Wolfenstein 3D

A 1992 cult shooter game, often called the “forefather” of 3D FPS games. Wolfenstein 3D was developed by the famous studio id Software, also known from such titles as Doom or Quake. You play as William “B.J.” Blazkowicz, an Allied special forces spy, who undertakes dangerous missions on enemy territory. Blazkowicz is sent to Nazi Germany to infiltrate Castle Hollehammer, a secret base where research on creating a super-soldier is conducted. The singleplayer campaign consists of six episodes, starting with getting out of the eponymous Castle Wolfenstein. In the enclosed locations of the game, you face various opponents, from guard dogs, through foot soldiers, to powerful mutants—at the end of every level, you have to fight a mighty boss enemy. The levels are labyrinth-like, and your primary task in each of them is to find the exit key and proceed to the next location.

PC / Windows
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Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D | PC

Action, FPP, World War II, FPS

Companies responsible for Wolfenstein 3D

id Software | game developer

Apogee Software, Ltd | publisher  

Wolfenstein 3D release date for PC:

game language:
English

05 May 1992 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size: 2 HDD
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 727 players' votes.  

Wolfenstein 3D is one of the most famous FPS games in history, and a milestone on the way to the modern 3D video games. You play as William “B.J.” Blazkowicz, an Allied special forces spy, who performs dangerous mission on the enemy ground. His main task in Wolfenstein 3D is infiltrating Hollehammer Castle, where the Nazi scientists, led by Doctor Schabbs, are working on a secret project on creating invincible super-soldiers. According to the intelligence reports, the research may involve raising the dead, but since it sounds highly improbable, it needs to be checked first.

Mechanics

The game has been divided into 6 episodes, which can be played out of order. Apart from the official main “Eisenfaust” campaign, Blazkowicz has to take care of other assignments—starting with the most important, which is breaking out of prison, the eponymous Castle Wolfenstein. You fight using four weapons: a knife (which is actually only useful against dogs) and three kinds of guns, all of them using the same kind of ammo. You face a multitude of foes, mostly regular foot soldiers. At the end of every episode, you fight a boss enemy, who is more resilient than the other opponents. However, the bosses are not quite difficult to defeat if you remember to dodge.

All the levels in the game are labyrinth-like, which make it only too easy to get lost (sadly, the protagonist doesn't have a map of any kind). Som doors can only be opened with special keys, which come in gold and silver variants. Every stage ends with you finding a lift and taking it down to the next level. Fans of exploration can try finding many hidden rooms, which can be discovered by knocking on walls. The rooms are usually full of treasure (worth extra points) or ammo, and can also contain the most powerful of the guns.

Technical aspects

The 3D engine of Wolfenstein 3D for PC / Windows may seem archaic now, but at the time of the game's release, it was a complete novelty. The title's biggest downside is its monotony, resulting mostly from the lack of varied or refined architecture. All the walls are made of identical square blocks, only with different textures. There are no stairs of lifts (besides the end-level lifts, of course)—every stage consists of just one floor. Despite all of that, however, Wolfenstein 3D is a very playable production. Many a PC owner in the 1990s became a fan of exterminating Nazis in this once-revolutionary game.

Game Boy Advance
Game Wolfenstein 3D (GBA) Cover
Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D | GBA

Action, FPP, World War II, FPS

Companies responsible for Wolfenstein 3D

id Software | game developer

BAM! Entertainment | publisher  

Wolfenstein 3D release date for GBA:

game language:
English

31 March 2002 | Worldwide

16 July 2002 | Europe

31 March 2002 | USA

Game mode: single player

The Game Boy Advance edition of the popular 1992 shooter game. An American spy, B.J. Blazkowicz is sent to an ominous castle in Nazi Germany to thwart the evil plans of the Nazi scientists and the Führer himself.

Mechanics

The game is an exact conversion of the PC edition and features the same levels and enemies. In combat, you use 4 weapons: a knife, a handgun and machine guns.

Wolfenstein 3D for Game Boy Advance is a perfect game to play on a long evening—the total level count is 56, divided into six chapters.

Microsoft Xbox 360
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Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D | XBOX 360

Action, FPP, World War II, FPS

Companies responsible for Wolfenstein 3D

id Software | game developer

Activision Blizzard | publisher  

Wolfenstein 3D release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

03 June 2009 | Worldwide

03 June 2009 | Europe PAL

03 June 2009 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Sony PlayStation 3
Game Wolfenstein 3D (PS3) Cover
Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D | PS3

Action, FPP, World War II, FPS

Companies responsible for Wolfenstein 3D

id Software | game developer

Activision Blizzard | publisher  

Wolfenstein 3D release date for PS3:

game language:
English

03 June 2009 | Worldwide

03 June 2009 | Europe PAL

03 June 2009 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Apple iOS
Game Wolfenstein 3D Classic (iOS) Cover
Wolfenstein 3D Classic

Wolfenstein 3D Classic | iOS

Action, FPP, World War II, FPS

Companies responsible for Wolfenstein 3D Classic

id Software | game developer

id Software | publisher  

Wolfenstein 3D Classic release date for iOS:

game language:
English

25 March 2009 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player , size:

A mobile edition of the cult shooter game by id Software, regarded as one of the most significant video games ever and the precursor of the modern FPS games. The Apple iOS version of Wolfenstein 3D was developed by the original creators of the title, and supervised by John Carmack, the co-founder of id Software and the lead programmer of the original game.

Plot

The story takes place during an alternative history version of World War II, and you play as an Allied OSA special forces spy, William Blazkowicz. You task is to get out of the eponymous high-security stronghold called Castle Wolfenstein and to infiltrate Hollehammer Castle, where the Nazis, led by Doctor Schabbs, are conducting secret research on creating a super-soldier. According to the intelligence reports, supernatural forces may be involved. In the story's finale, Blazkowicz reaches the secret bunker underneath the Reichstag building and faces Adolf Hitler himself.

Mechanics

The game utilizes a first-person perspective, and you can only see the protagonist's hand—holding his weapon of choice—on the screen. While the range of weapons available is rather small, they include e.g. the cult chaingun, which was later featured in many other FPS games. Curiously, all the weapons in Wolfenstein 3D use the same kind of ammo. The story has been divided into 6 episodes, each of them consisting of 10 stages, and the key element of each is combat with various kinds of foes, from regular foot soldiers to powerful boss enemies. You also have to solve several puzzles (such as finding the right keys), and you can find many shortcuts and hidden rooms, usually full of ammo or first aid kits.

Technical aspects

Wolfenstein 3D for Apple iOS is a faithful copy of the original game, both in terms of its content and its visuals. Even if it does look a little old for the modern player, used to realistic 3D graphics, it still has its own nostalgic charm. Compared to its 1992 predecessor, the only significant change is the new interface, designed for mobile devices by John Carmack himself.

Age Rating

age requirements: 12+