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Duke Caribbean is one of the best Duke conversions I've played. It's fun, silly, and features some truly memorable levels. The log flume ride itself is a stroke of genius. Installing the pack is a pain, you need to install the installer software, run it to activate the pack, then figure out what to execute to run the add-on. Once in, the pack is a lot of fun. Very funny conversion, with an island theme. Enemies are very silly, and the new weapons are great. The pack contains only seven levels, but they are well designed and large. The build engine is looking a little dated these days, but if you still enjoy Duke, you'll probably appreciate Duke Caribbean.
Whether or not you can stomach more Duke Nukem 3D in a post-Quake II world is the question of the moment, but Duke Caribbean is a refined, conscientious and entertaining diversion if you can stand its inevitably dated look and feel.
I'll be completely honest: The last thing I expected to land on my doorstep was a Duke Nukem 3D add-on. Even though I knew Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach was in development, the whole thing just sort of faded from my mind, replaced by thoughts of bloodthirsty Strogg and savage swamp Wampas. I was even less enthused after rummaging through my program manager just to start a game. Little did I realize I would spend so much time combing the beaches, soaking up the rays, and once more sending Pig Cops to that great bacon factory in the sky. Duke Caribbean: Life's a Beach works because of its pure silliness; it doesn't take itself too seriously, and doesn't expect anyone else to. While hardly high-tech, and just barely original, it does provide for some solid fun, and quite a few laughs. Technophiles who can't live without 3D acceleration will want to pass, but Duke Nukem fans, or anyone who likes their games with a side of humor, will probably get a kick out of it.