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.
User reviews: Very Positive (157 reviews) - 90% of the 157 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 1, 1991

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"Balloons, turkeys, Energizer Bunnies... from a time when Duke was more innocent, yet still badass. You can play this and still have to watch Oprah!"

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About This 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!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
47 of 60 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
guns dont kill people

uh uh

I kill people

with guns
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Duke Nukem is a early platforming game for your trusty IBM PC and DOS OS that came out in 1991 from Apogee. Or maybe it counts as shoot'em'up genre game. It sure does both, though more of exploring and platforming.

Since it's the old game, how does Steam version work? Simple. It uses DOSBox, which doesn't suck. Once it launches, you can choose any of the three episodes to launch. Game was using Shareware model after all, back when it was cool. It also supports Steam overlay. At least since 30th April. Yay.

Duke Nukem 1 was made before Duke Nukem found a new identify in Duke Nukem 3D, so you will not any sexual humor there, just good old platforming shooting hero with his lazer zapper, zap zap zap. He jumps, he shoots, he grins all time, he almost got named Duke Nukum.

The game is quite old and presentation isn't on par. It's a pretty EGA game, meaning that it doesn't look too bad on widescreen monitors. Art-style is cool though, not masterpiece, but it's really pretty for what it is. You will even notice, that like most of platformer games on PC it doesn't have smooth scrolling like Commander Keen does, instead skipping whole tile. Somehow it feels cool as well, there is even a weird thing where things will spawn only when their position appears on the screen. You will mostly notice it when you move up and see a few chests suddenly falling from the top, sometimes used as a trap too. The only cool technical thing it got to show are reflections on floor which is sometimes uses, never seen anything like this in other old PC platformers, which is cool but makes screen more confusing. And jolly little details, like awesome-yet-wacky-retro explosions with rainbow pellets.
As for music and sounds... Welp, PC Speaker. Has sounds. Cool walking sound that isn't annoying. No music, just little jingles. Nothing else to say.

In this game you will have to fight Dr. Proton and his army of robots for over 3 episodes, each with 10 levels of quick fun and exploration. You can jump and you can shoot inifnitively. On some levels you have to destroy reactors (It explodes!) and in every level you get to find keys to open doors to find keys. In each episode you will even find useful items, one allowing Duke Nukem to jump higher, randomly doing Strider-like homersaults, while another allows you to hook up and move over metal celling, reminding me Strider once again. As well as powerups that increase amount of shots that you can spew out otno screen at same time. And yes, this game has sewer level. Once. And many, many robots.
The only difference between 3 episodes are backgrounds, some tile sets and levels themselves, yep. Once you get through the first episode, you will learn everything that game got.
A fun little detail is that sometimes you will encounter a screen through which Dr. Proton will taunt you with a single messages, like claiming that you will be stopped by his army of rabbit robot killers after defeating whole wave of those junks.

And well, it's suprisingly fun for what it is. It actually delivers action that doesn't feel cheap or too hard or broken. Exploration is interesting. A bit repetive, yes, but levels are short and thus you feel like progressing through the game. One of the better things in this game got to be enemies and their variety, at least this was better than I expected. Heck, some enemies even give off a smoke once hit, little details. There is even a chopper enemy that tries to smash you with itself. And they explode nicely. Obstacles like jumping mines. And it all controls really well, quite responsible. Duke Nukem has a big health bar so you will not rage as much as in, say, Commander Keen. It's easy to pick up and play, despite not having level selection.
For some reason, I just had a solid fun with this game and was enjoying it, without setting my mind into "hey, these unfair stuff were standards back then, it's old after all too" mode, beat it in one go pretty much.
Also should note on pickups. There are two kind of healths. The one which becomes even useful when shot, that is turkey. And the one which gets destroyed by shot, that is can of soda. Makes it more interesting.
Though, I do have a complain. Each episode has only one boss at the end of the final level and it's same Dr. Proton. Yes, he doesn't learn any new tricks, the only more challenging changes is that there is less of solid ground without spikes. But you can just rush him down, shooting all you got while taking damage, so it's very easy and dissapointing.

So yes, actually fun somewhat easy old DOS platforming-shooting game. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Despite its age, Duke Nukem is a solid platform run and gun shooter. It has quality level design and controls that make for an enjoyable experience.

This title was my first encounter with the series and I had enough fun that I plan on continuing on in the series. I would say that it is worth the $3 price tag.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
These we're honestly the kind of games that I loved growing up. I'm pretty sure my first Duke Nukem was 3 but it was wicked going back. i plugged in my controller and went ape ♥♥♥♥ when it worked and thought that was the coolest thing ever.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10

The only flaws going into this is:
1. The textures aren't that great. I know it is a very old game but I had a level that was light grey, on darker grey with a basic grey texture for hazzards.
They could of used a different color choice for that. Makes surviving a pain. Sometimes.

2. No crouch... it may be old, but are you telling me they can make a side flip jump animation but no duck?? Sometimes you are stuck in a narrow hallway and barely leap over, if even at all. A duck would have saved me from many deaths.

Unlike Duke Nukem: MP, and Duke Nukem 3D, you have 1 gun. But searching levels you can upgrade it to shoot more faster. Which is a HUGE help.
It offers challenge in both platforming and puzzles, while dodging and killing enemies.

Less Duke puns and jokes than what I am use to, but dammit, he is still badass.

I managed to beat all levels in 5 hours. Which isn't bad for a $2.99 game.
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