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Duke Nukem (DOS)

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Advertising Blurbs

3D Realms website - DOS:
    An incredible EGA game (VGA compatible) with large animated characters, and huge levels. Your mission is to stop Dr. Proton, a madman bent on ruling the world with his army of Techbots. As the irrepressible hero Duke Nukem, you'll chase Dr. Proton deep into the Earth, then to his lunar space station, and eventually into the Earth's nuclear ravished future.

    This is an astonishing Sega Genesis style game with amazing animation! Also features dual scrolling play fields, with huge 3D-like backdrops. Watch Duke somersault and cling on to ceilings as he escapes traps and battles Proton's robot guards. This game is a real show stopper!

    Other features include four-way scrolling levels, cinematic effects, demo mode, built-in hint mode, arcade sound effects, joystick support, high score chart, save/restore up to nine games, unlimited continues, keyboard reconfigure, sound on/off toggle, cheat mode, and much more...

    This is a game that spawned a gaming legend!

    Originally released July 1, 1991.

    Why does my copy of Duke Nukem say "Duke Nukum"?

    There is frequently a great deal of confusion over the correct spelling of one of Apogee's most prized characters, Duke Nukem. The original spelling for the name was "Duke Nukem"; however, during the code fix stage between v1.0 and v2.0 of the original game, Apogee found a character overseas named "Duke Nukem" that was thought to be copyrighted. So, for v2.0 of the original Duke game, the name was changed to "Duke Nukum." Then, during the programming of the next Duke Nukem game (Duke Nukem II), it was discovered that the character they found overseas was not copyrighted after all -- and so the original name was reinstated. "Duke Nukem" is also the spelling used in all successive games that featured the character.

    The spellings "Duke Nuke 'em," "Duke Nuke'um," "Duke Nuke'm," "Duke Nuk'em" or other variations are not, and were never, correct. The correct spelling of the game is "Duke Nukem".

    Contributed by Xoleras (66218) on Jun 13, 2004.

Apogee Catalog (Dec. 1991 Edition):
    An incredible EGA/VGA game with large animated characters, and huge levels. Your mission is to stop Dr. Proton, a madman bent on ruling the world with his army of Techbots. As the irrepressible hero Duke Nukum, you'll chase Dr. Proton deep into the Earth, then to his lunar space station, and eventually into the Earth's nuclear ravished future.

    This is an astonishing Sega Genesis style game with more animation than ever seen on an IBM PC! Also features dual scrolling play fields, with huge 3-D backdrops. No other IBM game has emulated this eye-popping effect. Watch Duke somersault and cling on to ceilings as he escapes traps and battles Proton's robot guards. This game is sure to be a show stopper!

    Other features include four-way scrolling levels, cinematic effects, demo mode, built-in hint mode, arcade sound effects, joystick support, high score chart, save/restore up to nine games, unlimited continues, keyboard reconfigure, sound on/off toggle, cheat mode, and much more...

    REQUIREMENTS: You'll need a hard disk to play Duke Nukum due to the enormous amount of graphics. This game plays best on a PC XT (10Mhz) or faster. 520k RAM is also needed.

    Order the Entire Trilogy and Save $15!

    Each episode of Duke Nukum is $15, or you can order (and register) all three episodes for just $30. As an incentive to order all three episodes, you'll also receive a hint sheet, a cheat mode password, and a new bonus game from Apogee. Plus, you'll be able to call the Duke Nukum hints line or mail questions to Apogee for assistance.

    DUKE NUKUM UPDATE: Duke Nukum has grown to be as popular as Commander Keen. It is slated to be reviewed in six major magazines, and is one of the hottest selling games of all time as reported by several large shareware vendors. It has been ranked "Editor's Choice" by Shareware Magazine, along with Commander Keen.

    At Apogee we have received nothing but rave comments on Duke. The game seems to appeal to everyone's craving for action--which Duke delivers! Of course, the new standard-setting graphics might also have a little to do with the game's success.

    As reported in Shareware Magazine: "This is their latest and greatest arcade/adventure game and it's like nothing I've ever seen on an IBM PC... far better than Nintendo, and rivals the Sega Genesis game system...the characters are unique and entertaining."

    Contributed by Jeanne (75612) on Apr 08, 2002.