DOOM Classic Review
- DOOM without compromise.
- Three alternative control schemes to play with.
- Gameplay is seriously dated.
If all you're after is a straight FPS, DOOM will fit the bill better than any other. There's no regenerating health or cover to save you here, just your quick wits and conservative use of your ammo. Definitely a winner for old-school gamers.
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1993. Bill Clinton was sworn into office; Monica Seles was stabbed by a crazy fan; and id Software released Doom, the first-person shooter that defined the 90s in gaming for its controversy, graphical excellence, multiplayer gaming and customization. Gaming has come a long way since those early days, but Doom is a game that will forever be imprinted in the memories of those who grew up in the 90s. Now the classic game is available for the iPhone, but does it hold up or is it just an attempt to cash in on nostalgia?
FPS games automatically suffer as most controls tend to feel cluttered or overly sensitive. DOOM provides three control methods: Single analogue, dual analogue and analogue with steering wheel (yes, a steering wheel). The single stick has a classic feel to the controls, but thanks to the interface being customizable, the dual analogue stick controls are a breeze to use.
The old software 3D engine of the 90s has been replaced with a more modern engine and cleaned up textures. It's still a fairly flat 3D world populated by cardboard thin sprites, but at least some concession to advancing technology has been provided. All the music and sound effects are the familiar originals, which still hold up to this day for their visceral squelches and panic inducing roars.
This is DOOM, unfiltered and as it should be. There may be other more visually stunning FPSs on the iPhone, but for a game designed during the epoch of the World Wide Web it still manages to impress.
DescriptionCritical Acclaim for DOOM Classic:
"Best of 2009" Top 10 Game, iTunes Rewind
“For shooter alumni, this version of DOOM on the iPhone is a flawless reminder of why it's considered among the best of all time.” Slide To Play
“…another stellar effort in retro FPS gaming from id.” TouchGen.com
Welcome to Hell! Prepare to relive the First Person Shooter that defined a generation with the legendary original DOOM - now on the iPhone. As a space marine stationed on the planet Mars, you are all that stands between the armies of Hell and their invasion of planet Earth!
DOOM Classic includes the original three episodes as well as Episode Four, Thy Flesh Consumed, spread across 36 levels of non-stop carnage and action.
Choose from customizable control schemes, all designed by id Software co-founder and industry legend, John Carmack. Wield unforgettable weapons like the Chainsaw and the BFG 9000 while fighting through notorious monsters like the Imp, Cacodemon, and Hell Knight!
•Play the legendary first person shooter, DOOM, with an iPhone or iPod Touch.
•Fight through 36 missions in four action-packed episodes: Knee-Deep in the Dead, Shores of Hell, Inferno, and Thy Flesh Consumed
•Choose from three different control types and customize the interface to suit your style
•Explore the depths of Mars while utilizing the topdown map to help you explore and save your game on the fly.
•Listen to the original soundtrack or disable it and use your own iPod music