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2009/07/01

Apocalypse Then: Duke Nukem

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Developer: Apogee Software
Publishers: Apogee Software
Platforms: PC Compatible/DOS
Release date: July 1, 1991 (PC)
Genres: side-scrolling platform game

Today is the 18th birthday of Duke Nukem!

On this day in gaming, in 1991, Duke Nukem was released. It was the first game in the series, and as you can see, a few details that we associate with Duke Nukem were not present in this game- like the the red shirt, among other things. Even the name was different, as it was changed from Duke Nukem to Duke Nukum, and then back again in Duke Nukem II, the sequel.


After that there was Duke Nukem 3D, the most popular game in the series. It featured numerous expansions, and add-ons.

After this, there was a spate of console games featuring Duke Nukem, like Total Meltdown, Time to Kill, Zero Hour, Land of the Babes,

Duke Nukem Manhattan Project was a spin-off title storywise, but paid homage to Duke Nukem with the side-scroller style, but with 3D elements and a better camera.

Duke Nukem Forever, the most controversial title in the series, was in development for ages until 2009, and now we have no idea what is to become of it. DNF was supposed to, at one stage anyway, feature the return of Dr. Proton, the enemy of Duke Nukem in the original.

There are more games coming like Duke Nukem Trilogy, as well as others scheduled to appear on the iPhone.
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