Duke Nukem II (DOS)

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Duke Nukem II
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Platform: DOS
Year: 1993
Developer: Apogee Software, Ltd.
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series see Duke Nukem.

Like the first game, Duke Nukem II is a scrolling platform shoot-em-up that picks up where the first game left off. Duke is now a world-renowned hero, but he is taken hostage by aliens so that they may use his brain for a war machine. Duke escapes their prison and takes the battle to them with guns, explosions, and cheesy one-liners. The game is a run-and-gun where you get to blast everything, but it has some puzzle elements as well, like finding keys, hidden areas, and annoying platform jumping.

The whole game is broken up into four episodes with eight levels in each. One of the things that gives the game character is the ability to destroy so much of each level. Aside from the enemies, power ups, and crates, you can destroy advertising crafts, support pillars, even the exit sign!

Despite not being able to live up to quality of media found on the SNES and Genesis games that were being released concurrently, Duke Nukem II was very popular in the PC market.

Screenshots

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Title screen.

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He'll be back!

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That's quite the book title.

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The game's main menu.

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The first level is the prison you escape from.

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In the subterranean world of mission 2.

Music

The music of Duke Nukem II is mostly a lo-fi heavy metal soundtrack. The songs "He's Back" and "Squeak" are based off of the Megadeth songs "Angry Again" and "Skin O' My Teeth" respectively at Apogee Software's request. Also, some riffs have been taken from the music in previous games like Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure (DOS). All in all, the soundtrack is nice, but at the time the low quality IMF architecture was showing its age and Duke Nukem II was one of the last games to use it.

The titles have been confirmed by Bobby Prince directly.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Fanfare For Duke II Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 0:07
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02 On the Range Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 2:27
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03 Theme to Duke Nukem II Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 1:46
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04 Menu Select Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 0:40
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05 He's Back! Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 4:11
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06 Duke Kicks Ass Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 3:01
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07 Evil Be Gone Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 2:50
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08 You Be Dead! Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 2:18
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09 Squeaking By Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 3:12
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10 Fight Like a Man Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 4:29
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11 Dukin' It Out Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 2:13
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12 Hey Mr. Nuke Man Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 4:22
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13 Out of the Depths Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 4:45
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14 On the Prowl Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 4:01
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15 Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 5:34
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16 Winning By Degrees Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 4:20
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17 Openin' the Gate Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 1:30
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18 Calm Before the Storm Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 2:18
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19 King Duke Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 2:02
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20 I Wish This Game Would Never End Bobby PrinceBobby Prince 2:12
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Credits

(Source)

Game Rip

Format

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(Info)


The IMF files are packed in the Nukem2.cmp file which is installed in the root directory. The header of the file contains the offsets for extracting the IMF files. The files were recorded using AdPlug 1.8 in Winamp with the "autodetect song end" option turned off to get proper looping.

Bobby Prince composed the music in Sequencer Plus Gold in MIDI format which was converted to IMF. Prince targeted his MIDIs for IMF, so there are no "original" MIDI files, but he rearranged a couple songs and released them in MIDI. These files are included in the rip.

The game also uses VOC for sound effects, which are included in the download.

Audio Devices

Music

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Sound

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(Source)

The game doesn't let you specify a device for music, it only lets to toggle it on and off. However, when it is on, it plays though any AdLib compatible device.

Releases

  USA.svg   USA
Duke Nukem 2 - DOS - USA.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem II
Platform: DOS
Released: 1993-12-03
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.
  France.svg   France
Duke Nukem 2 - DOS - UK.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem II
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994-??-??
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.
  Germany.svg   Germany
Duke Nukem 2 - DOS - UK.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem II
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994-??-??
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.
  UK.svg   UK
Duke Nukem 2 - DOS - UK.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem II
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994-??-??
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.
  Netherlands.svg   Netherlands
Duke Nukem 2 - DOS - Netherlands.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem II
Platform: DOS
Released: 199?-??-??
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.
  World.svg   World
Duke Nukem 2 - DOS - World.jpg
Title: Duke Nukem II
Platform: DOS
Released: 1998-01-05
Publisher: Apogee Software, Ltd.

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