Today we discuss a true classic by Apogee (3D Realms), Duke Nukem, the platform game!
Quirky sounds, great animations, puzzles, enemies and simply great fun 🙂
Duke Nukem has become quite the cult hero, what started out as a ‘simple’ platform game in the 90’s grew into a cult here full 3D shooting pigs trying to save the world.
In “Duke Nukem – Episode one: Schrapnel City”, released in 1991, we are taking on the role of ‘the Duke’ that needs to save the world from Dr. Proton and his Robots army. The game is in Los Angeles in the ‘distant future’, which has been fully destroyed. This ‘distant future’ is 1997; keep in mind this game is from 1991 🙂
You progress through the levels by simply finding the exit, there are robots along that way that are out to destroy you, fortunately you have your blaster with you. This becomes increasingly difficult, with having to find keycards to unlock certain areas and stronger and stronger robots (like helicopters and things that look like AT-ST’s from Star Wars) out to get you.
The sound effects although basic, definitively add a lot to the game, to me there are some of the best sounds that were created in that basic era. Add that with the ACME references and funny items you find like cans of Pepsi to regain health and you have a fun mix of platform action and humor. The attention to detail is really noticeable, especially for a game from that era.
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