Player Survival Guide
Whoa! A player and strategy guide. Who
needs that? That's right! Most people have that attitude.
You might be saying "Wolfenstein
3d is Easy"? Yes, that's probably true when you
are playing the easier difficulty levels. Once
you play like a real soldier (Bring
'em On & Death Incarnate difficulties), this game can be
as tough as some of todays
FPS (First Person Shooters) games.
the Wolfenstein series of games, it requires combat experience
that only the battle-hardened
veterans may possess (or learn to in time). The strategies
given here provide the basic
ideas on combat etiquette. They may also give you some
inside information that should
help you survive when things get tough!
Ways to Play
players have different styles of playing, and as a result the game will play completely
Who can say what is right or wrong. In the end your style of fight and the choices
you make will be your own.
Adapting Your Playing Style
If you are normally methodical and move slowly and cautiously, try moving
quickly through a level or two and shooting anything that moves. Afterwards you may still
prefer the slow methodical approach but you will have sharpened your reaction time and
improved your playing so that when you are in a tight spot you'll do much better.
Likewise, if you normally play fast
and furious, slow it down a bit. Think about who might be around the corner and how
take them out! Or what you'll do if there's a troop of 20 guards!
way you play according to your health and ammo. If you're almost dead but you're
with ammo it's kamikaze time! Go in (or out as the case may be) with your gun blazing
questions later. If your health is great but you only have 3 bullets left, don't
from a distance, wait until you're nose to nose with a guard before you plug him!
Be a Mouse-Key-Teer
Using the keyboard and mouse together
is a must for the advanced player (if you don't have a joystick or Gamepad).
can be a more exact tool for movement than the keyboard. While the keyboard is
using both can help you move quicker and more efficiently. In long corridors,
Up Arrow & Right Shift Keys to run like lightning.
or Use Keyboard
Strafe - Press Alt and either right or left arrow to move sideways
Opens Doors and Pushes on Pushwalls
Fire your weapon
basic commands can be altered to your own preferences in the "Control Menu".
It is suggested that you find the keys that best suit your playing style (use the original
until you have a feeling for what is required). In addition to those controls there are
a few others that you will want to become familiar with. These are:
to Machine gun (if you have it)
to Chaingun (if you have it)
to Main Menu
Key - Registered Version of Wolfenstein - Shows C:> prompt
on a blank screen
Game - Save up to 10 different points in the game
Game - Load 1 of 10 saved games
Setting - Takes you to the Sound Menu
View - Takes you to the Screen Size Menu
- Takes you to the Control Menu to adjust player controls
Game - It ends your game like dying.
Save - Saves game over last saved game you used
Load - Loads the last saved game you used
Game - Quick exit to the DOS prompt
The game has PAR times to which
it will compare to your time after completing each level. If you beat the par time
you will be rewarded handsomely. While beating the par time may increase your score,
you may not get the other bonuses for 'Killing All Enemies', 'Finding all Treasures', and 'Finding
all the Secrets'. Some people race for a high score, others strive for 100% ratios.....
It's really your choice in the end. The game won't display your time after completing a Boss
or Secret floor, so you'll have to use your watch or a stopwatch on those levels.
& a Wake Up
can finish each episode
in 9 levels , there are actually 10 levels of gameplay. This tenth level is always
by a secret elevator somewhere in the first 9 levels. This secret elevator is
always hidden, and will require some patience to find. The secret levels are
filled with extraordinary amounts of treasure, ammo, and health. Remember
that secret floors are usually, well almost always, tougher than the prior level you
So cash in but, BEWARE!
Note: In Spear of Destiny, the game is structured
differently. You can finish the game in 18 levels.
There are actually 21 continuous
levels, so there are 3 hidden levels hidden within the first
17 floors. Can you
- Run wherever possible.
You are being timed and getting a fast time may increase
the levels or Map them out.
Knowing where things are on each level will help you in
your times of need. ie: Ammo, Health...
You never know what is beyond the next corner.... (also see Section
See and learn about the enemies here.
