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Wolfenstein 3D
Developer(s) id Software, id Software, Inc., Stalker Entertainment
Publisher(s) Apogee Software, Interplay Entertainment, BAM! Entertainment, Inc., Atari Corporation, MacPlay, Imagineer Co., Ltd.
Designer(s) John Romero, Tom Hall
Engine Wolfenstein 3D engine
Platform(s) MS-DOS, Mac, Apple IIGS, Acorn Archimedes, NEC PC-9801, SNES, Jaguar, GBA, 3DO, Xbox
Release date(s) May 5, 1992 (DOS)
July 21, 1993, 1994 1995 (Source), 1998, 2002

2007 (Steam (content delivery))

Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: M
OFLC: MA15+ (re-rating)
Media Download
Four 3½" floppy disks
System requirements

80286 class CPU, 640 kB RAM

Input methods Keyboard, mouse, joystick, or game controller.

Wolfenstein 3D is a 1992 first person shooter computer video game. The game was created by id Software. It was released for the PC on May 5, 1992. It was later released for many other systems including Apple computers and Nintendo's SNES console and Game Boy Advance handheld system. Wolfenstein 3D was one of the first first person shooter games. It is said to have created much of the popularity in this type of game. The game was based on the 1980s Muse Software computer games Castle Wolfenstein and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein.


In Wolfenstein 3D, the player controls an American soldier named BJ Blazkowicz. The player is trying to get out of a building controlled by Nazis during World War II. The player must avoid guards and dogs while looking for the way out. Food, medical supplies, ammunition and weapons can be found along the way to help the player.


There are four types of weapons in the game:

  • Knife: this weapon is usually only used if the player does not have ammunition for his guns. It can only hurt people standing very close to the character.
  • Pistol: this gun is small and weak. It is the gun the player starts with.
  • Machine Gun: this is like the pistol except it shoots faster.
  • Chaingun: this gun shoots very quickly.


Because of the use of Nazi symbols and music in the game, Wolfenstein 3D was banned in Germany. This was because it broke German laws. People also complained about the player having to shoot dogs in the game.

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