Doom

a game by id Software, and Sculptured Software

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisSNESSNESGBA

Genres: Action, Arcade Classics, Shooting Games

See also: Doom Games

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The ultimate stress reliever hits the SNES! This popular first-person shoot-em-up gets an "A" for effort, but the control leaves you feeling doomed.

Seal Your Fate

Similar to Wolfenstein 3D and Zero Tolerance, Doom is aptly titled. Set in three worlds populated with evil soldiers, monsters, demons, and other creatures bent on your demise, it's kill or be killed.

Use any weapon you can get your hands on and blow the charging enemies to smithereens before they do worse to you. Just point your weapon, fire, and enjoy.

Weapons, Anyone?

A variety of weapons (like shotguns, rocket launchers, and chain saws) make up your arsenal, along with other power-ups (like armor and first-aid kits). Doom isn't just about splattering enemies with your shotgun, though: Some levels have puzzles and require strategy as well as a quick trigger finger. Several hidden rooms and passages also add to the fun and make for hours of exploring.

Doom has graphics ranging from bright and colorful to dark and gloomy. Up close, walls and enemies suffer horribly from pixelization. Other visuals remain sharp, however, and distant objects are clear with colorful explosions and bloodletting that more than utilizes the red end of the color spectrum.

One of the key elements in the game is sound. Doom is most effective with the music turned off, so you can hear hissing enemies lurking around corners or right on your heels. The explosions, grunts of pain, and weapon discharges sound great. While the music livens up the stages, it overshadows important sound cues that are essential to complete the levels, such as secret doors opening.

Doom and Doomer

The biggest problem with Doom is the control. The delay between a button press and the onscreen action means movement isn't as responsive as it should be. You'll be fighting the controls more than the enemies. Cycling through the weapons is also slow -- press the button three times, and a few seconds later, the desired weapon appears.

Doom is an entertaining game, but lack of control nearly seals its fate (unlike the 32X and Jaguar versions or the similar Wolfenstein 3-D for the SNES). However, this game is probably the most fun you can have with loaded weapons without getting hurt.

ProTip: Avoid moving while in Map mode -- you can't see your enemies or other dangers.

Doom Downloads

Sega Genesis Doom download

Join the Space Marines! Travel to exotic worlds, meet new creatures, and shoot them.

It's time to lock and load Doom into a 32X and enjoy the game that Wolfenstein built. This Doom sports fewer levels and less complex graphics than the PC or Jaguar versions, but it still has the chops!

ProTip: Peer into all openings -- you might find a hidden treasure or a hidden danger.

Martian Mayhem

You're the sole survivor of a Marine squad sent to investigate an attack on the Martian moon, Phobos. Who nailed your buds? You'll find out. The strategy's simple in this ferociously fun, first-person, aim-down-the-gunbarrel shooter: Shoot first, ask questions later! You race through 15 levels, blastin' everything that moves as you find nine weapons. All the familiar and fierce Doom creatures are present, including the pink beasts and the cyberdemons. Five several skill levels challenge you; the toughest, Nightmare, will you give... nightmares.

  • Practice shooting and simultaneously backing up.
  • Use the side step (press and hold Button C and press Left or Right) to dodge enemy bullets or peer around corners at the ready.

Doom 32X features excellent controls. You can easily whip around 360 degrees or even sidestep incoming rounds. The topnotch automap feature enables you to zoom in and out, overlay a grid, and move across the terrain in map mode!

Doom with Zoom

The great graphics slam right into your face. Unlike the PC and Jaguar Dooms, however, you don't see creatures from all angles as you move. This version's a major speed demon, though, and it's a blast to zigzag through alien gangs.

The sounds are killer. If click-dack-blam is music to your ears, here's your symphony! Even your death scream's sweet. The music's a catchy technofunk groove that's perfect for the gloomy mood.

Four handgun shots or two shotgun blasts exterminate these creatures.

Blood and Guts

Doom's no game for the squeamish or religious. Your shots send bloody bits and pieces flying, and you can use a chain saw! The spaced invaders favor a weird demonic motif and gruesome torture scenes.

Gunning for Greatness

Doom's built to blast on any system. If you have the stomach for video mayhem, you're definitely Doomed.

reggie posted a review
  • Williams Entertainment for Super NES

Doom, Doom, Doom, Doom. Now that my tympani solo is over, let's talk about this game. The graphics are blocky, mainly because the game wasn't meant to be played on so small a console. If you NEED Doom, get it. Otherwise, you're better off leaving it alone.

reggie posted a review
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Genre: action
  • Players: 1
  • Publisher: Williams Entertainment
  • Developer: Sculptured Software

Ah, Doom. Doom, Doom, Doom. The trendsetter, the benchmark, the game that took over my life, that became THE title to copy for the '90's. Oh well. The most impressive thing about Doom for Super NES is that there's even a 16-bit version at all. However, that doesn't make it good.

It's a simple case of squeezing ten pounds of, uh, mud into a five pound sack - it just looks ugly. I'll grant you, it's remarkably complete, and it plays pretty well compared to more high-end versions. The designers have managed to wring a lot of game out of very little horsepower, but the bitmaps on the walls, which are blocky in any version, look positively chaotic in this one. Enemies which are far away blend in almost perfectly with everything else, and the whole game feels as cut down as it obviously is.

Beyond the eyestrain graphics, there are other problems. Control isn't as smooth as it needs to be, and it's mighty easy to get hung up on corners - never a good thing when you're running from a group of imps or demons.

The bottom line is that if you've never played Doom before, and a Super NES is all you've got (and face it, that's what Williams is banking on, and there are a lot of gamers like that out there), then by all means, knock yourself out. Doom is Doom, and you'll have a blast. If you have other options though, think of this as a last resort.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Id Software
  • Machine: 32x

Question: I have a question. How do you reach the chain-saw in Mission One, Level Two? I can see it through the window but I can't find a way to get to the outside. Can you show me a way to get it?

Answer: Sure can. Your problem is that there's a lot of secret stuff between you and the ol' saw - not to mention a lot of imps and sergeants. Just follow the map and you'll get there. Just for fun see if you can make it through the whole rest of the level using just the saw - hey, I did it. Let me tell ya, it felt real good tool Hell, heh, heh - it was cool.

reggie posted a review

Its a classic game and must be played atleast once.

vinx_619 posted a review
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