Doom Shooter review – Make your photos look like classic Doom on Windows Phone

Earlier this summer, we travelled to QuakeCon in order to catch a first look at Bethesda's new Doom game that is coming to Xbox One and PC sometime in the future. Xbox 360 owners can already play the first three Doom games thanks to the awesome Doom 3 BFG Edition, but mobile gamers aren't so lucky. iOS has Doom Resurrection and the Doom RPGs, but neither Windows Phone nor Android has an official Doom game to their names. Windows Phone does have an unlicensed port called Doom GLES though.

Speaking of unlicensed Doom, we also have an app called Doom Shooter from M4Multimedia that will put a smile on Doom fans' faces. Doom Shooter is a free camera app/lens for both Windows Phone 7 and 8 (including 512 MB devices) that lets you pretend to shoot everything on your camera feed with the trusty Doom pistol. You can even add blood splashes to your photos for maximum authenticity. Doom Shooter has some obvious room for improvement, but the simple joy of seeing Doom graphics overlaid on your selfies can't be denied.

Looking like Doom

After launching the app, you'll find your Windows Phone's camera feed surrounded by a fairly authentic Doom overlay. The top and left sides of the screen have green-ish borders similar to what you would see when your hardware couldn't handle running the game at full-screen (such as the 3DO and Sega 32X versions).

The bottom of the screen houses the familiar gunmetal Doom user interface. From left to right, this includes a kill count, health display, arms (indicating which gun the user has selected in the real game), the Doom marine's face, armor display, and ammo count. Tapping the marine's face makes a grunting sound, which I believe would play when searching walls in the original Doom.

Naturally, the Doom marine's gun overlaps the bottom-center portion of the actual video feed area. Tapping the gun causes the marine's hand to rise up along with a muzzle flash. The genuine Doom pistol sound accompanies the animation, creating the effect that you are shooting at whatever you have on camera. The kill count in the bottom-left corner of the screen also rises every time you tap the gun. Relaunching the app is the only way to reset the count.

Picture taking and settings

To actually take a picture, you can either press your phone's camera button or tap the on-screen Capture button from the pop-up menu on the right side of the screen. The app immediately saves the image and asks whether you would like to share it. If you tap "ok," the app will send you to the phone's photo folder. From there, you can opt to share the picture like you would any other. Tap the phone's Back button to return to the app.

Pressing the "Switch Cam" button from the pop-up menu will switch between rear- and front-facing cameras on phones with two cameras. Shoot yourself or your friends with harmless virtual bullets!

Any photos taken will show the Doom marine's gun in its relaxed position. There doesn't seem to be a way to take a picture while the muzzle flash displays, unfortunately. But you can toggle two different blood splashes from the app's Settings menu. "Splash HD" shows a smooth red splash with bullet holes, whereas "Splash 8bit" (which should be 8-bit) displays a pixelated blood effect similar to those of the actual game. Either way, the blood splashes will be transparent. They only appear on the pictures you save, not while tapping the gun to make it fire.

The app also plays a synthesized female voice sample each time you launch the app. "Tap the gun to shoot," it politely instructs. But the original Doom doesn't have any voiced dialogue at all, so the sample feels inauthentic. The voice can be toggled in the Settings menu, but the app doesn't save the setting. Blast it.

Finally, the Settings let you turn vibration on or off. Leave it on and your phone will shake a bit when you fire the gun.

Gun types

The Settings menu also promises that additional guns will be added in the future. At present, users only get to play and take pictures with the standard pistol.

M4Multimedia plans to allow us to switch between the pistol, shotgun, machine gun (which should be chain gun), and plasma gun in the future. Those will be welcome additions, but they don't represent the full range of weapons from the first Doom. The app will still be missing the chainsaw, rocket launcher, and BFG9000. I don't know why the developer wouldn't add the full arsenal; it can't be that much more time-consuming to implement a sound effect and a couple of images for each weapon.

The app currently costs nothing, but the extra weapons won't be free. Users will have to acquire them via in-app purchase. Provided the full set only costs a dollar, and we get the entire range of weapons instead of only four, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it up.

Not quite perfect

Although the app and overlay look very Doom-like at first glance, they do have some differences and imperfections keeping them from pure Doom greatness.

First off, white text (in a modern aliased font) commanding "Tap the gun to shoot your opponent!" always occupies the top-left portion of the screen. It can't be turned off, and it appears even in screen captures/photos taken with the app. I understand displaying it right when the app starts up, but it definitely shouldn't stay there and mar the pictures we take.

Speaking of authenticity, the kill counter in the bottom-left corner of the screen uses a modern aliased font instead of the proper Doom counter font. It wouldn't be that hard to get the real numbers from screenshots. Hopefully the developer makes the effort in the future.

The app does display counters for the various ammunition types in the bottom-right corner of the screen, just like the actual game. But here the bullets counter doesn't decrease; it just stays at 43. That doesn't make for lesser screenshots like with the Kill counter, but it would still be a cool touch to see the number deplete (and then refill) when the user fires shots.

Overall Impression

Doom Shooter can't replace the fun of actually playing Doom, something I hope we get to do natively on Windows Phone before long. If you really wanted to play it that badly, you could use an emulator to play the Super Nintendo and GameBoy Advance versions. EmiPSX cannot currently play the Playstation One version of Final Doom (and probably not the original Doom either), unfortunately. Update: it turns out there is an unofficial Doom port in the Windows Phone Store called Doom GLES!

Still, this is an app that any fun-loving Doom fan should own. The photos you take will look a lot like the real thing – less detail-oriented people probably won't spot the UI inaccuracies. Hopefully M4Multimedia will tweak and improve the little niggles before too long.

