Shadow Warrior

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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 (solid)
Shadow Warrior DOS 3Dfx version - transparency effect when using the Smoke Bomb.
Shadow Warrior DOS 3Dfx version with minimized HUD.
Shadow Warrior DOS 3Dfx version - "Pixelated" mode (bilinear filtering turned off).

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 Cor 13 (174202)
Good game, but the boat had already sailed DOS Maw (846)
Wang Bang! A surprisingly fun game despite outdated technology. DOS Trixter (8713)
Lo Wang is not the best FPS character around these days DOS *Katakis* (37904)
Who wanted some wang? (The japanese Duke Nukem) DOS Depth Lord (933)
Do not play this game. DOS Mr. Hapton (11)

Critic Reviews

PC Jeux DOS Jun, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Pelit DOS Sep, 1997 83 out of 100 83
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone DOS Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80 DOS Oct 14, 2011 16 out of 20 80
GameSpot DOS Oct 02, 1997 7.2 out of 10 72
Computer Games Magazine DOS Jan 30, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 DOS Feb 01, 2013 7 out of 10 70
App Spy iPhone Jan 03, 2013 3 out of 5 60
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames iPad Mar 28, 2013 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
Intro & Cutscenes? 15 Cor 13 (174202)
May 09, 2010


Shadow Warrior was in development way before Duke Nukem 3d hitted the shelves, but as evidenced by pre-Duke adds it originally was a much more "serious" game. Duke's success as a politically-incorrect, off-the-wall shooter prompted a re-focussing of the game's content. So was Lo Wang created (originally you were an avenging angel kind of character), the story and levels were rewriten, and the weapons were modified (originally you had one Uzi, and trowed only one shuriken, plus your arsenal included a crosbow, a lightning-throwing gauntlet, and an asortment of spells instead of Lo Wang's renowed arsenal).

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!)
Contributed to by Trixter (8713), lights out (6411), Scaryfun (12667) and me3D31337 (46054)