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In this 3D shoot 'em up, you play Kurt, and your job is to save the world. Aliens have sent 8 giant fortresses to destroy earth. You run and jump through 6 missions of strange 3D worlds and kill the "Stream Riders" with your machine gun arm. Precise platform jumps are part of the challenge.

Kurt is equipped with a special battle suit with an included parachute and a sniper interface (allowing you to aim precise shooting while standing still) embedded in your helmet. Further weaponry enhancements are available as you progress through the game.


MDK Windows Sniping.
MDK Windows A confusing level due to all the reflections.
MDK Windows A really close look.
MDK Windows Title screen.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "孤胆枪手" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "亡命暗殺令" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "Murder Death Kill" -- Development title

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A cult-classic from the mid 90's. x0n1c64 (14) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Imaginative action-packed masterpiece Zovni (10627) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Funny,original, epic & just plain awesome! BlackNightmare (270) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Like a beautiful painting, but with explosions cosmo ruski (45) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Mar 03, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Coming Soon Magazine May 16, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Game Revolution May 05, 1997 A- 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 23, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Feb, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Jun 06, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90 1997 90 out of 100 90
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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1001 Video Games

MDK appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Early ads for MDK appeared with the slogan: "Prepare for a religious experience." The game's slogan was later changed to: "On a good day, 2.5 billion people will die".


According to MDK developer diary (August 1st, 1996), one level of the game was developed by demosceners.

German version

In the German version the green blood was re-coloured blue and gore effects (cut off limbs, exploding heads after headshots) were removed. Additional changes are the removed "headshot" statistic and different, less human sounding screams for the kamikaze aliens. A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).


MDK was one of two video games, alongside Nanosaur, that were bundled with Apple's original 1998 iMac when it launched in August of 1998. The game was not included with the later (1999) Rev. C, Rev. D, and Rev. DV/SE iMac models.


The PC version does not have an intro movie (only the Playstation version does), but you can clearly see pieces of the intro in the final video after beating the game, albeit in black in white (intro was made in glorious color).


There was a plan to make a Hollywood movie based on MDK, but obviously this didn't come about. Shiny also got an offer for an animated series, but they didn't accept since they were holding out for the movie.

Music video

The music video that plays at the end of the game is from the song "Non, Non, Rien N'a Changé" by the French band Billy Ze Kick and whom the development team are apparently fans of (they even urge you to buy their CD's on the readme file... good luck finding any!). The song appeared on the band's 1996 album Paniac and was released as a single in 1997.

North American Edition

The PC version of MDK sold in North America and Canada had a bright yellow sticker proclaiming 'Exclusive North America Edition!' (see Cover Art section). It is not known if there are any differences to the other versions.


  • In the sled-surfing sequences you'll find a unique power-up not found legally elsewhere in the game (sometimes hidden on an overhead opening you can jump to instead of continuing through the main courses, sometimes laying in plain sight. The hidden arena 9 in world 5, only reachable by using the "givemealliwant" cheat, contains more of them.) These power-ups are actually the face of Jim from Shiny's Earthworm Jim. Get them and for each one you catch a cow will fall on top of your enemies.
  • The first minecrawler you must fight is heading towards Laguna beach. This is where Shiny's development studio was located at the time.

References to the game

The PlayStation version of the game can be seen played during the very first scene of an episode of the science fiction series The X-Files. Series 5 episode 9 "Schizogeny" starts with a full close up of the games running, and then it pans across to the main character of the story who is playing it.


There is a soundtrack disc for MDK by Tommy Tallarico. It was released in 1997. The soundtrack can be bought at

  1. Prologue
  2. Stranger Things
  3. The Enemy Among Us
  4. Facing the Inevitable
  5. An Upscale Affair
  6. Vengeful Alien
  7. Grenich Time
  8. Portrait of an Insane Asylum
  9. A Padded Cell
  10. New Territories
  11. Dreaming of Victory
  12. Starship
  13. Gunter Planet
  14. World Militia
  15. Tribal Unity
  16. Crossfire
  17. Bounty Hunter
  18. MDK (Planet Trax Remix)
The soundtrack disc was packaged along with the game itself in Germany, where it sold over 50,000 copies.


The meaning of "MDK" was the subject of many discussions. The most popular interpretations are:
  • Mission: Deliver Kindness (From the manual)
  • Max, Dr. Hawkins, Kurt (the protagonists)
  • Murder, Death, Kill (from the 1993 movie Demolition Man)
When asked, each MDK developer said that MDK stands for something different:
  • My Diary something beginning with K
  • My Dog Ken
  • Million Dollar Ko
  • Massive Dollops of Ketchup
In the FAQ section of the readme.txt file of MDK, the developers state that "MDK" does not stand for anything special, and can be whatever you want it to stand for, such as Mother Day's Kisses.

In a 2009 interview, Perry stated that "Murder Death Kill" was the title used for the first internal promotional video but had to be replaced because a planned toy line.

Information also contributed by Agent 5, Atomic Punch!, Dmichal, festershinetop, MAT, Maw, Mickey Gabel, Sheldonist, shifter and Zovni

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