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Alien Cabal    QASoft,  1997
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Alien Cabal is a FPS where aliens have invaded, and it's your job (apparently) to kill them. However in my testing I didn't encounter any aliens, just identical guys in suits whose sole purpose in life seemed to be to run up to me and shoot me in the face. As fun as that sounds, unless you enjoy hearing terrible sound effects (be ready to hear "You're not authorized!" shouted at you repeatedly) and strange graphics, you probably won't be a fan of this game. It's certainly unique ...
[Download] Click here to download Alien Cabal (4,315k)
[Link] More info on Alien Cabal at Mobygames.com


Blake Stone    Apogee Software,  1993
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Not that bad at all. This is a game that Apogee released between Wolfenstein 3D and Rise of the Triad. Basically it uses the Wolfenstien engine with some modifications, the best of which is a map so you're not lost throughout the entire game. It also adds a greater variety of enemies, money which can be used to buy things, switches which change the level, and so on. It isn't quite as memorable as Wolf3D (mostly because it lacks the freshness of that game) but if you like the older 3D games like Wolf3D or Catacomb Abyss you might want to try it out.
[Download] Click here to download Blake Stone (1,460k)
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Blood    Monolith Productions,  1997
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Made using the "Build" 3D engine (the same engine used to make Duke Nukem 3D), Blood is an often overlooked game that is actually quite well made and offers plenty of fun for 3D shooting fans. This demo version includes an introduction to the full game. Not surprisingly, this game serves up a lot of ... uh, blood. And severed heads, and so on ... plus lots of frantic 3D action. (NOTE: It should be obvious but this game is not intended for children!)
[Download] Click here to download Blood (16,943k)
[Link] Blood Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Blood at Mobygames.com


Catacomb Abyss    iD Software,  1992
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
What? An id Software 3D shooter that was released before Wolf3D? Yup. It's relatively cool, too, if a bit less refined than Wolf3D. (It uses EGA graphics instead of VGA.) This game could have served as the inspiration for the newer 3D game Blood, so similar are the styles. I like it, it's still quite fun to play. And hey, it has a pretty cool name, too.
[Download] Click here to download Catacomb Abyss (784k)
[Link] Catacomb Abyss Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Catacomb Abyss at Mobygames.com


Chasm: The Rift    Megamedia Corporation,  1998
Rating: 4 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
This surprisingly good 3D shooting game (the demo is downloadable here) is, in terms of technical things like graphics, somewhere between DOOM and Quake. Unlike most other 3D copycat-style games of this time period, this game actually plays quite decently. There is an actual story before the game begins, and once the game starts there is plenty of frantic action, along the lines of Quake. Recommended! (Note: Windows users may want to try VDMSound, available on the Essential Utilities page, to get this game working.)
[Download] Click here to download Chasm: The Rift (5,680k)
[Link] Chasm: The Rift Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Chasm: The Rift at Mobygames.com


Chex Quest    Digital Cafe,  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Based on a modified version of the DOOM engine, Chex Quest was originally included on free promotional CDs with Chex brand cereal. Surprisingly, this game is actually decent, with fairly good graphics and sounds (not too surprising, given its DOOM-based engine). Although it's fairly short (only five levels) its surreal atmosphere makes it worth trying out. (Thanks goes to "doowopman" of The-Underdogs for repacking this game for easy online distribution.)
[Download] Click here to download Chex Quest (4,450k)


Chub Gam 3D    ChubGamSoft,  1998
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
While this game has won many awards (listed on the ChubGamSoft website) I'm not a huge fan. It plays well enough and has some interesting graphic/gameplay elements (like an actual storyline, and cutscenes to tell it) it just seems quite unprofessional at times. (Note: You'll probably have to reboot into DOS mode to play this game ... I was unable to get it working on this computer (at all) so this review was written from memory from when I played this game a year or so ago.)
[Download] Click here to download Chub Gam 3D (4,953k)


