A guide to playing Doom on RISC OS

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The first-person shooter Doom is one of those classic games that will never fall out of favour. It transformed the gaming industry back in 1993 and it’s still hugely popular today.

Although there have been quite a few ports to RISC OS over the years, there are two main versions that are recommended for running Doom on modern RISC OS hardware as well as older systems.

Free – FreeDoom (Review)

As the name suggests, FreeDoom is a free version of the Doom engine and the RISC OS version has been enhanced with RISC OS specific desktop options for doing things like loading additional levels.

You’ll be able to run Doom, Doom 2, Ultimate Doom, Final Doom and community-generated Doom level files (WADs) on FreeDoom – but due to the Doom games still being commercial titles, you’ll need to source the level files yourself before you can play them.

There’s a free demo copy for Doom available for download from here to get you started, there’s also a full Doom-like game designed for use with FreeDoom available from here.

For the most part, FreeDoom on RISC OS is quite reliable and provides a good experience. Although it’s not perfect, it can be buggy and networking support is not available. Level files created using Deth or other Doom editors are also compatible with FreeDoom.

Commercial (£15) – Doom Trilogy (Review)

R-Comp’s commercial release of Doom 1, Doom 2 and Ultimate Doom is a complete port of all three titles, with networking support, a huge selection of additional game levels and some improvements to the game’s music. Level files created using Deth or other Doom editors will work with this version.

The games are all compatible with modern RISC OS systems including the Raspberry Pi, Titanium etc. It will also run on pretty much any system older than the Acorn A7000+.

Commercial (£11.99) – Final Doom (Review)

R-Comp’s Final Doom port follows in the same vein as their Doom Trilogy release with some improvements to the game’s music and graphics over the original as well as some extra level packs to give more bang for your buck. Level files created using Deth or other Doom editors will work with this version.

The game is compatible with modern RISC OS systems including the Raspberry Pi, Titanium etc. It will also run on pretty much any system newer than the Acorn A7000+.


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