aka: DOOM95, Doom: Evil Unleashed
Moby ID: 1068

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The Union Aerospace Corporation has been experimenting with teleportation technology on Mars' moons Phobos and Deimos. After early successes, something goes wrong. It seems the scientists have opened a gateway straight to Hell. Phobos base is overrun with demonic creatures, and the whole of Deimos simply vanishes. A squad of marines is sent to Phobos, but all except one are quickly slaughtered. It falls to the surviving marine to grab some guns and strike back at the demons.

id Software's follow-up to their genre-defining Wolfenstein 3D, Doom is another first-person 3D shooter: full-on action as seen from the space marine's perspective. Like Wolfenstein, the game consists of distinct episodes, playable in any order. The first episode, Knee-Deep in the Dead, takes place in the Phobos base and is freely available as shareware. The full game continues on Deimos in The Shores of Hell and culminates in Inferno, the final episode which takes place in Hell itself (the Sega 32x version lacks this episode).

The basic objective in each level is simply to reach the exit. Since dozens of enemies stand in the way, the only way to get there is by killing them. Switches and buttons must be pressed to advance at certain points and often color-coded locked doors will block the way - matching keycards or skull keys must be found to pass.

The game's engine technology is more advanced than Wolfenstein's, and thus the levels are more varied and complex. The engine simulates different heights (stairs and lifts appear frequently) and different lighting conditions (some rooms are pitch black, others only barely illuminated). There are outdoor areas, pools of radioactive waste that hurt the player, ceilings that come down and crush him, and unlike Wolfenstein's orthogonally aligned corridors, the walls in Doom can be in any angle to each other. An automap helps in navigating the levels.

Stylistically, the levels begin with a futuristic theme in the military base on Phobos and gradually change to a hellish environment, complete with satanic symbols (pentagrams, upside-down-crosses, and portraits of horned demons), hung-up mutilated corpses, and the distorted faces of the damned.

Doom features a large weapon arsenal, with most weapons having both advantages and drawbacks. The starting weapons are the fists and a simple pistol. Also available are a shotgun (high damage, slow reload, not good at distances), a chaingun (high firing rate, but slightly inaccurate in longer bursts), and a plasma rifle (combining a high firing rate and large damage). The rocket launcher also deals out lots of damage, but the explosion causes blast damage and must be used with care in confined areas or it might prove deadly to the player as well as the enemies. Two further weapons in the game are the chainsaw for close-quarter carnage, and the BFG9000 energy gun, which while taking some practice to fire correctly, can destroy most enemies in a single burst. The different weapons use four different ammunition types (bullets, shells, rockets, and energy cells), so collecting the right type for a certain gun is important.

The game drops some of Wolfenstein's arcade-inspired aspects, so there are no extra lives or treasures to be collected for points, but many other power-ups are still available. Medpacks heal damage while armor protects from receiving it in the first place. Backpacks allow more ammunition to be carried, a computer map reveals the whole layout of the level on the automap (including any secret areas), light amplification visors illuminate dark areas and radiation suits allow travel over waste without taking damage. Also available are berserk packs (which radically increase the damage inflicted by the fists) as well as short-time invisibility and invulnerability power-ups.

The enemies to be destroyed include former humans corrupted during the invasion, plus demons in all shapes and sizes: fireball-throwing imps, floating skulls, pink-skinned demons with powerful bite attacks, and large one-eyed flying monstrosities called Cacodemons. Each episode ends with a boss battle against one or two, particularly powerful creatures.

Doom popularized multiplayer in the genre with two different modes: Cooperative allows players to move through the single-player game together, while Deathmatch is a competitive game type where players blast at each other to collect 'frag' points for a kill and re-spawn in a random location after being killed.

The 3DO and Sega32x ports lack any multiplayer modes, though the other ports retain the DOS versions multiplayer to varying degrees. The various console ports all feature simplified levels and omit some levels, enemies, and features from the original DOS release. The SNES and Gameboy Advance versions of the game actually use different engines and hence feature numerous small gameplay differences.


  • ドゥーム - Japanese spelling
  • 毁灭战士 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Average score: 84% (based on 74 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 725 ratings with 39 reviews)

Defined the FPS genre in the same way Donkey Kong defined platform games...

