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Duke Nukem is the explosive debut of the known universe's greatest high-flying, wise-cracking, alien-punching, babe-saving, gun-toting badass. A man who would eventually go on to become a one of a kind gaming action hero that would soon combine ass-kicking and bubblegum-chewing in a completely revolutionary way. Duke begins here.
Release Date: Jul 1, 1991
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Includes 3 items: Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem 2, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

About the Game

Duke Nukem is the explosive debut of the known universe's greatest high-flying, wise-cracking, alien-punching, babe-saving, gun-toting badass. A man who would eventually go on to become a one of a kind gaming action hero that would soon combine ass-kicking and bubblegum-chewing in a completely revolutionary way. Duke begins here.

In a world ravaged by Dr. Proton’s villainous ambitions, the original video game action hero must rise against the evil scientist’s army of sinister Techbots. And although Duke isn’t exactly what the Doctor ordered, he’s exactly what the world needed.

Key Features:

  • Back with the Boot: Delve into Duke’s debut in this re-release of the 1991 classic 2D sidescroller, adapted to run on modern computers.
  • So Old, It’s New Again: Animated characters, huge levels, four-way scrolling levels and blockbuster cinematics make for a 1991 experience that was so ahead of its time, it’s like playing a game made in 1994.
  • The Atomic Pistol: With collectible upgrades, the unstoppable Atomic Pistol is the only gun Duke will ever need.
  • Bring Backup: Unlimited continues, built-in hints, cheat mode and more ensures that Duke has what it takes to get the job done.
  • The King of Action: Drinks soda. Eats turkey. It’s Duke Nukem, baby!

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1.8 GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Direct X Compatible GPU
    • Hard Drive:7 MB HD space
    • Sound:All sound is PC speaker
    • Additional:If you can't run this game, you might need to upgrade your Atomic Toaster

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2GHz+
    • Memory:1 MB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB Video memory
    • Hard Drive:7 MB HD space
    • Sound:All sound is PC Speaker
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
492 products in account
14 reviews
10.2 hrs on record
This game isn't much to look at, but in terms of game play it is solid.

Duke Nukem begins life here with this 1991 action platformer. It was originally released under an old-fashioned concept called Shareware. For games the concept was pretty good; Apogee would release the first episode absolutely free, no obligation. After playing it you could order the game and get all three episodes. Believe it or not the original DOOM was marketed this way too.

The experience of playing through 30 levels of Duke Nukem is a good one. As you can see from all the screen shots on the store page, the player has a health gauge so you won't die from touching the wrong thing only once. The challenge is decent because you can't quick save, you have to do the whole level in one go; saving is only possible between levels. The levels can be long and a bit confusing, but since there are so many goodies hidden all over it really isn't a bother to go exploring if you're lost. At the end of every level it is possible to score up to 7 bonuses. Some examples are: 1) shooting all the cameras in the level, 2) finishing the level without taking damage, and/or 3) picking up the letters D,U,K,E in the correct order. This makes for additional game play challenges if one is so inclined.

The only real problem with this game is that it was originally created for MS-DOS, so Interceptor packaged the game with DOSBox. GOG has been doing this successfully for many years, so it isn't really a problem, but you do have to be prepared for a truly old-school game; no mouse, no joypad, crude sound.

At a time when so many are trying to develop appealing retro-style games, here is a solid game from the era they are trying to capture. I can recommend it based on the fun factor alone.
Posted: August 28th, 2014
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
208 products in account
10 reviews
5.6 hrs on record
The only game where you get to be Oprah's #1 Fan.. and also a pink shirt wearing carrot man.
Posted: March 24th, 2014
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
213 products in account
31 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
Not 'nuff babes fer Duke.
Posted: July 28th, 2014
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5 of 30 people (17%) found this review helpful
147 products in account
6 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
This game is actually quite bad.

I don't know why I bought this.

Oh wait, yes I do... It was because it was a pound... And to be honest, I'd probably buy it again if it was a pound.

THIS GAMES VALUE IS NO GREATER THAN A POUND. 2(pounds)/10
Posted: March 4th, 2014
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3 of 26 people (12%) found this review helpful
51 products in account
27 reviews
5.7 hrs on record
It's nothing special.
Posted: May 4th, 2014
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
391 products in account
17 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
The man, the myth, the Duke! The game that started it all. FINALLY ON STEAM!
Posted: December 20th, 2013
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