Shadow Warrior (DOS)

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Lo Wang has been working as a Shadow Warrior (a bodyguard and mercenary of sorts) for the powerful Zilla Corporation for years. But when he discovered the evil Zilla's plan to summon monsters from other dimensions and conquer the world, he left in disgust. Realizing that Lo Wang might jeopardize his plans, Zilla sends his assassins after him.

Shadow Warrior is a first-person shooter similar in style and gameplay to Duke Nukem 3D. The game set in a generic "Asialand", which looks like China and Japan conflated together. It features deliberately immature and politically incorrect humor, as well as a protagonist who delivers regular one-liners, commenting upon the situation at hand. Much of the humor is derived from over-the-top, stereotypical portrayals of Asian culture (e.g. scantily clad young women drawn in Japanese anime style).

The player has to complete several levels, fighting enemies and occasionally solving puzzles on the way. Though the game primarily focuses on exploration and combat, puzzle-solving plays a larger role than in most other contemporary shooters. There are also a few sequences that allow the player to drive vehicles, some of which have mounted weapons. Like Duke Nukem 3D, the game's environments are interactive, allowing the player to manipulate or destroy scenery and many objects, often revealing secret areas. On a technical side, the game introduces climbable ladders, true room-over-room situations, and voxels (instead of sprites) for weapons and inventory items.

Enemies include evil ninjas with various weapons, "coolies" which carry a crate of dynamite and blow themselves up when near the player character, female assassins with crossbows, and many more. To combat them, Lo Wang can use a variety of weapons and items. Weapons include: Lo Wang's fists, a katana, shuriken, a riot gun, an Uzi (two of which can be equipped and used at a time), a rocket launcher firing heat-seeking or nuclear missile, a grenade launcher, sticky bombs, a railgun, and even some enemy body parts. Many of these weapons have a secondary firing mode. Lo Wang can also find and use gadgets such as caltrops to leave in the enemies' way, or gas bombs to choke foes who happen to be near it.


Shadow Warrior DOS The first boss in the levels of the full version
Shadow Warrior DOS Viewing the automap (solid)
Shadow Warrior DOS Jesus Christ!!!
Shadow Warrior DOS Found a secret area--and a fortune cookie

Alternate Titles

  • "SW" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Shadow Warrior Classic" -- Windows Steam title
  • "Shadow Warrior 3D" -- Working title
  • "Ninja Master" -- Working title
  • "Lo Wang is Shadow Warrior" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

You no mess with Lo Wang! Cor 13 (174202) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Good game, but the boat had already sailed Maw (846) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Wang Bang! A surprisingly fun game despite outdated technology. Trixter (8713) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Lo Wang is not the best FPS character around these days *Katakis* (37904) unrated
Who wanted some wang? (The japanese Duke Nukem) Depth Lord (933) unrated
Do not play this game. Mr. Hapton (11) 1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Nov, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
The DOS Spirit Dec 07, 2007 5 out of 6 83
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Meristation Aug 18, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Oct 02, 1997 7.2 out of 10 72
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Shooterplanet Apr 07, 2004 45 out of 100 45
Game.EXE Apr, 1997 23 out of 100 23


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Intro & Cutscenes? 15 Cor 13 (174202)
May 09, 2010


Soon after the release of the game, an add-on pack by the name of Wanton Destruction was announced, but ultimately cancelled. In September 2005, Anthony Campiti, from the Sunstorm company, which was developing the expansion, found the code back and passed it on to 3D Realms. Owners of the original v1.2 registered version can now download it for free. It contains 12 new missions and 4 multiplayer maps.

Related Web Sites

  • Crap Shoot (A humorous review on PC Gamer)
  • JonoF's Shadow Warrior Port (A port using Shadow Warrior's source code that adds native Windows and Linux port using a Build engine port, OpenGL rendering support and True-colour textures support. )
  • Shadow Warrior (official game page at the 3D Realms website from late 1996, preserved by the Wayback Machine)
  • Shadow Warrior - Coming from 3D Realms (game development page at the Apogee/3D Realms website, snapshot preserved by the Wayback Machine)
  • Wang's Dojo (One of the most comprehensive Shadow Warrior sites available. Has many Total Conversions (TC's), files, patches, demos, screenshots, tricks, cheats, latest info about the "Shadow Warrior Scene" and tons more!)
Trixter (8713) added Shadow Warrior (DOS) on Nov 05, 1999
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