MAP24: Culture Shock (Ancient Aliens)


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This level occupies the map slot MAP24. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP24.

MAP24: Culture Shock is the twenty-fourth map of Ancient Aliens. It was designed by Chris Kassap (lupinx-Kassman), with edits by Paul DeBruyne (skillsaw), and uses the music track "Imaginarium," composed by Stuart Rynn (stewboy). The par time is 7:00.

Culture Shock was featured in Doomworld's Top 100 Most Memorable Maps, placing 5th.

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Map of Culture Shock
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.


Other points of interest[edit]


  1. In the first area, the switch in the garden closest to the rocket launcher opens up the cage with the super shotgun inside. Quickly run here to get it as well as stimpacks, a backpack, and shotgun shells. (sector 885)
  2. Open the red door and you should spot a target switch past the cage on the right. Shoot it and turn around towards the rope that's now available. You will wind up in a small bedroom with energy cell packs and a stimpack, as well as an armor and plasma rifle (but only on Hurt Me Plenty or higher). (sector 2407)
  3. In the first area, you may notice that one of the switches in one of the gardens requires the yellow key. Make your way to the area where the yellow key is located. When you do, turn around and climb up the tower that you previously climbed to open access to the yellow key. The top of this area had yellow bars before, but they should be gone now. From there, just backtrack all the way until you reach the yellow switch from before. This opens up a blocked tunnel near the rocket launcher. You will wind up in a dark room, where as you move forward, messages appear on the floor. Follow them to a room with a switch, and you will free the person from the nearby cage and claim a medikit and energy cell packs. More importantly, head south and the southeast corner has a BFG9000 and a teleporter back. (sector 3059)


At the red skull area, the switch lowers the red skull as well as a white block with a revenant inside, both for 10 seconds. If you stand inside this block as it rises, you will be unable to get out.

The maximum number of items you can receive for this map is 92%, as three health bonuses are unobtainable.

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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
UV speed
NM speed
UV max 5:27.71 Aquasa 2019-06-28
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The data was last verified in its entirety on April 3, 2022.


Map data[edit]

Things 670
Vertices 17929*
Linedefs 20753
Sidedefs 38962
Sectors 3143
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 17929.


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

Technical information[edit]

Inspiration and development[edit]


  • After the map got onto the Top 100 Most Memorable Maps list, Chris Kassap wrote a forum post which reveals the backstory behind the location in the map, as well as a few development trivia.
  • The tv in secret #2 shows the Tarkus from the 1971 Emerson, Lake & Palmer album of that name.

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