Corridor 7    Capstone Software,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
This game was unfortunately released shortly after Doom, meaning that it had to compete with one of the best 3D shooters of all time using ... the Wolfenstein 3D engine. Not even a fair fight, really. While the game is decent enough, its pretty obvious that its using the Wolf3D engine, with its boxy environments and simple sprites. Overall, it has decent graphics (again, comparable to Wolf3D), and it could be enjoyable if you force yourself to forget about Doom and play this game based on its own merits.
[Download] Click here to download Corridor 7 (1,173k)
[Link] Corridor 7 Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Corridor 7 at Mobygames.com


Dark Forces (Star Wars)    LucasArts,  1995
Rating: 5 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
A demo version of one of a simply great 3D shooting game that I missed playing when it was originally released. Also known as "Star Wars: Dark Forces", this 3D shooting game does not use the DOOM engine, it uses LucasArts' own engine which includes a few features not seen in DOOM. (Though it still includes a very DOOM-like map.) Smooth although low-res graphics and responsive gameplay, along with the Star Wars theme, make this one a keeper. Definitely play it if you enjoy 3D shooting games!
[Download] Click here to download Star Wars: Dark Forces (3,254k)
[Link] Dark Forces Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Star Wars: Dark Forces at Mobygames.com


Depth Dwellers    TriSoft,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Depth Dwellers is a relatively unknown early 3D shooting game that was probably the victim of bad timing: It was released only a few months after DOOM. The game engine developed by TriSoft is somewhere inbetween Wolfenstein 3D and DOOM in terms of features and abilities. The game itself is fairly generic, with not a lot of unique features, and only passable graphics for a 3D game. Overall a decent effort from an unknown development team, but really there's not much reason to play this instead of DOOM. It's not quite as "AWSOME" [sic] as the registration screen suggests.
[Download] Click here to download Depth Dwellers (1,441k)
[Link] Depth Dwellers Cheat Codes


Descent    Interplay,  1994
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Descent was quite popular on its release. It expanded on the 3D shooting genre by giving players a real 3D environment unlike Doom or Duke Nukem 3D. In this 7-level DEMO version of Descent you must pilot your spaceship through many 3D levels destroying various bad guys along the way. Think of Doom crossed with Wing Commander and you'll have a fairly good picture of what this game's about. A fun shooter that has aged pretty well (and still works on my XP computer) that lacks a bit of the flair and style of Doom or Duke Nukem 3D.
[Download] Click here to download Descent (2,825k)
[Link] Descent Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Descent at Mobygames.com


Doom    iD Software,  1993
Rating: 5 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Chosen by Computer Gaming World as part of their 'Hall of Fame' ("DOOM revolutionized PC action games"), DOOM has been one of the most played computer games of the past few years. And for good reason. I admit, it scared the hell outta me when I first played it. Even today, with increasingly sophisticated 3D action games (Quake, Unreal, Halflife, etc.) DOOM's gameplay is classic. Get it now, even if you've already played it ... it's still fun.
[Download] Click here to download Doom (2,393k)
(Or try one of the links here if the one above is too busy)
[Link] Play DOOM online! (Flash) (loads in your web browser)
[Link] DOOM Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on DOOM at Mobygames.com


Duke Nukem 3D    Apogee Software,  1995
Rating: 5 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Does blowing away pigcops, destroying entire buildings, and shooting your way through an adult XXX store sound enjoyable? Then you'll love Duke 3D. (Note: There isn't actually anything X-rated in the game.) Uses the "Build" engine, which is still similar to the old Wolf3D engine in that there are no rooms on top of other rooms, but it's been tweaked and pushed to the max. Lots of fun! (Note: Several people have emailed me to comment that there ARE rooms-above-rooms in Duke3D. While the effect of rooms-above-rooms can be _simulated_ in Build, there are never really any rooms on top of other rooms in the game, and thus it's not truly 3D.)
[Download] Click here to download Duke Nukem 3D (5,785k)
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[Link] Duke Nukem 3D Cheat Codes
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Heretic    id Software,  1994
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Based on the DOOM engine, Heretic was only mildly popular on its release because there were so many copycat 3D-shooting games released around the same time. However, Heretic is one of the better shooting games released in the pre-Quake era. It has solid level design, good graphics & sounds (although of course you're limited to 320x240) and really the only major criticism that could be leveled at it is that it's too much like DOOM.
[Download] Click here to download Heretic (2,831k)
[Link] Heretic Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Heretic at Mobygames.com


