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Duke Nukem

Duke Nukem 1 was released in 1991 by Apogee Software for MS-DOS, and it marked the beginning of the Duke Nukem franchise. Duke Nukem is a side-scrolling action platformer game with a sci-fi theme. In this original game, players control Duke Nukem, a muscular action hero tasked with saving the world from the evil Dr. Proton. Dr. Proton has taken control of various tech-based objects and is causing havoc with his army of Techbots.
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Duke Nukem review

Duke Nukem 1 takes us on a nostalgic journey back to the early days of side-scrolling action, where pixelated graphics and straightforward gameplay ruled the scene. Developed by Apogee Software and released in 1991, this game marks the inception of a franchise that would later evolve into something quite different.

The environments, ranging from futuristic cities to laboratories, showcase variety despite technical limitations. The sound effects and music are equally reminiscent of the era but tend to become repetitive after extended play.

As a side-scrolling platformer, it captures the essence of classic action games. Duke Nukem's movement feels responsive and fluid, enabling precise jumps and dodges. The arsenal of weapons, though limited, adds a layer of strategy to the gameplay. Each level presents its own set of challenges, from navigating intricate platforming sections to combating waves of enemies. The puzzles and traps scattered throughout keep players engaged and on their toes.

The levels are thoughtfully designed, encouraging exploration and experimentation. Duke Nukem's signature humor, though subtle in this early installment, is present in his character's confident quips. The shareware distribution model, which was revolutionary at the time, allowed players a taste of the game before committing to the full experience.

Additional info about Duke Nukem

Status: abandonware

Input: keyboard, mouse

Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk

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