470478A lite/free version of id Software's Wolfenstein 3D Classic [App Store] was released tonight for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Wolfenstein 3D was first released in 1992 for the PC and was a massive success and has been rightfully described as the grandfather of first person shooters (FPS).

Game controls have been adapted to the iPhone and four different layouts of touch screen controls and the option to use tilt controls for either movement or turning. In practice the controls work well. Some readers have even said they are the best FPS controls available so far on the iPhone. Though, to be fair, the game's engine is simpler than more modern FPS engines.

id is also hard at work on a Doom port complete with multiplayer support but that will require some ongoing optimization.

The Lite version of Wolfenstein offers the first three levels of Episode 1.

App Store Link: Wolfenstein 3D Classic Lite, Free

  • bob

    heck i wish they'd re-release Collector's Edition DOOM for the PC again. (That's DOOM 1 & 2 with all official expansions in one box on one CD-ROM). It's so hard to find anymore, just a few used copies on Amazon that are super-expensive.

  • bob

    heck i wish they'd re-release Collector's Edition DOOM for the PC again. (That's DOOM 1 & 2 with all official expansions in one box on one CD-ROM). It's so hard to find anymore, just a few used copies on Amazon that are super-expensive.

  • f e a r l e s s

    Sucks you can't tilt to move and turn at the same time using the accelerometer. Unless I just can't figure out how...

  • f e a r l e s s

    Sucks you can't tilt to move and turn at the same time using the accelerometer. Unless I just can't figure out how...

  • TKO

    Well, you can configure touch controls to tilt and turn at the same time. It feels kinda like console FPS controls, and works very well. ..I don't like using tilt in arcade-like games like this. It just doesn't feel accurate enough.

    First FPS I've played on the iPhone where the control feels good. (and feels natural for the game.) And still such a brilliant game. I bet this demo will get a lot of downloads. :)

  • TKO

    Well, you can configure touch controls to tilt and turn at the same time. It feels kinda like console FPS controls, and works very well. ..I don't like using tilt in arcade-like games like this. It just doesn't feel accurate enough.

    First FPS I've played on the iPhone where the control feels good. (and feels natural for the game.) And still such a brilliant game. I bet this demo will get a lot of downloads. :)

  • menom

    agree with TKO

    controls are great - game is superb version - I will dip in and out of this for ages, I'm sure

    also the latest update allows for moving the control buttons/pads wherever you want on screen which is a great idea and hopefully will be followed by other developers (above applies to full game - not sure if available in lite vers)

  • menom

    agree with TKO

    controls are great - game is superb version - I will dip in and out of this for ages, I'm sure

    also the latest update allows for moving the control buttons/pads wherever you want on screen which is a great idea and hopefully will be followed by other developers (above applies to full game - not sure if available in lite vers)

  • dgalvan123

    Just picked up the demo. Amazing how smooth it runs! good nostalgic fun. Don't know if I'll play it enough to justify the $5 full version. Lite will probably suit me fine. I don't use the tilt controls. . . it's just easier to use the touch pads. movement in lower left, turning in lower right, gun up top right. Use the movement and turn keys to explore, then strafe and shoot when you find an enemy. Not as good as keyboard and mouse, obviously, but as good as I could imagine on a handheld device.

  • dgalvan123

    Just picked up the demo. Amazing how smooth it runs! good nostalgic fun. Don't know if I'll play it enough to justify the $5 full version. Lite will probably suit me fine. I don't use the tilt controls. . . it's just easier to use the touch pads. movement in lower left, turning in lower right, gun up top right. Use the movement and turn keys to explore, then strafe and shoot when you find an enemy. Not as good as keyboard and mouse, obviously, but as good as I could imagine on a handheld device.