The game takes place in the year 1997, 6 year into the future from when the game was made. A once respected genius and scientist, Dr. Proton, has taken over earth's largest city with his army of TechBots. The self-proclaimed hero Duke Nukem is hired by the CIA to stop him. Armed with a CIA prototype nuclear pistol and his can-do attitude, Duke is dropped down into the sieged city challenged to find and deal with Dr. Proton.
It features large four-way, dual-scrolling playfields with many objects being destroyable by gunfire.
During the code fix stage between version 1.0 and version 2.0 of the game, Apogee found out that a supervillain from the Captain Planet and the Planeteers cartoon was named "Duke Nukem". Thinking it was copyrighted they changed the name of the game to "Duke Nukum". Later, during the development of the sequel (Duke Nukem II
), it was discovered that "Duke Nukem" wasn't copyrighted after all, so Apogee used the original name for all the sequels.
In this game Duke appears different than he does in later games that we all know him has, in this game Duke has a very bright red face, and just looks much different to the more modern Duke that we are all familiar with today.
The original Duke
The more modern Duke