Sunday, March 13, 2016

Wolfenstein 3D

[ Wolfenstein 3D running on a stock 8MHz Atari ST in low detail mode ]
Rub your eyes in disbelief all you want, Wolfenstein 3D is indeed available for the Atari ST. Developed by Reimund Dratwa of The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation with the latest version released in 2005. You are B.J. Blazkowicz, an all-American hero battling his way through Castle Wolfenstein and killing every bad guy along the way. Played through an early first-person engine and controlled using the keyboard, Wolf 3D might first appear old hat? Well, you should stop right there because this is a historic title and it's running on an 8MHz Atari ST/e.

If this wasn't impressive enough, our version features 32 on-screen colours, authentic texture mapping and, best of all, there is no need for a 386 upgrade! Joking aside, it looks wonderful and can be further tarted up by pressing asterisk on the keypad to enable high details for those with a faster computer. High detail mode works beautifully on my 16MHz Mega STe but a stock 8MHz computer may wish to remain with low details enabled. Music is by Mathieu Stempell, thus truly outstanding as we would all expect. In-game sound effects are surprisingly good on the STFM and thankfully the coprocessor within the Atari STe has been utilised for far better rendition.

Wolfenstein 3D may very well always be in "beta" but don't let that disappoint because it's an accurate port which features a complete and perfectly playable encounter.  In all honesty, I feel this is a professional conversion of one of the most formidable retro games and, technically speaking, it's breathtaking to see it running so fast and smooth. I'm positive Reimund has scraped together every last droplet of power from this old Motorola CPU to recreate an unforgettable gaming experience. This is Wolfenstein 3D on the Atari ST which it is utterly mind-blowing!


 - Here is a video recording I made. Please note, its displays the LOW detail setting and not high.
 - 8BitChip has created a version which can be installed to hard drive (bug fixes too!)
 - You know AtariMania has Wolf 3D within their ST database website.
 - Ray's own website list the full spec and features #outstanding
          -> Also, I emailed Reimund to thank him for his hard work. After all, I can only imagine how challenging it was for him to convert Wolfenstein for an 8MHz computer. I received a reply which explained just how excited this project made him - he had many nights up until 5am coding. He then hinted towards the idea of releasing the source code into the public domain because others may be willing to continue development! I hope so, but whatever happens, today's version is absolutely outstanding and I'm sure every Atari gamer appreciates it :-)