PadGadget’s Flashback Friday: Duke Nukem 2

Duke Nukem 2 MainWell, it’s finally Friday and we are all antsy to get this weekend rolling. While having a couple of days to recuperate from a hard workweek is nice, so is reliving our youth. Every Friday, we flashback to decades ago and spotlight games from our childhood. Last week, we reminded you of the first-person shooter game, Doom.

This week, we have another shooter game from around the same time. Duke Nukem II launched in 1993 and quickly became a cult classic for its whit and humor.

In the early 1990s, gritty shooter games were all the rage. By the time Duke Nukem II came out, it was poised to be a big hit with older teens and grown up gamers. It is a side-scrolling platformer that has you blasting away evil scientists and invading aliens in order to save the world.

The iOS version of the game launched in the App Store only a few months ago. While some were expecting a port of Duke Nukem Forever, this is a good substitute while we wait for the full series to be playable on the iPad.

Players can grab new weapons, activate a cloaking device, and collect letters that spell out the word “Nukem” to earn bonus items.

The story takes place in the “near future,” which at the time, was 1998. Our snarky protagonist is kidnapped by the Rigelatins and spends his time in this sequel game escaping his prison and putting the bad guys down.

Duke Nukem 2

This is a near-identical port of the original DOS-based game from the early 1990s. The main difference is that Duke now wears a pair of sunglasses and the music soundtrack is a bit different. For a truly retro gaming experience, hook up your iPad to the iCade, or slap on a JOYSTICK-IT. The game is compatible with multiple third-party controller accessories.

Duke Nukem 2 is available for $1.99 in the App Store today. Download it now and you’ll be kicking butt and chewing bubble gum in no time.

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