Wolfer Spotlight
Paal Olstad

 Hop to
Paal Olstad's Releases
Contributions To Others' Releases

Nicknamed "Poet", Paal Olstad has created Wolf 3D mods which are extremely challenging and require a lot of problem-solving ability; his level designs are very distinctive. Fortunately for many of us, he has also released detailed hint manuals for his add-ons.

 

Paal's early releases were tough, but once he started making his own EXEs with "Wolf Hour", he turned it up a notch: now there were 4 keys and poison pools to deal with. He has since added customized EXE files to his first 3 add-ons, making "Wolf-Extra" into a special version and adding the unused levels to episodes 2 and 3 of "Enemy Around the Corner". Thus made redundant:
Wolf-Extra (11/07/99) updated 09/14/00, now discontinued.

 

Paal's biggest release is "The Tower", winner of the first Dome Award in January 2002. It features 4 keys, pools of poison, deadly purple chalices and crosses that protect you from them, teleporters, explodable barrels, bombs, and a missile launcher!

 

All the latest versions and hint manuals are available at the excellent Poet's Wolfenstein Page, winner of the Spear of Destiny Fan Club's "Spear of Excellence Award", amongst others. The site also features Paal's source code tutorials and level design tips, a poll on his add-ons, and more.

 

Looking forward to Wolf-Extra III!

 

Andy Nonymous.

 

Paal Olstad's Releases - The Dos mods are no longer available. Links to the SDL versions are found here.

Add-on Name:

Release Date

Information

Levels

Files Included

Version Required

Our Opinion

Wolf-Extra II/The Nightmare

03/12/00

latest update 03/03/04 has new EXE

5

Maps, Vswap, Exe

Reg Spear

Well designed, and very large levels. 1 to 4 plus Angel Of Death. Difficult, but not impossible to beat.

Enemy Around The Corner

09/05/00

latest update 12/04/03 includes Wolf-Extra Prologue, new EXE

18

All, except 2 audio files

Wolf 3D Reg 1.4

Previously was just one new level, but now includes 17 from 'Wolf Extra'. Very complex and difficult levels. Minimal graphics/sounds changes.

Wolf Hour

01/20/01

latest update 11/30/03

10

All, except 2 audio files

Wolf 3D Reg 1.4

Well designed levels which are on episode three. Many interesting source code changes, including a missile launcher.

Wolf Hour Epilogue

04/08/01

latest update 11/29/03

1

All, except 2 audio files

Wolf 3D Reg 1.4

Just one very large well thought out complex level with many bosses. Very difficult, but not impossible to beat.

The Tower

01/15/02

Dome Award January 2002, latest update 03/09/04

21

All, except audiohed file

Reg Spear

Looks very good indeed. Well designed levels and lots of new features.

Wolf-Extra Special Version

07/06/02

latest update 12/01/03

25

All, except 2 audio files

Wolf 3D Reg 1.4

Levels come from the original version, but there's 4 keys this time and a new EXE. Good level design, and some modified graphics.

A Doll's House Original 1 Level Version

A Doll's House & Ghosts Complete Edition

09/19/08

Originally released as 2 sets, later partially combined - 'A Doll's House' and 'Ghosts: A Doll's House Addon'.

Latest update of 'complete edition' is 03/04/10.

21 (complete edition)

All

None

A Doll's House offers a lot of tough action, adventure elements and puzzle solving, in the tradition of Paal's previous games. But the game is more relaxed than his previous ones. It has the same number of enemies on all difficulty settings, but they are noticeably harder to beat on the higher difficulty levels. The edition containing 'Ghosts' includes maps made by guest authors. Credits are listed within the game.

Contributions To Others' Releases

Add-on Name:

Release Date

Information

Levels

Files Included

Version Required

Our Opinion

new 30

11/27/97

by Gary Ragland, Paal made a VSWAP for this 11/20/99

30

Maps, Vswap

Wolf 3D Reg 1.4

Layout and style are similar to the original game, though it's probably a little more difficult. Well designed.

Beyond Mutantstein Special Edition

12/25/02

by various artistes - Paal contributed a level - map 20

21

All

None

A 'Tribute To John Bucksnort'. Mostly excellent levels quality. Lots of graphics, sounds and code changes. An excellent set - one that John would have been proud of - and serves very well as a tribute to the 'mutant maker'.

The Twilight Zone

01/10/04

by Joe M, uses the Tower source code

21

All, except audiohed file

Reg Spear

Levels are quite extensive though a few are not that original. Lots of new graphics and sounds.