- Genre: Action
- Publisher: ID Software
- Year: 1993
DOOM is a first-person shooter game developed by id Software and released in 1993. It follows a storyline where the Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) conducts experiments with teleportation technology on the moons of Mars, Phobos, and Deimos. Something goes wrong, and a portal to Hell is opened, leading to the invasion of demonic creatures on the Phobos base.
The player takes on the role of a lone surviving marine tasked with fighting back against the demon invasion. The game is divided into episodes, with the first one, Knee-Deep in the Dead, available as shareware. The other two episodes, The Shores of Hell and Inferno, are available in the full version.
DOOM features an advanced game engine that allows for complex levels with various heights, lighting conditions, and angled walls. The game has a futuristic theme in the early levels and gradually changes to a hellish environment as the player progresses.
The player must kill enemies to progress through levels, with switches and color-coded locked doors that require keycards or skull keys to pass. The game features a large arsenal of weapons, each with its advantages and drawbacks, and different types of ammunition.
Power-ups such as medpacks, armor, backpacks, and various temporary enhancements are available. The game has a variety of enemies, including corrupted humans and various demons, with boss battles at the end of each episode.
DOOM also popularized multiplayer in the genre, with cooperative and deathmatch modes available. The cooperative mode 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.
Overall, DOOM is an influential game that helped to define the first-person shooter genre and set a standard for many games that followed.