On the heels of a jdosbox update, I figured it’d be cool to try ALL the early pre-release versions of Doom! Â I’ve setup the links so you can click on any picture, and it’ll launch the appropriate jdosbox emulator, with the disk image. Â Just click & go!
So here we go!
This is a pre-alpha version of DOOM from early February 1993 — only 2 months of work had been done to this point.
This is the first version that was made semi-public. Â As you can see the HUD is the inside of the helmet. Â The sky doesn’t work, but you can move around, and see the monsters from various angles..
Yes, it’s the DOOM ALPHA! Â (Actually, we’re just try to release theseevery two weeks or so. Â This WAS going to be a pre-beta, but a certainperson let us down Super-Nintendo cart-programming-wise, so it’s just analpha. Â Nonetheless, here ’tis.)
It feels more doom like… But you can’t kill anything, and they can’t kill you… better textures and whatnot.
From the notes:
It’s an ALPHA version of doom (I just run it to make sure)called “Doom: Evil Unleashed”. Â Start up screen says Doom Alpha byId Software.
It has the basic Doom engine, but:
- It has the basic Doom engine, but
- The imps and pink demons are in the game they don’t move or anything just stand there
- No barrels (as noted above)
- A lot of graphics from wolf is used (eg medic kit, gold treasure cup)
- The map key is “a” not tab
- The strafe and open door key are both alt
- No sounds!
- The two weapons you start with are (1) bayonet and (2) rifle
- There is no run key (that I could find, so makes getting around really slow)
- It is quite easy to recognise some of the structures in the game (so the whole map structure is now over two years old). Â I can’t quote exactly were they are from but I do recognise them.
- In the screen options there is high, medium, low, <another one>, and HIGH RES, so it looks like there use to be a high res mode that was taken out in the official release.
This is the press release pre-beta version. Â As you can tell from the screen shot it’s basically DOOM. Â Some things are different though. Â The readme is pretty long, and I think it’s better to just link it here. Â I took the CPU cap off this one as it really seems to want to run FAST. Â But I’m probably just screwing something up in the world of jdosbox. Â But it does run, and quite nicely on my core i7.
So there you basically have it… Lots and lots of DOOM!
Sigh. Even in 2011, every time I stumble upon Doom, I can’t do anything but playing it.
Nice post anyway, I never played the pre-release versions.