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[[Image:Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|Early North American box art.]]
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'''''Wolfenstein 3-D''''' is a first-person shooter developed by [[id Software]]. In the game, you play a World War II prisoner of war who has escaped his cell deep in a Nazi prison and must escape. Additional episodes were added where you infiltrate Nazi strongholds and kill Hitler and other Nazi leaders.
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'''''Wolfenstein 3-D''''' is a World War II themed first-person shooter developed by [[id Software]] and published by [[Apogee Software]] for [[MS-DOS]] on 05-05-1992, then ported to several other platforms. The game is the first to use the [[Wolfenstein 3-D Engine]]. The game is based on a much older game, [[Escape From Castle Wolfenstein]], and, like the original, you play a prisoner of war who must escape from a Nazi dungeon. Additional episodes were added where you infiltrate Nazi strongholds and kill Hitler and fictional Nazi leaders. Wolfenstein 3-D is a video game milestone being one of the first widely popular FPSs.
  
Wolfenstein 3-D is a video game milestone being one of the first hugely popular FPSs.
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I first played Wolfenstein 3-D in the early 1990s and was really impressed, not just by the 3D perspective, but also the gratuitous violence and digital speech. I rarely played the game fairly, usually relying on cheats to skip through most of the game, but I have played four of the episodes properly and have the feel of the game.
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This was also one of the first games I spent a lot of time trying to modify. Before I had Internet access, I was able to get my hands on a map editor, and I made several custom maps for the game.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
I do not own Wolfenstein 3D, but have beaten the first three episodes at Bring 'Em On difficulty.
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I do not own Wolfenstein 3-D, but have beaten the first four episodes at Bring 'Em On difficulty.
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 5/10
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* '''Overall:''' 4/10
 
* '''Best Version:''' DOS
 
* '''Best Version:''' DOS
  
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* The game, for its time, is a beautiful example of a first-person shooter done right.
 
* The game, for its time, is a beautiful example of a first-person shooter done right.
 
* Though cartoonish, the graphics are well-drawn and attractive.
 
* Though cartoonish, the graphics are well-drawn and attractive.
* The enemy AI is pretty dumb, but it does sometimes cause some rather shocking results when they inadvertently sneak up on you from behind.
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* The enemy AI is pretty dumb, but it does sometimes cause some rather shocking results when they inadvertently sneak up on you from behind and strafe to avoid your gun fire.
 
* Bobby Prince's incorporation of Nazi and American political music was a nice touch.
 
* Bobby Prince's incorporation of Nazi and American political music was a nice touch.
* The addition of a Pac-Man level was pretty cool.
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* The sliding secret doors is a really cool addition.
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* The addition of a secret 3-D Pac-Man level was pretty cool.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
 
* The game tends to become monotonous. After the third episode, you've seen nearly everything the game has to offer save the remaining bosses.
 
* The game tends to become monotonous. After the third episode, you've seen nearly everything the game has to offer save the remaining bosses.
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* The player turns far too slowly.
 
* The use of lives and points doesn't really fit the game's theme.
 
* The use of lives and points doesn't really fit the game's theme.
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* Many of the levels have a ridiculous layout. While this makes the game more playable (a realistic map would be dull), it also hurts immersion.
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* In several levels NPCs will open a locked door long before you can get the key short-cutting large sections of the map.
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* NPCs are able to shoot around corners even when their guns are clearly behind the wall.
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* Being able to save the game whenever you want kind of defeats the difficulty, but, if you try to play without saving, the game is ridiculously hard.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
 
* Nothing.
 
