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The Atomic Edition of Duke Nukem 3D contains the three original episodes of the main game, the Plutonium Pak expansion, and many additional features like Windows themes, screensavers, jigsaw puzzles and an image carousel.


Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Xbox 360 The port tracks your stats for every level. Completionists rejoice!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Xbox 360 You can also toggle five levels of image smoothing (this is level 5.. no need to check your glasses).
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Macintosh The 640x480 mode with High detail is generally similar to the DOS version.
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Xbox 360 Looking good in HD.

Promo Images

Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Screenshot
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Concept Art
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Screenshot
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "Duke Nukem 3D" -- Xbox 360 title

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User Reviews

This is how you design a level pack DOS Maw (845)
Duke it up even more with Atomic Edition. DOS MasterMegid (896)
The Duke just got better DOS *Katakis* (38318)

Critic Reviews

Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 95 out of 100 95
GamePro (US) Xbox 360 Sep 27, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
FZ Xbox 360 Dec 16, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 May 19, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot DOS Nov 26, 1996 8.9 out of 10 89
XboxFrance Xbox 360 Sep 30, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Retro Gamer Windows Jun, 2009 83 out of 100 83 (UK) Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2008 8 out of 10 80
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Sep 27, 2008 8 out of 10 80
UltraNinjas Xbox 360 Oct 14, 2008 8 out of 10 80


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According to 3D Realms, Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition is notable as being the first first-person shooter to include bots (AI controlled, human-like opponents).

References: Misc

In the "Duke Burger" Level, in the fourth episode, there is graffiti on the bathroom wall, that says "TRAB PU KCIP". Look in the mirror, and it will read "PICK UP BART". This is a nod to The Simpsons episode Brother From Another Planet.

References: Mission Impossible

The entire first level is a homage to the movie Mission Impossible. Here are some of the more obvious references.
  • The title ("It's Impossible!")
  • The music playing in the background.
  • Going to the desk and using the tape deck in the first room will cause the famous message "this tape will self destruct in..." to play. (Note: get out of the way fast, as the tape makes good on its promise)
  • In the briefing room, there is a coat hanger with a hat and cane on it which says "STEED"
  • The puzzle where you have to enter a code without touching the ground.
  • In the same room as the above puzzle, there is a garbage bin with greenish slime in it. In the movie, the computer operator gets drugged and ends up vomiting in a similar garbage bin.

Source code release

After many years of requests from fans, 3D Realms released the source code for Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition (v1.5) on April 1, 2003. More information on where you can download it can be found on 3D Realms website:

Information also contributed by Maw, MasterMegid and Xantheous

Related Web Sites

  • Duke Nukem 3D (official page of the Mac version at MacSoft website from 1999, archived by the Wayback Machine)
  • Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition (3D Realm's site for "Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition".)
  • Jonof's Duke Nukem 3D Port (A port using Duke Nukem 3D's source code that adds: >OpenGL rendering support. >True-colour textures support. >Native Windows port using his Build engine port. >MIDI playback and authentic sound mixing using ported >Apogee Sound System code. >Experimental UDP-based multiplayer. )
  • X360A achievement guide (X360A's achievement guide Duke Nukem 3D.)
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