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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 3Dfx version - level stats screen.
Shadow Warrior DOS Taste my twin Uzis!
Shadow Warrior DOS For comparison, the same scene rendered in software mode.
Shadow Warrior Windows Fighting a ninja in the first level. (320x200)

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 (171737)
Good game, but the boat had already sailed DOS Maw (845)
Wang Bang! A surprisingly fun game despite outdated technology. DOS Trixter (8734)
Lo Wang is not the best FPS character around these days DOS *Katakis* (37844)
Who wanted some wang? (The japanese Duke Nukem) DOS Depth Lord (941)
Do not play this game. DOS Mr. Hapton (11)

The Press Says Macintosh Oct 14, 2011 16 out of 20 80
Reset DOS Nov, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Gamer DOS Dec, 1997 75 out of 100 75
GameSpot DOS Oct 02, 1997 7.2 out of 10 72
Just Games Retro DOS Dec 28, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
MacNN Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
App Spy iPhone Jan 03, 2013 3 out of 5 60
Slide to Play iPad Jan 08, 2013 2 out of 4 50
Mac Game Gate Macintosh 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Intro & Cutscenes? 15 אולג 小奥 (171737)
May 09, 2010


May, 1997
3D Realms releases Shadow Warrior, which is the last of many Build engine games by 3D Realms and many licensees. Build was the foundation for the following eight games, in order of their release: Witchaven, TekWar, Duke Nukem 3D, Witchaven II, Powerslave, Redneck Rampage, Blood and Shadow Warrior. The Build engine is undoubtedly one of the most prolific and successful engines ever used in the game industry.

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 (8734), menschenfeind (4501), Scaryfun (12083) and me3D31337 (44914)