DOS - 1992
Description of Wolfenstein 3D
While Doom is often thought of as the game that kick-started the popularity of the first-person-shooter genre, that honour belongs to Wolfenstein 3D. The first episode of the “grandfather of 3D shooters” was released in 1992 by shareware publisher Apogee Software. The full game was then released weeks later, going on to become both a critical and commercial success (selling over 200,000 copies by 1993).
The developers behind the game were id Software, led by programmers John Romero and John Carmack. Having developed a new 3D engine, they opted to remake the 1984 game Castle Wolfenstein. However due to the novelty of the new 3D engine they felt it would be necessary to make a simpler, faster paced game, and so Wolfenstein 3D was born.
The plot of the game focuses on William "BJ" Blazkowicz, an American spy, as he single-handedly takes on the Third Reich. In the opening episode he finds himself in captivity and must escape Castle Wolfenstein. From there on he must prevent a Nazi plot to create an army of undead mutants before attempting eliminate Adolf Hitler himself.
While revolutionary at the time of its release, by today’s standard the levels are simplistic in both design and appearance. There’s no map, the number of weapons are limited. Yet, the gameplay is fast and frantic and that exactly how it’s meant to be. Wolfenstein 3D was only ever about the shooting, and that it does very well, even after so many years.
Review By Richard
A copy of Wolfenstein 3D can still be bought online at 3D Realms.
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How to play Wolfenstein 3D
To play the Activision version:
- Create a new folder for the game e.g. C:\OLDGAMES\WOLF3D
- Extract the contents of the folder WOLF3D to the game folder
- In DOSBox mount the folder - ‘mount c c:\OLDGAMES\WOLF3D’ press ENTER
- Then - ‘C:’ press ENTER
- Run the game – ‘WOLF3D’ press ENTER
Captures and Snapshots
Comments and reviews
phrozen 2018-07-12 0 point
For cheaters: if you press letters "M" "I" "L" together at the same time, you'll get all the goods ;-) Have fun!
asdsdsad 2018-07-03 0 point
Hey, why are all downloads on this site not available? when I try to download a game from this website I get an error message and the download is not showing!
Jester 2018-03-26 -2 points
If you like games like Wolfenstein, you should look for the channel HoFPG on YouTube. very nice archive with many games of this kind
Rich E Rich 2018-01-01 -1 point
Happy New Year All !!!
How many of you Wolfers out there found the hidden room with a sign telling you to call a toll free phone # and say “Aardwolf” ?
I don’t recall the level but it is very very very deep into what my brother & I named “The secret passages from HELL”.
You only see the sign if you come to the room from the correct direction.
Good luck finding it!
Been almost 30 years. Now I want to hook up my ‘90s PC I built and find the disk with my Game-Saves.
psxdriverplayer 2017-06-04 0 point
The Apogee version is 1.1 with the elevator glitch in E1, the Activision one is 1.4. Been playing this with DOSBox, as closely as originally intended. Did you know that you can change various settings in-game? I've put sound options suiting me and changing controls to WASD and ARROW KEYS doing everything (good scheme really). Having a blast. Except with those pushwalls at times in later Floors. The lack of automap is not an issue for me. Though I don't use sourceports in the first place. (As you can see, you can have WASD scheme with DOS too. Have you people ever experimented with menus? Seems none of you haven't.)
To people complaining this is not abandonware: it sort-of is and is not, as version 1.4 is the one they still sell everywhere, but you can't get version 1.1 anywhere except from something like this site, or if lucky, second hand.
GuyFawkesGaming 2017-02-11 2 points
So what exactly is ultrawolf? is it just wolfenstein with ultrasound support?
Nick 2016-10-29 2 points
Why nazis sounds at UtraWolf are high pitched?(same for dogs and doors)
Nav 2016-10-21 1 point
Very Good Game. Despite repeated inferences of not to share this game on the game start. It still works.
madmonty12345 2016-10-08 2 points
I lost hours of my life to this game, and still do to its modern variants. It like Doom just changed first person gaming forever. A must have classic but be warned, very addictive!
D. Norton 86 2016-09-16 -2 points
This is arguably the second best shoot 'em up game of all time, with first being Doom of course. KILL THEM ALL !!!!!! :D :P
Dave 2016-06-24 5 points
Download the Activision version if you are having trouble with the others. Need to use DOSBOX.
