Wolfenstein is an intense first person shooter game developed by id Software and released in 1995 by id Soft and Apogee Software. In Wolfenstein 3D the player assuming the role of William "B.J," Blazkowicz as he escapes from the Nazi prison castle and carries out a series of important missions against the evil Nazis. The game is set during World War II, when the German Nazi regime is threatening to attack America in order to prevent the invasion of Europe. The game takes place in B.J's hometown, which has just been liberated after being promised protection by the Americans but soon he finds himself caught up in a vicious struggle against the Nazis and his mission becomes more complex than ever. Along the way he has to deal with a bunch of Nazi prisoners and also guards for the castle who have become his enemies.
Id Software, the creators of Wolfenstein and other popular action games produced by them, used two unique features in the game that make up the basis for their success. The game engine was based on the pen and paper novel format and utilized the texturing and particle effects that were popular at the time and which are still popular today. The audio had already been upgraded to a much better quality with the introduction of Wolfenstein 3D episodes and included a high score music system that complemented the action and sound effects quite well. Wolfenstein allowed players to select from a variety of guns and weapons which included fully automatic weapons as well as more traditional hand held weapons and explosives.
Wolfenstein allowed players to develop their character according to their own desires and aspirations. They could choose to become a doctor or a soldier, a wizard or a witch, a robot or a human. The possibilities for the character creation in Wolfenstein was limited only by their imagination and some amount of patience. Wolfenstein was one of the very first computer games to incorporate an elaborate level editor which allowed the user to design levels that were custom designed and submitted to the game for approval. Today there are over 80 episodes of Wolfenstein you can play through.