Duke Nukem is back. Captured by an alien foe in the middle of promoting his best-selling book, “Why I’m So Great”, Duke must once more defeat the forces of evil to save himself from the knowledge-stealing Rigelatins, and ultimately prove his book’s namesake.
User reviews: Very Positive (67 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 3, 1993
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Duke Nukem is back. Captured by an alien foe in the middle of promoting his best-selling book, “Why I’m So Great”, Duke must once more defeat the forces of evil to save himself from the knowledge-stealing Rigelatins, and ultimately prove his book’s namesake. In this sequel to the 1991 high-octane, bot-busting video game, Duke Nukem, the King of Action must blast, cannon, missile and flame his way to victory - a victory that would stop the secrets of both ass-kicking and bubblegum from falling into the wrong hands.

Key Features:

  • Never Put a Good Duke Down: The sequel to 1991’s Duke Nukem and precursor to 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem II is a pivotal part of the legendary Duke Nukem saga.
  • I’ll Be Back: Absent from Duke Nukem II’s original release, Duke has been retrofitted with sun glasses for a third dimension of coolness in a two dimensional-world.
  • Don’t Try This at Home: Always the consummate professional, Duke must collect power-ups, fly space fighters, and drink six-packs to escape the clutches of his evil alien captors.
  • Damn... I’m Lookin’ Good!: Powered by 1993’s state-of-the-art, you’ll-think-you’re-actually-there cutting-edge technology, Duke Nukem II features vivid, lifelike, parallaxing graphics and speaker-breaking digitized sound effects.
  • Variety Is the Spice of Death: Kill things dead across 32 levels of action-packed mayhem. Super bosses, mutations, robo-droids, guards and traps await Duke’s destruction.
  • You Know Duke Nukem, Right?: A hero so badass they named a series of video games after him.

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:11 MB HD space
    • Recommended:Balls of Steel
    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo 2GHz+
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64MB Video memory
    • Hard Drive:11 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I had previously played Duke Nukem a few weeks ago, and contray to popular opinion, I didn't enjoy my time playing, I personally put that down to not having any emotional attachment to the series. But saying that, here I am, having just finished Duke Nukem 2 (with the help of a FAQ guide), and I enjoyed it very much.

I will get the bad points out of the way first; yes I know this is a straight port from a DOS game, but I think it would of been even better if the controller would of worked with it. You can configure a controller, however it gets stuck in a loop of just pressing down a direction constantly, so I had to play with the clunky keyboard controlls, which took some time to get used to.

The good points are what I would expect to see in any side scrolling shooter, lots of bad guys and lots of different weapons to kill them with. I liked that the game is very unforgiving, if you die, you basically start the whole level all over again, and boy did I find that out the hardway.

This time we get a sound track as well! The catchy 8 bit tune soon gets stuck in your head as you are wandering around. Sound effects remind you of playing in the arcade. Very nicely done. A full play through took me just about five hours.

I really enjoyed my time on Duke Nukem 2, hoping this will carry onto the next one I play.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Whilst this game improved upon the first, it hasn't aged well compared to other games at the time. We're talking late '93 here, Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES is out, & Sonic CD is also out there, both very good platformers (just without the guns). StarFox exists and Doom is to be released just a week after Duke Nukem II. Some tough competition there, showing how aged Duke Nukem II must have looked at the time. Still, I found this to be more enjoyable than the first game.

Probably a 6.5/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
A classic DOS platformer, with lots of carnage and attitude that a lot of Apogee (3D Realms) games had back then. And me personally, I'm not too bothered about the whole sunglasses change with Duke, but if others are, then that's fine. Still, even with that, Duke Nukem 2 is a great game, with hard difficulty and awesome music to boot!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
The King of Pain Title is back from my DOS Childhood Days!

"Since 1991, Duke Nukem 1 was released by Apogee Software for the MS-DOS PCs... Its' Explosive Action made it one of the most Popular games ever back in the day... Now, Prepare yourself to Relive its' New Experience on Steam Clients for Modern PCs via DOSBOX..."

