Strap on your combat sandals...Lo Wang is coming to the Land of the Rising Sun to turn out the lights. Experience total blood immersion. If you can't touch, kill or drive something...then blow it away! Whether you're wielding shurikens, an Uzi, or a freshly plundered Guardian head...you've got your work cut out for you.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (506 reviews)

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Play Shadow Warrior Classic (1997)

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"One of the coolest games ever released, shurikens, nuke, amazing singleplayer, and even better multiplayer deathmatch. Pure Mayhem!"

About This Game

Strap on your combat sandals...Lo Wang is coming to the Land of the Rising Sun to turn out the lights. Experience total blood immersion. If you can't touch, kill or drive something...then blow it away! Whether you're wielding shurikens, an Uzi, or a freshly plundered Guardian head...you've got your work cut out for you. Enter the world's most interactive 3D environment...and cut yourself some sushi!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor:1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 7 Compatible 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor:1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 7 Compatible 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2GHz+
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2GHz+
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Sometimes it is just fun to play with your Wang.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Really good game. I was trying this to see if it was worth to buy the REDUX version. Turns out that even this game is really awesome. Can't believe it's free either. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED on my list.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
This game was real fun back in 1997 when I bought it.
I loved the animation when you slice enemies in 3 parts.

Fun Fact: There were 2 versions of the game.
Since Shurikens were forbidden in the UK, the UK version had Darts instead! lmao!

Give the game a try, it*s real fun!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Great game of all times. But if you want to play really cool and hard - buy Redux.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
After playing the new Shadow Warrior I like the original more. Better weapons, better level design and better humor.

Oh also this is FREE
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
A humorous classic. Simple yet fun.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Positives include :
-Gore
-Humor
-Wang himself
-Some puzzles are confusing but fun indeed
-Multiplayer ? Haven't tried it but if it works its gonna be GREAT
-Its like a japanese "lighter/friendlier(if i can say friendlier , ♥♥♥♥ can be tough)" version of Brutal Doom and unlike it Steam configures the game for you in dosbox so you have to do nothing except to play.

Negatives :
-For me a negative is looking for that god damn golden key for 45 minutes while the best time on the map is 4 minutes. Everyone should make it in 15-20 without previous experience. Lurking around after having killed all the enemies for a missing key is not fun at all.

Just started the 3rd mission and i give it a fair 8/10. Totally worth to play.





#I'd be glad if someone can tell me if its modable at any point.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
WHO WANTS SOME WANG?
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Classic, funny shoot em up! Hey there are alot of Wangs out there but its hard to find a good one. And if you don't like it you should talk to wangs cousin ♥♥♥♥♥ Yu about it.
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290 of 321 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
A classic for free? thanks steam
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135 of 158 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
When Duke Nukem isn't kicking ♥♥♥ and chewin' bubblegum - he's a Chinese dude.
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150 of 180 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
Let his Wang always hang Lo.
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87 of 96 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Pros:
+ Awesome weaponry, and multiple ways to kill off enemies.
+ Level Design is linear, but somewhat explorational. You get past the levels in a line, but the line that the levels go is all over the place, and the secret areas that contain weapons, items, jokes, and...toilet girls????
+ The enemies are cliche in design, but they are tough, and satisfying to kill.
+ Remember when FPS games were challenging? This one does.
+ Lo Wang makes you laugh, even when you know you shouldn't, kind of like South Park.
+ THAT DAMN MENU MUSIC!!!!
Cons:
- The story, although let's be honest, nobody cares, not even the devs.
- "HOLY COW! LOOK LIKE DUKE NUKEM!"
- Platforming sections that make you fall to your death from time to time again.
- NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES! AAAAAH, THEY'RE IN MY EYES!
- Doom had the Cyberdemon. Wolfenstein had Mecha Hitler. Shadow Warrior has a Sumo Wrestler that farts.
- Lo Wang makes you laugh, even when you know you shouldn't.

Final Score: WHO WANT SOME WANG/Spooky x Fish


Also, I'd like to mention that 3D Realms was misinformed that there was a female clothing shortage in Japan, and the only clothes, if any, were dominatrix outfits, and the only woman with semi-decent clothing was Lara Croft. I like boobs as much as the next guy, but DO SOME ♥♥♥♥IN RESEARCH!
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104 of 125 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2013
A classic game, with a look and feel that'll bring you back through time, prepare for nostalgia
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78 of 90 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2013
It's free. It's classic. Go play it.
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172 of 232 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I Lag On A Game Made In 1997
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56 of 59 people (95%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2014
Meet Shadow Warrior, the overlooked FPS game from creators of Duke Nukem 3D, Asian style. Just like Duke Nukem 3D, player will find themselves exploring the "real" levels, that are filled with ancient chinese secrets, as you are mowing down mutant ninjas with explosive weapons and interacting with level themselves.

