Rise Of The Triad: Dark War, devised and published by Apogee, was released in 1994 and it is a first-person shooter game with an arcade, casual element. The objective for the player is to shoot every thing that moves, progress through the increasingly difficult levels, and stay alive. The game received a mixed reception from critics, with some thinking that it was too similar to the classic first-person shooter game Doom.
Rise Of The Triad: Dark War was not a revolutionary game, and therefore the features contained within were mostly considered commonplace, even in 1994. Perhaps the most notable feature was the enhanced multiplayer aspect, which allowed as many as 11 players to play simultaneously. The environment in Rise Of The Triad: Dark War is also interactive, with exploding barrels and such like. The gameplay is polished off with 13 different types of weapons and a classic 'boss' finish to complete the game.
Rise Of The Triad: Dark War came out into a market which was, at the time, saturated with this type of game. This meant it was not a great commercial success, but it remains a good nostalgic game for casual gamers to dip back into from time to time. A sequel was rumoured, but never produced.