PC Master Ace 2016-05-18 2 points
I love this game to death, but the Ultrawolf version will not run at all in my DOSBox. Too bad, the files for it look promising.
ethan 2016-04-07 3 points
when i start playing this game on my dosbox it starts with the command things but stays there and doesn't change
i am using d-fend dos bix
twinPRICKS 2016-03-07 0 point
this game hurts my eyes now, but I didn't mind playing it into
the wee hours of the night as a kid though.
longDADDYlegy2k 2016-01-29 0 point
this was the very FIRST 1st person shooter I ever played, I didn't
think the game was that great and I would get so disoriented and
didn't know where I should go, but I played for hours and hours because
at the time there were no other games like this one, can anyone say
pauloj 2016-01-25 0 point
the very good gme , because you play very hours and do not stop for brake cofé:)
wolfplayer 2016-01-08 1 point
hey ! do you all remember that part when you're running down an hallway and shooting at nazis? yep, i liked that part !!that was fun !!
wolfplayer 2016-01-08 0 point
yep,i like this game too !! i sit around and play it every night, or every other 2 nights at least !!
Lei_Trigar 2016-01-04 1 point
Just wanted to add, on the Original Apogee version, the elevators that take you to Floor 10 do not work.
CYBER JOBE 2015-10-26 -6 points
my eyes were rally beady in 1992 but now my eyes are even beadier and beadier afdter ive using lot of drugbvs amd methampheamines and inhalants !!
CYBER JOBE 2015-10-26 1 point
USE ECWOLF OR NEWWOLF ENGINES AND HAVE WASD CONTROLS AND AUTOMAP! YEEEEEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!
tybo10000 2015-10-18 0 point
This is a great clasic game, but using an emulator is no fun. Gotta pull out the old Pentium 133 and MS DOS 6.22 for this!
PIRATE_BASTARD 2015-10-09 0 point
oh ,i was just reading earlier comments. to anybody says it doint work on your newer fancy computers, well, you ned to learn how to use dosbox ,or use that EC WOLF engine i mentioned (ec wolf engine is the best
PIRATE_BASTARD 2015-10-09 2 points
and i want to thank all moderators of this great abandonware site for loving all of these old games too ,MYABANDONWARE IS THE BEST EVER !!!
PIRATE_BASTARD 2015-10-09 0 point
you need to download the EC WOLF engine these days though.yep,i agree !!ts the best engine for the game nowadays. its still fun to play too,i played it for hours and hours
PIRATE_BASTARD 2015-10-09 1 point
be sure everybody order all of them from apogee these days ,ok? lol. oh, and order all of the cluebooks too !!
well,i played through this game again a few months ago and really enjoyed it.
Cyril 2015-10-04 0 point
I have a stand alone Mac OS X version and Windows 7 easy to install too.
(No configuration, and no emulator installation requiered)
Send me a message for information : firstname.lastname@example.org
reble 2015-06-22 2 points DOS version
what is the ultra wolf? I downloaded it and it locks up Dosbox when I try to run it.
andersonloko08 2015-06-18 2 points DOS version
use the dosbox program to emulate the DOS ambient and play the games...
Aardvark 2015-03-14 0 point DOS version
First FPS I ever bought, back in the day on my AT....we spend hours and hours together...! A must have oldie :)
Jemil Bayacal 2015-02-19 -2 points DOS version
A very good game! Wasn't bored me, or even a great bore, just awesomeness! Nothing to say more.
Nukey 2015-02-05 0 point DOS version
Can't run the game or install or any of that jazz...help? Suggestions? Obvious facts?
Any help is appreciated. :D Thanks!
dude 2015-01-09 -6 points DOS version
Hey, does anybody know how to get a joystick to work? Using Dosbox
kumara 2014-12-17 -1 point DOS version
i remember playing this as a kid, Really superb game... i love this game soooooooooooooooooooooooo..much
Aquarius 2014-12-10 -2 points DOS version
I suggest to MyAbandonware to put GAME VERSION too.
As I know there are different versions of Wolf3D, 1.0 1.1 1.2 and the final 1.4
Maybe that's why some people can't see some secrets stored in their mind.
