Wolfenstein 3D (Shareware Edition) Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download Wolfenstein 3D:

Choose from one of the following sites.

Free game download unavailableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download availableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableHouse of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category).

Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\Wolf3D. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Next: Open the Games folder then the Wolf3D folder within it. Locate and click on the Dosbox Options file.

Dosbox options

With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\games\wolf3d
cd wolf3d

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Extract The Wolfenstein 3D Game File:

First: Right click on the Wolfenstein 3D file you saved to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to extract the Wolfenstein 3D files, select "C:\Games\Wolf3D" . When you're done click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Time to Fight Some Nazis!:

Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\Wolf3D" folder and the game Wolfenstein 3D will launch, enjoy!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Grey said...

Doesn't work. I get this error: Illegal command: wolf3d.

All I did was copy paste his information and it gave me this error.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi I did a reinstall to check and everything worked so XTC hasn't changed the files or anything. It sounds like the game file dosbox is looking for isn't there. Did you follow all the steps or just copy and past the config commands. If you did the this the game won't run because the files have to exist in the folders outlined in the steps. Let me know if this helped.


Christoffer Bader said...

I tried this, but the game (in fullscreen, changed in config) was very laggy and the fade between the menus took FOREVER (more than 15 sec.)

It worked perfectly fine in fullscreen after I changed "output=surface" (at the top of config) to "output=overlay" and changed "memsize=16" to "memsize=32" (don't know why :D ).

I also changed the mouse sensitivity: "sensitivity=200" instead of 100. Helped a lot.

Glenn Scrima said...

Changing to output=overlay probably would have the biggest effect of the bunch. Thanks for the info this will hopefully help others who run into this issue as well.


Christoffer Bader said...

I almost forgot to say thank you for posting this guide! Thanks!

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem enjoy playing Wolf 3D!


Pippymint said...

I tried this guide 3 times but I can't get the game to run. At the end when I double click on dosbox it just gives me the Z prompt again. Such a shame as I would have loved to have played wolf 3d again.

Is it because I am running Windows 7(x86) :( So sad.