The first significant instance of this was when Defectum parodied Theory of Everything 2, making the level "If TOE2 was level 1".
The majority of these levels can be found by searching "if" and filtering by starred levels. These levels are known to have starred "level 1" versions, in order of likes.
- Jawbreaker (3 stars)
- Nine Circles (4 stars)
- Cataclysm (2 stars)
- Clubstep (2 stars)
- Fairydust (3 stars)
- TOE2 (2 stars)
- Sonic Wave (8 stars)
- DeCode (4 stars)
- Clubstep (4 stars)
- Windy Landscape (4 stars)
- Clubstep (3 stars)
- Ultrasonic (4 stars)
- DeCodeX (4 stars)
- Infinite Circles (3 stars)
- Ultimate Demon Mix/Ultimate Was L1 Mix (6 stars)
- Usually, a starred If ...... was Level 1 level worths 2, 3 or 4 stars. The only exception is for Sonic Wave rated 8 stars.
- Some people like to make jokes with the style. I.E. "If Stereo Madness was Lvl 1". An example is Jeyzor, who made the aforementioned "Stereo Madness" level, in which the player is meant to hold through the entire level.
- "If Sonic Wave was Lvl 1" is the hardest star rated Lvl 1 level, and it is rated as insane even if it is a lot easier than the original one.
- 'If .... was Level 1' levels tend to be copied versions of the original level but with massive nerfs where applicable.
- Viprin considers this an "annoying trend".
- Rockstr99 and MagicXdash are the players with the most starred If ...... was Level 1 levels created.
- Sometimes they are just "easier" versions, which can actually be demons, like Nerfbath, Sakupen Heaven, and Cataclysm v0.
- As many players have pointed out in commenting sections, the levels are not always "easy."