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Spear of Destiny

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Title Screen

Spear of Destiny

Developer: id Software
Publisher: FormGen
Platform: DOS
Released in US: September 18, 1992


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.


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Spear of Destiny is the "retail version" of Wolfenstein 3D – a single, lengthy episode with several bosses and more Wolf action, acting as a prequel to the original game.

Debug Mode

Start the game with the parameter of -debugmode, then during gameplay press Left Shift + Alt + Backspace to activate it.

Once activated, you can press key combos:

  • Tab + B - Change border color
  • Tab + C - Display number of items, actors, and doors
  • Tab + E - Skip level
  • Tab + F - Gives you the coordinates you are currently in
  • Tab + G - God Mode
  • Tab + H - Takes away health
  • Tab + I - Free items (gives you 100,000 points, extra lives, and lots of ammo plus restores health)
  • Tab + M - Display how much memory is in use
  • Tab + N - Turn clipping on and off
  • Tab + Q - Quit Game
  • Tab + S - Toggles slow motion
  • Tab + T - View GFX and play sounds
  • Tab + V - Add Extra VBLs
  • Tab + W - Warp to level
  • Tab + X - Extra Stuff

Easter Eggs

The copy protection asked you questions that could be found by reading the game manual. There were six backdoors that can be found in the source code. The challenge response, and how the game replies, are listed below:

a spoon?
...is the CORRECT ANSWER!
bite me!
Consider yourself bitten, sir.
joshua
Greatings Professor Falken, would you like to play Spear of Destiny?
pelt
Do you have any gold spray paint?
beta
Beta testing approved.
snoops
I wish I had a 21" monitor...

When the game was out of testing, "beta" was replaced with "snoops", so at any given time there were only five backdoors available.

Unused Graphics

Speardestiny deathcam.png

The DeathCam logo, a leftover from Wolfenstein 3D. None of the boss-type enemies actually use the DeathCam ending in Spear of Destiny.

Version differences

  • Version 1.4 has a slightly different background area around the text saying "One moment...".