Are you a Doom fan ?? Do you like RPGs or a good dungeon crawl game like Nethack ? Doom Roguelike may be your cup of tea !!
First if you don’t know what Doom is then you’ve been living under a rock ;)
Second, even if you’ve heard of Doom you may NOT know what a “Roguelike” game is .. so to sum it up (from Wikipedia) ..
The roguelike is a sub-genre of role-playing video games, characterized by levelrandomization, permanent death, and turn-based movement. Most roguelikes featureASCII graphics, with newer ones increasingly offering tile-based graphics. Games are typically dungeon crawls, with many monsters, items, and environmental features. Computer roguelikes usually employ the majority of the keyboard to facilitate interaction with items and the environment. The name of the genre comes from the1980 game Rogue.
DoomRL follows the same premise of the original Doom games..
(from the manual)
DoomRL is based on the world from id Software’s(tm) game Doom(tm). You’re
the sole surviving marine from a squad sent to investigate a distress call
from the moonbase of Phobos. It turns out that all hell has broken loose
on the planet… literally.
Your quest in DoomRL is to descend into the moonbase complex, find the
source of this evil outbreak, and destroy it at all costs.
Unlike many other roguelikes, DoomRL is intended to be simple and easy to
get into. To that end, there is a limited inventory, maps of the size of
one screen, and one item per tile. The number of keys you need to
remember is also quite small compared to many other games.
DoomRL offers two modes of play, classic ASCII or the upgraded graphic (TILES) version. Both have an updated soundtrack and sound effects. The game is more than just run n’ gun and does require some strategy to upgrade your weapons, navigate the levels and plan your defense against the hellspawn.
Doom RL is cross platform (Win,Linux,Mac) it’s also super portable.. just extract to a thumb drive and you’ve got a quick adventure waiting on your lunch break !! You could even SSH into your Linux box and play from a terminal if you so desire.
Go get your copy HERE !! ..and yes it’s FREE, but if you make a donation you’ll be able to beta test future releases and support a great project that keeps retro adventure gaming alive in a world of XBOX’s and Playstations.
Here’s some screenshots I took during a quick game..
You can checkout plenty of ASCII screens over on the Chaosforge forum.
I’m still alive !!! I haven’t been posting lately because I’ve been spending my free time outdoors !! (walking, hiking, adventuring, etc.)
The time that I have had online over the past month or so has been spent mostly on my ancient IBM 400Mhz Pentium II laptop !! I wanted to see if it’s possible to be productive using a really outdated PC ..
Conclusion: It works well !! .. a little slow at times, can’t stream video or have more than a couple tabs open in Chrome at once, but it IS functional !! Just goes to show you don’t NEED the newest, fastest PC to access information an use technology to get stuff done !!
I don’t recommend everyone go back to the stone-age, but maybe your PC doesn’t need to be sent to the scrapyard.. maybe it just needs a fresh install of Windows, OSX or Linux. :)
So to everyone out there with a 5-10 year old computer, if it does what you need it to do… keep rockin’ it old school !!