I am trying to remember a secret in old (classic?) Doom game. Point is that you start level on a platform/balcony. If player walks forward towards monsters, you'll jump on the floor and won't be able to get on platform again. However, if you turn around, there is a not-so-hidden passage to a room with chainsaw or something else.

What was the name of that Doom version and what was the level number, as well as the weapon?

Spoiler alert: I remember that episode while watching "Ready Player One".

There is a secret, where players should basically drive in reverse to solve.

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In all versions of Doom 2, you can go backwards (or turn around) to get a chainsaw at the start of the very first level.

As mentioned in the question, if you move forwards, you'll fall down preventing you from getting the chainsaw since Doom 1 and 2 don't have a jump button.

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    I'd like to add that with the availability of source ports such as ZDoom, Skulltag, ZDaemon, and others that jump can now be used in Doom. There is also a rocket launcher available in Doom 2 map 1 that could allow the player to rocket jump if playing with the mouse look enabled.
    – Ryan
    Apr 13, 2018 at 10:45
  • @Ryan: The part about the rocket launcher is true, but the rocket launcher is actually harder to find than the chainsaw is.
    – Powerlord
    Apr 13, 2018 at 21:46
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    As for jumping, the problem with playing the original games with jumping is that it basically turns the game into easy mode because there are many puzzles built around the fact that you can't jump.
    – Powerlord
    Apr 13, 2018 at 21:47

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