Hexen    id Software,  1995
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
The sequel to the popular Heretic game, Hexen takes the Heretic engine and adds some notable improvements, like weather effects, breakable environments, roleplaying elements and less linear gameplay. Instead of just playing through levels, you must venture through the "hub" which connects various worlds. The atmosphere created in this game is well done, and if you're a fan of early 3D shooting games chances are you'll enjoy this 4-level DEMO version of Hexen.
[Download] Click here to download Hexen (5,532k)
[Link] Hexen Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Hexen at Mobygames.com


H.U.R.L    Millenium Media Group,  1995
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This is a 3D shooter you've probably never played before. It uses an engine similar to the one used by early 3D games like Wolfenstein 3D or Ken's Layrinth. It includes weird SB sound effects and some rather wacky graphics ... you'll have to download it and see it for yourself whether you enjoy this somewhat strange game!
[Download] Click here to download H.U.R.L (1,330k)


Ken's Labyrinth    Epic Megagames,  1993
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Sort of like Wolf3D, but more ... wacky. It was created by Ken Silverman (who later went on to design the "Build" engine used for Duke3D). Originally he released it on his own ... later it was purchased by Epic Megagames, although I liked the original better. It's still fun to play even though it uses outdated technology, and it's more likely to work on your computer than Wolf3D is. :) (NOTE: This is the full registered version of the game! It has been released for free by the original author, Ken Silverman.)
[Download] Click here to download Ken's Labyrinth (891k)
[Link] Ken's Labyrinth Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Ken's Labyrinth at Mobygames.com


Legal Tender    Pie in the Sky Software / Froggman,  1993
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Apparently created using Pie in the Sky's old 3D game creation software, Legal Tender is a good example of a 3D shooter that tries hard and has plenty of features, but unfortunately feels like a letdown in the "fun" department. The graphics are average, as are the sounds. There is a story of some sort but I just wasn't interested in it. As previously mentioned, there are some interesting features (like equipping yourself with weapons and an item system) but the overall package doesn't end up being too appealing.
[Download] Click here to download Legal Tender (1,192k)
[Link] More info on Legal Tender at Mobygames.com


Line Wars II    Safari Software,  1990
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Line Wars was a popular "3D" shooting game that was released long before the advent of modern 3D gaming cards. While its gameplay is quite tame compared to today's standards, it can still be fun. Line Wars II updates the original adding new missions and multiplayer modes. (Multiplayer is achived through a modem or DOS-based network.) The game includes three different missions of varying difficulty.
[Download] Click here to download Line Wars II (517k)


Nightmare 3D    Gray Design Associates,  1995
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
From the creator of Hugo's House of Horrors (see the adventure games page) comes this 3D shooter. It's technical level is about the same as Wolf3D, but it DOES include some cool new stuff. The campy pseudo-horror motif is well done, and generally it's fun to play.
[Download] Click here to download Nightmare 3D (911k)
[Link] Nightmare 3D Walkthrough


Operation Body Count    Capstone Software,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Operation Body Count is a 3D shooting game built using a modified version of the Wolfenstein 3D engine. Unfortunately, the game does not offer much in the way of improvements over the basic Wolf3D formula, while at the same time lacking that certain indefinite quality that made Wolf3D so engaging. It features average graphics and sounds, and may be worth playing if you are a fan of 3D games from this era, otherwise you may want to take another spin through Wolf3D instead.
[Download] Click here to download Operation Body Count (1,749k)
[Link] More info on Operation Body Count at Mobygames.com


Powerslave    Playmates Interactive Entertainment,  1996
Rating: 3 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Powerslave (also known as "Exhumed") is a FPS built using the Build engine (an earlier version of the engine used to create Duke Nukem 3D). This demo version displays its distinct Egyptian theme and because it uses the Build engine it plays reasonably well. The graphics and sounds are decent, but it seems to be lacking a bit of the ineffable quality that made Duke so great. (Well, besides the immorality). It plays decently well so if you enjoy 3D shooting games this might be one to try.
[Download] Click here to download Powerslave (12,081k)
[Link] More info on Powerslave at Mobygames.com


