Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project (Windows)

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Description

Duke Nukem returns in a new adventure in a third-person platform game which hearkens back to the days of the original Duke Nukem platformers, but this time with a 3D game engine. The story takes place in New York City, where Duke battles his way across towering skyscraper rooftops and through gritty subway stations on the hunt for power-hungry villain, Mech Morphix. Mutants of every kind are thrown at Duke as he chases down Morphix through eight large stages and avoids the green slime called GLOPP that is causing all the chaos.

There are over 25 different enemies Duke has to face such as Uzi-sporting alligators, ten-foot tall roach beasts, Fem-mechs (Female mutant robots with deadly whips) and the classic Pig Cop - all while spouting off his sarcastic one-liners and saving babes. There are nine weapons to choose from, such as the Golden Desert Eagle Pistol, pipe bombs, a machine gun, a rocket launcher, a pulse cannon, and others.

Screenshots

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Shake it baby....
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Sloshing around in the sewers
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows What does he think he is? An astronaut?
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Duke making his way inside the train

Alternate Titles

  • "Duke Nukem: Projeto Manhattan - A Amea├ža Mutante" -- Brazilian Windows title
  • "Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project - Total Mutant Mayhem" -- Tag-lined title
  • "DNMP" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

Fantastic little gem that proves that you can still kick ass well under the 20$ mark. Zovni (9329) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Welcome back, Duke! kbmb (399) unrated
A reminder of the first two Duke Nukem games *Katakis* (37896) unrated
Kicks much in the way of ass! Tomer Gabel (4353) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Endearing and truly fun! kevin whatever (3) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Jun 03, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Withingames Aug 29, 2002 4 out of 5 80
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Play.tm Aug 23, 2002 80 out of 100 80
GamersHell.com Jun 21, 2002 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jun 03, 2002 78 out of 100 78
IGN Mar 30, 2002 7.7 out of 10 77
Mygamer.com Sep 12, 2004 6.4 out of 10 64
Netjak Jun 24, 2002 6.2 out of 10 62
Thunderbolt Games Jan 13, 2005 6 out of 10 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Very underrated. 7 Daniel Saner (2595)
Dec 13, 2011

Trivia

Development

Developer Arush originally planned to do a remake of the original Duke Nukem platform game. In the game's folders there still is a soundfile called "proton", where Duke talks about the enemy he fights against. Proton was his enemy in the original Duke Nukem game from 1991. However, Arush then made up their own story with Morphix being the enemy.

Editor

Following the tradition started in Duke Nukem 3D, the game includes a complete level editor hidden in the CD's folders.

Extras

The initial release included a limited edition collectors keychain. The silver colored metallic keychain is circular in design. One side says "Duke Nukem Manhattan Project" and shows the Statue of Liberty with Duke Nukem's signature radioactive (Nuke) symbol behind it. The other side has "NYC" in big letters and says "Good for one fare - Transit authority".

References

  • In the first stage, there's an outdoor to the "Rats" play, a reference to Broadway's Cats.
  • In the second stage, if you pick up a public phone you'll hear a woman's voice saying something like "I know you're searching something Duke, and I know how you feel. Follow the White Rabbit", a reference to The Matrix movie.
  • Latter in the second stage, Duke must avoid some cars crossing a street. As he does it a couple of times, he says "what am I, a frog?", a reference to Frogger, the game.

Release

According to some reports, some retailers were initially not intending to stock this game claiming that it would not sell very well due to it being a budget release.

Information also contributed by chirinea, Daniel Saner and Zovni

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