The Good
Doom, as everyone knows, was not the first game of its kind. Neither was Donkey Kong. But they managed to change the way people looked at games. Needless to say, Doom caused a lot more controversy due to its theme and explicit use of graphical violence. However this is a game that managed to capture almost everyone who ever touched the keyboard or controller to give it a try. How could a game with cartoon-like demons, shotguns and chainsaws manage to enthrall young and old alike, men and women, veteran gamers and people who never even played a game before?

The answer is simple: adrenaline, atmosphere and masterful game design. Simplicity and elegance. Speed and rhythm. Blasting away like a madman and spending long hours searching for that one, elusive secret chamber... Maneuvering into the proper position so that the demons accidentally shoot one another and then start fighting amongst themselves. Cleverly using doors, walkways, grates, health items, armour, protective gear and ammo so that you don't end up as Imp fodder. Surviving against overwhelming odds. That is Doom.

This game was even more important because it single-handedly started Internet multiplayer gaming on a massive scale, a fact that most people here seem to ignore. The graphics pushed PCs to their absolute limits, sound was superb and the MIDI soundtrack is among the best ever composed. Level design is fit for academic analysis and there hasn't been a better shotgun in a game ever since (apart from the super-shotgun in Doom II). Finally, it seems almost incomprehensible but id somehow managed to make creatures with a mostly basic AI sneak up on you! It took several years until another FPS managed to capture me with its atmosphere and the next one that actually scared me was Aliens Vs Predator, whole years later.

The Bad

The Bottom Line
There are some people who think they know something about games and judge Doom with today's standards. Well, that is just not valid or objective. One cannot judge for instance Fritz Lang's Metropolis, comparing it to The Matrix. Violence and demons as a subject matter cannot condemn a game if it manages to turn it into a totally immersive and fun experience. I've seen mature people and women, target groups not really addicted to violence or gaming for its own sake wade through level after level of Doom without a pause. My own girlfriend played Doom fanatically (and still does occasionally) but hasn't touched another FPS since. And that is an all too common occurrence. So it's not violence that drew people to this game and whoever judges it in this manner is really being superficial. Doom represents a very important piece of gaming history. Accept if. Play it.

DOS · by Silverblade (1382) · 2004

A legend in the making

The Good
Absolutely EVERYTHING is good in this game - graphics were kick-ass for the time, the monsters looked cool and some even creepy, level design was fun and weapons looked real. The sound was very enjoyable - great soundtracks and sounds of monster roaring made the gameplay impressive. And the gameplay? There's nothing to say about it except that its a perfect 5! Its just an orgasm to play Doom - killing such epic monsters like Barons, Imps, Cacodemons etc. with weapons like the pistol and the shotgun. Except these of course, we have some very powerful weapons like the Rocket Launcher, Plasma Rifle and the famous BFG9000. The game also had a descent story, separated into 3 episodes, which take place on Phobos, Deimos, and Hell itself.

The Bad
If there's anything to not like about this game, than it might be the controls, which weren't too easy, because buttons were quite far away from each other, but there's nothing seriously wrong about Doom. Its Doom for gods sake! And by the way, there are mods for Doom like zDoom or jDoom, which you can download to not only customise your controls, but also to completely change some effects and play the game in a resolution which suits you.

The Bottom Line
I think every gamer out there knows what Doom is and how kick-ass it is, so there is nothing to describe, unless you don't know what Doom is, i'll tell you -, its not just a game, ITS A LEGEND! If you haven't played Doom, you don't know what a really good FPS game is. Enough said.

DOS · by Medicine Man (328) · 2009

And then there was Doom

The Good
Doom. Have you ever wondered how did your polygon filled T&L top notch boring new FPS came to be? Doom. One word: Doom.

Doom created the suspense on games, it created 3D enthralling deep architectural beautiful levels, it created multiplayer deathmatch and surround sound. Due to all this, Doom might not have been the first FPS (it was beaten by Castle Wolfenstein 3D by a year) but it's certainly the best. Doom will survive all this crap about "Graphics are most important than gameplay" new bullshit and remain as a cult game in gaming history. Doom.

The Bad

The Bottom Line
Doom is the perfect FPS. It might not be the perfect game (that place I leave to Tomb Raider for various reasons) but it's a perfect FPS.

