Duke Nukem I (the original!)

An incredible EGA game (VGA compatible) with large animated characters, and huge levels. Your mission is to stop Dr. Proton, a madman bent on ruling the world with his army of Techbots. As the irrepressible hero Duke Nukem, you'll chase Dr. Proton deep into the Earth, then to his lunar space station, and eventually into the Earth's nuclear ravished future.

This is an astonishing Sega Genesis style game with amazing animation! Also features dual scrolling play fields, with huge 3D-like backdrops. Watch Duke somersault and cling on to ceilings as he escapes traps and battles Proton's robot guards. This game is a real show stopper!

Other features include four-way scrolling levels, cinematic effects, demo mode, built-in hint mode, arcade sound effects, joystick support, high score chart, save/restore up to nine games, unlimited continues, keyboard reconfigure, sound on/off toggle, cheat mode, and much more...

This is a game that spawned a gaming legend!

Originally released July 1, 1991.
Game originally created by Todd Replogle, Allen Blum, George Broussard, & Scott Miller.

Why does my copy of Duke Nukem say "Duke Nukum"?

There is frequently a great deal of confusion over the correct spelling of one of Apogee's most prized characters, Duke Nukem. The original spelling for the name was "Duke Nukem"; however, during the code fix stage between v1.0 and v2.0 of the original game, Apogee found a character overseas named "Duke Nukem" that was thought to be copyrighted. So, for v2.0 of the original Duke game, the name was changed to "Duke Nukum." Then, during the programming of the next Duke Nukem game (Duke Nukem II), it was discovered that the character they found overseas was not copyrighted after all -- and so the original name was reinstated. "Duke Nukem" is also the spelling used in all successive games that featured the character.

The spellings "Duke Nuke 'em," "Duke Nuke'um," "Duke Nuke'm," "Duke Nuk'em" or other variations are not, and were never, correct.   The correct spelling of the game is "Duke Nukem".

This text is taken from the Apogee FAQ, which can be obtained online in our FAQ area.

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  1. 1duke.zip - v2.0 shareware episode (305k)
  2. duke1ed.zip - Level Editor for Duke Nukem I by David Bollinger (27k)
  3. duke1map.zip - Program to print out levels for Duke Nukem I by David Bollinger (10k)

Please note that only the first file is an official Apogee/3D Realms program.  The other two are user files, and are provided only as a convenience.  Please use at your own risk.


System Requirements


  • XT Computer (286 or higher recommended)
  • 520k of conventional memory
  • 1.2 meg of Hard Drive Space (for shareware)
  • 3.6 meg of Hard Drive Space (for registered)
  • Joysticks Optionally Supported

There is no sound card support for this title.  All sound is PC Speaker.



Registered Download Information

Format: Registered Download - File size: 760Kb

Estimated Download Times:
28.8 Modem - 3 Minutes, 36 Seconds
56k Modem - 1 Minute, 51 Seconds
128K ISDN - 48 Seconds
T1 - 4 Seconds