Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project (Windows)

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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.


Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Fighting helicopters may be dangerous
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Duke has tried that horny goat weed, and look what it made him today
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Break Barrels and Crates for Items
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Duke riding a platform

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 (9321) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Welcome back, Duke! kbmb (399) unrated
A reminder of the first two Duke Nukem games *Katakis* (37947) unrated
Kicks much in the way of ass! Tomer Gabel (4354) 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

Gamereactor (Denmark) Jun 25, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Play.tm Aug 23, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Gameguru Mania May 23, 2002 80 out of 100 80
UOL Jogos Oct 30, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 18, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Jun 21, 2002 77 out of 100 77
spieletipps Sep 30, 2002 74 out of 100 74
JeuxVideoPC.com Dec 21, 2003 14 out of 20 70
Netjak Jun 24, 2002 6.2 out of 10 62
FZ Jul 10, 2002 3 out of 5 60


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Very underrated. 7 Daniel Saner (2598)
Dec 13, 2011



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.


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


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".


  • 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.


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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