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 (110 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 1, 1991
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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.

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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
    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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
A classic for the time, Duke 1 has definitely shown its age. But that doesn't mean you won't have some fun with it, especially if you're a classic DOS gamer or just like the Duke a lot. If you're not a fan of the PC speaker though, this might not be your game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Duke Nukem is a fun DOS platformer, and while the sequels are far better in every way, DN1 deserves a playthrough if you like DN2, or if you just want to know where the series was born.

There is a story, but this game came out before the days of games like Half-Life, a time where you either were up to your toes in the story, maybe a little text inbetween levels. Or you drowned in it *cough*MGS*cough*. DN is the first. There is so little story that it isn't even worth talking about.

The gameplay is standard platformer, jump around, and shoot things. Simple but fun.

Duke Nukem is a simple, fun, and short platformer. I would recommend it.

-MandatoryAlcatraz
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
It's the King of Pain Title that Started it all from my DOS Childhood Days! The Original Duke Nukem back & here to stay on Steam! Apogee Software Rocks the MS-DOSBOX!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Every gamer should buy this game to see where Duke Nukem really started.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
What a great retro game and a reminder of what gaming used to be!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Very gud für sich release date. Würde recommend it
Das jahr ist 1991
Miro eklund on ♥♥♥♥♥ruoka
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2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Not too many people have played Duke Nukem, but i truly love he game!

Once i found out that steam had the game available i bought it as soon as i got the money for it.'

Awesome game! :)
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
You know it's an old game when you click [Y] after pressing escape to quit.
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33 of 33 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
it is old and it is AWESOME.!

An arcade game it plays fast and smooth,
getting challenging after time but still fair,
after time you must react faster and must know the levels (need more trys not just a run through)
and you get points for everything, for get health items, weapon items, key items, for getting hit by an pink rabbit robot.

i first play it since steam release, but i can say i love it.!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The good: Responsive as ever, classic and good fun
The bad:
It's the original Duke Nukem, play it and enjoy a gaming classic.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
The primitive sounds, the effects, the vivid colors... It made me feel like I was playing on my grandpa's PC again. The moments when I shoot one extra ray of my gun and blow THAT extra soda can I needed to survive the next wave of enemies... all coming back to me. I feel... happy :D Now, talking specifically of the game, it's a very simple to understand kind of plataformer. Classic. If you like the genre you'll have an awesome time playing it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Balls of steel........That's all I have to say.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Great Game to sneak into your school notebook to play during school hours and easy to exit if need be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
I ended up still having enough time to watch Oprah.

11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I really enjoyed Duke Nukem and I would recommend it to others because it's a such a classic that everyone should have a go at at least once. The main point of this game is to get to the exit of each level by navigating through a 2D maze and killing enemies and destroying blocks and power ups as you go. I really love the vintage arcade sounds within the game as well as how the game scrolls with shifting groups of blocks instead of scrolling by individual pixels. Although it was released in 1991 this game had stood the test of time as a classic 90s platformer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
I love this game so much, it still has good mechanics and is a joy to play. Only one thing, IT IS REALLY FREAKING DIFFICULT.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Fun, simple, and chock full of secrets, Duke Nukem is both an intriguing time capsule and a good game to this day. Duke Nukem has a good amount of content and a balanced difficulty curve. You play as "Duke Nukum" as you run around collecting soda, chicken, balloons, colored keys, and more as you battle robots. You're never told where a level's exit is, so you're left to explore and figure things out for yourself.

There's something entirely fascinating about Duke Nukem. I wouldn't say I have a fondness for old games, but this game puts you in a certain mindset, like when you played games as a kid. COOL, SHOOTING THINGS! I CAN WANDER AROUND! SECRET HEALTH PACK!

Overall, Duke Nukem is a game you should check out. It's aged well for a DOS platformer, it does level design better than most games today, and its sense of exploration and arcade-like elements are fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I played this game to death, and in fact several keyboards as well, during the early 1990's and I'm delighted to say that it is still entertaining.
Yes the graphics are dated, which for a game over 20 years old is to be expected, but no more so than a lot of the 'indie' platformers out there today. The gameplay is a simple jump/shoot/avoid glowy things/collect keys mechanic that has stood up very well over the years.
An entertaining distraction for a half hour or so - I have found however that my 36-year old arthritic hands can't quite handle the mammoth hours that my 16 year old self put into this game :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
I just happened to run out of gum while playing this game. What do I do now?
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