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Duke Nukem consists of three episodes which were also released separately:


Duke Nukem DOS Duke himself (intro sequence)
Duke Nukem DOS The beginning
Duke Nukem DOS Shoot the turkey for a double health bonus
Duke Nukem Windows Encountering the first enemy

Promo Images

Duke Nukem Screenshot
Duke Nukem Screenshot
Duke Nukem Screenshot
Duke Nukem Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Metal Force" -- Working title
  • "Duke Nukum" -- Version 2.0 title

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User Reviews

If Arnie had a twin brother, it has to be Duke Nukem DOS Katakis | カタキス (43216)
It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum... where's my gum? DOS x0n1c64 (14)
Duke begins his reign of kicking ass... DOS Mr. Me (34)
Fun platform shooter; the best of Apogee's EGA games DOS James Hague (17)
A great game indeed. DOS Tomer Gabel (4633)
A great game with a few flaws. DOS Jim Fun (243)
One of my favorite platformers. DOS Attila (584)

Critic Reviews

PC Joker DOS Jan, 1992 45 out of 100 45


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Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem for DOS (full version, all three episodes) was included on the Duke Nukem 3D for DOS CD.


While it would later become a standard matter of course that companies would form solely to sell new level packs to iD Software's first-person shooters, a couple of enterprising individuals led the vanguard as early as Duke Nukem 1, before there was the same calibre of groundbreaking excellence to co-opt. One Tony Kamin of Green Bay, WI seems to have reverse-engineered the DN map format and gotten a level editor together as early as 1992, shopping around two alternate level sets under the name "Duke Nukem Extension Set" for only five dollars' registration a piece. It would look like a coincidental case of parallel evolution when Larry Shanker of Salem, OH began selling his map pack, "Duke's Next Adventure", the following year for the same price... but suspiciously much of the legal boilerplate and installation instructions in their respective README.TXT files are identical! There's no word on the record as to how Apogee responded to these cats turning a quick buck off of their product.


The trilogy was rated the best selling shareware software (of all categories) for 1991 and 1992.


Even the world of Duke Nukem got its own soundtrack to establish the realm. Soundtrack was released in 1999.

  1. Duke Nukem Theme - Megadeth
  2. Cinnamon Girl - Type O Negative (previously unreleased in U.S.)
  3. What U See Is What U Get - Xzibit
  4. Blisters - Coal Chamber (previously unreleased in U.S.)
  5. Song 10 - Zebrahead
  6. The Thing I Hate - Stabbing Westwards
  7. It's Yourz - Wu-Tang Clan
  8. Screaming from the Sky - Slayer
  9. New World Order - Megadeth (previously unreleased)
  10. Stone Crazy - The Beatnuts
  11. Land of the Free Disease - Corrosion of Conformity (previously unreleased)


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Keen-eyed gaming enthusiasts might notice through the first Duke Nukem series occasional level sprites as having been adapted or lifted wholesale without credit from PC ports of Mega Man and Turrican.


From the Apogee FAQ:

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".


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