It might just help you with that high score, extra bonus, or
just plain save your life.
Saving the game can save you from hours of frustration. There is nothing
like playing through the game, only to make a stupid mistake, which forces you to start all
over if you haven't saved.
Your chances of survival increase
dramatically if you can remember where you've been and your way around a floor. Your
memory is your best defense! Well, after your chaingun at least!
If you're finding
it difficult to make your way around a floor, try always going in the same direction, left
or right. This should make retracing your steps easier. Still, you could end up circling
an area without entering it. So remember to check every door before you leave the floor if
you want to play the entire level.
Cheaters Never Prosper!
probably know about the MLI key sequence by now. If not, it is much like a gift from
above. Pressing the keys "MLI" at the same time, will give you both keys, 99
bullets, 100% health, and all weapons. While doing this may (or may not for cheaters)
make you feel guilty, remember that living with the shame may be more desirable than dying.
What you may not realize, is that when you press the MLI key sequence, the game adds 10 minutes
to your time and sets your score back to 0. You will never achieve a top score by using
this cheat, but at least you will have survived. But then again, isn't getting a
high score one of the main goals of the game? Other cheats can be found on this page
Gibs by the
Gallon to Go!
great warrior will do anything to survive. When you are severely injured, you can gain
health and strength by drinking/eating pools of "Gibs". Piles or Puddles of
"Gibs" (aka Blood, Gibbitude, Giblets, or whatever you want to call them), are a
source of health when you need something quick. Torture Rooms, Prison Areas, and Dog
Kennels are the best sources for finding the floor slop. So when your health drops below
10%, it's time to remember that "pride goeth before... a fall". There are times
when you just have to be a real blood and guts soldier!
within the levels you will find Dog food, Meal trays, and Health
packs. These health artifacts
work regardless of your health status (only picked up when
required - health is below 100%).
When you can't find one of these items though, and you are
below 10%... Go for the gibs!
See this and other useful items here.
& Lost Keys
there are hidden secrets, and locked doors. Because the
Nazi's don't like walking across
a crowded dungeon, there is very often a door or secret room,
hidden near where the key you
require is located. These doors can reveal a much shorter
and safer passage than the
route you traveled to reach the key (but not always).
So start pushing walls, and find
these secret areas. Besides the possible treasures, health,
and ammo, may lie the key
to get you to your next challenge.
secrets are easier to find than others. Some may be behind
a picture on the wall, or
behind a wall where the texture changes slightly, or even between
two items (like flags or
barrels). Secrets count in the bonus calculations at
the end of each level, so happy
hunting & Finders "Key"pers.
good soldier always
clears a corridor
or room of everything before moving on and searching for secret passages. Enemies
sneak up behind you or come from nearby passages. You can be killed by one or
from a very close range. If you hear a shot behind you, it's probably your best
that you run to safety. Before you can spin around, you'll be pushing up daisies,
underground. So keep your eyes and ears open as good senses can and will save
your life! You never know
when someone is going to open that
door with guns blazing!
"Hoover Maneuver" - Once
you ve cleared an area of any threat, quickly run around picking up all the ammo and health
and other items you can.
Shoot them in the Back!
right! War has no place for manners!. Take advantage
of the opportunity quickly,
to surprise a guard, and shoot them in the back. When
you're sneaking up on any enemy
with only one bullet left, you hope for a lucky shot.
A bullet in the back will cause
double the damage points to the enemy. Will that be enough?
You'd better pray that
Sneak up with caution though, as guards have better peripheral vision than you do.
Don't get Shot
in the Back!
When you're trying to get
out of an area in a hurry with guards chasing you, don't just wait for a door to open. Run
to the door, open it, and spin around quickly with your gun blazing. Don t forget to use your
RUN key when you spin!
Often you'll see a room that appears to be clear. But,
you know these guys like to hide by the door and wait for you! Running in backwards can give
you a big advantage in picking off guards on either side of the doorway.
