Get ready to feel old—Doom, the quintessential PC shooter, turns 25 this week.
After a quarter of a century, Doom remains incredibly relevant in the video game sphere. In part because of its enduring legacy as one of the fathers of the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, but also thanks to its incredible array of downloadable modifications.
Yes, the mods—the gleeful bastardisation of Doom’s open source engine to make weird new takes on the game, ranging from the mildly interesting to the downright horrifying.
In this article, we’re going to run down some of the weirdest, trippiest game mods in Doom’s 25-year history. Because we’re not in the business of malware, we won’t be including any download links here on the site. But, they should be easy enough to find online if you're interested—just make sure you have a good antivirus software installed first.
So, roll up a joint, pop in that floppy disk, and let’s do this.
Over its 30-year lifespan, The Simpsons has been the inspiration for a veritable ton of crummy bootleg merchandise. Now, with the help of Doom mods, we can finally play the video game equivalent of a "Bart Sampson" t-shirt.
While using a mix of cartoon sprites and weird, 3D-style character models was an odd creative choice, listening to badly compressed, pitched-down recordings of Simpsons catchphrases while playing is a straight up crime against the eardrums.
For those looking for a more mellow high, there’s ‘Doom Mower,’ a game that gives us a peek into what the Doom Guy’s retirement looks like. After 25 years of demon slaying, the space marine is content to just grab an energy drink, sit back and mow the lawn.
Sure, you’ll have to deal with the occasional Imp sprite transporting into your back yard, but hey, you’re retired—not dead. Everyone needs a hobby.
Hey kids, you want to know what the 90’s were like? Well, here it is—an entire decade compressed into a single mod.
Jerry’s Apartment gives you the opportunity to walk onto the iconic set of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, and promptly shoot everything in sight. What’s most notable is the fact that as soon as you enter the room, a bunch of wonky sprites loudly cajole you with obnoxious Seinfeld quotes. Which, honestly, is what it was like walking into pretty much any room in the years 1990-1998.
Super Mario Doom
Unlike most straightforward Doom mods, which tend to replace all the visual items in the game while maintaining the basic mechanics, Super Mario Doom forgoes the weapons entirely. Instead, this mod gives players the chance to play the levels from the original NES game facing forward.
By using all of the original game sprites, the modders were able to create a pretty authentic - if bizarre - Mario experience that will make you feel as nostalgic as you do nauseous.
Tim Allen Doom
The Tim Allen mod is probably a far more accurate vision of what Hell is than what the original Doom portrayed.
Remember that supercut of all Tim Allen's grunts from Home Improvement? Well, this mod presents the meme come horrifyingly to life. You run through a Tim Allen-covered hallway on a Tim Allen-covered floor shooting tiny Tim Allens at Tim Allen with a Tim Allen Gun. Oh, and every single sound effect is that weird grunt. Playing it will either totally trip you out, or you’ll complete lose your mind. Possibly both.
Honorable Mention: Calculator Doom
While not all that "trippy", the Doom port for the TI-89 calculator was the ultimate back-of-the classroom stoner game.
In the days before cellphones were ubiquitous, kids often suffered through math class armed with only a graphics calculator to entertain themselves. But, through wit and ingenuity, someone was able to bring Doom to the device, which, in our estimation, is the best thing to happen to the calculator since some kid typed 58008 into one and turned it upside down.