Quake    iD Software,  1996
Rating: 5 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
I don't know how I missed adding this game! One of the best DOS games ever? Probably! I have spent many hours playing this classic, and still go back to play it sometimes. If you have never played it ... get it now! With the release of Quake, iD Software once again revolutionized the 3D shooting genre. It's amazing, even today!
[Download] Click here to download Quake (8,795k)
[Link] Play Quake online! (Flash) (loads in your web browser)
[Link] Quake Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Quake at Mobygames.com


Quiver    ESD Games,  1997
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Quiver is an interesting relic from the early 3D shooting era. Although it was released post-Doom and the engine it uses seems quite similar to the Doom engine, it is not nearly as good as the id Software classic game. It plays fairly well but doesn't quite have the polish of some of its compatriots. Although the evironments are somewhat medieval (ala Heretic/Hexen) the weaponry and enemies are both high-tech (something about aliens). Overall it's a decent game but there isn't much to commend it over its contemporary games like Doom or Duke Nukem 3D. (Note: Run QUIVERS.BAT to start the game.)
[Download] Click here to download Quiver (1,919k)
[Link] More info on Quiver at Mobygames.com


Radix: Beyond the Void    Epic Megagames,  1995
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Radix is a spaceship 3D shooting game which is somewhat similar to Descent. It still owes a lot to Doom though, and the level design is not quite up to par with Descent. Still, it has nice graphics (for its time) and good sound effects as well. The control system also takes some getting used to, as you need to control your ship's speed ... but strangely, the ship can also "strafe" from side to side.
[Download] Click here to download Radix: Beyond the Void (3,908k)
[Link] Radix: Beyond the Void Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Radix: Beyond the Void at Mobygames.com


Rise of the Triad    Apogee Software,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A fairly cool shooting game from Apogee. It's sort of inbetween Wolf3D and Duke3D ... it has some cool new features, (at least, they were new at the time), but at times they don't seem to work together all that well. For example, there's too much platform jumping. It's worth a try, though.
[Download] Click here to download Rise of the Triad (3,582k)
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[Link] Rise of the Triad Cheat Codes
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Shadow Warrior    3D Realms,  1997
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Created using the "Build" engine (the same software the Duke Nukem 3D was created with), Shadow Warrior was largely ignored upon its release due to the fact that Quake has been released the year before, with superior graphics and gameplay enhancements (true 3D environments). Shadow Warrior is still a great game, with many of the same gameplay elements that make Duke Nukem 3D such a classic game, although some of the "off-color humor" might be offensive to some gamers.
[Download] Click here to download Shadow Warrior (12,988k)
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[Link] Shadow Warrior Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Shadow Warrior at Mobygames.com


Spear of Destiny    id Software,  1992
Rating: 4 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
An unofficial sequel to Wolfenstein 3D that was released by Formgen as a retail only game (not shareware like Wolf3D) this demo version unfortunately contains only two playable levels. However the Spear of Destiny game is still great fun, although it uses the exact same engine, graphics, sounds etc as Wolfenstein 3D and features only new levels. The full version is still available on id Software's website, or via other means such as eBay.
[Download] Click here to download Spear of Destiny (721k)
[Link] Spear of Destiny Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Spear of Destiny at Mobygames.com


Strife    Rogue Entertainment,  1996
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Strife is one of the best 3D shooting game's that you've likely never heard of. This demo version showcases some of the great gameplay and features that you'll find in the full version, if you're able to find it anywhere (eBay? the bargain bin at your local EB?) The game's story-driven gameplay, adventure elements and interesting enemies and powerups make this game a relatively unknown classic. (Note: I got this game running in XP using DOSBox but it didn't run at full speed. Unless you have a very fast computer, probably best to play this on real DOS computer.)
[Download] Click here to download Strife (4,738k)
[Link] Strife Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Strife at Mobygames.com


Tekwar    Moraffware,  1991
Rating: 2 stars  Demo!  [ Screenshot ]
William Shatner's Tekwar is a game based on the series of books written by Captain Kirk himself. Or rather the actor that played him I guess. I've never read any of the books, but if they're as bad as this game, I should be glad that I haven't. Although it uses the BUILD engine (the same engine used for Duke Nukem 3D and other games) this game plays very poorly. The graphics, while detailed, still manage to somehow look ugly. The gameplay is also head-scratchingly poor with no clear objectives and frustrating/cheap/stupid computer AI. If you're a fan of this genre of game, or Tekwar, you may want to take a look. But don't expect to play for long!
[Download] Click here to download Tekwar Demo (7,098k)
[Link] More info on William Shatner's Tekwar at Mobygames.com