There is a certain simple glee in walking around shooting real-life things with your phone. Imagine how cool a true augmented reality Doom game would be!

  • Doom Shooter – Windows Phone 7 and 8 – 2 MB – Free – Store Link

Related: Our full DOOM Eternal Xbox One review

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

63 Comments
  • Silly app, only for Doom fans.
    :)
  • its just for fun
  • I know :)
  • Silly name, only for losing soccer fans. :)
  • I hate soccer :)
  • ;) I like Greece & all its islands. Try not to hate :)
  • This app is nice. Brings back good memories. Look forward to the weapon update. Onya dev
  • First, -_-
    Second, that is quite the review for an overlay app.
  • You're not even first. And why try to be? Foolishness.
  • That's not what I meant. I said first as in point 1, not first in the thread. *sigh*
  • The wording was confusing! But yeah, it's funny I had this much to say about an overlay app. I was thankful for the opportunity to talk about Doom and dissect the app's aesthetics.
  • Follow my lead.
  • L for you hahahaaa :D
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  • :D
  • useless post, useless and old app. > /devnull.
  • What about your useless comment ?
  • Mind your manners if you enjoy commenting here. Thanks man.
  • So why bothering yourself commenting here in the first place?
  • because i dont know, why i should read on THE FRONT PAGE about these apps. I have the same feelings about the xbox-one related posts too. Due to the high activity in the windows phone ecosphere WPC has a lot of post per day nowadays. Its not a problem, but a little bit confusing to filter the content. I know i know, just use the category buttons.. This is the main disadvantage of the blog-like single column frontpage layout. We want subcategories or sub-blogs exclused from the front. In this case this the "apps" category is not a solution, because this app is months old. I have the same problem with the low-quality but freemium game reviews too. Do not advertise the junk please insted of the real hidden gems of the 300k WP store.
  • Ok I understand that somehow, but that was not what we got from your post
    To be fair my friend why don't you at least explain right from the start, or maybe just it's a maybe you could sign as a developer and get to the action, feedbacks, suggestions, ideas, new ways to run a forum for example?
    It's that easy
    Instead of this situation that we're in lol
    Anyway pal, it's after all nothing wrong about sharing our opinions, is it?
    Peace ^_^
  • Well write about the games and apps that we feel like. Age is not a consideration; if we haven't covered it then it's open to coverage. If you are not interested in a story, simply don't read it and save us all some trouble. Thanks for your input.
  • I tend to agree with you c41 even though the way you Said that tend to be a bit too unpolite. Anyway point I agree is that talking about these apps make look like nothing is happening in the wpstore. If there were tons of great apps every week why don't review them? Before a list of complaints start right now I am saying this only for the sake of a better wpstore. I am in love for WP the way it is, as a OS, but many developers are still far from it. Why is this? Dunno. But I know that finding a good wp dev in Italy for my agency is still hard ...
  • Each of us on staff reviews the games and apps that interest us. If you're using an app, you review it. Simple as that. Just because this particular app doesn't interest you, doesn't mean that I and others don't enjoy it. Incidentally, this app appears to have been developed in Italy. It's nothing special from a technical standpoint though. If you need a good Italian WP dev, I recommend Luigi Violin, creator of WP7applist. He has a good understanding of the ecosystem as a whole, and his apps are fully featured. Let me know if you want to be introduced.
  • Thanx i Will try to get in touch with him. Incidentally I grew up with doom... I get your point.
  • He's right. This app shouldn't be here. It infringes the Doom IP. Tell me how a name like Doom Shooter isn't misleading.
  • Hahahahahaaa
  • Busy man you're really busy as I can see :D
  • I'm aware of the IP issue, and normally I don't support unlicensed uses of established properties. But this is a harmless app, currently free, and not something Bethesda would ever release on its own. Heck, Bethesda doesn't support Windows Phone at all, and even id seems to have stopped producing mobile games. Besides, the app provided a fun chance to talk about Doom.
  • How do you complain about a post and then start to troll on it...?
  • Notice if you can of course..
    I asked him a question, then he answered me, the dramatically and out of nowhere.. It's a conversation
    Abra ka dabra
    Ops! I turned rick to a d... lol
  • Nice work and keep it up guys
    Your news rocks, even if I'm not "doom" fan but really it's good to see this effort.. Thumbs up
  • Hèhè..love that sarcasm >_
  • yup ^_^
  • Hehe,nice.Will try it out :D Btw,if you are that much eager to play Doom on a WP,you should try out the emulators in the store,I loved playing Doom on VBA8,Not quite the same experience but definitely worthwhile :)
  • True
  • At least we have Wolf.... http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=f46fd6a1-f29e-4a43-9082-cbda1f3ac643
  • Of wall street ?
  • I was just playing doom II
  • Be careful. Something strange is happening :-o
  • iddqd
  • Your memory serves you well!
  • There's something called Doom GLES in the WP store - isn't that a homebrew port?
  • Wow, you're right. That did not come up in my searches yesterday. On the plus side, another game to review!
  • Awesome, look forward to it - I haven't played it due to the average rating, but if you could take one for the team... :)
  • I bought that game. Its awesome. It saves progress where u left when exiting with back button. And when u start after that, u will see how fast it is to load. Playing it on my 520.
  • The posts here are hilarious :D
  • Its Bloody fun.
  • I never downloaded an app with less than 4 stars..,
  • You're missing lots of fun then
  • Speaking of authenticity, the real Doom displays the ammo count of the