4. Pokemon DOOM


Gotta smash them all! One of the most common tropes in the world of DOOM fan mods is the "murder a bunch of childrens' characters" genre. While I'm not going to judge anyone for wanting to digitally murder the Teletubbies (too harshly)  this Pokemon mod shows a lot of work and dedication. Featuring custom maps and a wide variety of Pokemon to exsanguinate, nows the time to lock and load and go full ham on Pallet Town:

Ok, so with the caveat that the sound design is a nightmarish wall of gunfire, pokemon cries, and blaring old school chiptunes. I'd say it's a decent attempt to make a true hybrid of Pokemon and DOOM aesthetics. Plus we're giving bonus points to the only original sprite work seeming to be shotgun-wielding charmanders and totodiles.

Download it here

5. Mega Man 8-bit Deathmatch


If you're an old school Mega Man fan who's still feeling slightly burned over Mighty No. 9's underwhelming release, this fan project might be for you. Probably the most "complete" of the games on this list, it's a love letter to the 8-bit Mega Man games and sports unique levels, 32-player simultaneous online play, and over 50 weapons based on the roster of Robot Masters over the years. I'm really in love with the art direction on display here, it feels like you're actually running around in these classic pixelated environments blasting away renegade androids with your trusty Mega Buster. The last major update was released in 2015 and you should check out the boss trailer to see what you can expect from this project:

There IS a single player campaign based around bot-matches (no pun intended). I haven't been able to get a big multiplayer game going, but then again I haven't been able to play a multi-player DOOM match since computer lab in 7th grade. Maybe I need to start a LAN party...

Download it here.


Obviously we're just scratching the surface of a community that's been active for over two decades. If you know about an insane DOOM mod we could feature in future articles, send an email to jake.young(at)dorkly(dot)com.

Bonus. Seinfeld

This one went viral a little bit ago and the attention to detail is immaculate. According to the creator this map is the result of over 100 hours of work and in his disclaimer he stated:

The characters were put into the replica as a bonus to add to the tribute. The only reason they are killable is because I wanted to keep it in traditional Doom fashion, because what is doom without violence and death?

You'll never guess who the final boss is by the way...

Download it here.