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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

CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
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.

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.

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?
bite me!
Consider yourself bitten, sir.
Greatings Professor Falken, would you like to play Spear of Destiny?
Do you have any gold spray paint?
Beta testing approved.
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.

Staff Photo

At the main menu, select Change View press Enter or Esc and then immediately hold I and D. Or select View Scores at the main menu and press I and D. After a few seconds of the screen fading to black, the music will change to Jazzin' Them Nazis and an image of the staff will appear. From left to right; John Carmack, Kevin Cloud, Adrian Carmack, John Romero, Tom Hall, and Jay Wilbur.

Spear of Destiny - DOS -Staff Photo.png

Unused Ending

The game includes an unused ending. "ENDPICPIC" is an image with a white background, similar to the ending in Wolfenstein 3D. The file "T_ENDART1" contains the text, in the format used by the Wolfenstein 3D ending screen.

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You were found by Allied forces on a grassy hill a distance from the smoking 
remains of Castle Nuremberg, the Spear clutched in your wounded hands.  A
thin wispy smoke rose off your still body. The grass and earth beneath you 
appeared burned by fire.

In the Allied hospital, you tell no one of your frightening final battle
with the Angel of Death, lest they think you mad.  But you still 
bear the scars of the other great foes of Castle Nuremberg, dark and deadly,
starkly vivid in your memory.

The horrible Trans Grosse, from the family of strong Aryans born of the stuff
of Hitler's dreams.  The heat of his twin chainguns bearing down on you
still chills you.

The stout Barnacle Wilhelm, his thick blue breastplate shining under the
harsh lights of the castle.  He was what he was.

Then the horrible abomination of the Ubermutant, Dr. Schabbs' last curse
on humanity, chaingun built into his chest, four arms wielding butcher's
knives, the depths of Hitler's twisted evil in the flesh.

And the great guardian of the Spear, the Death Knight. Two missile launchers
and two huge chainguns--the battle with him comes back to you as cacophony
and pain.

With the Spear gone, the Third Reich will fall.  May it never rise again.

Version Differences

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