|This mod received one of the 2016 Cacowards on Doomworld!|
Ancient Aliens is a 32-level megawad for Boom compatible source ports, created by Paul DeBruyne (skillsaw). It is a parody of alien conspiracy theories, particularly those from the TV show of the same name. The WAD features a large range of custom textures and a new palette allowing for radically different visual styles to what is usually seen in PWADs. Also featured are several maps by guest level designers, mostly found in the third and final episode. The entirety of the soundtrack was composed by Stuart Rynn (stewboy), though several tracks were re-used from previous WADs.
The first release candidate of the WAD was released on 8 May, 2016. As this was just days ahead of the release of Doom (2016), the unveiling of a new high-quality megawad did not go unnoticed, and the WAD received widespread attention from gaming news sites. The final version was uploaded to the idgames archive on 19 July, 2016, along with .
It was named as a winner of one of the 23rd Annual Cacowards.
- Stealth Plasma Alien
- A fast, plasma-shooting stealth trooper with 30 hit points which is only fully visible while attacking. It replaces the Wolfenstein SS.
- Alien Guardian
- A floating, rotating skull-cube that launches three revenant missiles in succession. It replaces Commander Keen.