OK, Here Is DOOM’s Best SnapMap For Now And Forever

If only you could talk to the monsters. Now that would be something.

You can! At last, you can! I am crying in purest joy.

DOOM, in addition to a pretty bloody great singleplayer campaign, has a less impressive multiplayer mode (more on which later today) and an ambitious user modding tool known as SnapMap. The latter has already been flooded with player-made levels, and unfortunately for anyone else trying to use it, the best one has already been made.

Hot Potato: Thy Spud Consumed is the work of Serbian game design Miodrag Kovachevic, aka MDKII on Twitter. The map’s a strong achievement in its own right, having clearly thought carefully about how DOOM’s fluid, high-speed double-jumpy movement can be turned to a sort of environmental race mode rather than shooting. You need to sprint a powercore to the end of a hazard-filled map, as radiation sees your health tick away all the while. It’s a good map, tense and frantic, a canny remix of DOOM’s mechanics and use of its wonderful momentum. But that’s not why it’s the best DOOM Snapmap of all time and forever.

It’s the best DOOM Snapmap of all time and forever because Edge Magazine’s most earnest wish has finally been granted, 23 years later. You can talk to the monsters. It is really something.

Specifically, you can talk to the Cacodemon who runs an upgrade shop (with which you can buy health and speed upgrades in order to better survive the death-race). He has this to say for himself:

A few other lines too, but that’s the corker. That’s all I ever needed from this life. You look lovely too, Mr Cacodemon Shopkeeper. I would love to hug you, not rip and tear your guts. And perhaps introduce you to Ian Cacodemon.

To play Hot Potato: Thy Spud Consumed, fire up SnapMap mode, go to Search Maps and enter ZGLRZC92. Then talk to the monster.


  1. FCA says:

    The maker of this mod wins the internet for the day! We can all log off now, today’s contest in witty comments and memepictures is over.

  2. Alien426 says:

    I always thought it would be cool to have an imp who was like the brainy gremlin from Gremlins 2 (link to youtube.com).

  3. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    What is this “talk to the monsters” meme all about?

      • vorador says:

        Holy. That review is so snobbish.

        Current Edge seems to have finally left behind the “we’re so much better than everybody else” tone that plagued them for decades. But i still don’t trust the reviews much.

      • polecat says:

        I know this is not on point – but that review is also a cool reminder of the immense amount of hard work that has gone into hardware and software development over the last 20 years to produce all the stuff we now take for granted…

        The differences between Doom and the now primitive Wolfenstein are obvious at first glance. Firstly, Id have got a lot better at clipping sprites in three axes – which means simply that the action in Doom happens on more than one level. There are stairs for you to climb, lifts to and aliens firing at you from windows and balconies high above the ground. This adds major new depth to the action – go back and play Wolfenstein and you’ll laugh at the horrible 2Dness of the 3D perspective. It also makes games like 3DO’s new Monster Manor look totally pass√© before they’re even out in the shops.

    • Simbosan says:

      It’s a reference to Doctor Doomlittle of course

  4. cunningmunki says:

    Stop giving me MORE reasons to buy it! Nnnnnggh, resisting the urge to pay full price for a game is just killing me. If they knock just 5% off in the Steam Summer sale, I promise I’ll buy it, ok? Please just stop!

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    I wonder, is the reason the “talk to the monsters” meme has persisted this long that EDGE reviews are anonymous (byline – EDGE staff) and this is the entire community of UK games journos’ way of gently poking fun for all time at whichever pour soul penned that now infamous review?

  6. StAUG says:

    I love that even a solid 20 years after the fact, talking to the monsters is still a thing.

  7. Chillicothe says:

    After 8 years, someone finally matched Atlus’ chutzpah reguarding crappy reviews: link to mcvuk.com

  8. blainestereo says:

    lol @ cacoins