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DOOM Alpha v0.3 (aka "DOOM Pre-Alpha")

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This is the long-rumored v0.3 alpha, built by id Software on February 28, 1993, almost one month later than the v0.2 tech demo and 2 months earlier than the much further progressed v0.4. Notable features include several maps in their earliest known forms and a fully functional on-screen automap. Though apparently never released to id's alpha testers, this build was sent to several industry professionals for comment and review, whereby it has been successfully preserved. It much more fully displays the DOOM engine in its earliest state than the tech demo, with an internal architecture significantly different and less advanced than later builds. Crashes will be common, especially when walking over two-sided lines. The README file promises a more proper release to follow in two weeks, but such a release is not presently known to exist.


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everennui

  
Some day I'll use DOSbox and give this a whirl. Good to have.

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Guest

  
Doom was at a fork in the road, RPG or more action? Glad they went the action route but I wonder what Tom Hall's Doom woulda been like.

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Avoozl

  
'Tis was a legendary release.

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DoomTheRobot

  
I've never been so excited for an alpha game before. This is quite the legend we have here.

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Yuki Senmatsu

  
NICE! I wondered if there was a v3 of this. jammin'!

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Guest

  
Oh my god,I was dying to see this and now its here, THANKS!

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tempdecal.wad

  
Thanks for finding legendary stuff always :D .

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Сhaingunner

  
I crying now.Thank you for most beatyful thing ever.:'D

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mrthejoshmon

  
Another DoS beta for the collection :D

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Guest

  
very niiice

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Tritnew

  
Oh God, Yes. Possibly one of the bestest finds so far, this deserves the rating Legendary.

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Guest

  
Han must've lost his autographed copies of doom's hintbooks when this leaked. I'd hate to be Han right now.

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BillyBlaze

  
Absolutely Legendary.

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Doomkid

  
WOW, a new Alpha all these years later?! Who knows, maybe the version between 0.5 and PR will be released soon :)

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Quasar

  
You need to see this. Easily the most interesting pre-release build beside the press release version.

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  • File Reviews

    • By Gabenslair · Posted
      It has done what the creations intentions were; to create a substantially different feel and perspective on doom.   I'm not the sort of person to say "keep it up" nor "encore" but your wad does jump out from the thousands of typical hell and techbase levels. I personally like to keep my typical "masculine wads" masculine, but it does look alot different from the usual doom mods. Sort of like that "youtube-friendly" doom wad yet unironic and serious.   The content itself is very lacking as if you were supposed to enjoy the wad like it was a gulp of water. All you can do is pet the dog thing and water the plants. You could go up the steps but they just lead back down.    The style of the wad is vastly contrasted with our usual wads, resorting towards handdrawn and crayola drawings and if needed, ameteaur ms paint drawings added onto that. The author/illustrator has cleary shown that she/he/xe/they/A.H. doesn't demonstrate professional skill on the likes of eviternity, so they taken the route of making everything childlike to mask their lack of drawing to promote a child game.    I usually expect something like this from either a father making a small wad game for his little daughter or that apple advertisement wamyn that casually says "Whats a computer?".    I cant find any aspect to improve upon this due to it's jarring identity in contrast to the typical fps "masculine" wads out there. 
    • By chowbar · Posted
      Possibly my favorite Ultimate Doom megawad. Although its first half feels like DTWID, it quickly becomes a much more twisted and demented take on the familiar techbase/hell aesthetic. Expect well hidden secrets, tight corridors, and some tough encounters in large, complex levels. In keeping with Ult Doom's tone, NaturalTvventy layers the atomphere on thick to create levels that feel genuinely hostile and evil, even more so than in the original.    If you have a soft spot in your heart for the original Ultimate Doom, this megawad is a must play. NEIS makes you realize how rock solid the original Doom formula is, even without the SSG and revenants. 
    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      An odd wad in which you play a Hexen class while fighting Heretic monsters in Heretic-textured levels. Surprisingly, it works pretty well, and is an interesting change of pace from either game. It retains Hexen's hub design, although it's not at all puzzley, just a "go and collect 3 items and return to the hub" quest. It's very combat-focused (there's almost 400 enemies in the final level), but unlike some Heretic maps, it doesn't end up feeling like a slog. Perhaps Hexen's weapons are just more powerful than Corvus's. The level design is very good, besides a couple of sore spots (the cramped areas of the lava level, the metal maze in the final level). The boss, D'Sparil, is much easier to kill than he was in Heretic; he probably should've been modded to have a better chance against Hexen's warriors.
    • By Philnemba · Posted
      A fun heavily modified tougher version of Doom 1's E1M6 dated back in April of 94(yes same month of origwad). Its starts a bit hectic but with so many shotgun guys and plenty of health throughout the map, its actually not that hard to go through. However like any 94 wad, it has typical misaligned textures, a few HOMs, and had to use noclip cheat to grab the last card key due to ceiling being too low to pass under. Despite its age and a few minor stuff, its a fun wad from 1994 and I would recommend to give it a try :)
    • By whirledtsar · Posted
      Excellent wad for Hexen fans. It stays true to the style/spirit of the original game while introducing new ideas. The level / hub design is interesting, the combat is well-balanced, texturing is well-done and well-aligned, and there are plenty of interesting scripted events. The wings are used in a very smart way - you're able reach many previously unreachable items and paths. The only thing I disliked was the "boss" of the final level. I won't spoil it, but it's quite disappointing.   Unfortunately there is a bug in The Castle Of Fluft - the flame mask switch is not set to "repeatable", so if you try to use it without the prerequisite mask, you won't be able to use it again when you do. If you encounter this bug, type "puke 10" to activate the script the mask normally would.
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