Right before the start of the new year, let’s jump back a decade for some retro gaming. Duke Nukem Forever may have turned out to be vaporware but that doesn’t negate the fond memories from playing Duke Nukem 3D.
You can find various ports of the game for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X but better still, you can now get it on your Nokia N900…
All you have to do to get it is head to the application manager and download Duke Nukem 3D Shareware. Apparently the game is not 100% complete but there are no major bugs reported so you shouldn’t have any problems. Too bad I can’t try it out as right now the Nokia N900 isn’t in our office.
Don’t expect anything major from the graphics – the game was originally released in January 1996, shortly before Quake came into being. But all that X-rated humor and pop culture references more than make up for the pixelated look (the nostalgia is a bonus).
The controls are a bit awkward – you use the keyboard for moving (classing WASD configuration) and for shooting, while the touchscreen is used for aiming. Here’s a short video demonstrating the gameplay:
If spaceships battles are more your thing, you can also try The Ur-Quan Masters, which is a port of the Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters. The source codes of both Duke Nukem 3D and the Ur-Quan Masters was released under GPL.
Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters
The Ur-Quan Masters came out in 1992 and featured 2D arcade-style space combat with strong RPG elements. You can download it from here.