DOOM Resurrection iPhone Review


Platform– iPhone
Developer– id Software
Release date– June 26, 2009
Price– $9.99
Average rating– 4/5

DOOM Resurrection is the first original DOOM title for the iPhone, and after a six month development period, expectations were high. Those familiar with the franchise will notice several things about this game immediately. The first being that it looks very similar to DOOM 3; many of the same assets were used. The second being that this isn’t your typical first person shooter. With impressive 3d graphics and an intuitive control scheme, DOOM Resurrection lives up to the series’ 16 year legacy.

One of the most talked about aspects of this game is that instead of a free roaming environment to play through, you travel on a predetermined route through the stages. While this makes for a different experience, it’s not a bad thing. This title retains what I like in a DOOM game: action, crazed aliens, many weapons, and gameplay that makes you want to play to the end. Four difficulty modes will keep players of all experience levels satisfied.

Another innovative feature of DOOM Resurrection is the control scheme. Accelerometer based aiming works surprisingly well, and the simple tap to reload, and switch weapons feels natural. Speaking of weapons, this game has no shortage, featuring rifles, shotguns, and of course the BFG. This introduces an element of strategy; choose the right weapon for a specific enemy, or you may end up overcome by the baddies.


Combat is the core of any DOOM game, and this is no exception. Most of the time you can get by with just shooting away , but with some it requires careful timing. A type of teleporting alien hurls fireballs at you, taking a tap of the dodge/cover button to avoid. Another type is armed with machine guns, making use of the dodge/cover button again.

This game does have decent replayability, allowing you to go back to previous levels and achieve better scores. Even though the basic gameplay doesn’t change through the game, discovering new weapons and the next thing that wants to kill you is always a blast.

DOOM Resurrection is a must have for any fan of the franchise. The only reason not to buy this game immediately is the price tag of $9.99. In my opinion it’s money well spent, but for some that don’t like all the changes this title brings, waiting for a price drop may be a better option. To all of you who are downloading this game now, you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. DOOOOOOOMMMM, I love doom. I used to play this game so much and the LAN parties where so much fun! does the iphone version of doom have some way of networking with other iphone users for LAN party simulation?

  2. Unfortunately there are no multiplayer or LAN simulation features now, but many people are pushing for a full DOOM port, so who knows what that may include.

  3. Wicked it does look like doom 3 one of my all time favourite games, I am surprised that the iphone can run this game so well being its a phone 🙂 have you played it and all the scenes render smoothly?

  4. From my play through of this game it ran great, I only noticed one frame issue, but then again I was being killed by 4 enemies at once…otherwise it works fine 🙂 just be sure to restart your device after you download, as you should with any large files.

  5. I gave this a shot but I didn’t think too much of it. I’m really not into rail shooters, but I do admit it works well. One edge to rail shooters though, you can’t just wave a torch in every dark corner and hope to see something, by God you’ll walk right by that dark corner and get a headcra- wait, wrong game.

  6. I haven’t actually played doom since the first two on PC, but I gave this one a go anyway. I enjoyed it, the graphics are really good for an iphone game, and the linear nature of it didn’t really bother me much – as your review points out it doesn’t take away from the action of the game.

  7. really? Doom is the all time original classic shooter game!! The history of the creation of this game makes the game even better 😉

  8. I agree, doom is an incredible game. This one might not be for everyone, but it shows they aren’t afraid to take a classic and try something new with it. Even if you don’t like this game, you have to admit it’s a great effort.

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