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Castle Wolfenstein

DOS - 1984

Alt names
Wolfenstein 2D, Wolf2D
Year
1984
Genre
Action
Theme
Shooter, Stealth
Publisher
Muse Software
Developer
Muse Software
Perspective
Top-Down
4.4 / 5 - 41 votes

Description of Castle Wolfenstein

Muse Software gave birth to Castle Wolfenstein (also known as Wolfenstein 2D, Wolf2D) in 1984, with the help of Muse Software as publisher. Cool action game, the player evolve in a shooter, stealth theme with a top-down perspective.

Undoubtedly one of the best action games ever made, Muse Software's Castle Wolfenstein is a revolutionary action game that spawned a whole new genre. If the name sounds familiar to you, your hunch is correct: this is THE game that inspired id Software's blockbuster Wolfenstein 3D. Apparently they liked the game so much that id negotiated a deal to reuse the name 'Wolfenstein' for their game. And if the 'fragmasters' at id acknowledge the game as their inspiration, then it must be something special, right? Indeed, Castle Wolfenstein is such a veritable masterpiece that calling it "special" is a huge understatement. As its spiritual ancestor, the game's premise will be familiar to all Wolfenstein 3D: you are an allied soldier who's been taken prisoner by the Nazis. You must escape from their castle, avoiding or killing Nazi guards along the way. The action is viewed from an overhead perspective, with 2D graphics for the objects and characters (hence its nickname Wolfenstein 2D by Wolf 3D fans). While not Earth-shattering, the graphics are more than adequate, and never gets in the way of the action. There are even different graphics to depict a dead guard, a dead guard with bullet-proof vest on, and a guard shot dead at his desk... talk about rigor mortis. Of course, graphics alone doesn't necessary make a great game, and Castle Wolfenstein has plenty of action and adrenaline rush. You start out with a gun and one 10-bullet clip, given by a fellow prisoner. More bullets can be found by searching guards and breaking into supply boxes. There is a lot of great ideas in the game, many of which are rarely used even in today's crop of 3D-accelerated games. You can, for example, hold a Nazi guard at gunpoint to search him for supplies (unfortunately, though, you can't hold the guard as hostage to facilitate your escape-- only for a short while). You can also toss grenades at guards and watch the gory effect (or as gory as 2D, 4-color CGA palette can get). The grenades can burst through (concrete) walls, and it's a lot of fun to time it so that the grenade will hit the unsuspecting SS guard on the *other side* of the wall. Evil fun :) One thing that makes Castle Wolfenstein very replayable is the fact that the castle is randomly generated each time you play. If you are killed or captured, you can either attempt the same castle again, or play a new random one, which could very well be more impossible than the last. SS guards also tend to surprise you, thus adding to the adrenaline rush of escaping. There is really nothing I can think of that's bad about the game. Castle Wolfenstein is a true pioneer in the now-crowded field of action games, and is a revolutionary game that remains, almost 20 years after its release, eminently playable (with slowdown program, of course). Two thumbs up, wayyy up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

#11825

Billy added this comment :

Ah, I remember MEETING Silas A. Warner when I was a kid and he was writing more levels for a friend of mine for this game! This game will live forever as one of the best as Muse really did a great job of advertising this one!

#11719

Thanks added this comment :

Thank you

#11166

Harbinger added this comment :

wait an see

#8724

Moran added this comment :

Where can I download the Mac version of this game?

#7218

Tae added this comment :

I tried playing this game but I am not able to slow down the processor speed on a MacBook. How do I do this? Anyone know? Please help!

#6777

eragon added this comment :

friggin awesome!

#6058

Orctooth added this comment :

The number of times I had to clean the computer room when the principal caught me and my comrades playing this. A must for the old school players. :)

#5220

DC added this comment :

CTRL + F11 - decrease procesor speed
CTRL + F12 - increase procesor speed

#4712

Austen added this comment :

Hi,

Downloaded the game for my 7 year old. I loved this when I was a kid. The only thing is now when I am playing it, eveyrthing is moving extremely fast. Like 10 times the speed it should. It is very hard (almost impossible) to control. Any idea how to sort this out?

Thanks,

Trevor

#2589

Slatyex added this comment :

Yes...you had to run into the wall to put away the gun! And that zingazh(*&(*ing! was so annoying when you touched the walls...why did they do that too? So you touched a wall! Big deal! Great game...one of my utmost favorites!

#2567

Federer added this comment :

Veri good

#2423

Toshiro added this comment :

cant wait

#1606

Lerxst added this comment :

Loved this game back then

#1345

Gibsaw added this comment :

Not quite the beginning, but a re-release of "the beginning" on the IBM PC.

I suppose it seems obvious that it would be re-released for CGA IBM PC, but given the popularity of the original Apple II version, I never even realised this version existed.

nice to see they added in the most obvious omission from the original, which was a key to put away your gun. Why that was never fixed in the original Apple II version, I don't know. MUSE waited until "Beyond Castle Wolfenstein" to fix that on the Apple II.

#201

fredlord added this comment :

The beginning!!

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