DRL is a free, open source roguelike video game based on Doom and Doom II. Formerly titled DoomRL the game is a was developed by Kornel Kisielewicz using Free Pascal. It was initially released in 2013 and has been released as open source under GPLv2.

DRL is played from the top down perspective and the original graphics used basic ASCII characters to render the game maps, character, monsters and other environment elements. DRL is also turn based and offers some combat heavy game play with both melee and ranged combat. As of release the game’s default graphics now uses a tile based graphical set designed by Derek Yu. This gives the game a more traditional 8-bit graphical look and feel. There is still an option to play the game in the original ASCII version as well. The game features an 25 levels of random doom like dungeons, special levels, inventory system, three character classes and much more.

The game was formerly known as DoomRL but in December 2016 the developer was hit with Cease and Desist order from ZeniMax Media, owners of id Software and the Doom franchise. In response to this the title was changed from DoomRL to DRL and the title screen similiarly updated. The original Doom was released as open source a number of years ago and there have been dozens of source ports/clones and remakes of the classic Doom over the years.

DRL is completely free to download and play and is available for the PC, Mac and Linux operating system. The downloads page contains links and information on all of the various versions of DRL that can be downloaded.

Roguelike games such as DRL, are a type of role playing video game that typically contain procedurally generated levels/maps, turn based game play and tile graphics. This genre of games has seen a resurgence in recent years with dozens available on Steam and other gaming platforms.

Be sure to have a look at Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup another graphical tile based roguelike game available for free download.

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