Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 12 out of 12
  1. Jun 13, 2011
    The name of the game is just wrong. It should be called Critical Disaster instead of Critical Mass.
  2. May 26, 2011
    Duke Nukem: Critical Mass is one of the worst Nintendo DS games ever. Clear and simple.
  3. May 25, 2011
    Simply one of the ugliest games for DS and for this generation of consoles.
  4. May 16, 2011
    This is a forgettable game. It is short, boring, easy and has no ambition. The game should have stayed in limbo instead of taking advantage of the renewed appeal of Duke.
  5. May 5, 2011
    Duke Nukem: Critical Mass is a terrible game. Forget it, wait for the big return.
  6. Apr 25, 2011
    Although there were high expectations for this game, there isn't anything we expected. A huge setback for one of the most notorious characters today.
  7. Apr 20, 2011
    Despite good intentions and admirable attempts to mix up its gameplay, Critical Mass is a real mess that fails on nearly every level.
  8. Apr 12, 2011
    A low tech portable monstrosity that manages to make the worst of both the DS's abilities and the Duke's legacy.
  9. Apr 12, 2011
    Ugly, hard to handle and definitely not fun to play, Duke Nukem: Critical Mass probably is the worst thing a video game has to offer.
  10. Shoddily made, uglier than Ugly McUglyson and an incredibly frustrating game. [June 2011, p.102]
  11. May 22, 2011
    Like booting up a mediocre run-and-gunner from the mid-Nineties. [Issue#109, p.114]
  12. May 13, 2011
    Basic, crude, ugly. [May 2011, p.69]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    Not a game for gamers but this game would simply be for someone who is collecting the Duke Nukem saga in case they want a game with Duke for their DS.
  2. Jan 25, 2014
    I set 10 for the note cause it's the duke and just him !!!! i'm a fan of the best licence of the world and in my other life and old life of the time i need duke !!! Full Review »
  3. Jan 8, 2013
    This game would be better on PS3 or Xbox 360 but the DS made it horrible and look like something from Thundercats game. DS games are terrible but DNCM is the worst Duke Nukem created Full Review »