VIC 2014-11-24 -4 points DOS version
I remember playing this as a kid in 1997. It was the first game i ever played, then later Doom. It brings back the memories
CIBLUE 2014-11-22 -6 points DOS version
The secret level for episode 1 is missing. You go into the secret exit on E1M1 and it takes you straight to E1M2 instead of E1M10 (the secret level). Apparently, who ever uploaded this one somehow left out the E1M10 file or somthing.
nka 2014-11-21 -1 point DOS version
For those having issues with Sound on Wolf3D
Load Wolf3D into D-Fend Reloaded
Right-click on Wolfenstein 3D
click on Edit
click on Sound
click checkbox that says "Activate sound"
doomguy21 2014-10-12 -4 points DOS version
So much fun. Don't even try to deny it. Not as good as Doom or Quake but still... Dayum
Anonymous 2014-09-23 -2 points DOS version
Does anyone know how to access Episode 1 Level 10 to work without cheating?
ClassicRetroGames 2014-09-14 -3 points DOS version
Also you can link some Wolfenstein 3D footage from youtube.com/ClassicRetroG on this page
Puzzled 2014-09-09 0 point DOS version
The secret elevator to level 10 in episode one isn't working on mine. I checked the other secrets though and I can jump to level 10 in episode 2. Its just that purple walled one that isn't working
natefun 2014-08-15 -1 point DOS version
This available for purchase on steam and is therefore NOT abandonware!
Confused 64bit Windows User 2014-07-24 0 point DOS version
5/5 stars, except for ONE THING. Apparently I have 64bit windows, i'm disappointed, but I love the game, I have it on my phone, wanting it on my computer. :-)
Mick 2014-06-27 0 point DOS version
to get the sound working on D-fend reloaded, right clickeditsoundcheck the box that says active sound.
Steiner 2014-06-23 0 point DOS version
When i try to launch the application it says my windows does not support fullscreen mode even thou it really is :(
Zimminger 2014-05-14 1 point DOS version
When I learn how to put more old games on D-Fend Reloaded, this is going on. I hope I can get it to run with a mouse as it did on DOS 6.2. Old memory: my daughter was in middle school and told me of a dream she had. Nazis were playing Cosmo on our computer. Games are addictive; even old games did this. Everything does. Solitaire with playing cards intruded on my dreams before computers. Tricky (snowboarding)...I had to give it up. But I have to go back again. Everyone does nostalgia. DOS 6.2, WIN 3.1, 486DX2...I still have the old one and should pull it out.
JUAQUI 2014-03-24 0 point DOS version
EL MEJOR JUEGO DE LA HISTORIA. LA PRIMERA VEZ QUE JUGUE FUE CON MI CUÑAO , EL H, VENIA EN UNA REVISTA, PCMANIA , Y CREIAMOS QUE ERA UN JUEGO DE AVIONES, EN EL 92 XD
Civnoda 2014-03-02 -1 point DOS version
I can play the game, but there is no sound? Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks in advance.
indstr 2014-02-11 0 point DOS version
Aha yes... Everyone has memories of this one. For some reason Wolf3d gave me motion sickness though, which Doom and newer games never did. So I wasn't a huge fan of Wolf3d even though it was revolutionary.
Paranoid 2013-12-29 0 point DOS version
Awesome game. This is from the era of shoots before they tried to pile advanced mechanics and a "deep" story line. I just love running around and shooting the crap out of generic enemies!
ThatGuy 2013-11-30 1 point DOS version
Dude, if theirs NO-ONE TO CLAIM THE COPYRIGHT the copyright no longer is in use. Who's gonna go to court to say otherwise?
T_T 2013-10-20 1 point DOS version
@RobertATfm: You talk shit. Why buy of you can download? I dont care for the big players, I care for me!
Flippers 2013-10-06 2 points DOS version
Shut up Rob. People have their own choices. Bragging about how rich you are to buy the game doesn't help those who aren't. Stop being all Mr. Right. Dick.
YeahNanCat 2013-09-30 1 point DOS version
NO! NO! NO!
Actually Valve "stole" Wolfenstein 3d. 'Cause it is developed by ID Softvare. NOT Valve.
Looks like Valve just added that shield or skin that let this game play on newer op systems.
So please stop with this purchasethisgamebecausethisisillagal sanctimonius shit.
I bet you have at least one commercial software on your machine you didnot pay for.....
RobertATfm 2013-09-28 -2 points DOS version
@neologo: Installing this game is easy, just go to Steam and purchase a legal copy (they cost only about the price of a cappucino) and you will be able to install and run it on any system, even Windows 8.
RobertATfm 2013-09-28 -4 points DOS version
This game shouldn't be on this site; it isn't "abandonware", it is still available both from the id Software site and from Steam. This download is thus not an "abandonware" download (even those are technically illegal, since copyright continues to exist even if there's nobody to claim it), but a full-on pirate download.
