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Castle Wolfenstein

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Castle Wolfenstein
Castle Wolfenstein cover
Muse Software
Release dates
DOS 1981
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Direct control
Genres Stealth
Themes World War II
Series Wolfenstein
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Wolfenstein: Youngblood 2019
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Castle Wolfenstein is a singleplayer bird's-eye view stealth game in the Wolfenstein series.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements

Improve performances in DOSBox

Edit DOSBox configuration file
  1. Set machine=svga_s3 to machine=tandy or pcjr.
  2. Set memsize=16 to memsize=00.
  3. Set xms, ems and umb to false.
  4. Set cycles=auto to cycles=100.
Exact cycle amount may vary from computer to computer. For more info see 4.77 MHz, DOSBox wiki.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\ctrls

Save game data location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\CASTLE
CASTLE contains rank & castle progress.
CW.EXE contains inventory and map location.
Pressing Esc returns you to the main menu and saves your inventory and location. Terminating the game process while playing will reset both data (similar to being caught or dying). Rank and castle are not affected by this.


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes CGA, Tandy

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 1.1
Processor (CPU) 8088 or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 64 kB
Hard disk drive (HDD) N/A: game is booter and runs off disk
Video card (GPU) CGA