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Shadow Warrior

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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 Operating at a huge stationary gun + a bunch if enemies within range = fun
Shadow Warrior DOS A portable toilet.. cool..
Shadow Warrior DOS 3Dfx version - transparency effect when using the Smoke Bomb.
Shadow Warrior DOS Running on modern Hardware at 800x600 32bpp

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 אולג 小奥 (164965)
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* (37494)
Who wanted some wang? (The japanese Duke Nukem) DOS Depth Lord (945)
Do not play this game. DOS Mr. Hapton (11)

The Press Says

Jeuxvideo.com Macintosh Oct 14, 2011 16 out of 20 80
Meristation DOS Aug 18, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Zone DOS Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
App Spy iPhone Jan 03, 2013 3 out of 5 60
Macworld Macintosh Mar, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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
Shooterplanet DOS Apr 07, 2004 45 out of 100 45
Mac Game Gate Macintosh 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Intro & Cutscenes? 15 אולג 小奥 (164965)
May 09, 2010

Trivia

In Great Britain this game was partially censored: they took out the ninja star weapon (Shurikan) and reduced the gore levels.

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 (3114), Scaryfun (11495) and me3D31337 (41546)