Super 3D Noah's Ark is a first-person shoo... I mean, a first-person feeder released in 1994 for the SNES by the Christian video game developer Wisdom Tree. It is based on the Wolfenstein 3D engine. The player takes control of Noah, the builder of the Ark from the Biblical Book of Genesis, who has managed to populate his Ark with two of each type of animal in time before the flood. However, the animals have gotten hungry and aggressive, and it's up to Noah to journey around the entire Ark, feeding the animals in a rather unusual way — by shooting food into their mouths with a variety of slingshots.
Given the game's kid-friendly theme, all the gameplay is nonviolent: the guns have been replaced with food-launching slingshots, the animals don't die but merely fall asleep when fed enough, and all animals (save for goats) attack by spitting at Noah from a distance.
It was the only commercial SNES game in the United States that did not have an official Nintendo license. As a result, it could only be run by stacking an officially licensed game cartridge on top of the Noah's Ark cartridge.
A DOS port was released in 1995. The game was re-released for the SNES in 2014. A version for modern systems, based on the ECWolf engine, was released in 2015 and is now available on Steam.
This game contains the following tropes:
- Abnormal Ammo: What else to say about using slings to shoot feed, cantaloupes and melons right into the animals' mouths?
- Bears Are Bad News: The final boss of the game is Burt the Bear. However, given the game's nonviolent theme, all he does is spit at you.
- Difficulty Spike: The game gets a lot more difficult in the fourth episode and beyond.
- The Moral Substitute: A Christian-themed, Bible-teaching, non-violent version of Wolfenstein 3-D, of all things.
- Suffer the Slings: Noah's weapon of choice. Even though, unusually, Noah uses slings to launch food instead of attack the animals directly.
- Super Title 64 Advance: The "Super" part in the title comes from "Super Nintendo".
- Unnecessarily Large Vessel: The Ark, apparently, is not only huge but also full of giant nearly-empty corridors and rooms.
- Vegetarian Carnivore: The final boss is a bear who nevertheless has no problem being fed seed and fruit.