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Duke Nukem 3D Returns to iTunes App Store

3D Realms' infamous shooter Duke Nukem 3D has returned to Apple's App Store on iTunes (link (opens in new tab)), costing fans a measly $2.99 and 12.3 MB of storage space. The game still lists as v1.0, indicating that Machineworks Northwest didn't applied any upgrades to this classic port while it went on hiatus. So far, there's no word on why the game was pulled despite a previous theory that the approval team had second thoughts about the game's content.

As reported earlier, the game looks and performs like the original PC classic, however the clumsy controls--both analog and digital settings--need serious work to make the game more than just playable. Duke Nukem 3D includes all three of the original episodes--L.A. Meltdown, Lunar Apocalypse, and Shrapnel City--and even includes a new TapShoot feature that supposedly makes it easier to... well, shoot the enemy.

According to the App Store listing, Duke Nukem 3D offers over twenty hours of game time, however this edition does not include multiplayer support. Fan of 3D Realms may also want to check out Prey Invasion (link (opens in new tab)), the newest portable edition to the Prey universe (and probably one of the shortest), the awesomely tasty Wolfenstein RPG by id Software (link (opens in new tab)), and a overhauled version of the original Wolfenstein 3D Classic (link (opens in new tab)). Additionally, while this has nothing to do with 3D Realms, fans of the MechWarrior series might want to check out iMech (link (opens in new tab)), a $0.99 iPhone game similar to the popular franchise that even offers online multiplayer capabilities.

As for Duke Nukem 3D, the game is rated 12+ for cartoon or fantasy violence, realistic violence, sexual content or nudity, profanity or crude humor, mature/suggestive themes, and "intense" horror/fear themes. Duke Nukem 3D does not work on the first generation of the iPod Touch, however it performs rather well on the iPhone and iPod Touch 2G.

Kevin started taking PCs apart in the 90s when Quake was on the way and his PC lacked the required components. Since then, he’s loved all things PC-related and cool gadgets ranging from the New Nintendo 3DS to Android tablets. He is currently a contributor at Digital Trends, writing about everything from computers to how-to content on Windows and Macs to reviews of the latest laptops from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more. 

  • Major7up
    Maybe they removed it because of how bad the controls were?
  • croc
    Just because I trust apple about as far as I could throw a useless G5 does not make me paranoid. Anybody that 'trusts' apple is just a delusional fanboi. Emphasis on the 'delusional'...
  • IncinX
    In order to take on Apple approval process with Duke Nukem, they need BALLS OF STEEL!