Listener Review – Doom Classic (iPhone)


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by Gareth (Gazimoff)

For anyone familiar with the world of PC gaming, this title will almost certainly evoke memories of staying up till the early hours in darkened rooms, just trying to squeeze out a few more levels. It might have even been your first taste of multiplayer gaming, with DOOM being one of the first games that supported network play. The heady taste of nostalgia is dripping richly from every pore of this game

For those not familiar with the game, DOOM was originally released back in 1993 by id software. The plot involves a nameless Marine being sent to Mars to support the Union Aerospace Corporation or UAC in conducting various experiments on the two moons there. Just before the game starts, your Marine has been sent with a squad to Phobos to investigate please for help from the scientists working there. Turns out the rest of your squad is dead and there’s only you left to sort the whole mess out.

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The game contains all three episodes from the classic game, as well as the “Thy Flesh Consumed” expansion. Each episode is 9 levels long, breaking the story into segments. Levels can be selected individually as well as the difficulty. Progress is also saved, with a convenient “Resume Game” function allowing you to continue from where you left off. Multiplayer options over WiFi are also available, although this generally works best when all players are using the same WiFi node.

Controls are fairly flexible as well, with three core control mechanisms available as well as a host of tuning options. I’d strongly encourage someone not getting along with the game to try out some different control styles – it’s surprising how a small tweak can make all the difference. Control sensitivity options are also available for fine tuning.

The game represented a technological breakthrough at the time, being at the cutting edge of 3D graphics. Although these look somewhat dated now, they still translate well onto the small screen. Action is smooth and snappy, while the simple graphics ensure that the on screen controls don’t interfere with anything vital. The earlier levels hold up well to the test of time, with only the later ones looking a little tired. That said, the game is still fun to play even after 16 years.

The original music is also present, with the classic sound effects and MIDI score all included to press those nostalgia buttons.

To wrap up, this is a great homage to the early days of PC gaming and contains all the detail you’d come to expect from a product worked on by John Carmack himself. Everything you could want from the original DOOM game has been included in a package that’s still very good fun to play. Just don’t blame us if you start checking for cyberdemons under your bed.


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