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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 Character shadows can be turned on or off.
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Xbox 360 You can also toggle a "motion blur" effect for when you fall or get shot.
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Windows About to stomp on an a mini-d enemies
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition Windows Eat this!

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

  • "Duke Nukem 3D" -- Xbox 360 title

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User Reviews

This is how you design a level pack DOS Maw (884)
Duke it up even more with Atomic Edition. DOS MasterMegid (902)
The Duke just got better DOS Katakis | カタキス (40585)

Critic Reviews

Mac Game Gate Macintosh 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mac Ledge Macintosh Jul 28, 1997 9.5 out of 10 95
Retro Gamer Windows Jun, 2009 83 out of 100 83
GameFocus Xbox 360 Sep 29, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81
GameSpot Xbox 360 Oct 15, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Xbox 360 Oct 01, 2008 16 out of 20 80 (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
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Oct 14, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78


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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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