Spear of Destiny

aka: SoD, Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny
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It's World War II and you are B.J. Blazkowicz, the Allies' most valuable agent. In the midst of the German Blitzkrieg, the Spear that pierced the side of Christ is taken from Versailles by the Nazis and secured in the impregnable Castle Wolfenstein. According to legend, no man can be defeated when he has the Spear. Hitler believes himself to be invincible with the power of the Spear as his brutal army sweeps across Europe.

Your mission is to infiltrate the heavily guarded Nazi stronghold and recapture the Spear from an already unbalanced Hitler. The loss of his most coveted weapon could push him over the edge. It could also get you ripped to pieces.

Spear of Destiny is a prequel to Wolfenstein 3-D. It is a first-person shooter that uses the same engine and has the same gameplay, however the game is not divided into 6 separate episodes - all the levels are one long episode.

The enemies and weapons are pretty much the same as in Wolfenstein 3-D. Only new additions include: new bosses, a new type of enemy, and a new pickup (a large box of ammo).

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Credits (DOS version)

23 People

Chief Operating Officer
Software Engineers
Master of the Pixel
Creative Director
Art & Manual Design
Cover Illustration
Level Design (uncredited)
Tester for Psygnosis Ltd (UK Publisher) (uncredited)
Beta Testers



Average score: 83% (based on 8 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 60 ratings with 5 reviews)

Better than the Original

The Good
I loved everything! The new levels, the new bosses, and the new textures. Pity that no one ever really knew about this worthy sequel to Wolfenstein 3d! There were some awesome new bosses!

The Bad
I didn't find anything that I was unhappy about in this game, except to say that it was too short! They should have included the rare mission packs for it on a CD! Or, even better, they could have put it with the original Wolfenstein 3D!

The Bottom Line
Buy it if you see it! It is really rare these days! You won't regret it! It would probably cost $5 US and no more!

DOS · by James1 (240) · 2001

Do you have any gold spray paint? Well, do you, punk?

The Good
That's the question you are asked if you enter pelt to bypass the copy protection screen that appears after Spear of Destiny checks to see how much memory you have. (without the "Well, do you, punk?" crap. I just thought it sounded funny that way.) Many gamers consider this game as a sequel to Wolfenstein 3-D, but I consider it a spin-off to the game rather than a sequel. Anyhoo, In Spear's predecessor, William J. (aka: B.J.) Blazkowicz was sent on a mission to infiltrate Castle Hollehammer, kill an entire army of undead mutants, kill Hitler, uncover plans for deadly chemical weapons, and destroy the General. To complete these missions, he had to kill guards, SS troopers, white officers, dogs, and of course, the undead mutants, which took him through sixty levels of nothing but gore. In Spear, you also have to kill guards, SS troopers, white officers, dogs, and of course, the undead mutants. But this time, B.J. is sent on a new mission to recover the spear from Castle Nuremburg, which is known to greatly enhance the powers of Hitler, as well as his allies.

Spear has the shoot-all-the-nazis-and-find-the-elevator-that-will-take-you-to-the-next-floor gameplay that the original Wolf3D has. Furthermore, all the levels in the game has the same treasures, and some of them require one or more keys to open steel doors, not to mention that you can get more health in the level by getting food trays, dog food, pools of blood, and first-aid kits. If I go on about what's the same between the game and Wolf3D, I would repeat the information in my review to Wolf3D. So I'm just going to tell you what's different between the two. You see, the game doesn't have any episodes that consist of ten floors, and near the end of each episode, you face the big boss man. Rather, there are 21 floors (with Floors 19 and 20 secret levels) containing new textures, new sound effects, and new music. There are bosses on floors 5, 10, 16, 18, and 21, they are (in order) Trans Grosse, Barnacle Wilhelm, Ubermutant, Death Knight, and Angel of Death. Out of these bosses, Ubermutant is probably the scariest, since he is much bigger and has more arms than the undead mutants, and has a machine gun mounted in his stomach.

