A ‘Doom’ mobile game from 2005 is now playable on Windows

A dedicated group of fans have dug up a Doom mobile game from the sands of time and made it playable again. You won’t find any 2005s Doom RPG in the App Store or Play Store: it actually predates iOS and Android by a few years. And while Fountainhead Entertainment dealt with the bringing Doom RPG at the time of its original release on Nintendo DS, the game was only available on Java and BREW compatible phones. Until now.

A small group of developers in Costa Rica known as reverse engineered it Doom RPG and got it working on Windows. Although the port is free to download, it does not contain any of the original files you need to run the game.

As Ars Technica points out that technically you would need to have the game installed on a compatible, still working phone that might be old enough to vote if it were a person. You would also need to find a way to extract and convert the game files from that device. On the other hand you may be able to find Doom RPG in an alternative way. You still need to convert the files for the game to work, but that seems like an easy process.

Doom RPG has clear ties to the rest of the series. John Carmack, the lead programmer on the original sinking, was the game master. The game features the protagonist of the first three Doom titles (dubbed “Doomguy” by fans). But instead of rampaging through levels and mowing down monsters in real time, Doom RPG adopted a turn-based format.

It’s always great to see enthusiasts finding ways to get games, especially a relatively obscure game that’s part of such a famous series. Maybe the folks at will revive for their next trick Doom RPG II. Although you can still buy this game from the App Store, it is not compatible with newer versions of iOS. According to the store listing, however, it runs on a Mac with macOS 11.0 or later, as long as it has an M1 chip.

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