DOS · by Ricardo Ferreira (2) · 2007

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1001 Video Games

Doom appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

3DO version

The development of the 3DO port was rushed; it was developed in ten weeks, from August to October of 1995. The 3DO release contains exclusive, CD-quality remixes of the PC's background music. According to the programmer, Rebecca Ann Heineman, hiring a band to record the music was necessary because she had no time to port the original game's music driver.

The 3DO version was originally planned to contain FMV cutscenes; Art Data Interactive created a number of still images (depicting actors in monster costumes) in hopes of convincing investors into giving them funds to film the sequences, but ultimately none were created.

The game was originally going to be distributed by Electronic Arts, but the deal fell through.

The source code of this port was released on GitHub by Rebecca Ann Heineman on November 30, 2014.

Administrator tool

DOOM was proposed for use as a tool for systems administrators in Dennis Chow's paper Doom as an Interface for Process Management; in it, through a modified version of DOOM (PSDoom or the Doom Process Manager), processes are depicted as enemies whose share of systems resources can be diminished by attacking them and which are completely terminated when their avatars are killed. (On a loaded system in which all programs' performances are strained, processes may begin attacking each other, aggressively competing - as in Core War - for system resources).


  • When the player picks up a medikit while having 25 HP or less, the game is supposed to display the message "Picked up a medikit you REALLY need!" Due to a bug this message will never display in vanilla DOOM. The code in question does its check on how much health is left only after the medikit is picked up. Since medikits give the player 25 health, they will always have at least 26 health when the check is performed. This bug is corrected in most DOOM source ports.
  • The 1.0 release had a bug that slowed down networks so much that a freeware utility called killdoom was released shortly after. It can be downloaded here.


The <tt>SPISPOPD</tt> cheat code (no clipping) stands for "Smashing Pumpkins Into Small Piles Of Putrid Debris". It has nothing to do with the band - rather, it's a reference to an Usenet post joking about a possible alternate title for Doom. More detail can be found at the Doom Wiki.

Demo scene

It was the first game to make a head-first mention in a demo (a 64k intro: Cyboman by Gazebo) a couple of days after DOOM was spread. The uptight demo-scene back then actually accepted the game, especially for its amazing graphics and execution. Until that time, most demosceners considered games to be far behind demos in terms of technology.


  • Data file extension WAD means "Where's All the Data?"
  • American McGee used actual ground beef for some of the textures in the game. A trick that worked so well that he re-used it in American McGee's Alice.
  • In a little known FTP strategy guide bundled with some BBS versions of DOOM, John Carmack is quoted as saying "DOOM is in development for the Sega Mars". The Sega Mars was in fact the codename for the Sega 32X.
  • Alpha and beta versions are available through in the pub/doom/history directory. Most are crude technology demos, but there are some treasures.
  • The sky background of Episode 1 was taken from a photograph of Yangshuo Cavern made by Tom Atwood.


Although on the box cover of the game the Doomguy carries a weapon in his right hand, in the game, he is left handed - from the first person view, he carries his weapon in his left hand and also punches with his left fist. The hands of the Doomguy, which millions of players believed to belong to themselves, actually are Kevin Cloud's - one of the art developers. In the very early stages of DOOM the DoomGuy's right ear could take damage and turn into flimsy peace of flesh. This was removed in the later versions of DOOM.


  • The design of the monster Cacodemon (a floating head with a large maw and a single big eye) is very similar to the beholder, a classic AD&D monster (although the cacodemon has horns instead of eye stalks). Additionally, the Cacodemon's design is almost identical to the head of the "astral dreadnought", an AD&D monster which appears on the cover of the 1987 AD&D book Manual of the Planes.
  • Although the death animations of some monsters (Cacodemon, Baron of Hell) show that their blood is blue or green, these monsters always emit red blood splatters when damaged.

Eric Harris Levels

Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris is known to have created several levels for the game. A few including Thrasher.wad and RealDeth.wad have resurfaced, but a rumoured recreation in the game of the Columbine High School itself (possibly called Realdoom.wad), which would provide a macabre fascination, has yet to be found

Fake Atari 2600 Port

Many people thought there was an Atari 2600 port of DOOM in development when images of the port started spreading around the Internet, including pictures of the cartridge, a magazine ad and screenshots from the game. These turned out to be the results of a college project rendered on an Atari 800 computer by James Catalano, who for a joke posted them on a Usenet newsgroup.

GBA version

The Game Boy Advance port features green blood and removed splatter effects. Additionally corpses disappear almost instantly and all corpses which were used as part of the level decoration were removed.