I have to admit that Spear's A.I. is much better than Wolf3D. Recently, on Floor 16, where you defeat Ubermutant, I gunned down everybody on the level but him, let Uber see me, and then go through the level, opening many doors in the level, and eventually lose him. I expected him to just follow me whenever I go, but more often than not, he turns around, takes another route, and finally intercepts me before I have a chance to go back to the room where I had first found him. The music sounds better with the game featuring about six tunes, although it hasn't been greatly enhanced in any way by adding more sound card support. other than the Adlib, Sound Blaster, and the Disney Sound Source. The cheats are basically the same as Wolf3D, but ID Software added more of them.

The Bad
Spear does not have new enemies, but who gives a shit? As I said earlier, I consider Spear a spin-off to Wolf3D rather than a sequel, but at least it stills belongs to the Wolf3D series. Like the original, most of the floors are nothing but mazes.

The Bottom Line
A good game. If you like Wolf3D, you probably like Spear, and if you like Spear, you probably like Return to Castle Wolfenstein, the REAL sequel to Wolf3D. ***

DOS · by Katakis | カタキス (43051) · 2003

A cheap knock-off of Wolfenstein 3D, but still kind of fun.

The Good
Spear of Destiny contains the same edge-of-your-seat fun and excitement that made the original Wolfenstein 3D a masterpiece. There are some new end-of-level bad guys, and a occult inspired twist at the end of the game that I personally did not see coming. The great sense of humour that permeated the first game continues in Spear.

The Bad
The game is basically a cheap knock-off of the original Wolfenstein 3D. And really, who can fault Id for this? They must have been as surprised as the rest of the world by the phenomenal success of the earlier game, and realized that there was some additional money to be made before releasing Doom. Spear doesn't add anything new to the Wolfenstein 3D experience, but Wolfenstein in itself was the bargain of the century in terms of bang-for-your-buck. Again, who can complain about Id realizing that gamers would be willing to pay for more of the same.

The Bottom Line
Very similar to Wolfenstein 3D. A classic game that is worth a look, even by today's standards.

DOS · by Les Nessman (265) · 2006

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Copy protection

When you answer incorrectly too many times at the copy protection screen, one of the things the game does is call you a pirate. However, if you enter a certain word to bypass the doc check, it will produce the message "Greetings Professor Falken, would you like to play Spear of Destiny?", a reference to the movie War Games.

Development history

Spear of Destiny took the id team two months to create the game from start to finish.

German index

On March 31, 1999, Spear of Destiny was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Spear of Destiny is violating §86a of Germany's penal code (for using characteristics of unconstitutional organizations), therefore it is illegal to produce, distribute, import, export and use it in the public. This does not mean it is illegal to just own the game.


The Spear of Destiny is actually based on the lance, that according to the Gospel of John, has been used at the Crucifixion to wound the side of Christ. With the passing of time, the lance was the subject of many legends, both old and modern. The game's storyline has more things in common with the modern ones, especially the one detailed in Trevor Ravenscroft's 1973 book, The Spear of Destiny. According to it, possession of the Spear would bring its owner the power to conquer the world, but losing it would bring immediate death. The relic had been owned by a succession of powerful European rulers down through the centuries and eventually came to be in the possession of the Habsburg Dynasty. Hitler stole it from Habsburg's treasury at the Hofmuseum in Vienna, when he conquered Austria in 1938. It fell into the hands of the Americans in 1945 and it is said that later that day, in fulfilment of the legend, Hitler committed suicide.

iPhone version

Spear of Destiny was released on the iPhone as a free update to Wolfenstein 3D on October 28, 2009.

Title screen

A second title screen is shown when you finish the game. You can see it here.

Information also contributed by BrandeX, Brolin Empey, John Romero, Kabushi, Roger Wilco, and Xoleras

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Game added by Andy Voss.

Additional contributors: Accatone, Xantheous, Brolin Empey, Frenkel, tarmo888, Alaka, Maw.

Game added October 16th, 1999. Last modified August 30th, 2023.