Raptor: Call of the Shadows

Screenshot of an early version of Doom's setup program, attributing copyright to Cygnus Studios.

Raptor: Call of the Shadows is a vertical scrolling shoot 'em up developed by Cygnus Studios (now known as Mountain King Studios) and released early 1994, several months after the first release of Doom.

The game has some loose technical connections to Doom: Doom's setup program appears to have been derived from the setup program written for Raptor. Early versions of the setup tool included copyright attribution to Cygnus Studios at the top of the screen.

Raptor is also notable for being the only known game not using the Doom engine to have used the DMX sound library developed by Paul Radek.

Apogee acted as publisher for Raptor, so it is possible that id had connections to Cygnus through them; Apogee had acted as publisher for all of id's games prior to Doom. Sandy Petersen reviewed the game positively in Dragon magazine issue #208.

Updated versions of the game are still being sold today.


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