Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 8 out of 13
  1. The art style, character models and environments had the shonkiness of a shareware title at the time, so seeing them run in high definition is hardly going to help. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
  2. 60
    A decent experience that really should only be played by fans of the franchise. If you jump into this expecting the next Shadow Complex you are going to be disappointed.
  3. Even for hardcore fans there are too many small issues in the gameplay, control and sound departments that detract from the overall experience. The repeating music and one-liners can be over looked given the source material but repetitive game design and controls that do not give you a full range of motion are deal breakers.
  4. Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is going to appeal to a very niche market of gamers, mainly the ones who have found memories of playing the original Duke games, or even this 2D offshoot.
  5. 40
    Maybe if the price was halved I'd feel a little easier about the thought of people buying Manhattan Project, but at its release it's a rip-off compared what else is on the market.
  6. For it's time, Duke Nukem: Manhattan project was a pretty decent sidescroller. Eight years late, and we have a mess of mediocrity on our hands. Stay away. Very, very far away.
  7. Not even nostalgia could have saved it from being a major letdown as almost every area that doesn't include witty dialogue from our cigar smoking protagonist is atrocious.
  8. Duke is a nice trip down nostalgia lane if you have been missing Duke's smug face over the years and want to get reacquainted with the jeans wearing meathead but if you have already been there, there's really no real reason to return.
  9. Duke gets stale as a character quickly.
  10. A sub-par game that hasn't aged well. [Sept 2010, p.103]
  11. This isn't exactly an experience to savour. [Issue#62,p.103]
  12. Dated gameplay and gags. [Sept 2010, p.81]
  13. Creaky. [Oct 2010, p.75]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    The Xbox Live port of Manhattan Project is exactly the same as the acclaimed PC version, it is simply a hell of a blast to play. Duke's Lines will make you laugh and there's plenty of monster to slaughter. Full Review »
  2. Dec 31, 2011
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  3. Aug 4, 2011
    awsome and fun game for any duke fan or anyone else who thinks they would like the game a fun sidescroller with classic duke himself and all of his classic 1 liners are back dont listen to these reveiwers they dont know what there talking about Full Review »