Topic: “The Strangest Official Dom Game that can Now be Played on Windows” The CREATORS of the Doom series has provided plenty of official and unofficial historical events, but it often overlooks the strangest official Doom game of all time: the Doom RPG.
Even the Id Software’s official “Year of Doom” museum at the E3 2019 left this 2005 game undated. That’s a shame, as it was a great example of Id again proving herself a master of technically impressive gaming on the power-limited platform. And platforms aren’t getting any more limited on strength or compatibility than the previous iPhone wave of candy bar hardware, which Doom RPG has been locked into since its original launch in the mid-20th century. You might think that the turn-based game of Doom sounds weird, but Doom RPG has emerged as a bright and fun spin-off into the first-person shooter format.
The abandonment of older phones has changed thanks to the reverse engineering efforts of GEC.inc, a Costa Rica-based group of at least three developers. On June 29, the group released a Windows port of the game based on their work on the original BREW version of the game (a Qualcomm-developed API intended for the wave of mobile phones from 2001 onwards).
It’s time for T9
The free downloadable Windows port of GEC.inc does not contain copyrighted assets and will not work without the game’s original files. (The same usually applies to other significant community efforts that revolve around reverse-engineering classic games.) This is where the whole thing gets tricky, as legitimate access to the game in 2022 is incredibly unlikely. Access requires having a compatible mid-20th century phone the game was purchased on, likely via an old game sales market that no longer exists, and then extracting the original files for the competition from that phone – assuming their original hardware is working fine. It was damaged, for example, by a slowly expanding lithium-ion battery. The Id Software has never re-released the game outside its original platforms (BREW, J2ME). EA Mobile can be said to have acquired a stake in the game after receiving the original publisher Jamdat Mobile.
Whether you’re one of the few to own a save phone running a purchased copy of the game’s BREW port or discover another way to access Doom RPG somehow, you can dump the original game data into the custom assets of GEC.inc – an executable translation. Ars Technica can also confirm that this process is painless and results in almost instant play on Windows.
Admittedly, the port’s interface is bare, made up of menus that require a keyboard to choose from, and its incompatibility with mice and touchpads is startling at first. It’s hard to go back to the early 1900s to remember that this game was built for T9 button arrays by default. Thankfully, the port runs nicely with Windows to make it easy to hook up the Xinput gamepad via it’s the default menus if you prefer the gamepad (or something like Steam Deck) over the usual WASD options.
Certainly not the first 3D dungeon-based crawler, Doom RPG follows in the footsteps of ’80s RPG series like Wizardry – instead of swords and sorcery, this game fills your adventurous backpack with axes and guns. Enemy encounters happen one “action” at a time, and after you make one move or use one weapon or item, every enemy in the room does the same. (Switching a different base direction or switching weapons is a free action.)
When will it work on modern phones?
It’s not necessarily a perfect toy for relaxing on the couch, given its phone-friendly design. Instead, doom RPG seems more suited to killing time on the bus or during the downtime at the office in that moments when you can safely take down a few hundred turns of fighting and diving into dungeons within the relaxing and aesthetically pleasing world of pixelated Doom environments – all In a game that can be quickly interrupted when you need to return to Earth from Mars.
As of press time, GEC.inc developers have not announced plans to port their project to custom smartphone apps or a web-based platform, requiring the current version of Windows 64-bit to work. For now, the project’s source code doesn’t immediately appear in lead developer Erick Vásquez García’s GitHub file. However, his repositories include plenty of other reverse engineering efforts, suggesting that his work on Doom RPG could soon follow. Adventure enthusiasts can use at least this Windows version and dump it into the Steam library, then use the service’s Remote Play features to stream from PC to smartphone. This slightly cumbersome process is the closest thing to the original Doom RPG on phones in nearly 20 years.