoot globs of Alpine Spew.
  2. Blond ones in yellow and gray wetsuits, with gray sunglasses, who can only say "spew". They replace sergeants and remain hitscanners.
Lounge singers
These has-beens roam around, trying to jab you with their microphone. They only know how to say "alright, baby", "take it, baby", and replace the demon.
Flying bottles
These two-liter bottles of Alpine Spew fly around, charge, and bite. They replace lost souls. Since lost souls and demons share their idle sounds, you can hear them say "take it, baby", too.
Giant can of Alpine Spew
A gigantic and vaguely anthropomorphic can, equipped with twin chainguns, this monstrosity replaces the spiderdemon and serves as the map's boss, guarding the exit switch.

Walkthrough[edit]

Map of Kick Attack
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.

Essentials[edit]

Other points of interest[edit]

Secrets[edit]

  1. In the room past the yellow door with two doors, take the left door, then press on the recessed wall to the left to find a teleporter. Take it to teleport to an area with medikits, a rocket launcher, and rockets. (sector 236)

Bugs[edit]

Demo files[edit]

The Doom version of the WAD features a single built-in demo, DEMO1. It requires v1.9 to be viewed and runs for 1:14.71 (2615 tics), showing off the level on Hurt Me Plenty.

Areas / screenshots[edit]

Speedrunning[edit]

Routes and tricks[edit]

Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:

Style Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed
NM speed
UV max
NM100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

Miscellaneous demos[edit]

Style Time Player Date File Notes

Deathmatch[edit]

Player spawns[edit]

This level contains ten spawn points:

  1. facing north. (thing 220)
  2. facing east. (thing 221)
  3. facing north. (thing 222)
  4. facing west. (thing 223)
  5. facing south-east. (thing 224)
  6. facing west. (thing 225)
  7. facing south-east. (thing 226)
  8. facing north. (thing 227)
  9. facing west. (thing 228)
  10. facing south. (thing 229)

Statistics[edit]

Map data[edit]

Things 475
Vertices 1433*
Linedefs 1505
Sidedefs 2222
Sectors 281
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1218.

Things[edit]

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

Technical information[edit]

File checksums[edit]

On the one hand, the pristine release of Kick Attack! for Doom / The Ultimate Doom is contained in a self-extracting ZIP archive whose filename is kick1.exe. Said self-extracting ZIP archive has the following SHA-1 checksum:

SHA-1
8dcad2710f9abad23de0974afa18aa3196bbffb4

The contents of kick1.exe are as follows:

File SHA-1 Local timestamp
DOOMKICK.TXT 1fe84fcb2da096d0aab0f30b60f87f53cc2c801a 26 March 1996 13:57:54
KICK.BAT 3b5cfb96f75cd7a11db06c42563f03004a0015d6 01 March 1996 18:34:22
KICKDM.WAD 23d986a01df091a4d0bd48aa4be7e544ce16671b 04 March 1996 22:32:40

On the other hand, the pristine release of Kick Attack! for Doom II is also contained in a self-extracting ZIP archive whose filename is kick2.exe. Said self-extracting ZIP archive has the following SHA-1 checksum:

SHA-1
64059930f6d3e2e5d1dbc7ea90d041e82ee8c1b6

The contents of kick2.exe are as follows:

File SHA-1 Local timestamp
Doomkick.txt 1fe84fcb2da096d0aab0f30b60f87f53cc2c801a 26 March 1996 13:56:34
Kick.bat 862c204d6a43408205efa6c1852bf801151b4d2d 05 March 1996 14:44:22
KICKDM2.WAD bced18d443593ba7c9511c29dd036c06f287d992 04 March 1996 00:12:34

Inspiration and development[edit]

The idea of a promotional Doom level for helping establish Kick! as a beverage for gamers came from the marketing firms Digital Marketing Associates and Dryden and Petisi Promotions, LLC. Besides Tim Willits, Jay Wilbur and Mike Wilson of id Software, as well as James Monroe of Raven Software, helped the production of this project.

The custom graphics were created by Dean Camastro, Anthony Verducci, and Paco Levine, with the Sisson Design Group being contracted for additional graphics.

Trivia[edit]

  • Enemy projectiles spell the word "SPEW" when they explode. Player missiles spell the word "KICK".
  • Due to an oversight in the compilation of the PWAD, the sprite of the berserk pack is not replaced in the release for Doom II, as its sprite replacement was accidentally placed outside the SS_START and SS_END namespace.
  • These PWADs were apparently composed using some third-party utility which did not encode properly tall sprites. Hence, the shotgun pumping animation will visibly wrap vertically. Boom-based source ports and higher are not affected by this issue.
  • Quake Registered 1.01, released as a mixed mode CD, included both versions as bonus content[1]. These files match the ones released through the dead official site of Kick!.

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Quaddicted.com (1 December 2012). "Quake Registered 1.01, ordered directly from id Software." Retrieved 14 December 2020.