What is it?
Duke Nukem (otherwise known as ‘Duke Nukum’) is a 2D platformer developed and published by Apogee Software. The mad, cybernetic scientist Dr. Proton is planning on taking over the world with an army of robots. Duke sets off to stop the villain. He’ll have to fight through L.A., Proton’s moon base, and even somewhere deep in the future in order to take him down.
Combat is simple but satisfying, moves and jumps around fairly well.
Big health bar instead of one-hit kills and no lives.
Very colourful visuals and detailed backgrounds.
Challenging, non-linear levels.
Can’t save mid-game, need to reach a new level.
Sound effects can get annoying after a while. No music.
Levels can be a bit confusing at times.
Items that give points are useless.
It was a first for Duke Nukem back in the day. It got a lot of well-deserved praise, though it’s nothing particularly remarkable these days. Not a bad choice by any means, far from it. Alas, you’re not missing out on much if you don’t give it a whirl. On the flip-side, the sequel is so much more fleshed out and is well worth a crack.