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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 The final showdown between Duke and Morphix
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Gibs Everywhere!
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Train approaching Duke
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Windows Ma, look at the size of that big bad alien!

Promo Images

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Screenshot
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Wallpaper
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Screenshot
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Duke Nukem: Projeto Manhattan - A Ameaça 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. Windows Zovni (10629)
Welcome back, Duke! Windows kbmb (435)
A reminder of the first two Duke Nukem games Windows Katakis | カタキス (42253)
Kicks much in the way of ass! Windows Tomer Gabel (4640)
Endearing and truly fun! Windows kevin whatever (3)

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May 31, 2002 85 out of 100 85
Imperium Gier Windows Jun 19, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Jul 19, 2002 8 out of 10 80 Windows Jun 21, 2002 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Gamer Windows Jun 01, 2002 75 out of 100 75
Gry OnLine Windows Jul 05, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
Netjak Windows Jun 24, 2002 6.2 out of 10 62
ZTGameDomain Xbox 360 2010 6 out of 10 60
IGN Xbox 360 Jun 24, 2010 4 out of 10 40 Xbox 360 Jul 14, 2010 3 out of 10 30


Topic # Posts Last Post
Very underrated. 7 Daniel Saner (3424)
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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