Royzourboy 2013-09-27 0 point DOS version
The pac man level is Episode 3, level 10. Just work your way there or cheat.
Pete G 2013-08-12 0 point DOS version
I cant figure out how to get the sound to work, I'm using the D-Fend Reloaded Emulator.
mavis9nixon 2013-08-11 1 point DOS version
how do you get to the pacman level it shows in the snapshots
FourTwentyNoscope 2013-07-25 -2 points DOS version
I have to disagree with you guys, I love Steam. It's a single place where you can conveniently buy games, DLC and in-game stuff. Be grateful to Gabe Newell, he's the one that ported Doom to Windows in the first place.
Licurg 2013-06-30 0 point DOS version
@FistMarine: I agree about Steam(hate it, don't use it) but GOG is not the same, they make the games work out of the box, which is important for people with lower tech skills, and they sell their games without shitty DRM. So buying old games from GOG does actually make sense.
LongTooth 2013-06-29 0 point DOS version
To play this on a Win7 machine first install Dfend Reloaded. Then download the wolfenstein-3d zip file from here.
Next run Dfend Reloaded and select File - import - import archive file..
Then navigate to where you put the wolfenstein-3d zip file, select it and click open. Dfend will do the rest.
Now you will see Wolfenstein 3D listed in the Dfend Reloaded window, simply double click on it and you play it full screen.
I haven't managed to get the sound working yet.
MsHaruko 2013-06-29 1 point DOS version
ah yes good ol'Wolfenstein. I remember this. This was my first fps growing lol. Just get DOSBox and run it. Adjust your sound options. Believe default is off except for the music.
FistMarine 2013-06-20 3 points DOS version
@grump yeah but who cares? Most of the old games can be bought ONLY on steam, which sucks because I hate steam, why waste money on digital downloads (steam, GOG, etc) when you can download this game for free from this place? I just can't understand this logic!
Anyway if you want to BUY the game in its original form, what about eBay or Amazon? These places are a hundred times better than shitty steam store! I can never understand why everyone loves steam and wastes money on buying games online. If you want to buy a game BADLY, buy from eBay or Amazon!
FistMarine 2013-06-20 1 point DOS version
If you guys want to play Wolfenstein 3D & Spear of Destiny full, free & legal on Doom engine, you can download Wolfenstein 3D TC from ZDoom forums! It has better controls as well. Have fun!
Katarn X 2013-06-17 0 point DOS version
This Game Was Ment For DOS, So Even If Youre Hardware Is Fine You Need A DOS Emu, To Simulate DOS Drivers
Revenge of the bean 2013-06-15 1 point DOS version
Don't remember pack-ghosts..
The german versions funny!
Mary 2013-06-06 1 point DOS version
The sound won't work for me. I changed the sound options to what I wanted and turned the sound on, but I don't hear anything. Please help.
2pringles 2013-05-23 1 point DOS version
i love how the germans censored the game and turned the nazi's into monsters and the- Hitler, into a robot xD
ToBeAdvised 2013-05-20 0 point DOS version
9/10. I love this game. I was born (quite literally) just after all these good games were releases, now i can play them. Awesome.
3300 2013-04-09 0 point DOS version
Hey i found a demon or Archvile from the side of Wolfenstein
pete 2013-04-02 0 point DOS version
if you have problems running these games try down load D-FEND Reloaded brill front end and joy to key i found best to work pad or stick games.
kermur 2013-03-31 0 point DOS version
pft: do some research, and figure it out. Have you tried DosBOX? Back when these games were current, people had to be savvy to use computers. Now any bum can fire up their pre-loaded systems. If you do the research and educate yourself, you'll find it can be fun- and you'll stop being an ignorant whiner.
pft 2013-03-30 0 point DOS version
every game i have downloaded off this site have "not worked with my version of 7"
anonymous gamer 2013-02-26 1 point DOS version
haha, cool. its funny that its only 1mb and still it is fun. :D
Duke nukem 2013-02-22 1 point DOS version
I love this game but the download doesn't start. Please fix
Leitbild 2013-02-13 1 point DOS version
Hmm... I still can't get warm with that game...
I don't know why, all people told me how great it is (and other overhailed fanboy stuff), but after playing other, more improved games of those days like Doom or Heretic, it was a real step back while testing it the very first time... And never played it again...
Sounds sad, but that's life... ;)
BTW, as a guy from germany I only can positively mention the fun factor for ourselves related to the goodminded, but totally failed tries by the guys at id Software to speak german phrases for the soldiers!
