Spear of Destiny is the classic follow-up to Wolfenstein 3D
With the success of Wolfenstein 3D, id Software released this follow-on game using the same engine. It was published at retail by Formgen. Although it was developed after Wolfenstein 3D, it is apparently a prequel of sorts, and details the adventures of BJ Blazkowicz before getting captured and sent to Castle Wolfenstein, as he attempts to recapture the Spear of Destiny, which was captured by Hitler’s forces.
The Spear of Destiny, according to Christian religious tradition, is the spear with which the Roman centurion Longinus pierced Jesus’ side while he was on the cross. Supposedly, this spear has great mystic powers, with some accords stating that whoever holds the spear cannot be defeated in battle. Recently, a sort of urban legend has sprung up that says that Hitler was obsessed with the power of the spear and went to any lengths to acquire it, so it made sense to feature this artifact in a game about fighting Nazis.
This game is a bit more obscure than most of id Software’s other titles. I never heard of it or played it back in the day, which is fine by me because it gives me something to play now. I don’t think it was included as an unlockable on the Quake shareware CD, or I would have played it, and I believe it was also missing from some other compilations – maybe a licensing issue? Anyway, the good thing about the relative obscurity is that this game is not extremely overvalued and overpriced like Doom and the original Wolf 3D currently are, so if you’re interested, you should be able to pick up a copy relatively reasonably. A complete in box copy was listed for $39.95 recently and went with no bids.