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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 Found a secret area--and a fortune cookie
Shadow Warrior DOS For comparison, the same scene rendered in software mode.
Shadow Warrior DOS Example of Shadow Warrior's reflective floors trick.
Shadow Warrior DOS On a subway car

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

Good game, but the boat had already sailed DOS Maw (846)
Wang Bang! A surprisingly fun game despite outdated technology. DOS Trixter (8711)
Lo Wang is not the best FPS character around these days DOS *Katakis* (37910)
Who wanted some wang? (The japanese Duke Nukem) DOS Depth Lord (933)
Do not play this game. DOS Mr. Hapton (11)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) DOS Nov, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jul, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) DOS Sep 08, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Sep 26, 2013 15 out of 20 75
Just Games Retro DOS Dec 28, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play DOS Jun, 1997 67 out of 100 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Jan, 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Slide to Play iPad Jan 08, 2013 2 out of 4 50
Slide to Play iPhone Jan 08, 2013 2 out of 4 50
Shooterplanet DOS Apr 07, 2004 45 out of 100 45


Topic # Posts Last Post
Intro & Cutscenes? 15 Cor 13 (174226)
May 09, 2010


In one level, Lo Wang comes across a female character chained to the wall that bears a striking resemblance to Lara Croft of the Tomb Raider series. He utters, "I guess she raid her last tomb!"

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 (8711), lights out (6514), Scaryfun (12706) and me3D31337 (46055)