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3do doom cover

Cover for the 3DO version of Doom

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Cover for the 3DO version of Doom

3DO Doom

A screenshot from the 3DO version of Doom

The 3DO version of Doom was published by Logicware and Art Data Interactive in 1996. The level set is identical to that of the Atari Jaguar version, though unlike the Jaguar version, Spectres are included. This version is single player only.

Many fans consider this to be the worst console port of Doom since it runs in a small screen at a low frame rate. The game offers 6 screen sizes, the 2 largest only available via a cheat. The advantage of selecting smaller screen sizes is that the game runs faster and at a higher frame rate.

The game includes an autosave feature, which allows the player to start at any previously reached level and retains all sound and graphics settings. Its updated soundtrack features remixed versions of the original music.

Development

Pre-production on the 3DO version began when Art Data Interactive purchased console rights to Doom for a large sum of money, but without a staff to actually develop the port, Art Data's CEO shopped around for a team. The project eventually wound up with Rebecca "Burger Becky" Heineman at Logicware, who had already impressed Art Data with her 3DO port of Wolfenstein 3D, and who Art Data assured the project was already well underway and just needed some fine tuning. Heineman would then find that virtually no work had actually been done on the project, and that the CEO of Art Data had grossly underestimated how much work it would actually take to develop the game, boasting about brand new levels, enemies and weapons in the press when all he had was mock-up art assets. With no support from Art Data, Heineman acquired the PC and Jaguar source code for Doom straight from id Software and created a quick-and-dirty conversion in just ten weeks.[1]

Full-motion video cutscenes were also planned to take advantage of the 3DO's media streaming capabilities and increased CD-ROM storage medium, but these never came to pass.[2] In its stead the 3DO port features a newly remixed soundtrack, created to replace the Jaguar-specific audio drivers that Heineman was unable to port, and recorded by a band dat Art Data's CEO was a part of.


Soundtrack

The complete soundtrack is as follows:

SongPC Doom equivalentWhere it is used
Demons on the preyE1M7Title screen, Credits, Menus, Map 7, Map 18
At Doom's Gate E1M1Intermission, Map 1, Map 12
The Imp's SongE1M2Map 2, Map 13
Dark HallsE1M3Map 3, Map 14
Kitchen Ace (And Taking Names)E1M4Map 4, Map 15
SuspenseE1M5Map 5, Map 16
On The HuntE1M6Map 6, Map 17, Map 22
Sign Of EvilE1M8Map 8, Map 23, Victory screen, Casting
I Sawed The DemonsE2M1Map 9, Map 19
Donna To The RescueE3M2Map 10, Map 20
UntitledE3M1Map 11, Map 21
Hiding The SecretsE1M9Map 24 (Secret map)

Gallery

Available screen sizes:

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Screen size 1

3do doom screen2

Screen size 2

3do doom screen3

Screen size 3

3do doom screen4

Screen size 4

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Screen size 5 (cheat only)

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Screen size 6 (cheat only)

Trivia

  • According to Rebecca Heineman, the reason the two largest screen sizes are locked behind cheat codes was to allow for compatibility with the 3DO's successor system, the Panasonic M2. Both the 3DO Company and Logicware had hoped that the faster processor of the M2 would allow the game to run faster and automatically enable the larger screen sizes if the game was running on the M2, but the system was eventually cancelled so these plans never came to pass.

External links

Source code genealogy
Based on
Jaguar Doom
Doom for 3DO Closed source

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