* Nothing.
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==Media==
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===Box Art===
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Due to the Nazi imagery, Apogee used their logo as the cover art in several European countries.
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<gallery>
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - USA.jpg|This is the original US mail-order art by [[Ken Rieger]]. It was later reused for the Shareware copies and the digital release. BJ looks like a roided out murderous psychoticpath, especially when the only notion he's killing Nazis is the helmet of the dead guard. Still, it's well-painted, and I like the logo. This is my favorite.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - USA - Revision.jpg|This is the US box art used in stores, by [[Julie Bell]]. BJ is just as much a body builder, but a little less insane. The guards look even less like Nazis than before, although the top guard is reminiscent of the cover of the original [[Escape From Castle Wolfenstein]]. This art was reused for the Game Boy Advance, iOS, and modern emulated platforms.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - UK.jpg|The UK release went all out with swastikas and Hitler, too bad it's amateurishly painted.
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</gallery>
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===Documentation===
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<gallery>
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Manual.pdf|DOS Manual.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Manual - Australia.pdf|DOS Manual (Australia).
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Official Hint Manual.pdf|Official Hint Manual.
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Wolfenstein 3D - 3DO - Manual.pdf|3DO Manual.
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Wolfenstein 3D - JAG - Manual.pdf|Jaguar Manual.
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</gallery>
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===Maps===
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<gallery>
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Map - Episode 1.png|DOS - Episode 1.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Map - Episode 2.png|DOS - Episode 2.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Map - Episode 3.png|DOS - Episode 3.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Map - Episode 4.png|DOS - Episode 4.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Map - Episode 5.png|DOS - Episode 5.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Map - Episode 6.png|DOS - Episode 6.
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</gallery>
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===Graphics===
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<gallery>
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Graphics - Walls.png|DOS - Wall textures.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Graphics - BJ.png|DOS - BJ Blazkowicz.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Graphics - Objects.png|DOS - Objects.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Graphics - Guards.png|DOS - Guards.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Graphics - Bosses.png|DOS - Bosses.
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Wolfenstein 3D - MAC - Graphics.gif|Graphics sheet from the Macintosh version.
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</gallery>
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* [https://www.spriters-resource.com/pc_computer/wolfenstein3d spriters-resource.com/pc_computer/wolfenstein3d] - Additional sprite sheets.
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===Fan Art===
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<gallery>
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Fan Art.jpg|Fan art.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Robo-Hitler Fan Art.jpg|Robo-Hitler fan art by Deimos-Remus.
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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - Enemies Wallpaper.jpg|Enemy collage.
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</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV34y9p079g youtube.com/watch?v=LV34y9p079g] - John Carmack's commentary.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6t7R_VQHlY youtube.com/watch?v=w6t7R_VQHlY] - Did You Know Gaming?
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==Download==
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* [[Media:Wolfenstein 3-D v1.4 - Shareware.zip|Download]] ([[:File:Wolfenstein 3-D v1.4 - Shareware.zip|Info]]) - Version 1.4, shareware.
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==Credits==
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{| class="wikitable" |
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! Name !! Roles
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| [[Jay Wilbur]] || Chief Operating Officer
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|-
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| [[Tom Hall]] || Director, Designer, Writer, Voices
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|-
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| [[John Carmack]] || Engine Programmer
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|-
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| [[John Romero]] || Programmer, Designer, Programmer, Voices
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| [[Jason Blochowiak]] || Additional Programmer, Sound Driver
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|-
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| [[Adrian Carmack]] || Graphics
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| [[Robert Prince]] || Music, Sound Effects
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| [[Kevin Cloud]] || Documentation
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| [[Scott Miller]] || Voices
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
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* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/wolfenstein-3d mobygames.com/game/wolfenstein-3d] - MobyGames.
 
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfenstein_3D en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfenstein_3D] - Wikipedia.
 
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfenstein_3D en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfenstein_3D] - Wikipedia.
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/wolfenstein-3d mobygames.com/game/wolfenstein-3d] - MobyGames.
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* [http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Wolfenstein_3D_(DOS) vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Wolfenstein_3D_(DOS)] - Music and sound effects.
* [http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Wolfenstein_3D_(DOS) vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Wolfenstein_3D_(DOS)] - Music.
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* [http://www.shikadi.net/moddingwiki/Wolfenstein_3-D shikadi.net/moddingwiki/Wolfenstein_3-D] - ModdingWiki.
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:08, 13 June 2018

Original North American box art.

Wolfenstein 3-D is a World War II themed first-person shooter developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software for MS-DOS on 05-05-1992, then ported to several other platforms. The game is the first to use the Wolfenstein 3-D Engine. The game is based on a much older game, Escape From Castle Wolfenstein, and, like the original, you play a prisoner of war who must escape from a Nazi dungeon. Additional episodes were added where you infiltrate Nazi strongholds and kill Hitler and fictional Nazi leaders. Wolfenstein 3-D is a video game milestone being one of the first widely popular FPSs.

I first played Wolfenstein 3-D in the early 1990s and was really impressed, not just by the 3D perspective, but also the gratuitous violence and digital speech. I rarely played the game fairly, usually relying on cheats to skip through most of the game, but I have played four of the episodes properly and have the feel of the game.

This was also one of the first games I spent a lot of time trying to modify. Before I had Internet access, I was able to get my hands on a map editor, and I made several custom maps for the game.

Status

I do not own Wolfenstein 3-D, but have beaten the first four episodes at Bring 'Em On difficulty.

Review

  • Overall: 4/10
  • Best Version: DOS

Good

  • The game, for its time, is a beautiful example of a first-person shooter done right.
  • Though cartoonish, the graphics are well-drawn and attractive.
  • The enemy AI is pretty dumb, but it does sometimes cause some rather shocking results when they inadvertently sneak up on you from behind and strafe to avoid your gun fire.
  • Bobby Prince's incorporation of Nazi and American political music was a nice touch.
  • The sliding secret doors is a really cool addition.
  • The addition of a secret 3-D Pac-Man level was pretty cool.

Bad

  • The game tends to become monotonous. After the third episode, you've seen nearly everything the game has to offer save the remaining bosses.
  • The player turns far too slowly.
  • The use of lives and points doesn't really fit the game's theme.
  • Many of the levels have a ridiculous layout. While this makes the game more playable (a realistic map would be dull), it also hurts immersion.
  • In several levels NPCs will open a locked door long before you can get the key short-cutting large sections of the map.
  • NPCs are able to shoot around corners even when their guns are clearly behind the wall.
  • Being able to save the game whenever you want kind of defeats the difficulty, but, if you try to play without saving, the game is ridiculously hard.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

Box Art

Due to the Nazi imagery, Apogee used their logo as the cover art in several European countries.

Documentation

Maps

Graphics

Fan Art

Videos

Download

Credits

Name Roles
Jay Wilbur Chief Operating Officer
Tom Hall Director, Designer, Writer, Voices
John Carmack Engine Programmer
John Romero Programmer, Designer, Programmer, Voices
Jason Blochowiak Additional Programmer, Sound Driver
Adrian Carmack Graphics
Robert Prince Music, Sound Effects
Kevin Cloud Documentation
Scott Miller Voices

Links