E3M4: House of Pain (Doom)
|Ultimate Doom maps|
|Knee-Deep in the Dead|
|The Shores of Hell|
|Thy Flesh Consumed|
Collect the rocket launcher and rockets in this starting room, and go straight, heading up the stairs. Once you get to the top, just follow the hallway to a door. Open it to enter a bigger area, and kill all the monsters here. Then, run up to the 3 switches in this room. Hit the one in the middle, and turn around to see a platform rise (it will not work if the crushing pillar has been activated first), and collect the chaingun and goodies. Then, go back and hit the switch on the left, and turn around again and see a platform rise (as was mentioned before, it will not rise if the crushing pillar has been activated). Within the new platform that just raised, collect the invulnerability sphere and health. Now go back and hit the switch on the right. Then enter through the opening to the right of it. Follow this hall to another opening.
Go through the opening, and go straight. Enter the marble hall, and then go all the way straight in this hall (skip the two large openings to the right), and then there will be a walkway to your left. Skip it, and keep going eastward. Kill the lost souls and the baron that appears at the northern end on skill levels 3 and up, and get the blue key. Then turn around, backtrack and go right. Take another right into the walkway that leads north you skipped. Get to the other end of the room to the blue door. Open it.
Kill the imps in this room, and go straight, opening the door (across from the blue door, not to the left, the wall across from the blue door is a door). Then take a left, and in this room there is a blue square. Step on it a few times, and a door should open that you cannot open on manually. When the door is open, run through it, and go right. Follow this tunnel to another room, turn right, kill the imps in here, and run to the pillars that have switches. Go to the pillar on the left, and hit the switch on the west side of the pillar. Turn left, and go straight to a small blood pool, and turn right again. Go through the opening you just opened, and get the yellow key. Now go back, and hit the west switch on the right pillar. Take the eastern corridor and go straight to another blood pool, and go right, into another opening you just opened. Now open the yellow door, and get the red key. Return to the pillars, and hit the south switch on the right pillar. Now take the eastern corridor again and head right into another opening. Open the red door in this room.
Go left and then turn left, run straight through on the red rock (which does hurt, be careful), grabbing the health. Then, when you reach a room, drop yourself down. Turn right in this room and open the door southeast. Follow the hall to the exit door, and then go through the exit teleporter.
- From the start, go left and walk along the path crossing a blood pool. Resting in the blood at the far end of the room is a teleporter; go through it to reach an otherwise inaccessible area from where you can shoot from a small hole in the wall. (sector 91)
- After passing through the blue door, take the door on the left. Continue along this path through another two doors until you reach a room with three other exits. Take the one to the left (south). Inside this next room is a "<" shaped wall; open it to reveal a secret with two medikits, bulk cells and numerous rocket boxes. (sector 177)
- From secret #2, return to the previous room. Take the small door to the north. Walk through the lava and drop into the pit. A BFG rests at the bottom. Flip the switch to get out. (sector 98)
- After going through the red door, you will be find narrow hallway with three alcoves to the right. Turn around and open the wall directly south to reveal a radsuit. (sector 124)
- From the start, go right and in the far left corner of the room with the blood river there will be a section with a helmet armor powerup in front of it, open that section for a shotgun and some shells.
After the area with the crushers, you come to a room with demons at either side. After this room if you turn around and press use, it opens the sector as a door and then closes after. It can be opened again from that side but if you open the sector and go back towards the start, you will get trapped and have to kill yourself or load a saved game, or in online play restart the game completely. This can in some rare cases be triggered by a monster, much more likely in advanced source ports than in vanilla Doom.
Inside the giant room where one side holds the yellow key and the other holds the red key, there is a way to grab the key through the wall on the red key side. You must position yourself perfectly or this will not work. You must make a run straight into the wall precisely where the key is located on the other side. You cannot run along the wall, you have to run into it. This is a great technique for speedrunners.
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The Compet-n records for the map are:
|UV speed||00:38||Hi Jango||2005-09-26||e3m4-038.zip|
|NM speed||00:47||Adam Williamson||1999-11-04||n3m4-047.zip|
|UV max||03:57||Tatsuya Ito (Tatsurd-cacocaco)||2019-01-22||e3m4-357.zip|
|UV -fast||05:26||Radek Pecka||2001-09-17||f3m4-526.zip|
|UV -respawn||04:09||Radek Pecka||2000-11-27||r3m4-409.zip|
|UV Tyson||06:22||Jim Leonard (Xit Vono)||2003-04-07||t3m4-622.zip|
|UV pacifist||00:39||Adam Hegyi||1999-11-08||e3m4-039.zip|
The data was last verified in its entirety on July 6, 2020.
This level contains four spawn points:
- facing south. (thing 322)
- facing south. (thing 323)
- facing north. (thing 324)
- facing south. (thing 325)
- The level title may be a reference to a passage in The Island of Dr. Moreau Chapter 12, in which a reference to "the House of Pain" occurs in a series of chants.
- According to Sandy Petersen, the design is roughly based on the positioning of human organs, with lungs and stomach still prominently visible on the map. 
- The official French name of this level is Maison de la douleur.
- E3M4 demos from the Compet-n database: UV speed • NM speed • UV max • NM100S • UV -fast • UV -respawn • UV Tyson • UV pacifist
- Top-down perspective view of all Doom levels by Ian Albert
- digitalculturebooks (2013), "Doom: Scarydarkfast", by Dan Pinchbeck. Retrieved on September 28, 2016.