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Mad World is a First-Person Survival Puzzle/Maze Single Player Mod for Half-Life 2 where surprises and deadly traps are just around every corner. Figure out the clues in order to survive.

Find your way out of this sick and twisted world before madness overcomes you. Solve the puzzles by applying the clues that are given to you. Think carefully because each turn or path could be your last!

-One World

-Levels filled with deadly traps
-Custom soundtrack adds to the atmosphere of the game
-Clues provide the player with choices
-Every chapter provides a new situation for the player

Andromeda Laboratories, 2025; Unknown to the public the United States government funded a biological and weapons maker known as Andromeda Industries. Andromeda Industries created everything for the US government from firearms to highly advance missile guidance systems to biological weapons. Following the success of there inventions for the US government, Andromeda Industries received trillions of dollars to open up a new research and development group to redefine the means of physiological warfare against the enemies of the United States. By 2028, Andromeda Laboratories created a device that could teleport subjects into an alternate reality suspending subjects into their own subconscious mind. The device was nicknamed "Mad World".

Secretly executives of Andromeda Industries decided to test their creation on their own people, people of lesser importance to the company. One by one lower end employees began to disappear within the company. Official word from the CEO and President of Andromeda Industries stated that the company needed to make major cutbacks. People began to question the reasoning behind the ongoing statements from the CEO and President of the company. Those who questioned them soon ended up like the others.

In the coming days Mad World will be complete and the enemies of the United States are about to experience madness like no other. But before it can be tested on the battlefield, one more test subject needs to be tested; designer and creator of the Mad World device, Doctor William H. Wells, former top research and development scientist at the Black Mesa Research Facility.

"The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means."

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This week William returns, Zeno Clash & Left 4 Dead Survival Pack are released, we decide to start trying to revive old/underplayed mods each week and Emanuel talks for almost 20 minutes about DLC.

Extended Show Notes


  • 00:00:30 - Off-Topic: Cat Discussion
  • 00:01:39 - William, Emanuel and Thomas

Podcast17 News

  • 00:04:00 - Retro gaming segment.
  • 00:04:00+ William and Emanuel’s Action Half-Life 2 Competition.
  • 00:08:30 - Emanuel’s Hard-drive issues.

Follow-up & Errata

  • 00:10:00 - Mad World - Half-Life 2
  • 00:11:30 - Modular Combat - Half-Life 2

Emanuel’s Apology Section

  • 00:15:30 - Emanuel apologizes for William not being here last week.

From the Mouth of Valve

  • 00:17:00 - Left 4 Dead: Survival Pack released.
  • 00:20:00 - Team Fortress 2 Mystery Update, with hat slots.
  • 00:23:00 - Steam Client Update released.
  • 00:24:00 - Off-Topic: Back to Team Fortress 2 hat slots.

Portal Releases

  • 00:25:30 - Rockfinger DEMO *Update*
  • 00:25:30+ The Beta Complex
  • 00:25:30+ Scrobesoft test chamber 2

Left 4 Dead Releases News

  • 00:26:30 - Left 8 Surviving (8 player survival mode)


  • 00:28:30 - Zeno Clash
  • 00:29:30 - Off-Topic: Emanuel talks about swine flu.
  • 00:32:00 - Combine Insurrection Demo - Half-Life 2
  • 00:33:00 - Combine Survival Beta - Half-Life 2: Ep1
  • 00:35:00 - ZombieMod: Source v1.10 - Half-Life 2
  • 00:38:30 - Sandpit - Half-Life
  • 00:40:30 - Countryside v2.0 - Half-Life 2: Ep2
  • 00:42:30 - Dangerous World Demo - Half-Life 2: Ep2
  • 00:47:30 - Manhack Arcade - Half-Life 2 and Missing Information 1.5
  • 00:50:30 - Let’s catch up with everyone’s lives (What did everyone play?)

Media Blitz

  • 00:55:30 - Kingdoms Collide
  • 00:56:30 - Versus: Blind Edge (p.k.a. Berimbau)
  • 00:59:30 - CURSE - The release date + the manual + the music + the secret.
  • 01:01:30 - Logistique Media

Listener Question

  • 01:03:00 - Jared Samples asks us about the reasons behind our stances on DLC.
  • 01:20:00 - Wrap-up.

Download Links

Follow-up & Errata

From the Mouth of Valve

Portal Releases

Left 4 Dead Releases


Media Blitz

Other Links

Transmission 13073

Transmission 13073

Feature 7 comments

William was in Toronto searching for apartments so this week is just Thomas and Emanuel, not even a guest.

Modcast S02 E21

Modcast S02 E21

Feature 31 comments

The Modcast is back for another week of news, features and releases for you all to enjoy. In this weeks episode Brian is back as well as the new face...



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--------------Mad World Post-mortem---------------

Mad World

Mad World

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Alone and scared you find yourself trapped within a strange and twisted world. You awake to a similar voice calling your name. You have been chosen as...

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Well I liked this mod actually. It was damn hard and had an error that the 4th chapter didn't loaded, but I had to select it from the main menu. It would be nice if it had a Portal like ending, where you wake up from the machine and have to escape, or something.

Here is my experience:
1. part: OK, I never read the whole Bible, so I couldn't connect the names. (If it where connected with the webcomic "Jack" then I would know the answers XD) So I saved a lot, guessed a lot, vaporized/exploded a lot, but went true.

2. part: For God sake people, I figured out the correct code when I reached the second crossing. Do you NEVER watched INDIANA JONES? Don't tell me. One of the famous scenes, even if you turn around in the beginning of the level, there is the solution. Now go ahead and watch the "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusader" I won't tell the answer because my comment will get buried. Oh and +1 point for this film reference.

3. part: I was too tired too figure it out at first and I didn't quite understand it, because I'm not originally English, but then it came to my mind, that these are not Bible verses maybe :D Then I died a few less times.

4. part: Very long and very tiring, but I made it. Phew...

So that's all. I would loved if I could live the back story you tell here, but okay, it wasn't that bad. 7/10 in my opinion.

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That was awesome. Minus the part where you have to actually play the game.

Also, was I supposed to learn something there? About math and god?

Decent puzzle concept, just lose the god + instant punishment + trial and error.

Overall quite bad, there were points where I wondered how anyone could actually put forth the effort to make it. Now I know what hell is like.

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is there actually a 4th chapter? if so, let me know how to get there

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Click on New Game, then select the furthest chapter possible. Quit out of that then the 4th chapter should unlock.

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I mistook this mod for the Wii game of the same name.

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me too.

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liked the music, but had absolutely no idea of what I was trying to acomplish. ended up nocliping. still though, nice effort and pleasant change from the usuall running and gunning.

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great mod!! very interesting gameplay. loved the music too!! :)

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This was fun and i enjoyed the game alot. 10/10

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