Wolfenstein 3D Turns 20, Play it For Free in Your Browser

The classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D was released for DOS on May 5, 1992 -- twenty years ago -- developed by id Software and published by then-shareware giant Apogee Software. The game seemingly put the FPS genre on the map, allowing players to run through corridors and shoot enemies in a first-person view. It was revolutionary at the time, and was only surpassed by id Software's next big release, DOOM.

Bethesda is celebrating Wolfenstein's 20th anniversary by launching a free-to-play version of the classic PC shooter that runs within a Web browser. All three episodes are intact: Episode 1: Escape from Wolfenstein, Episode 2: Operation: Eisenfaust, and Episode 3: Die, Fuhrer, Die! It can be played here at Wolfenstein 3D's dedicated site, or over on the game's Facebook page here.

"We’re marking the 20th Anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D, the original, and now legendary, game that launched the first person shooter genre by releasing a free-to-play browser version of the game," Bethesda said in an email. "Later today we will also be offering Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum, available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, free for a limited time."

To download Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum from iTunes, head here. Below is Bethesda's latest Podcast video featuring John Carmack, technical director of id Software, as he shares his insights into the creation and the development of Wolfenstein 3D while playing the game.

  • mesab66
    "released on...5th May 2012, twenty years ago" ahem!

    Great game, fond memories. Damn! I hope the next 20yrs isn't as fast as that!
  • aoneone
    Hot dai!! My laben! ^_^
  • Northwestern
    On your browser? HA! Back in my day we played it on MS-DOS!
  • gmarsack
    Hitler: "Eva, auf wiedersehen"
  • de5_Roy
    i remember playing this on dos....
  • g-unit1111
    Das ist bad ass!!!
  • Tmanishere
    "The classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D was released for DOS on May 5, 2012 -- twenty years ago"

    What? Is this year 2032? I need to update my calendar!
  • Parrdacc
    "The classic shooter Wolfenstein 3D was released for DOS on May 5, 2012 -- twenty years ago -- "

    My God!! How long was I asleep?!
  • DXRick
    For those of you bad at math, 2012 - 20 = 1992.

    I wonder if the game will still give me motion sickness.
  • sporkimus
    Back in the day when you installed games via floppy disks.

    Damn I feel old...