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This game is a mix between two classic games: Rogue, the text-only dungeon crawl role-playing game that has spawned a whole genre of games, and DOOM, one of the breakthrough games for 1st-person shooter genre.

The story is the same as in Doom: You are some soldier performing his monotonic duties in a space base on Phobos -- when suddenly your base is attacked. The only way out is through. Equipped only with a pistol, you start to shoot your way through the mazes.

Early versions were text-only: instead of DOOM's 3D environment, the game world is rendered as a 2D grid of ASCII graphics (sound offects were borrowed from the original game). A later update added an optional graphics mode, using tile-based artwork, and a soundtrack of remixed DOOM tunes plus original material.

Apart from the style, this game is a straight Rogue-like dungeon crawler. The gameplay is turn-based, with each action taking a certain amount of time. As in a role-playing game, the character has different stats that increase with his experience -- he can reload faster, do more damage, shoot more accurately etc. During the game, you find different weapons and power-ups, all well-known to doom players (blue sphere power-ups, green armor etc.).

The game is freeware and was written in FreePascal, using the Valkyrie library by the same developer.


Doom, the Roguelike Windows Enter your name and choose a trait.
Doom, the Roguelike Windows As in any self-respecting roguelike, you get a PostMortem.
Doom, the Roguelike DOS There's also a hall of fame.
Doom, the Roguelike Windows Found a... thermonuclear bomb!? (graphics mode)

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Alternate Titles

  • "DoomRL" -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

A unique and well-conceived addition to the Rogue-like Genre that should appeal to most Doom fans. Windows The Cliffe (1625)

Critic Reviews

CanardPC Linux Feb 15, 2010 9 out of 10 90
CanardPC Windows Feb 15, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Plné Hry Windows Feb 27, 2013 90 out of 100 90 Windows Jul 16, 2006 80 out of 100 80 Windows Aug 12, 2005 8 out of 10 80 DOS Aug 12, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Abandonia Reloaded Windows Nov 28, 2005 3.1 out of 5 62
Abandonia Reloaded DOS Nov 28, 2005 3.1 out of 5 62


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Business model

Although it is listed here as being freeware, DoomRL actually is Donationware -- as all of Kornel Kisielewicz's games so far.

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