DOOM had a low-res mode (toggled via F5) that doubled the width of the pixels being plotted by messing with the write mask in unchained VGA mode. That, coupled with the triple-buffering used, made the game majorly fast and quite playable on a 386/40. Carmack was experimenting with a Hi-Color mode that allowed more than 256 colors on the screen, but that mode halved resolution. He wanted to see what it would look like because it got rid of the color-banding due to the diminished lighting, but 160-pixels horizontally looked very bad so they removed it. Up to version 1.1, it was possible to run the game on three monitors at once, giving a 270-degree field of vision.


DOOM was the first game to include a deathmatch mode, in which up to four players can compete over a network or in split screen. Maps used for deathmatch were the single-player levels, made less linear. In December 1993, Intel issued a company-wide memo banning DOOM from their networks. Many big companies issued similar orders, not just because of lost productivity but because it rendered most networks inoperative. Up until version 1.2, the game sent data through high-level broadcast packets that forced every computer on a net (no matter whether they were running the game or not) to transfer the data.


Much of the music in DOOM (and DOOM II) is likely to be inspired by songs of famous heavy metal bands. For example, the music from E1M1 is similar to Metallica's No Remorse (some also say that it is very similar to Master of Puppets), that in E1M4 resembles Rise by Pantera, and the music from E2M1 is similar to AC/DC's Big Gun.


Dafydd Ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver wrote a set of four novels about the DOOM universe. They were published between June 1995 and January 1996 by Pocket Books. You can view the covers on this fanpage.

  • Knee Deep in the Dead
  • Hell on Earth
  • Infernal Sky
  • Endgame

In May 1996, Tom Grindberg of Marvel Comics made a comic book about DOOM for a gaming convention.


  • John Carmack took the title from the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money, from the lines when Tom Cruise enters a pool hall with his favorite cue in a black case:
    - "What you got in there?"
    "In here? Doom."
  • DOOM's cover art, title screen, and chainsaw weapon seem to be inspired by the Evil Dead series of movies, specifically Army of Darkness. In the movie's storyline, the main character loses his hand to evil powers and fights with a chainsaw on his arm, along with a shotgun. It would be the later 3D game Duke Nukem 3D, itself influenced by DOOM, that would quote some of Evil Dead's most memorable one-liners.
  • The layout of E1M8 (Phobos Anomaly) bears resemblance to Liberty Island in New York, although it is not clear whether this is intentional.
  • The name of the last level of episode 2, "Tower of Babel", is an ironic Biblical reference. It is described in Genesis 11:1-9 as a physical pathway to the Heavens. In DOOM, however, the level is the pathway to Hell, as explained in the episode's ending text. On a side note, during that episode, the tower can be seen being built on the intermission screens.
  • The name of the fourth skill level, "Ultra-Violence", very likely comes from Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange or its film adaptation by Stanley Kubrick. In the novel and film, the protagonist uses the term to describe the activities of himself and his gang - randomly beating up, raping and killing people.
  • The first retail version-only update of the DOOM engine had the revision number 1.666. This is also a Biblical reference, where 666 is the number of The Beast.

References in pop culture

  • Rammstein used a sample of the DOOM shotgun and some screaming in their song Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen? on their album Herzeleid.
  • The credits inside the booklet of The Smashing Pumpkins' album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995) contain "Explosion from DOOM courtesy of id Software, Inc and bobby prince Music". It's used in the first track, Where Boys Fear to Tread.
  • The game makes an appearance in season 5, episode 4 of Family Guy, an animated series. Stevie Griffin is riding his bike through various locations, and one of them is a DOOM level with some imps.
  • In season 2, episode 8, Ross must choose between Rachel and Julie and starts making a list of pros and cons of each. Joey and Chandler are helping him, and Chandler is making the list on his brand new laptop with "Twelve megabytes of RAM, 500 megabyte hard drive. Built-in spreadsheet capabilities and a modem that transmits at over 28,000 BPS". While they're making the list, Ross says that Julie is a paleontologist just like him, while Rachel is just a waitress. To that, Chandler replies: "Waitress. Got it. You guys wanna play Doom? [looks to Ross and Joey, who stare back] Or we could keep doing this. What else?"
  • DOOM was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 12/2011.