Oh my god... I was more lying and laughing under the table than enjoying the game itself! :D
Bringemon 2013-01-31 1 point DOS version
Is this the full version?
Does it include the other levels after stage 1-9?
Patton 2013-01-24 -1 point DOS version
Makes me think of of the Nazi's now occupied in New mexico, They are bragging that they are there to shoot and arrest us if martial law happens.
Jed118 2013-01-22 0 point DOS version
Highly unlikely in the 30s - 40s....
Heinrich von Helmutschnitzel 2013-01-12 0 point DOS version
WILLEN SIE SENF AUF IHREM BRATWURST ?
JACK 2012-12-26 0 point DOS version
just press alt enter to get dos box full screen at the same time
Fanie 2012-11-11 0 point DOS version
It seems as if a lot of the files that I download "Does not appear to be archive files" according to Winzip software
Goxon 2012-10-20 1 point DOS version
Beautiful game. I never get tired playing the game. The many episodes and multiple levels lends credence to the beauty. I applaud the creators for a job well done.
Goxon 2012-10-20 1 point DOS version
I have always loved this game and I never seem tired playing it. The several episodes with different levels lends credence to its perfectness. Very Fine game. I give kudos to the creators.
Deep Strider 2012-10-13 0 point DOS version
this a DOS game dawg, you can't just unzip it and play it, you gotta have DosBox
Mohsin Ghori(mohsinAKG@Gmail.com) 2012-06-23 1 point DOS version
Hi today after Strike Commander i also did c Wolfenstein3D, another game which i did like and played for years.
Nice game with full of mystries and hidden treasure. I enjoyed it
CKOD1 2012-05-31 0 point DOS version
Great! A version with all Levels to choose...nice!
Old times came up when I play this game...
Chris 2012-05-27 0 point DOS version
This one has the 'Aardwolf' sprite! Awesome. 100% original version.
shinyspoongod 2012-04-18 0 point DOS version
This game is a classic. The inspiration to 3d fps as we know it, it still far outshines many recent games of the genre.
Battle_Isle 2012-01-30 0 point DOS version
haha thats to funny but x-mas wolf is a bit better ho ho ho xD
matkiller 2012-01-27 0 point DOS version
oh my god thanks alot i always search for this old game im so happy
bendick 2012-01-20 0 point DOS version
to run in windows 7 install dfend reloaded (or another compatability layer) and drag and drop the zip file for the game into the program.
Dave 2012-01-11 0 point DOS version
I cant' run this under Windows 7. I tried changing the compatibility mode. Anyone have any suggestions?
HellBlade64 2011-12-14 1 point DOS version
Finally! A website that's got the full version! Some of the sites I found that had Wolf3d only had the damn ShareWare Demo
dragonraid 2011-10-03 9 points DOS version
I remember when I first loaded this up on my Wang 286 machine. I didn't know what to expect. Needless to say, I was awestruck! I still have fun playing it. Enjoyed playing around with the mapedit and making my own levels. Lots of hours put into this gem! One of the most solid of all the abandonware games!
akul 2011-09-28 1 point DOS version
it is very difficult and adventurous game and i like this type of game.
jose pereira 2011-02-18 1 point DOS version
great game.... a lost hours hours hours hours hours hours hours hours.....
freedom 2010-01-03 1 point DOS version
great game, ow and lesner (and all people who read this) if you want the sound (of the doors and such, music is on standard) then go to the SOUND menu....
it shouldnt be to hard...
for sound... go to sound
Lesner 2009-12-03 0 point DOS version
Dang, I can get it to work and all, but with no sound! WTH?
yahoo 2009-06-11 0 point DOS version
You really made my day guys, Thanks!!!
I used to enyoy this game for hours on my school days.... It was like I was a child again. Thanks!!!
me 2009-04-25 0 point DOS version
wingsofdark, try to use another browser. For me the download is ok and this game work on dosbox. Thanks for the download abandonware.
grjeklgr 2008-11-25 0 point DOS version
how come after i extract the files and try to play it, i get a message saying 16 bit MS DOS subsystem: this system does not support full screen mode. choose close to terminate the application.
collector rob 2008-08-04 0 point DOS version
game sounds and looks and works great on dosbox thanx
admin 2008-06-09 2 points DOS version
Otherwise you shall look for it on squakenet or somewhere else.
wingsofdark 2008-05-21 0 point DOS version
something is wrong with this site, whenever i try to download a game it just reloads the site and nothing happens.
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