Wolfenstein 3D

a game by Imagineering Inc., and id Software
Genres: Action, Shooting Games
Platforms: SNESSNES, 3DO, Atari Jaguar, GBA
Editor Rating: 7.1/10, based on 9 reviews, 11 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 3 votes
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See also: 3D Games, Wolfenstein Series

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. B 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.

ProTips:

  • 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.

Cry "Wolfenstein!"

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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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

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System requirements:

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  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Wolfenstein 3D is one of the earliest first person shooting games to ever exist, as it was released in 1992. Developed by id Software, this shooting game has gone on to receive universal acclaim and controversy. Without it, we probably wouldn't be enjoying the first person shooter genre today. Like DOOM and other early FPS games, Wolfenstein 3D defined the genre with blood, guts, and mature themes. The game takes place during World War II, and follows good-guy spy BJ Blazkowicz. Trapped in a Nazi prisoner camp, BJ must escape and carry out his mission. Players explore a series of levels, all maze-like and labyrinthine. With the halls full of Nazis and your hands full of firearms, there's only one way through; guns-a-blazing.

In terms of gameplay, Wolfenstein 3D is very straightforward. Each level starts with the player spawning in a room, sometimes containing enemies, but usually not. As you move through the level, you'll find various weapons and power-ups to aid you. Your objective is always the same; kill as many Nazis as possible while you search for the exit. Once you find the exit to the level, you move onto the next one, slowly reaching your overall mission objective. As the game progresses, levels get more and more difficult to navigate, becoming super complex mazes with dead-ends. There are three episodes to complete (each with ten levels), and each episode ends with an exciting boss fight. There's no shortage of blood and mayhem as you make your way through various Nazi-occupied buildings and facilities.

With the entire Nazi force attempting to kill you, you'll need some weapons to fight back. Luckily, Wolfenstein 3D features a handful of firearms that will aid you in your battle. Players start out with a simple knife, but can quickly discover other weapons by searching around. Basic weapons like pistols and sub-machine guns are littered around the map, with plenty of extra ammunition to keep firing. However, players who choose to explore every nook and cranny might discover secret areas. These areas hold super useful items, like armor, health packs, and the almighty chain gun.

Weapons aren't the only thing to collect, as various treasures are scattered across the levels as well. As you clear rooms of Nazi enemies, you'll often find necklaces, jewelry, and other precious commodities. Collecting the shiny bling nets you points, and when you've reached enough points, you're awarded an extra life. Players start an episode with only three lives, so you'll want to gain those extra lives whenever possible. You can also earn points by completing levels fast, killing all enemies, and discovering secret areas.

Despite the game's aged graphics and limited arsenal, Wolfenstein 3D remains incredibly fun to play. Gameplay is fast and satisfying, and shooting down Nazis never grows old. The maze-like layouts of the levels give the game a lot of replayability. As you begin to memorize the correct path through a level, you'll gain more points, making you even more powerful. The story of BJ Blazkowicz is simple but enjoyable, and it serves as a great way to put the player in the action. Wolfenstein 3D played a big part in the growth of the FPS genre, so if you've never played it, you owe it to yourself to try it out.

People say:

7

I used to play Wolfenstein 3-D all the time, and this is the smoothest scrolling one of all. The audio is surpnslngly good for being a Jaguar game. My biggest complaint is how fast the game scrolls by. I like fast games, but the game pipy is hurt in this case. If you own a Jag, by all means get it. You won't be disappointed. The effect of Wolfenstein has worn off a bit, but it's still an enjoyable game.

7

Yes, it has been done before on other platforms, but not this good. Everything has been kept intact from the PC version. The graphics are top-notct and the sounds are of exceptional quality. The only real cdmplaint is that it scrolls way too fast. This can screw up yum accuracy when you are trying to get somewhere, aim, etc. Jaguar owners are bound to go nuts over this good translation.

7

This Jaguar version of the PC hit is superior in many respects. For one, the graphics are much crisper, which makes it easy to identify enemies from afar plus the music and sound effects have been dramatically improved. I especially like the Automap feature. The only drawback that really hurts this game is that your character moves through the levels way too fast, making it tough for precision aiming.

8

Either you love this game or you just don't understand why everyone else does. Just like the computer version simple yet very, very addicting 3-D game. The graphics and sounds aren't super quality but they aren't what makes the game fun. The scrolling through the halls and feeling of being the hunter or the hunted is exhilarating. This may not be everyone's game, but if you like the style, it's done well.

