A long-lost DOOM game is now playable on PC

Modders unlock an interesting tidbit of game history by reverse engineering the original Doom RPG mobile game onto the PC.

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Published Jul 2, 2022 3:12 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jul 26 2022 1:56 AM CDT

DOOM RPG, the long-lost game in the beloved FPS franchise, is now playable on PC.

DOOM RPG is a curious bit of gaming history. It was originally made in 2005 for Symbian OS and Java based cellphones and is an actual role-playing game set in the DOOM universe, complete with turn-based combat, level ups, dialog, and stat points. DOOM RPG is a prime example of a full-length and feature-complete singleplayer mobile game, which seems like a novel concept in today's mobile market of microtransactions and live gaming.

Thanks to homebrew tinkerers and modders, DOOM RPG is now playable on PC. Doomworld forum user Erick194 shared the news: "As we promised, the Doom RPG port for PC is finally here. created using SDL2 and BREW version doomrpg.mod original file reverse engineering."

You'll need to do a few things to get started, though. Erick explains:

  1. You need to get the original files to be converted into a friendly format for the port, you can get them from Archive.org, you can search
  2. "Doom RPG BREW" on SOFTWARE menu.
  3. Run the BarToZip program to convert the file doomrpg.bar into a DoomRPG.zip, then you run the DoomRPG.exe

The game comes courtesy of modding collective GEC, who shared their excitement with fans:

"We're glad to release this Doom RPG source port for PC. We started working on Doom RPG version for GZDoom years ago but left in favor for other projects already released."

"We hope you enjoy this very much as GEC did and long live DOOM."

Fun fact: The game was originally developed by JAMDAT mobile, made up of ex-Activision veterans. JAMDAT was purchased by EA way back in late 2005 for a whopping $680 million.

Another fun fact: DOOM RPG was succeeded by Wolfenstein RPG, which is basically the same kind of adaptation for the old-school Wolfenstein FPS.

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