Last month we learned that 3D Realms' controversial 1997 first-person shooter Shadow Warrior was heading to the iOS platform courtesy of General Arcade. Shadow Warrior uses the same game engine as Duke Nukem 3D and is also similarly violent and offensive, at least by late-90s standards. It was designed as an homage to over-the-top kung-fu movies of decades past, which were typically filled with absurd amounts of violence and stereotypes. It looks like all that's going to make the translation to iOS based on this new trailer.

General Arcade has posted in our forums that Shadow Warrior is already approved and will be launching this week. They've stressed the amount of effort they've put into making sure the touchscreen controls are up to snuff with plenty of options that will hopefully cater to everybody. Though handled by a different studio, the iOS version of 3D Realms' Duke Nukem 3D [$1.99 / $0.99 (HD)] was massively criticized for its poor controls, and it sunk an otherwise solid port of a classic game. It doesn't appear that will be the case this time around, but I still can't wait to get my hands on Shadow Warrior to find out for myself later this week.

  • ImJPaul

    Nothing screams "Holidays" like one of the goriest games of the 90's being playable by all the children getting new iOS devices.

    • Mike

      It's called parenting. Parents should try it out sometime.

  • Tomate Diseño

    Who wanta some Wang? ME!!

  • Ken Cavanaugh

    Sandy Hook is way too fresh in my memory to play a game like this right now.

  • JJE

    Later this coming year, please remember this game.
    Remember it when it's slipped in the App Store to where light never reaches. Remember it when the conversation turns to how blood soaked FPS have become ubiquitous; where shooters are #1 with a a bullet on every platform regardless, remember that Shadow Warrior was just another example. No better or worse than any other. Distinctive by only fine points of nuance. It's nobody's fault when you're just trying to make a buck in a tough world. We play dystopian because secretly we imagine we already are.

    • Mike


  • Kierre Verde

    Played it, had it, loved it