Return to Phobos


Return to Phobos
The starting area of E1M1The starting area of E1M1
Author Michael Kelsey
Port Vanilla Doom
Year 1994
Link Doomworld/idgames
Top100.png This mod was one of the ten 1994 mods to feature in the Top 100 WADs of All Time on Doomworld!
  1. Crossing Acheron
  2. Aliens TC
  3. Doomsday of UAC
  4. Galaxia
  5. Serenity
  6. Eternity
  7. Trinity College
  8. Return to Phobos
  9. Slaughter Until Death
  10. The Evil Unleashed
1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998
1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003


Return to Phobos is a Doom episode replacement mod of nine levels, created by Michael Kelsey. As part of their 10 Years of Doom feature, Doomworld named it one of the ten best WADs of 1994.

A version of this episode appeared on Maximum Doom as RETURN02.WAD.


After winning the original boss battle, the protagonist awakens to find that it was all a dream. He falls asleep again and experiences a similar journey through various buildings and battles, although with fewer paranormal phenomena this time.


Built-in demos[edit]

This WAD features three built-in demos. All require Doom v1.2 to view them. The demo levels are:

Demo Level Skill Tics Length
DEMO1 E1M5 4 19761 9:24.60
DEMO2 E1M7 4 24920 11:52.00
DEMO3 E1M8 4 12122 5:46.34


Current records[edit]

The DSDA episode records for Return to Phobos are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV max episode 38:23 Revved 2024-04-09

The data was last verified in its entirety on April 15, 2024.

Inspiration and development[edit]

In his readme, Kelsey records no fewer than twelve beta releases of this episode, mostly to test and adjust network play. RETURN.WAD finally appeared on August 1, 1994, whereupon several major architectural bugs and at least two incompatibilities with Doom v1.666 were soon pointed out. This produced the revised file RETURN01.WAD on August 11.


  • Throughout the bundled documentation, the name "Doom" is written as "D**m" in light of presumed legal concerns. (This occasionally extends to other proper nouns such as "s*rsetup".) Similarly, Kelsey has apologized for creating a mod that replaced the shareware episode, although each of the levels does contain at least one registered Doom component.

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