Got the first ant-lion-king bit and uninstalled. Generally a mixture of adequate, boring, and occasionally frustrating gameplay - not enough to keep me wanting to play it.
Design was fine though.
unbalanced and boring piece of turd
Heh, You Sissies!
i regarded the unbalanced parts as a challenge rather than an annoyance. probably a matter of preference.
i forgot to mention there are some pretty clever secrets, but indeed also some fairly frustrating parts/puzzles, though imho they're not bad enough to justify dismissing the entire mod.
yes, the canals section is too long and too meh in parts (the antlion-king bit was quite nice actually - it's impossible to kill it, one just has to run away. there will be a second encounter later in the mod), but once back in ravenholm, it gets more rewarding again.
the exploration thing i talked about referred to the 'dark forest' area - if one is as blind as i am, he can spend quite a while looking for the exit... which sucks a bit.
it definately has some shortcomings, but overall it's far more satisfying than 'the island', for instance.