Ages ago, an overhead view Apple II computer game called Castle Wolfenstein wiped out a mess of Nazis and became a huge hit in the process. Last year, Id Software updated the Nazi-nuking legend as a PC game with a first-person, over-the-barrel perspective called Wolfenstein 3D. It too became a huge hit.
Now Id has teamed with Imagineer to bring Wolfenstein 3D to the SNES. Prediction: though it's changed somewhat from its predecessors, it will be a huge hit, too.
Guns, But No Roses
It's World War II, and you're the world-famous soldier, B.J. Blazkowicz. Your accomplishments are legendary, so much so that President Roosevelt has your phone number in his Rolodex -- and he uses it. The vile Staatmeister and his Master State are up to their dirty tricks again. It's your job to break into their fortresses and take them down.
You set off on 30 missions as a one-man wrecking crew. You're initially armed only with a pistol and a handful of bullets. Luckily, machine guns, flamethrowers, rocket launchers, and a ton of ammunition are spread in abundance throughout the game.
Wolfenstein's challenge will make you howl. Of course, the Master State is expecting you, so there are Guards, Elite Guards, Officers, and Mutant Attack Rats lurking everywhere. In later levels, you meet up with Frankenstein-like mutant soldiers that have guns mounted in their chests, chain guns for arms, and knives for hands.
It's obvious what comes next: You blast your way through the ranks to find the level exit as quickly as you can. If you take out all the enemies and snatch all the treasures in each level, you earn bonus points toward extra lives. You also earn bonus points for beating the level within a certain time limit and more points for finding secret rooms.
All Shot Up and Nowhere to Go
The controls in Wolfenstein are as simple to use as A-B-Start, but they take time to master. В shoots and A opens doors. Start displays a map of what you've seen so far. Even with this simplicity, the controls are a bit skittish, especially during intense firefights. Until you nail the directionals down, it's tough to swing your gun around quickly or stop on a dime to take a precise shot.
You can constantly monitor your health with a percentage display on-screen. Anything less than 100 percent means you've been hit. If you aren't into percentages, you can "face" your health. A visual display of Blazkowicz's face starts to look downright nasty, with puffy eyes and bloodied lips when he's hurt.
- It's easy to get spun around and find yourself covering ground you've already conquered. Use the map frequently to analyze your progress.
- Learn to use L and R. Running into a room sideways can jet you a valuable jump on certain enemies.
- Some levels have more than one exit, which can give you a speed bonus if you get to one quickly. However, it's usually worth the time to find all secret rooms and treasures, and get rid of all enemies.
- When you run into uniform types, take out the dudes in white first, the ones in blue second, and the ones in khaki last.
- Map every detail of each level. This will help you grab every point and get out as quickly as possible.
- Check every wall for secret passages. Not only will this help your bonus score, but you'll also end up with a good cache of weapons.
- The boss levels all have large quantities of first aid and ammo available, usually hidden in secret rooms. Until you find them and know you can get to them quickly, stay clear of the big, bad boss.
- Master Staters hide behind every column.
- Your Auto-Map paints an incomplete picture, so look into every nook and cranny.
- Listen to the sounds carefully. Not only will you hear any off-sides threat, but the sound of opening and closing doors in the distance will alert you to approaching enemies, especially aggressive bosses.
- Try not to get caught with a door in front of you and behind you. Once the bullets start flying, you may find yourself in crossfire.
The Sights and Sounds of War
Outside of the wild action, Wolfenstein 3D has incredible audio accompaniment. Sure, the music is funky and upbeat for a war battle, but this is one of the few games where the sound can really help you -- particularly if you're hooked to a stereo system. For example, Guards shout "Stop" and "Halt." Depending on how far the enemies are from you, the volume of their shouts varies. Similarly, if something's happening to the left of your character, you'll hear it more in your left speaker. The game's filled with other effects as well, like the snarls of the rats and the reverberating door slams.
It all builds intense realism.
Overall, there's great attention to graphic detail. You get a big window on the action, and the screen updates are fast. Also, if you pick up a weapon, Blazkowicz's face puts on this greedy, "look what I found" sneer. Cool. If you get killed, the screen freezes, then spins to show you who did the final deed.
The dramatic graphic drawbacks are the overly pixelated surroundings and character sprites -- it looks like you're fighting giant Lego people in a Lego castle. Even though the graphics are generally very blocky, the scaling of objects is good.
Wolfenstein 3D is a major blast! It's one of those rare games that are simple in design, easy to control, and a heck of a lot of fun to play. You get all that and world war, too.
