Platforms: GBA, PC & Mac (via DOSBox), XBLA, PSN, iPhone
Things You Might Like
- Simple Controls
- Nazi Killin’
- ‘ Action
- Cheap ($5 on Steam)
- Hold down the ‘M I L’ keys to get all weapons and ammo
- Soundblaster Support!
- Free demo here!
Things You Might Not Like
- Easy to get lost in levels (iPhone/iPad versions have a Map)
- Collision detection is a bit wonky
- MIL cheat kills your score
- Some enemies are way too powerful
- You don’t get to actually kick any Nazis like you see on the box
Wolfenstein 3D is a classic game that practically pioneered the FPS genre. While it has its flaws, Wolfenstein is great fun for anyone who wants a simple, yet entertaining old-school shooter.
4 out of 5 Secrets Found
Wolfenstein 3D, affectionately referred to as Wolf 3D by those who remember having to type that into DOS to run it, is one of the first videogames I remember playing. This is with good reason. When it launched, Wolfenstein 3D was a fresh innovation in the PC gaming industry. Up until that point, I had never heard of a game in which you saw through the characters eyes. It was mind blowing.
Here’s a quick rundown of what can be considered the plot. You are B.J. Blazkowicz, a special agent for the United States Government. While trying to find out what the Nazis are up to, you were captured and imprisoned in Castle Wolfenstein. Your task now is to escape the castle and make it to freedom, potentially with the secrets you were meant to find at the outset of your mission.
The gameplay here is pretty straightforward, especially as shooters go. It can be summed up in the following sentence: Move around and kill things; sometimes you’ll need keys. Since this is a classic PC game built for 1992, there’s no need for that fancy gaming mouse you spent $100 on for World of Warcraft. You’ll use only what a real man needs — powerful fingers and a keyboard. The arrow keys are used for movement, the SPACE bar opens doors/secret passages, and the CTRL key is used for Nazi killin’. That being said, you can use a mouse if you want to, but I advise against it. You would literally use the mouse to move, and that gets old very quickly.
The weapons here are pretty simple, but very satisfying. Your implements of destruction are a knife, pistol, machine gun, and chain gun. They all use the same ammo, save the knife, which you should know by now doesn’t require ammo. All of these are effective at killing the enemies of freedom and justice. That reminds me, we should talk about the enemies. The enemies range from standard Nazi guards, who are dressed in clothes that closely resemble real Nazi uniforms, to unholy abominations of man and machine powered by occult magic and science. I won’t spoil anything for you, but it gets really good.
The standard find (insert color here) key to open (insert color here) door scenario applies. However, this should be forgiven since that concept hadn’t been beaten to death yet. Besides, it’s either a Gold key or a Silver key. You’ll be fine. This adds some play time to each level and guarantees that you have to look in every possible space in order to progress. In a sense, this was very clever on the part of the developers. In order to keep their hard design work from going to waste, they force you to explore. Besides, you signed on to kill Nazis right? Of course you did.
Something worth noting is the ‘Statistics’ screen at the end of each level. This screen shows an exhausted Blazkowicz and details your performance, as well as the ‘Par Time’ for completing the mission. For hardcore gamers looking for a perfect run, this is a great feature.
All in all, Wolfenstein 3D is a game that keeps calling me back every time a new iteration is released. Part of this is due to the nostalgia factor, which is high. The other part is that, while challenging in some areas, this game is good if you just want to blow things up and not care about the consequences. This game is built around the idea of mowing down Nazis on your way to freedom. And, at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want?