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Duke Nukem 3D Heading to iPhone

IGN Wireless is reporting that MachineWorks Northwest, the developer that brought Prey Invasion last month (via Hands-On Mobile) to the iPhone and iPod Touch, has ported the infamous 1996 PC game Duke Nukem 3D in its entirety, and plans to upload the game to Apple's App Store "very soon."

GN received a hands-on taste of the upcoming game, saying that MachineWorks has not altered the gameplay whatsoever, and has "subtly" upgraded the visuals and even smoothed out the sprites when appearing up-close. IGN also states that Duke's one-liners are still intact, and if the Duke Nukem Soundboard app is any indication (it has curse words!), Apple's keen-yet-moody approval scientists may actually leave them alone... or not.

According to IGN, the game will use the same control scheme used in Prey Invasion, offering tap-to-shoot and on-screen control bars to move and look; a virtual fire button is available when gamers use the "classic control" layout. A screenshot provided by the website also depicts Duke's "Mighty Foot," his basic melee attack, and the item, jump and pause buttons. Additionally, gamers can adjust the transparency of the controls to dim the movement and look bars, clearing up what would otherwise be a cluttered HUD. Granted the iPhone doesn't provide the pixel-precision enjoyed with the mouse and keyboard setup in the PC version, at least players have the freedom to move around, unlike id Software's recently released Doom Resurrection which relies strictly on the scripted "rail" schematic.

It will be interesting to see how Apple handles Duke Nukem 3D. While Duke's one-liners may be somewhat notorious, the original game also featured strippers ("Shake it, baby"), prostitutes, and naked women bound in alien cocoons.