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- Manufacturer: 1D/Imaginer
- # of players: 1
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: 1st qtr. '94
- Number of Levels: 30
- Theme: Action
The PC classic is making its way to the Super NES system: Castle Wolfenstein 3-0! Except, as expected, things will be toned down quite a bit. The basic premise is the same: as super-commando B.J. Blazkowicz, you are sent behind enemy lines during World War II, into the dreaded title castle. This first-person perspective allows you to walk from room to room - blowing away enemies if need be - all presented in Mode 7! There are six missions in this game, each representing a certain building floor. The levels have end Bosses - tough soldiers that take several hits to kill, and even attack dogs (well, sort of - the big "N" has requested they be mutant rats instead)! Yet there are several weapons to be found that you can use to help you along the way. The game is compatible with the standard Super NES control pad, or the new mouse.
SOME WEAPONS AND OTHER ITEMS TO HELP YOU SURVIVE
To cycle through the weapons you are currently carrying, press the SELECT Button. To use a weapon, press the B Button.
This is one of the most powerful machine guns in the entire game! Unfortunately, it uses too much ammunition at a very fast rate! Use it sparingly, or only use it when the situation arises!
This slow-loading weapon packs quite a punch! You cannot carry very much ammunition for it, but it is almost guaranteed to destroy enemies with one shot! Save it for the Boss characters.
KNIFE & PISTOL
These are the two "basic" weapons in the game. The Knife is your last weapon. You will use it when you run out of ammunition for everything else (or if you select it). The pistol takes a few shots to kill a foe.
Each floor is divided into different sections. At the end of the last section is a Boss - here it is Hans Grobe who will attack with a machine gun in each hand. Remember to use Buttons X or Y to run while moving: the longer they are held, the faster you will move! The RIGHT and LEFT Buttons also serve a purpose: they allow you to strafe left or right. Press START and the game will pause and show you a map of your progress.
FLOOR 1: DRESDEN STRIKE
Floor 1 is divided up into three stages, with a tough Boss at the end of Stage 1-3! In addition to the guards, you will also encounter dangerous guard dogs that will rush at you and attack instantly! At the end of each stage is a white door: to finish the stage, you must have the key to open it. Once inside, go to the switch on the wall and the stage will end! On Stage 3, you must kill the Boss to get the key first, though.
FLOOR 2: OPERATION EISENFAUST
Some new enemies await you on this floor - most notably the White (1 & 2) and Blue (3) guards! These guys take quite a few hits to get rid of! Each time you take a hit, the screen will turn a shade of red. Make sure to grab their ammo when they fall - you can use it! 4) Make sure to push against "suspicious" walls and press the A Button - they could reveal secret passages with items hidden inside. 5) A Blue Guard at the wrong place at the wrong time. 6) Try and get the enemy guards bunched together, then use your Gatling gun to spray fire and do them in!
- Manufacturer: Imagineer
- Machine: Super NES
- Theme: Action
- No. of Levels: 30
As it is, Wolfenstein 3-D is a good game that moves fast, and has a lot to explore. While there have been changes from the version that PC veterans know about, the cart is still a very good translation considering that Nintendo must have really had fun changing this one. Good music and huge mazes help keep you coming back for more and more. Overall, a very good game and worth buying.
Okay, so the blood was removed. Who cares? Then the voices were changed to English. It takes away some of the feel, but hey, this game is still a riot! Not many other games put you in the role of a gun-totin' soldier running rampant through a maze shooting guards and giant rats (oops, there's another change). The fun of the PC version is here and that makes this game a definite must-have for action lovers.
This is a pretty good translation from the PC. Most everything about the game remains intact including the various weapons, music and the huge labyrinths. Conversely, the missing elements of the game are Hitler and the Swastikas on the labyrinth walls, Nazis patrolling around and the German speech. The game play suffers a bit from its PC counter-part. Still it isn't a bad first-person shoot 'em up.
As one of my favorite games on the PC, this Super NES version almost has everything in the sense of the game play. As we know Nintendo has been known to be the "no violence" company. Many of the "bad" pictures and decorations has been taking out. Less gore take's out the game. The rotation and scaling may not be good as the PC, but it's a good translation. Sound effects are ok. But I still like this one.
- Manufacturer: lmagineer
- Machine: Super NES
Wolfenstein 3D is the first person shooter game that was released on May 5, 1992 for DOS and later ported to a wide variety of systems, including 3DO, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Acorn Archimedes, Atari Jaguar, and the Apple IIGS. It was created by id Software and published by Apogee Software. The game was inspired by the 1980s Muse Software computer games Castle Wolfenstein and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein.