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Shadow Warrior (DOS)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
74
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4.0
MobyScore
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shadow Warrior DOS On a subway car
Shadow Warrior DOS Completing a level
Shadow Warrior DOS For comparison, the same scene rendered in software mode.
Shadow Warrior DOS Viewing the automap (solid)

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! אולג 小奥 (168701) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Good game, but the boat had already sailed Maw (849) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Wang Bang! A surprisingly fun game despite outdated technology. Trixter (8736) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Lo Wang is not the best FPS character around these days *Katakis* (37801) unrated
Who wanted some wang? (The japanese Duke Nukem) Depth Lord (943) unrated
Do not play this game. Mr. Hapton (11) 1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars1.75 Stars

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Nov, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Just Games Retro Dec 28, 2007 86 out of 100 86
The DOS Spirit Dec 07, 2007 5 out of 6 83
Pelit Sep, 1997 83 out of 100 83
PC Jeux Oct, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 08, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Gamer Dec, 1997 75 out of 100 75
Computer Games Magazine Jan 30, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Shooterplanet Apr 07, 2004 45 out of 100 45

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Intro & Cutscenes? 15 אולג 小奥 (168701)
May 09, 2010

Trivia

On April 1, 2005, 3D Realms released the full source code, based on the 1.2 version, under a restrictive GPL license. The data files can be used for entertainment and education purposes, but they remain licensed/copyrighted and are not to be redistributed. There is no official support, but the company has opened a new dev forum on their website.

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. )
  • 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 (8736) added Shadow Warrior (DOS) on Nov 05, 1999
Other platforms contributed by menschenfeind (3570), Scaryfun (11617) and me3D31337 (43698)