Wolfenstein (series)

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Genres First-person shooter
Developers Muse Software, id Software, Raven Software, Gray Matter Interactive, Nerve Software, Splash Damage MachineGames
Publishers Activision, Bethesda Softworks
Platforms Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, OS X, Linux, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and various others
First release Castle Wolfenstein
Latest release Wolfenstein
August 18, 2009
Official website www.wolfenstein.com

Wolfenstein is a franchise of World War II fantasy-themed video games first developed by Muse Software and followed up by id Software.[1]

Original Muse Games[edit]

Castle Wolfenstein is a 2D adventure game released in 1981 for the Apple II, written by Silas Warner. It's a game of avoiding detection and managing limited resources while trying to escape from a Nazi stronghold. Combat was allowed, but bullets were precious, and non-violent options were often safer, such as pulling a gun on a guard and frisking him while his hands were raised. A sequel, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein, was published in 1984.[1]

3D Shooter Re-Imagining[edit]

Wolfenstein 3D, released in 1992, is a re-imagining of the Castle Wolfenstein scenario in first person with an emphasis on direct combat. Stealth and non-violent options are not present. Silas Warner, the designer of the original Apple II games, was not involved in the development.

Wolfenstein 3D is important for popularizing the first person shooter and inventing many of the tropes that became standard in the genre.


Name Release year PC Consoles Mobile
Castle Wolfenstein 1981 Apple II, MS-DOS, Atari 400/800, Commodore 64 No No
Beyond Castle Wolfenstein 1984 Apple II, MS-DOS, Atari 400/800, Commodore 64 No No
Wolfenstein 3D 1992 MS-DOS, Archimedes, Mac OS, Apple IIGS, Amiga 1200, PC-98 SNES, Atari Jaguar, 3DO, GBA, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Windows Mobile, iOS, Android
Spear of Destiny 1992 MS-DOS No iOS
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 2001 Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X PlayStation 2, Xbox No
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 2003 Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X No No
Wolfenstein RPG 2008 No No Java ME, iOS
Wolfenstein 2009 Microsoft Windows PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 No
Wolfenstein: The New Order 2014 Microsoft Windows PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One No

Related games[edit]

  • Commander Keen (1990) - William Joseph "Billy Blaze" Blazkowicz II (Commander Keen) is the grandson of William "B.J." Blazkowicz.
  • Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994) - Level 31 (Wolfenstein) of Doom II is based on the first level of Wolfenstein 3D, and Level 32 (Grosse) is a Wolfenstein-based level mixed with elements of Doom.
  • Super 3D Noah's Ark (1994) - Wolfenstein 3D with modified graphics and sounds.
  • Rise of the Triad: Dark War (1995) - Was originally going to be a sequel to Wolfenstein 3D called Rise of the Triad: Wolfenstein 3D II.
  • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (2007) - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is a spin-off of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory.


In an announcement made at the American Film Market (AFM), producer Samuel Hadida and Panorama Media said they've tapped Roger Avary to write and direct Castle Wolfenstein.

According to a press release: "Castle Wolfenstein is an action adventure film in the vein of Captain America and Inglourious Basterds. The story follows a young US Army Captain and a British Special Agent on a top secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the Castle, our heroes are confronted with Himmler’s SS Paranormal Division and must fight, not only for their survival, but for a mission that could alter the course of the War."[2]