Doom Game Boy Advance

Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. At its very heart, it’s Doom, and the graphics can be bad, the music can stink the place out, and the Cyber Demon can be taken out, but there’s still that sick satisfaction that comes with blowing up a ring of barrels around a group of demons and watching them explode into a pile of goo.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    68
    Straight dumb, violent fun, regardless of how many times you've seen it before. [Jan 2002, p.233]
  3. Nintendo Power
    60
    The action can get fierce, the motion is fairly smooth and the four-player battle mode is an absolute blast. [Nov 2001, p.148]
  4. The 1993 PC original might look blocky by 2001 standards, but the GBA version fares worse, with intensely pixilated visuals that detract from an otherwise admirable port of the classic first-person shooter.

Awards & Rankings

17
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#7 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2001
5
#5 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2001
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 25, 2017
    7
    It's certainly not pretty, especially when you compare it the effort that followed i.e Doom 2 from the likes of Torus Games.

    This isn't
    It's certainly not pretty, especially when you compare it the effort that followed i.e Doom 2 from the likes of Torus Games.

    This isn't Doom, at least not fully, but it's also not a miserable package either. It made it to the platform and it's a doomslaying good time, there are even 8 exclusive deathmatch maps. Visually it's a turgent facsimile but you can see the likeness nonetheless - an admirable feat but.. bosses are missing, textures are replaced numerously, original level design is compromised and the music is pretty rough.

    If you still see value in a recommendation, and if you are looking for Doom then unless you're aiming to reap a physical collection I'd warn you that whilst this port was remarkable for it's time it's far surpassed by the port of it's sequel Doom 2.
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  2. Mar 7, 2017
    8
    Played this game recently. Miss all that nostalgia of my childhood days. Somehow I was much happier with everything.

    Actuallly I had played
    Played this game recently. Miss all that nostalgia of my childhood days. Somehow I was much happier with everything.

    Actuallly I had played the PC version of this game. Needless to say this game is the most fun with the NoClipping cheat. Also, I used the "Doomsday" engine for playing this which allows you to use the mouse for "free look". During those old days I used to prefer the "only keyboard" controls.
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  3. Aug 5, 2016
    8
    Doom makes it's way to the GBA with almost no changes. The only really noticeable changes are that Nintendo did do a bit of censorship withDoom makes it's way to the GBA with almost no changes. The only really noticeable changes are that Nintendo did do a bit of censorship with this port to help keep more in line with their family-friendly image. For example, blood is green instead of red.

    However none of that really affects what makes Doom so great. It's the remarkably well-aged gameplay that makes it such a treat, and helped give the game it's legendary status. I will admit that the graphic violence (for the time) is part of what drew so much attention to the game in the first place. I'm just saying the light bits of censorship don't detract much from the overall experience. They just mean that this GBA port isn't the definitive way to experience Doom.

    What helps give this version some credit though is that it is in fact a portable version of Doom. You can what is literally one of the best FPS games with you wherever you go. The gameplay transfers over very well to the handheld console. The controls and level design are on point. The only issues with the gameplay stem from the game's age. It occasionally gets to spam happy with it's enemies at times.

    Overall though, Doom is still a phenomenal game. It's one of the best games of all time for a reason, FPS or not. While the completely uncensored version are the best way to experience Doom for the first time, this GBA port still has a lot of value considering that it allows you to take the game wherever you go. If you are looking for an excellent port of this legendary game and can put up with a bit of censorship, then give this GBA port a go. The game itself holds up very well after all these years, and it's nice to have the option to pick it up and play it anywhere.

    8.5/10
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