People say:

6

Just like the recently released Doom, Wolfenstein 3D is a near-perfect port of a groundbreaking first-person shooter from the glory days of shareware PC gaming. While not as technically impressive as Activision's Doom port, Wolf 3D is arguably just as much fun to play with its central theme of escaping an underground prison and kicking Hitler's ass during World War II. Despite all the joys that come with gunning down Nazis, all is not perfect in the land of GBA Wolfenstein. Like it or not, this is an OLD game, and the play mechanics are archaic by today's standards. I wish it had a multiplayer mode to link up in, and I also wish it had a simple map to keep me from getting lost all the time. What's more, you can only save at the end of each level (lame, considering you could save anywhere in the PC version). You'll spend huge periods of time squinting 'til you make it through a stage, which is murder on the eyes. If you can stomach its flaws and antiquity though, Wolf 3D is a fun time and worth at least a rental If you're a fan of the genre.

People say:

8.5

This Is the best version of Wolfenstein I've played. The control is perfect. The whole game looks so dear; it takes getting used to. There are plenty of levels to keep you busy, and secrets can be found almost anywhere. I like all of the weapons, from the flamethrower to the Gatling gun. The enemies are intelligent, almost to the point of being merciless. One word of advice: Don't play it for hours, otherwise you'll get a massive migraine headache. Really good.

8.0

Wolfenstein 3D is definitely an excellent version of id's original masterpiece, with the exception of a few minor cosmetic changes that will not affect the gameplay whatsoever. Overall. Wolfenstein plays very well. With the ability to have extra weapons, such as the Rocket Launcher, you will have no choice but to have a good time. Besides having crisp graphics and great sound. 60 levels make Wolfenstein a perfect game for anybody's nostalgia collection.

8.0

Boy, does this game bring back memories. This title is a great translation from the original with new items like the backpack, flamethrower and rocket launcher. Unlike other translations to gaming platforms. the 3DO version is uncensored, from the pictures of Hitler and swastikas on the walls to the guards yelling, "Achtung!" instead of, "Hey!" With a total of 60 levels (30 Wolfenstein levels, and 30 Escape from Wolfenstein levels), this game is a must-have for Wolfenstein fans.

8.0

The old classic returns in the best conversion yet for the granddaddy of first-person games. Wolfenstein 3D has all of the smoothness seen in the computer version plus new weapons and equipment, such as the backpack, rocket launchers and flamethrower. Hats off to Interplay for upholding the traditional look by keeping the Nazi paraphernalia in the title. If you have had enough of all the Doom clones out there, try the one that started the first-person game revolution.

You're probably saying to yourself, "Oh, no. Not another Wolfenstein..." The latest translation of this title is for the 3DO.

It contains the usual complement of first-person thrills you've come to expect.

You are on a mission through Nazi strongholds, and in order to make it out unscathed, you have to shoot every living thing that crosses your path. To aid you, there are health packs and ammunition scattered about.

The graphics move smoothly and the audio is good. If you've played Wolfenstein 3D on any of the other formats (except for the butchered Super NES cart), it is more of the same.

  • 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.

GATLIN GUN

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!

BAZOOKA

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.

MISSION 1

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

People say:

7

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.

8

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.

6

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.

7

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.

As the predecessor to Doom, Wolfen-stein still packs a punch as a first-person shooter. But veteran players of Doom may find this game a bit too mild.

Achtung, Baby!

Trapped inside a Nazi fortress in WWII, you have only one way to escape - blast your way to freedom. The enemy soldiers are heavily armed, but if you can kill them, you can pick up the weapons they drop - flamethrowers, machine guns, Catling guns, and rocket launchers. You can also find these items in the ample secret rooms that are hidden in the walls of the castle.

Although the action is set on a single plane (there are no stairs to climb), the game is a fun, mindless exercise in shooting and keeping your enemies on a steady diet of lead.

Straight Shooter

Wolfenstein's graphics are excellent and have little pixeliza-tion, even when you're close to objects. The scaling is incredibly fast - maybe too fast - and it's easy to get caught in tight areas, especially doorways, when you need to move quickly from room to room.

The rousing music features classic military drums. The sound effects are also well done, from the pitter-pat of the machine gun to the crash of the bazooka launcher. The voices are intelligible - you hear a triumphant 'Yeah!" when you find a valuable item, your attackers bark out commands, and the attack dogs squeal.

The only problem is the controls - they're far too sensitive. Lining up the bad guy in your sights is difficult because the slightest tap on the pad can throw off your aim. Also, accessing the map of your current floor is awkward; you must press three buttons simultaneously, which risks accidentally firing your weapon and wasting ammunition.

Eatenze Lead

Although it joins a genre that's starting to look tired, Wolfen-stein 3D is a very entertaining translation of the PC title. If you found Doom too intense, give this one a try.

ProTips:

  • Open a door, run Into a room, then run back out You'll lure your enemies Into your area, one at a time....but If they're killed In the doorway, the door will remain open.
  • The dog food doesn't just nourish the dog - you can eat It and earn health points!
  • Press on the walls -especially on the pictures. You may reveal hidden rooms filled with goodies.
  • When you meet a big boss, stay as far away as possible and use hit-and-run tactics.

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