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  • Summary: Gaming's king of action returns in an all new adventure, this time in New York City. Duke battles his way across towering skyscraper rooftops and through gritty subway stations on the hunt for power-hungry villain, Mech Morphix. Mutants of every kind are thrown at Duke as he chases down Morphix through eight huge environments and avoids the green slime called GLOPP that is causing all the chaos. But radioactive slime isn't Duke's only problem--there over 25 uniquely dangerous mutated enemies hell-bent on making a meal of him. Whether it's Uzi-sporting alligators or ten-foot tall roach beasts--Duke's in town to blast bad guys and save babes. Sure, pipe bombs, a machine gun, a rocket launcher and a pulse cannon are gonna make a goo-filled mess in the Big Apple, but what's a hero to do? [ARUSH] Expand
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  1. 83
    A staple of Duke 3D was the game's humor, and it often made references to other games or movies. Manhattan Project does well continuing this tradition.
  2. Every visual facet about the game is brimming with life, textures are crisp and colorful, shadows reflect accurately, weapons look very cool, and of course Duke himself has never looked better.
  3. A surprisingly solid game. The richly detailed, unique level design will surprise you if you have preconceived notions of side-scrollers. [Sept 2002, p.90]
  4. With a level editor included in addition to a long, challenging single player story line this game is definitely one to check out.
  5. A slap of pain tand an extra dimension can't hide the threadbare plot and archaic gameplay mechanics lurking beneath the surface. [July 2002, p.68]
  6. Sadly, the ego is about the only somewhat original idea present in Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project. The stages reek of incredibly generic design. Is there an icy stage? Check! A level in a sewer? Plenty of them! A level in space, an abandoned factory and some underground lairs? Check, check and check.

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  1. Nov 20, 2011
    Sidescroller fun. A throwback to the original Duke Nukem games Manhattan Project is stupidly fun. I hope another title like this is made. 10! Thanks 3D Realms, you rock! Expand
  2. LolaL.
    Jul 10, 2007
    This game is awesome! i love how its so interesting and exciting. However there has been games that were much beter. Especialy the Secret of the old clock and the mask one. tHey had more interesting puzzles and story line. Expand
  3. Jun 10, 2011
    If you enjoy the resurgence of 2D playformers, this game is worth a look. In fact, it's one of the first "2.5"D games released on PC, before this trend hit with Trine, the Bionic Commando remake, etc. While the graphics aren't amazing, DN:MP, unlike most other games in the 2.5 genre, actually *uses* the third dimension. Many levels have 2-3 levels of foreground/background and such, which adds a refreshing change to the run and gun gameplay. It's also dirt cheap and DRM-free on GoG's website. Having played the Duke Forever demo... I'd say this game is way better if you need a Duke fix. Expand
  4. ZiggyStardust
    Aug 13, 2002
    It's basically the original duke games except with good graphics and sound. anyone who's a fan of those old games would likely be quite happy with this one. it's fairly classic gameplay. my favorite thing is how duke nukem talks smack every time he does something. it's quite varied and pretty funny. Expand
  5. Mar 9, 2012
    Another good Duke Nukem game. This is more like a remastered version of Duke Nukem 1 and 2, but this isn't a bad thing. This really fun, although not as good as the originals. It deserves a play, so get off XBLA if you have some MS points to spare. Expand