Duke Nukem

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Duke Nukem is the debut of the world’s greatest wise-cracking, alien-punching, gun-toting badass - a man who would later go on to combine both ass-kicking and bubblegum in a revolutionary way. 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!

Customer reviews


Duke Nukem first game

LrmNick | Sept. 7, 2015 | See all LrmNick's reviews »

Before Duke Nukem became one of the best 3d games in early 90's,this is the game which gives an origin to the masterpiece, even if the controls,graphics and mechanics are simple, the game it is good for the time he was developed,buy it together with the other Duke Nukem games for maximum experience.


Underrated Classic

sycomantis1991 | May 26, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

Anyone criticizing the graphics paid no attention to the release date prior to purchase. The game looks really good for its time, and its color scheme is vibrant enough and its levels varied enough to still be fun to look at in 2015. The controls are tight, and the combat feels challenging but not overwhelming. Some of the puzzles require mildly irritating backtracking, but it's not so bad that it ruins the game. If Ocarina can get away with it, the original Duke Nukem should


Not aged well

Shaide | Oct. 11, 2014 | See all Shaide's reviews »

This is the one that started it all! The game that introduced the world to Duke Nukem, the manliest earth savior around. Now, the game is old! It's from the late 90's so obviously the graphics are..."Retro". When the game first came out, the graphics were amazing! I remember playing it, and being astounded! It felt like playing a cartoon I thought! Games can't possibly look any better than this! Not now, not ever! The game is very difficult(As was the norm of classic games), though if I recall correctly there were some cheat codes for the game. I have no idea what they are, but i'm sure if you REALLY needed it, Google could help you out. I'm not even sure if they will work on this game to be honest. The difficulty of the game is actually one of the things I enjoy about retro games. See, nowadays our gannes have good stories! You want to enjoy the story, not spend three weeks trying to get through one level, but these classic games lacked any real story, so the fun came from dying repeatedly! So, why such a low score then you might be asking? The answer is simple! Poor controls! The controls literally kill the game in my opinion. Yes, it's an older game, but that doesn't excuse poor controls! It certainly wasn't the first game invented, and other games at the time had tolerable controls, but this one(Even then) was frustrating! Would I recommend the game? Only to fans of the series who have already played it in the past, and know what they are getting into.


Duke Nukem - the beggining.

Furrek | June 28, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

When I talked once to my friend he said that he started his adventure with Duke Nukem from the very first game. I was happy to hear that, until he told me that it was similar to Wolfenstein 3D. Whaaat? Platformer Duke Nukem games sure are old, and some people might not know that everything started from this platform game. Is it worth checking, when the most popular Duke Nukem games are 3D and this "Forever" thing? Of course. Simply, it's Duke Nukem. He was awesome from the very beggining. It's also a great platform game from old times. Sure, it looks "old", but the only thing that never get old is fun from playing. And trust me, Duke Nukem is great fun. That's the game when this epic man was born. Treasure it!


Not as good as the second game

Gmen | April 15, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »

This game is rather similar to several other Apogee classics, like Secret Agent or Bio Menace. It’s a 2D side scrolling platformer which has you getting through each level, racking up points along the way (which usually involves shooting things) and collecting inventory items with the eventual goal of taking on Dr. Proton. The player character only has one weapon through the entire game which can be upgraded, and enemies are limited in their variety and instead, it’s often the environment you find yourself in that poses the biggest threat. In my mind, Duke Nukem II is miles better. Better graphics, better animation, better sound – overall just a better game. But if you would like to see where it all started, you probably wouldn't risk much by getting this game in a sale.