Duke Nukem Advance Game Boy Advance

Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
Buy On
  1. 100
    Like the original BUILD-era game, it's a top-notch shooter. Torus really emulated the way Duke's action looked and felt back then, even including his ability to look up and down (a GBA shooter first!) and jump.
  2. This game has tons of action, blasting away at alien scum, and won't get beaten in the course of a couple of hours. It's definitely one of the deeper ones out there.
  3. 91
    For the most part, the look of the game is very clean. Unlike "DOOM," which could be occasionally muddy and hard on the eyeballs, the levels in Advance tend to be bright and easy to maneuver.
  4. 90
    As of right now, you can't find a better handheld shooter than Duke Nukem's first GBA adventure.
  5. Even though Duke Nukem turned heel and became more of a world hero instead of solo killer, this game still has the same good fun that you would expect from a Duke Nukem game but without the bathroom jokes and strippers.
  6. netjak
    90
    The graphics and the gameplay will surprise you immensely. It's not everyday that you see a title like this on a small screen. Duke Nukem Advance will take you by surprise. You heard right.
  7. Surpassing "Wolfenstein" and the delectable "Ecks vs. Sever," Duke Nukem Advance is a title without peer in handheld form, both in terms of visual quality and speed.
  8. Game Informer
    85
    Best FPS yet on GBA. [Oct 2002, p.94]
  9. Essentially, the GBA is not the place to look for if you want a quality FPS, but Duke Nukem Advance has been crafted with due care, which generates an extremely pleasurable gaming experience.
  10. Play Magazine
    80
    Less pixelization, better control, smoother animation, better art, and lots of aliens and pigs in uniform to turn into mounds of bloody pork. [Oct 2002, p.86]
  11. Nintendo Power
    78
    The animation is always smooth, fast and never choppy, and the royally difficult game is a crowning achievement for GBA shooters. [Sept 2002, p.165]
  12. Nowhere near as pretty or diverse as the original 1996 PC game, but it's easily the best FPS to hit the GBA since "Doom."
  13. 60
    Not-too-bright enemies coupled with garish graphics are both a lesson in frustration and an eyesore. It takes a lot of the fun out of blasting a floating brain type when the aforementioned baddie looks more like a smudge than a foe.
  14. Despite all its faults, and while its not a horrible game, it's just really not that fun to play.
  15. Those who have already experienced earlier versions of Duke Nukem will grow weary of this diluted version rather quickly.

Awards & Rankings

#22 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. SeriousDuke(GBAFPSexpert)
    Jul 7, 2004
    10
    Hands down the best FPS available for the GBA. It was the 6th FPS released for the system. Duke Nukem Advance brings all the attitude and Hands down the best FPS available for the GBA. It was the 6th FPS released for the system. Duke Nukem Advance brings all the attitude and fire power to the small screen in a richly detailed FPS. The game feautures 4 exotic locations taking you to Area 51, the Temple of Amun in Egypt, the streets of Sydney, Austrailia, and an alien ship orbiting earth. The game feauters 10 fun weapons from your mighty boot to a shrink ray. All of the classic enemies from the original Duke Nukem 3D are intact with a few welcome editions. This is not only the best FPS for Game Boy put, in my expert opinion the best game for Game Boy. This is definitely top-notch stuff! Full Review »
  2. Brandon
    Mar 4, 2004
    8
    Nukem Advance has some very interesting traits. It is identicle to Doom in almost every single way. The thing that makes me notice Nukem is Nukem Advance has some very interesting traits. It is identicle to Doom in almost every single way. The thing that makes me notice Nukem is that there is more plot around it, there arent really cinemas but there are little text boxes which gives Nukem a little bit more of a plot. There is a little bit more strategy to the boss levels, for ex. you can use a crushing block to kill one of you bosses. There are some voice acting which i find cleaver. The graphics are decent, their not jaw dropping but they deffinetly dont suck. For some example i really like the gun that you are holding, they seem realistic. The monsters are a little cheap looking and their not exactly smart but thats alright. I also like the way the levels vary, you can go from egypt to sydney which adds some variety to the game. Good game! Full Review »
  3. J.P.
    Jul 31, 2003
    9
    For what a fps can be without a keyboard and mouse, the level design is very good and the gameplay is great. And the sound FX are also cool: For what a fps can be without a keyboard and mouse, the level design is very good and the gameplay is great. And the sound FX are also cool: 'Hail to the king baby!' Full Review »