Rocket jumping

DOOM was the first game to include rocket jumping. Only, it worked a bit different from later first person shooters - instead of aiming at the ground (which you couldn't do in the game), you shoot a rocket launcher at a nearby object or wall. The resulting blast can proper the player a quite long distance away, allowing to clear otherwise impossible jumps.

Scrapped Features

  • The game was originally going to feature a story-based seamless world, similar to Half-Life. However, everyone hated Tom Hall's story idea (soldiers playing cards? Come on!) and Carmack decided the engine couldn't handle a seamless world.
  • John Carmack once said that he fully intended to add decal support in DOOM (e.g. semi-permanent marks on the walls from bullets, explosions, blood. etc.). It was not implemented, however, since it would raise the game's system requirements.

SEGA 32x version

This version contains only seventeen maps, taken from the "Knee Deep in the Dead" and "The Shores of Hell" episodes. No maps from the third episode, "Inferno", have been included. Maps present: E1M1-E1M8 and E2M1-E2M7, as well as the two secret levels E1M9 and E2M9 (E2M9, renamed to "Dis", acts as the final level of the game). After the end credits, the game concludes by reverting to a fake DOS prompt if the player activated the cheat codes. This screen cannot be exited without shutting off the system. If the game was beaten without cheating, the prompt will not be shown; rather the player will see a montage of enemies encountered in the game, just as in DOOM II.

SNES version

The U.S. SNES version of DOOM was one of the few releases for the console to have a colored cartridge (Killer Instinct being another one), namely a red one. Besides this, due to limitations of the SNES hardware, the enemies in the game do not have sides or backs, and are always facing the player. All blood and splatter effects were removed.

The source code of this port was released on GitHub by Randy Linden on July 14, 2020.

Source code

On 23 December, 1997, id Software released the source code. You can download it here. Numerous source ports were subsequently created by fans.

Text adventure

In 1996, the first level of the first episode was implemented by Piers Johnson in TADS, resulting in FooM - a text adventure game interface for DOOM. Downloadable with source at

Version 1.4

With patch 1.4, including all later re-releases and ports, a detail in the "Command Cotrol" level was changed: a few computers laid out into the shape of a swastika were rearranged. Romero referred to this change in a 2013 interview:

[43:11] It was a swastika, but [...] I changed it to this shape because we had people complainin' and really the funny thing is that I wasn't trying to promote Nazism, I was referencing Wolfenstein. [...] [44:21] And we got lots of people, you know, crying over different things about the game, but that was the only thing that we changed. Just because, I think we got a particular, like, letter from someone who was a vet. And so, well, okay, for a vet, we'll do that.


  • The images for the pistol in DOOM were most likely created from the Beretta 92FS pistol, which is currently the standard service pistol of the U.S. military.
  • The pistol, shotgun, and chaingun where photos of toy guns, while the chainsaw was the photo of a real chainsaw. It belonged to the girlfriend of one of the art developers, Tom Hall.

Windows 95 Promo

The level E1M2: Nuclear Plant was used for Bill Gates' promo for Windows 95.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1994 (Issue #119) – Game of the Year
    • April 1996 (Issue #141) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #5 Best Game of All Time
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #3 Most Innovative Computer Game
    • March 2001 (Issue #200) - #5 Best Game of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • FLUX
    • Issue #3 - #3 Best Video Game of All Time
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #5 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
    • October 2004 (Issue #138) - one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Games of All Time"
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #1 Top Game of All Time
    • 2001 – Game Boy Advance Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
    • 2001 – Game Boy Advance Action/Adventure Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #3 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
    • Issue 12/2007 - one of the "Ten Most Influential PC-Games" (It is the milestone which stands for the change from 2D to 3D graphics. Since DOOM, the licensing of 3D engines is an important business branch in the PC industry.)
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #12 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • April 2005 - #2 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #9 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • The Strong National Museum of Play
    • 2015 – Introduced into the World Video Game Hall of Fame
  • Other
    • 2001 - The Greatest Game of All Time voted by industry insiders (according to GameSpy)

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Linux added by Hamish Wilson. 3DO added by karttu. Game Boy Advance added by Kartanym. Windows, SNES, Jaguar added by Satoshi Kunsai. PC-98 added by Terok Nor. Windows Mobile added by indimopi. SEGA 32X added by quizzley7.

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Game added June 14th, 2001. Last modified November 23rd, 2023.