Up Close &
The closer you
are to an enemy, the
more damage you will inflict on him when you shoot. Remember though, this works
ways. So the best advice here is, to make sure you get the first shot!
extremely helpful during those close-quarters combat or when you are running low on
Shooting their Mouths Off
guards hear your shots, very often they will yell out a warning. This can actually
work to your advantage in certain situations. Shoot from outside an open doorway and
count the voices from inside this new unknown area.
This is not always effective as some of the guards are trained to keep their mouths shut!
are dead, and dead men tell no tales! Also, Shooting in one area may alert guards somewhere
else on the level. Be aware that the hunter may have become the hunted!
in a Doorway
best to never stand in a doorway if you are engaged in a firefight! Guards that are posted
near a doorway will shoot at you, without you even seeing them. Your peripheral vision
is poor at best, and you are usually focused on another target. You will get shot when
you put yourself in this position.
best offense is a good defense. So, open the door and
stand back. To spot possible
enemies inside of the room, slide (strafe) from side to side
(left to right and vise-versa)
while the door remains open.
Thank the Doorman!
Sometimes it's convenient to have a door stay open so
you can see who's coming. Kill a guard or dog in a doorway to hold it open. If
you're lucky, you can use this trick to hold open a locked door that you don't even have the
Waste Not -
of the adversaries you will face, especially killer guard dogs and officers, are placed in
certain areas for the sole purpose of wasting your ammunition. These are fast moving
enemies that will dodge from side to side (left to right) in the hopes that you will miss them
when you shoot! It's best to not fire at these enemies until you move close enough to
frag them with relative efficiency. Quickly shoot them as they attempt to attack you.
Guns Chew Ammo
get low on ammunition, it
is sometimes best to switch back to using the machine gun (or even the pistol when
warrants it). While a room full of SS may require more power (like the chaingun),
full of brown uniformed guards can be easily dispatched with the lessor machine gun.
your ammunition for those times when you really need it!
Real Men Use
you're really low on ammo, conserve it by using your knife. Knives work well on dogs
and guards. Of course, if a couple of SS or Mutants/Bats come in while you have your knife
out, you'll probably be dead before you can switch to your Chaingun!
Remember: Real men die fast too!
Elevators are for Everyone!
may become accustomed and view the elevator as your sanctuary.
DON'T!!! Often, especially
in the later, more difficult levels (other episodes), you may
often be surprised by an SS or
a guard. You may find that these elevators aren't just
for your personal use. Rather,
should I say, you will find that many guards may be in the
larger freight elevators.
a Two-Fronted Battle
Always attempt to keep your firefight localized
to one entrance. Enemies have no regard for shooting you in the back either!. If
there are two doors to a room, then open up one of them. Take a step back for some cover,
and wait for the guards to come to you. If you hear a door open from behind your position,
it's best to move. Move quickly for better cover. Guards from other areas may hear
you and approach your position from these other entrances/areas.
Head Over Heals
It's all about health! If you are near several
sources of food or first aid kits (health - or even gibs) during
your combat, move to it in
an attempt to attract the guards to you! Stay near or
on top of the source of health
at hand and slowly move over it as your fight progresses (This
is especially useful when fighting
the Bosses). Health items can be viewed here.
in Hidden Areas
Well, that's not always the case but, you can be
most certain that guards are usually never stationed immediately inside secret areas.
If you discover a secret room, for the most part, you can rest easy while inspecting it. Now
if there is a door within this secret room, all bets are off once you open that!
The Boss says
killing the bosses? ATTACK! RETREAT! ATTACK! RETREAT! - Bosses alternately shoot, then
pause before shooting again. Try running towards them with chaingun blazing while they're pausing,
then run backwards and stop shooting to conserve ammo when they start firing. This works best
in a large open area. Try it!
Boot Camp is
Finished: Get to It Soldier!
That's most of the hints that we can give without
taking the fun and challenge out of the game. If you really are stuck, then you can get
more information by viewing the Hintbooks ( Wolfenstein - Spear of Destiny ), but try to use
these only as a last resort. Play Safe... Play Smart... And good luck on your adventure!
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