Par time


Each level in Doom has an associated par time. After completing a level, the par time is displayed on the intermission screen next to the time that the player took to complete the level. This allows the player to gauge their skill by comparing their time.

The par times are encoded into the Doom executable in the file g_game.c. John Romero generated the par times by completing each level as fast as possible, rounding off the resulting time and adding 30 seconds.

Par times[edit]

The following are the par times from the Doom source code:


* Par times for episode 4 are not present in the original versions of The Ultimate Doom; they were added in Doom Classic.

† Par times for E1M8, E2M8, and E3M8 were added in a patch for the Doom Classic Unity port.

Doom II[edit]

It should be noted that both halves of Final Doom (TNT: Evilution and The Plutonia Experiment) lack actual par times. Instead, the par times of the maps of Doom II are shown.

User made maps[edit]

Due to the times being hardcoded into the executable, in the past it was often disregarded in custom PWADs. Until the advent of BEX, there was no way to set a time relating to the new levels that had been created (barring supplying a modified game binary). Advanced source ports allow the author to specify a par time using BEX or MAPINFO for this, so par times in custom levels are more common now.

If a PWAD contains par times in both DEHACKED and MAPINFO lumps, the times in DEHACKED take precedence.