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Play OverviewPlay Overview

MyHouse.Wad (2023) is a horror adventure created in the form of a new map for the classic Doom video game. It uses the Doom game engine but subverts it to create an unsettling and intriguing experience. Play is the usual running and shooting of Doom, but at the same time, you explore the impossible overlapping geography of each location and try and piece together what is happening. It stands out for creating a disorienting experience inspired by the equally cryptic novel by Mark Z. Danielewsky, House Of Leaves.

The game stays rooted in the simple shooting and dodging action that Doom became famous for. But here, progress is as much about discovery as it is about killing monsters. Paying attention to the details of the world and how it unexpectedly changes can open up new routes and areas.

Mirror worlds, hidden doors behind bookcases and boiler room shortcuts lead you to different journeys. By the end, you've seen airports, daycare centres, petrol stations, flooded and burning houses. Through everything threads a sense of unease and melancholy that this once familiar game has been changed to never feel fully normal again.

The experience is intriguing and densely layered. Although it never confirms this, it seems to be the creator's response to the loss of a childhood friend; part of the narrative set-up is that the level was discovered after his funeral in his old belongings. It takes you on an unexpected and unsettling journey, the strangeness of which hits hardest for those most familiar with the way Doom is supposed to play and the thousand tiny ways MyHouse.Wad subverts this.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked MyHouse.Wad 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure game with Shooting and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete. To see all the endings takes multiple play-throughs.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Doom II is rated PEGI 16 for frequent scenes of bloody violence in an arcade setting. When a character is shot there are some pixelated blood effects.

In the US, ESRB state: Players use pistols, shotguns, plasma rifles, and chainsaws to kill hordes of demonic creatures in frenetic combat. Enemies emit large splatters of blood when shot, collapsing into bloody chunks of flesh when killed. Some environments depict heads on spikes and mutilated bodies hanging from ceilings. Large pools of blood and exposed viscera/entrails also appear in the game.
This MyHouse.Wad map adds horror elements along with themes of burning and downing.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Along with the usual shooting and quick reactions you need to pay attention to the small details and changes. Being inquisitive is important as well as interpreting what has happened.

CostsCosts

MyHouse.Wad

Steam Store PC -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
To play MyHouse.Wad you need to have Doom II downloaded and installed on your PC. You can then download the MyHouse.Wad file and follow the simple instructions to install. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/03/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure (Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Pixels


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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