“Doom Junior... Good and good for you.”
- Electronic Entertainment Magazine
MeenTC is a standalone IWAD for GZDoom that recreates the gameplay of I.M. Meen, an edutainment FPS from 1995 by the infamous Russian-American game studio Animation Magic.
All 36 levels from the original have been remade; every enemy, boss, item, and decoration is here. However, some things have been tweaked to make it a more enjoyable experience than the original. Various pieces of cut content have also been added back into the game, as well as some brand-new secret levels for the bravest bookworms out there.
Spoiler:Download: Here! (v0.9)
NOTE: I advise using GZDoom v4.8.1 due to recent FMV cutscene developments.
In addition, this TC uses the Raven inventory system for items and secondary fire for melee weapon handedness, so be wary of that.
Do I need the Doom/Doom II WAD to play this?
Nope. As long as you have GZDoom, you can select it in the game file menu and play it without any issues. If you don't have any other IWADs, MeenTC will automatically boot up.
Can I play this TC with my favorite gameplay mod?
You can try, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you really want your Doomguy/character to rely on magic wands and melee weapons for 99% of the game.
Are the cutscenes present?
Mostly! The intro and two final level cutscenes play in full, but the rest of them only have their audio play in-game. Once GZDoom adds support for cutscenes that play in the middle of a level, this will change.
How about the scroll editing screens?
Sadly, no. I could try to hack something together with the Strife dialogue system, but it would take an ungodly amount of time and be very unwieldy.
How do I get Gnorris to go away?
Punch him in the face. No, seriously, it'll make him disappear.
What difficulty should I play on?
I advise Play Level 3, as it's the hardest level from the original game. If you're curious, PL4 replaces certain monsters with their next tier (so the Tower spiders now have two HP, Dungeon spiders have three, and so on), while PL5 is basically PL4 with fast monsters.
Is this TC tied to the recent CD-i Zelda fan remakes?
While I did help in the development of both games, MeenTC was a completely separate project from the CD-i remakes, with (basically) no ties to it.
Are you going to make a TC for Chill Manor?
Probably not. There isn't a proper graphics ripping program for Chill Manor like there is for Meen, so I can only rip sprites/textures without any transparency. I tried to get some of the transparent graphics through editing game screenshots, but it took way too long and are inaccurate in one way or another. Who knows, maybe it'll happen in the future?
Something broke! Can you fix it, please?
I'll see what I can do, but I don't think there are any bugs in the TC that require a brand new patch.
- Me: Created pretty much everything in the TC.
- The Unhappy Orchestra: Made the I.M. Meen theme MIDI that plays in the main menu.
- Animation Magic and Simon & Schuster: Made the original game.