Weirdsday: Super 3D Noah’s Ark (SNES)

In 1994, an unlicensed game from Wisdom Tree using the Wolfenstein 3d game engine. It had a slot in the top of the game cartridge that you had to put another, fully licensed game into in order to bypass the SNES protection.

super 3d noah's ark

super 3d noah's ark

Super 3D Noah’s Ark is a reskin of Wolfenstein 3d with different maps and a new objective. That objective? Help Noah feed all the hungry crazy animals on his ark. His tools? Various feed launchers that mimic the weapons found in Wolfenstein 3d that let you shoot larger “feed” items like coconuts and watermelons. Super 3d Noah’s Ark includes secret passages, food, weapons and extra lives. There are bosses in the game as well, such as Ernie the Elephant and Carl the Camel.

So other than the reskin/reimagining of the levels weapons, textures, and critters, this is pretty much a Wolfenstein 3d clone with one addition, a map. Yep, there is an in game map.

super 3d noah's ark

So besides all this, what else is weird about it? How about that it was originally rumored to be a Hellraiser game for release on the NES? The Wisdom Tree owner is a fan of the Hellraiser series and had gotten the rights to make a Hellraiser game for $50,000. Eventually, Wisdom Tree realized that this might tarnish their family friendly image and the game morphed into the Noah’s ark adventure it is today on the SNES.  In other game release strangeness, the game was actually re-released on steam in 2015 where it has a review rank of “Very Positive”

 

super 3d noah's ark

So, overall is Super 3D Noah’s Ark bad? That depends, did you like Wolfenstein 3d?  Other than the automap, sound, and textures, the game is Wolfenstein 3d. A solid, if dated third person shooter. So no, the game is not bad, just older, and weird.

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