You know how it goes. Developer releases genre-defining FPS in 1993. Another developer releases stripped-down homage to said shooter 23 years later. Someone inevitably creates modification to combine the two, thus completing the cycle of death and bringing about the end of the universe.
It’s the classic fable of PC gaming, and one that’s retold in style by DaggerHell, (opens in new tab) a mod that recreates the blistering FPS play of Devil Daggers (opens in new tab) in the Doom engine.
The launch trailer above shows the game in action. As in Devil Daggers, the player shoots flames from their fingertips (or in DaggerHell’s case, the fireball sprites originally flung by Doom’s imps) in either a shotgun or machine gun-style fire mode, while Doom’s demonic hordes attempt to alleviate you of your flesh. Both the player speed and the enemy count has been dramatically increased to resemble Devil Daggers’ relentless pace, while enemies now drop energy crystals used as ammunition, in order to help maintain momentum.
The original version of DaggerHell launched early in September. But its creator, mindlord_17, wasn’t entirely happy with the result. The above trailer is from the latest version of the game, titled “DaggerHell: Overkill”. Released yesterday, mindlord describes Overkill as “A more faithful incarnation of DaggerHell, closer to my original vision.” Despite being out for less than 24 hours, DaggerHell: Overkill has shot up the Moddb charts, currently sitting as the 24th most popular mod on the site.
You can download DaggerHell: Overkill here (opens in new tab). It’s currently incompatible with other monster mods for Doom, although mindlord is hoping to add compatibility for a variety of other modifications. If you want to try the original DaggerHell, there’s a link to the most recently patched release here (opens in new tab). The trailer for the first iteration of DaggerHell is below, so you can compare the two.