Duke Nukem II 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

As promised, Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms today launched Duke Nukem II for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store. The legendary game has made it to Apple’s mobile platform as part of its 20th anniversary. Generation Y readers will remember that the original Duke Nukem II had been released way back in 1993 for Microsoft’s DOS.

It was then followed by Duke Nukem 3D in 1996, a Nintendo Game Boy Color port in 1999 and Duke Nukem Forever in 2011. The iOS version is an enhanced port of the original, which means souped up VGA graphics, a new soundtrack, online leaderboards and more. If you’ve enjoyed the original release, you’ll be delighted to know that all of the 32 original levels have made it to the iOS version…

Key features include, per iTunes release notes:

• smooth side scrolling action
• insane VGA graphics
• 256 eye popping colors
• kick A** weapons
• amazing interactive environments
• 32 action packed levels
• full touch screen support
• brutal new artwork and music
• save/load, replay and track your highscores

A few screenies.

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The storyline, as is often the case, is just an excscuse for blowing stuff up and calls for pesky aliens. It’s “futuristic” 1998 and the slimy extra terrestrials kidnap Duke to use his gray matter for some mind control of the human race.

Duke, of course, must come to the rescue, destroy the alien scumbag, save the planet and bring peace and prosperity to mankind.

Duke Nukem II, a 47.6MB download, costs just two bucks, which buys you a universal binary which runs natively on both your iPhone and iPad.

The game is compatible with all iPads, the iPhone 4S and iPhone and equivalent iPod touch devices.