Sure thing since this is old game, you probably want to know how this release works... Well, this one is the original FULL registered version (No expansion packs included), provided for free for your enjoyment, as it was back then. Even meaning that it still adverisates you to go and have some dojo multiplayer fun at Ten website (Which sure is non-fuctional now and just contains the history of the project). From what I heard, this one went free after some hacker managed to leak/abuse keys that were being given away on Twitter in one way or another... So you should enjoy a F2P game that doesn't have hats and microtransactions.
The second Expansion Pack (Wanton Destruction) is also available for free, just not on Steam, so you will have to do some stuff with your own hands.

Sure thing since it's a DOS game, developers had to do something about it. Developers went in a simple way - use DosBox. It uses the latest 1.74 version of DosBox, thankfully, and the CD music is still there, so there are no problems there. The launcher allows you to choose whetever you want to go and configure game (Launching Setup in DosBox) or launch game itself.
Your average player will not be able to play multiplayer in this one, as it isn't really supported (no configurations for that for average Steam player) and that it will require some serapate configurations of DosBox, so I didn't try this one. I would recommend you running one of modern source port if you want that that (Or even Shadow Warrior Redux once it gets multiplayer, some day). Another thing, is that controls are already configred by default to fit modern WASD configuration, as well as use mouse for mouselook, with only having to press square brackets buttons to choose items being uncomfortable.
And yes, it's a Software version of the game, not 3DFX one.

Now, game itself. In short, it's Duke Nukem 3D with style of the East. Heh, the only thing it's lacking are rainbowly colored human ninjas, like in Western movies... But randomly colored mutant ninjas will do. Shadow Warrior provides the players with two episodes. Shareware 4-level episode and Registered episode made for full version. And let me say this: When I played Shareware episode, I was amazed by level design. It was big, varied, had something interesting going on, as you travel city to the village in the forest. Worth playing for that. Now, the Registered episode felt like a let-down after that. The levels were just much less interesting, more of generic. I played only half of it, in all honesty, but from what I seen you spend first half of episode travelling through ancient Asian temples and villages, wihle only the second half lets you out to more interesting city levels.
Another thing to note, it the humor of the game... The main character is Lo Wang, the old bald Asian pervert with love for personal, automated and nuclear weapons. With his tongue-in-cheek comments, I found myself often chuckling during playthrough. It also inludes some more of offensive things, that puppies nowadays can't handle which is why we got none in new Shadow Warrior reboot game. Be ready to meet some out-of-place anime girls. Fun easter eggs and the ever wise Fortune Cookies included.
Weapons are varied as well... Well, there are some more or less underpowered ones, but you will find use to most of them. Some have few modes. One of more interesting things would be a Grenade Launcher... It has same blast power as the rocket launcher, but the radius of explosion is simply huge. As a result, you will use it often to lob grenades around corners into rooms you suspect an enemy to be in, instead of using it for direct combat. Sticky bombs that are abe to stick to walls, as well as bodies. ("Oho, sticky bomb likey you!"). (Strangely enough, Railgun shoots a bit to the left of crosshair.)

Graphics are of high-quality pixel art, and levels have a lot of details, usually, utilizing the latest improvements of Build engines. Prepare to see some floor-over-floor, reflections and other nice features, if you are familiar with previous Build games. As for music, it mostly plays a role of ambient, being CD quiality. mostly just enchanting the atmosphere of the game. But no worries, Boss and Title music are kicking and rocking.

And final note, the game is insanely hard. It's even more hard than Duke Nukem 3D, mostly in cheap ways. It either pits you againts monster with hitscan weapon (some of them even able to take cover) or it casually makes you face the enemies that can insta-blow-up your face off the Earth. Traps are no less nasty. As a result, I would highly recommend you to play the game on the lowest difficulty settings, like Tiny Grasshopers, if you wish to have some fun, without having to quickload OFTEN. Not that you still will not be blown off the face of Earth, mind that.

P.S. http://www.3drealms.com/sw/ This link will provide you with anything you need, including some Lo Wang rap.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
"You want to wash Wang or watch Wang wash wang?" - Lo Wang

This game is comedy gold, and from what I know better than the remake.
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2014
This one hits me right in the childhood. An action-packed, hilarity infused DOS shooter from back when FPS devs truly cared about wooing their target audience.
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2013
A free game on Steam, full length, and a spiritual successor to Duke Nukem 3D's shoot-em-up/tactical shooter hybrid, and it can run on anything beyond a toaster.
You genuinely don't have an excuse for not at least TRYING this one.
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