Duke Nukem 2 back in action & here on Steam for a Second Round!
Now with awsome Shades from Duke Nukem Forever!
Apogee Software Rules the MS-DOSBOX once again!
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Duke 2, when the man started to evolve into the Duke you know and love today. Duke II holds up great in 2013 and it's FINALLY ON STEAM! AND WITH SUNGLASSES!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
As a little kid, I always loved this game and I still love it. This is fast paced action 2D Platforming at its best. The levels are hard, but not impossible.Controls are great, music is great and there's just a sense of Adrenaline in this game.
There are minor issues with the game. Duke walks really fast and the screen can't keep up, resulting in enemies seemingly popping up out of nowhere.

And also, I remember Duke not wearing any sunglasses. Those didn't came until Duke 3D. Why they decided to have the sunglasses on in this version is beyond me. Duke doesn't need the sunglasses to be Duke. I know it's a minor detail, but I guess you can compare to George Lucas changing minor things in the original Star Wars trilogy. It doesn't make it worse, it's just annoying.

But when it comes down to it. This is an excellent game and well worth the price.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
I bought three copies of 'Why I'm So Great'.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
Tough and fun. This classic game is so much fun. The way it plays is good and the action is really cool. Definately not the easiest game but you will have a great time. You should really pick this up. Especially if it is on sale!
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2014
Reminds me the early days of my gaming life. Not the best, but not the worst.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
A blast from the past

This game is a game i grew up with in the time of floppies, for me it has still stands strong though its a simple game. Like i said its a game from the floppy era so no mouse is involved this makes it a perfect game to play on youre laptop in the bus or train. Sinds its such an old game any pc can run it altough you might want to watch out for youre battery in youre laptop because you still need steam to run it (on or off line). If youre not easely carsick and you want a game to play in youre car then this might be the thing you want. The game inst that hard but you need to time youre jumps right and shoot alot of things at the same time if you can do that (and like that ofcourse) on the backseat of the car with a crappy laptop then this is the game for you. If its on sale again during a winter or summer special its extra good because then the price will be even lower. I hope you found this usefull and if hesitant you should see some youtube video's that always works for me ^^.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
This sequel to Duke Nukem is pretty dang cool. It's so shocking that in a 1990s old scrolling game, it can include insane explosions and extremely challenging enemies. I really suggest you play it because it is awesomer than it looks and it has a good story. Also, the story can be pretty humorous. Get the game - an Apogee classic! 9/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Highly Recommended for duke nukem fans
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
hail to the king, this is where it all started fight ailians in these 2d duke nukem platformers
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2014
a video game classic!
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
More like puke nukem, ya know what I'm sayin'?! Just kidding this game's awesome. (._.)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
cheap game and fun gameplay c:
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
Retro styled addiction!

Created in 1997, this game has been in a continual development till 2011. This is the second addition to the well known Duke Nukem series. If retro style games arn't your thing, recommend not purchasing this.

One negative thing in this game was the storyline was very hard to follow. The graphics were fairly good, for a retro game designed in the 90's. It is quite addicting yet frustrating further in the game. It is fairly fast-paced and repetitive, which gives it that arcade game feeling.

I had played this game for over a year, before my new computer couldn't run floppy disks anymore. Luckily, it had been on Steam. This game gives hours of gameplay and has a very interesting perspective. It is fairly cheap, so no loss trying it out.

9/10
FireEagle
First Posted: 20/12/2013
Last Edited: 21/11/2014
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
Stupidly addicting. Even if i only have 10 minutes Play-Time total i already have this game installed on my PC.

I recommend it to anyone who likes Side Scroller Shoot em' up games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
I see a few reviews talking about how hard the game is, but dern, isnt that the dern point?? What can I say? The game is awesome all the way around. Most definitelty worth the $3 any day.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2013
BAD ♥♥♥♥IN ♥♥♥!!!!!
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