Music & sound
Easy to pick up
Doom: The Roguelike is based on the world of iD Software's game Doom. You're a lone marine, the only survivor from your squad which was sent to explore some anomalies on the moonbase of Phobos. It turns out that hell has broken through to reality there... Your quest in DoomRL is to descend into the moonbase complex, until you find and destroy the source of this inferno...
Not the most original or thrilling story, but first off this is a Roguelike. Second, and more importantly, it's Doom: the Roguelike.
It's a very simple RPG but still pretty cool for a pick-up-and-play game. It's definitely too simple for an old ADoM player like me, but I imagine DoomRL being cool for players new to Roguelikes, and I'm sure a lot of people will like the simplicity of it. Your character gains levels, and at each level gain you can choose from a list of traits that make your character stronger. The enemies can use items and you have to reload your weapons. Damage is dealt in dice, you have an inventory and you can change tactics, and that's pretty much it - but like I said, the simplicity is alright and mabye even good for a change. As simple as it is, you will have to learn how to stay alive though. Charging into a room full of demons isn't as wise as it was in the original Doom.
The levels are randomly generated and the game is a true Roguelike - it has permadeath and a highscore list. Every now and then you'll end up in a non-random special level like Hell's Arena. If you defeat all the monsters in the arena you'll get a reward of rockets and so on. If you don't defeat them, well, then you're dead. Oh, and of course DoomRL has those nice barrels. Shoot one and it explodes... if it's next to another one you get a chain effect that can be quite powerful.
Sound: OH BOY! This is the coolest thing ever. First off it actually has sounds and music, and guess what? It's the original soundset!. You'll hear the great music from the start which changes from level to level and all the cool sound effects that really made Doom what it was, from the breathing of the zombie soldiers to the quick electronic sound of the opening doors. You wouldn't believe how atmospheric a Roguelike with cool sounds can be. The only bad thing about it all is that the music is far too loud, making it hard to hear the sound effects.
Overall, the atmosphere is great and you really get the feeling you're playing Doom. Every time you shoot an enemy think "Yeah! Got you, punk!"
Review by: DakaSha
Editor's rating:Public rating:
Fairly voilent and scary.
Safe for ages: 13+
Windows 9x or above, or DOS without sound support.