Terminal Velocity    3D Realms,  1995
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
It takes a little while to get used to, but this flying/shooting game (sort of like Decent, but more out in the open) can be really fun to play. (It gets much tougher during the later levels, however.) I found it to be a lot of fun, even though it gets very challenging. (Note: Microsoft later released this game as a Windows game called 'Fury3'. As far as I know, the games are identical.)
[Download] Click here to download Terminal Velocity (3,707k)
[Link] Terminal Velocity Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Terminal Velocity at Mobygames.com


Terminator: Future Shock    Bethesda Softworks,  1995
Rating: 4 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Terminator: Future Shock was a game that probably never got the attention it deserved when it was released. As showcased in this playable demo version of the full version game, this game differs from Quake in that it offers a bit more in the way of plot, and a little less in the way of slick gameplay. The game engine can be a bit buggy at times, but this can be overlooked because of the (at the time) excellent graphics, sound effects, and the coolness factor of playing a game based on the Terminator movies. You also get to drive vehicles on some levels of the full game.
[Download] Click here to download Terminator: Future Shock (6,457k)


Terror in Christmas Town    Michael Zerbo,  1995
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Ever felt the need to rescue a kidnapped elf who has been captured by a evil polar bear? No, me neither. Yet, in Wolfenstein-like 3D, that's exactly the premise of this game. Although you use heavy weaponry (shotguns and so on) this is not a gory game. The graphics, sounds and gameplay are all fairly basic. The graphics have a mildly winter/Christmas related theme, and there is an inventory system that is a bit more complex than usual in games of this type. Probably worth trying if you enjoy early 3D shooting games.
[Download] Click here to download Terror in Christmas Town (991k)


Thor's Hammer    MVP Software,  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A unique hybrid action/RPG game that features a DOOM/Hexen-like 3D engine. This has all the usual RPG elements (wizards, magic, townsfolk, evil monsters, chests ...) but in a fully 3D world. The graphics are somewhere between Wolfenstein-3D and DOOM in terms of quality. The game does show a lot of care has gone into its construction, from the opening cinema to the townsfolk to the active battle system. (No turn-based stuff here!) Overall a very interesting action/RPG game.
[Download] Click here to download Thor's Hammer (2,528k)
[Link] More info on Thor's Hammer at Mobygames.com


Tomb Raider    Eidos Interactive,  1996
Rating: 4 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
The game that made Lara Croft a virtual star, and launched the entire series of Tomb Raider games. The game may seem somewhat bland by today's standards but it was quite popular upon its release, and NOT just because of certain attributes of its star character. One of the first of many 3rd-person 3D shooters. (Note: Press F1 in the game to toggle high resolution mode for better graphics.)
[Download] Click here to download Tomb Raider (2,144k)
[Link] Tomb Raider Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Tomb Raider at Mobygames.com


Witchaven    Capstone Entertainment,  1995
Rating: 2 stars  DEMO!  [ Screenshot ]
Witchaven is a fantasy-themed FPS that was soundly outclassed by the Heretic (and later Hexen) series of games. Although it features decent graphics and sounds (for its time) its problems begin with the fact that it's fighting is mostly hand-to-hand with shoddy hit detection. Though it aspires to be an RPG, even though it includes a few innovative features (ex, magic) it doesn't really come close. Like most Capstone games, decent production values can't save it from being a mediocre game.
[Download] Click here to download Witchaven (6,533k)
[Link] More info on Witchaven at Mobygames.com


Wolfenstein 3D    iD Software,  1992
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
What can I say? The game that started it all, and helped to define what is now one of the most popular computer game genres. If you've never played it (who hasn't?) you should. (Note: This game seems to really hate Win95/98. Run it from straight DOS, or risk having it crash often ... or not work at all.)
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[Link] Wolfenstein 3D Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Wolfenstein 3D at Mobygames.com




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