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[[Image:Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|Original North American box art.]]
 
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'''''Wolfenstein 3-D''''' is a World War II themed first-person shooter developed by [[id Software]] and originally released for [[MS-DOS]] in 1992 and then ported to several other platforms. The game is based on a much older game, [[Escape From Castle Wolfenstein]], and, like the original, you play a prisoner of war must escape from a Nazi dungeon. Additional episodes were added where you infiltrate Nazi strongholds and kill Hitler and other Nazi leaders. Wolfenstein 3-D is a video game milestone being one of the first hugely popular FPSs.
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'''''Wolfenstein 3-D''''' is a World War II themed first-person shooter developed by [[id Software]] and published by [[Apogee]] for [[MS-DOS]] in 1992 and then ported to several other platforms. The game is based on a much older game, [[Escape From Castle Wolfenstein]], and, like the original, you play a prisoner of war must escape from a Nazi dungeon. Additional episodes were added where you infiltrate Nazi strongholds and kill Hitler and other Nazi leaders. Wolfenstein 3-D is a video game milestone being one of the first hugely popular FPSs.
  
 
I first played Wolfenstein 3D 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 did play a few of the episodes properly.
 
I first played Wolfenstein 3D 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 did play a few of the episodes properly.
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===Ugly===
 
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==Boxes==
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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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Wolfenstein 3D - DOS - USA.jpg|This is the original US mail-order art, 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. 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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==Documentation==
 
==Documentation==

Revision as of 11:33, 9 February 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 for MS-DOS in 1992 and then ported to several other platforms. The game is based on a much older game, Escape From Castle Wolfenstein, and, like the original, you play a prisoner of war must escape from a Nazi dungeon. Additional episodes were added where you infiltrate Nazi strongholds and kill Hitler and other Nazi leaders. Wolfenstein 3-D is a video game milestone being one of the first hugely popular FPSs.

I first played Wolfenstein 3D 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 did play a few of the episodes properly.

This was also one of the first games I spent a lot of time trying to modify. 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 3D, but have beaten the first three episodes at Bring 'Em On difficulty.

Review

  • Overall: 5/10
  • 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.
  • 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 use of lives and points doesn't really fit the game's theme.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Boxes

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

Documentation

Maps

Graphics

Gallery

Links