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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 Viewing the automap (overlaid)
Shadow Warrior DOS 3Dfx version - level stats screen.
Shadow Warrior DOS Completing a level
Shadow Warrior DOS 3Dfx version - the valley.

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! DOS Oleg Roschin (164803)
Good game, but the boat had already sailed DOS Maw (849)
Wang Bang! A surprisingly fun game despite outdated technology. DOS Trixter (8743)
Lo Wang is not the best FPS character around these days DOS *Katakis* (37493)
Who wanted some wang? (The japanese Duke Nukem) DOS Depth Lord (945)
Do not play this game. DOS Mr. Hapton (11)

The Press Says

IGN Windows Oct 01, 2013 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Jeux DOS Jun, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Reset DOS Nov, 1997 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone DOS Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jul, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gamer DOS Dec, 1997 75 out of 100 75 DOS Feb 01, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 DOS Oct, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Macworld Macintosh Mar, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Slide to Play iPad Jan 08, 2013 2 out of 4 50


Topic # Posts Last Post
Intro & Cutscenes? 15 Oleg Roschin (164803)
May 09, 2010


As an example of the game's subversive humour, the main character's name is Lo Wang. Wang is actually a slang term meaning penis. Consider the possibilities when Lo Wang says to a bunch of geishas "so, you want to wash Wang or you want to watch Wang wash Wang?"

Also at one point in the game it is mentioned that Lo Wang has a brother, Hung Lo, continuing the same style of humor.

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!)
Contributed to by Trixter (8743), menschenfeind (3077), Scaryfun (11494) and me3D31337 (41303)