Duke's jet pack allows the player to move vertically and gain access to otherwise inaccessible areas.
The game features a wide variety of enemies; some of which are aliens and other mutated humans.
Levels were designed in a fairly non-linear manner such that players can advantageously use air ducts, back doors, and sewers to avoid enemies or find hidden caches.
These locations are also filled with objects with which the player can interact, that either benefit the player in some form, light switches make it easier to see, while water fountains and broken hydrants provide some health points or simply diversion, and tipping strippers provokes a quote from Duke, and a provocative reveal from the dancer. Weapons include the «Mighty Foot», a basic kick attack, a pistol, a shotgun, a triple-barreled chain gun, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, pipe bombs, freeze and shrink rays, laser land mines, and the rapid fire «Devastator» rocket launcher.
Duke Nukem 3D was one of the more popular games on TEN prior to the closure of the network in 1999. The game also features co-operative play, co-op, which allows players to complete the story based single player mode together.
In Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition, a new game play mode was introduced: Duke-Tag, a «capture the flag» style mode.
Reviewers praised the interactivity of the environments, gameplay, level design, and unique risqué humor, a mix of pop-culture satire and lampooning of over-the-top Hollywood action heroes.
The game's violent nature, erotic elements, and portrayal of women incited controversy. After fifteen years in development hell, a direct sequel was released called Duke Nukem Forever.
Duke Nukem 3D did not support the TCP/IP client/server model, instead based its network play on the IPX LAN, modem or serial cable.The LAPD have been turned into «Pig Cops», a play on the derogatory term «pig» for police officers, with LARD emblazoned on their uniforms.As is usual for a first-person shooter, Duke Nukem encounters a large number of lesser foes, as well as bosses, usually at the end of episodes.John, who fights against an alien invasion on Earth.Along with Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, Duke Nukem 3D is considered to be responsible for popularizing first-person shooters, and was released to major acclaim.h Duke and x Duke can still be played online in multiplayer ' Duke Match' format using launchers such as Duke Matcher and YANG, both freely available.