DescriptionSuper Noah's Ark 3-D is a First Person Shooter based on the Wolfenstein engine with a biblical twist.
As Noah, the player travels around the Ark feeding the restless animals in order to put them to sleep; this is achieved by firing feed (ammo) at them using a variety of hand catapults.
The SNES version is largely a reskin of the SNES version of Wolfenstein 3D, the only notable difference being slightly altered behaviour for a couple of bad guys. Even your weapons are reskins that behave exactly like the guns from Wolf3D; Noah must be very skilled to operate a catapult at the speed of a machine gun!.
The PC version however, while still a reskin of Wolf3D in gameplay has some more advanced features; higher resolution graphics (along the lines of the Jaguar and 3DO versions of the game, albeit with all 8 directions like the original PC version), midi music support, floor textures (like Blake Stone) and a new game play feature in the form of a question mark pickup; picking one up pauses the game and brings up a random multiple choice question about content in the bible. Answer the question correctly and you get a bunch of ammo and points.
- "Super 3D Noah's Ark" -- Title Screen
Part of the Following Groups
- 3D Engine: Wolf3D
- Bible educational games
- Crowd funding (successful)
- Gameplay feature: Auto-mapping
- Steam Greenlight games
- Wisdom Tree's Bible-themed games
|Odd, yet surprisingly playable||Windows||JudgeDeadd (27643)|
|Geeks Under Grace||Windows||Jan 10, 2016||7.3 out of 10||73|
|Christ Centered Gamer / Christ Centered Game Reviews||Windows||Jul 06, 2015||52 out of 100||52|
|Just Games Retro||SNES||May 22, 2001||50|
|Random Access||SNES||2005||2.9 out of 10||29|
|GameCola.net||SNES||Apr 01, 2006||1.8 out of 10||18|
|Bad Game Hall of Fame||SNES||Mar 07, 2016||Unscored||Unscored|
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Early historyThe game started life as, of all things, a first-person-shooter tie-in to the grisly horror movie Hellraiser. However, the developers eventually realized that their target platform (NES) was too weak for their intended game, and besides the horror game would clash with Wisdom Tree's family-friendly Christian image. Development was promptly moved onto the SNES and the game redesigned with a nonviolent Biblical theme.
RumorsA popular rumor has it that the Wolfenstein 3D engine was given to Wisdom Tree by id Software as a kind of 'revenge' against Nintendo for all the censorship that Wolfenstein 3D had to go through to be on the Super Nintendo. However, there's no proof of this, and Wisdom Tree bought a license for the engine like everybody else instead of having it "given" to them.
Another rumor (repeated in many sources) is that the game is merely a reskin of Wolfenstein 3D, with the level layouts being identical; this is, however, false.
Unlicensed cartridgeSuper Noah's Ark 3-D is the ONLY commercial unlicensed (by Nintendo) Super Nintendo game in North America and possibly the world. Because it is unlicensed... it doesn't actually work in a Super Nintendo by itself. Indeed you must attach a working (legitimate) SNES cartridge on top of it in order to get it to work. This is due to the copy protection method used on the Super Nintendo. The Piko Interactive 2013 release for the SNES uses a standard North American SNES cartridge and, therefore, can work directly in a North American SNES without requiring another cartridge.
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Related Web Sites
- Video review of the game (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews Bible-based games on various consoles, including Super Noah's Ark 3-D for SNES.)