id' Software's Wolfenstein 3D, from 1992, is generally considered to be the very first real 3D first-person shooter game of all time, and the game that directly inspired and led to the development of the many sophisticated first-person shooter games that we find today.
I remembered that this was a game that my friend was totally and madly addicted to. He simply couldn't get enough of it, playing it none-stop for hours on end and he touted it as one of the main reasons why the PC totally ruled over the Mac. Well, I remember too, that I eventually got a Mac version of Wolfenstein that totally put the PC version to shame with it's much superior graphics, and even though I was never really addicted to it, as was he, I can still fondly remember spending many happy hours while playing it on my old Classic OS Mac's.
I was very happy to recently discover, however, that if your a iPhone or iPod Touch user, that for a mere $4.99, you can now relive all of those glory days via the AppStore. That's because id Software has just released all six of the original versions of Wolfenstein, featuring some 60 levels of heart-stomping fun and excitement for the iPhone/Touch! I currently don't own an iPhone, but I am definitely considering buying the next version and when and if I do, I definitely will also be buying Wolfenstein along with it, and that's one thing for sure!
No, this game doesn't offer the sophistication of today's first-person shooters, but heck.... it's still a hell of a lot of fun and it's a part of computer gaming history! It's worth the price for the nostalgia value alone. As you can see, from the YouTube video, Wolfenstein 3D on the iPhone/Touch looks and plays great, and as good as, if not better than the original PC and Mac versions themselves. Not only does the iPhone/Touch version faithfully reproduce the original look and play, but thanks to the newest version.... you can put it in your pocket and play it any old time and any old place that you please.
So, in conclusion, if you remember and enjoyed playing this grand daddy of all PC first-person shooters then rejoice, because you can now relive all of the fun and excitement of this great classic, again and again, any old time and place that you want. I know that I, for one, certainly will.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wolfenstein 3D poster via: Wikipedia