Duke Nukem II

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Duke Nukem II
Duke Nukem II cover
Apogee Software
Release dates
DOS December 3, 1993[1]
Windows (DOSBox) December 6, 2012[2]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) July 2, 2013[3]
Linux (DOSBox) May 21, 2015[4]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform, Shooter
Themes Sci-fi
Series Duke Nukem
Duke Nukem II on HowLongToBeat
Duke Nukem II on IGDB
Duke Nukem II guide on StrategyWiki
Duke Nukem II on MobyGames
Duke Nukem II on Wikipedia
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General information

Official 3D Realms forum for game series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Sold separately or on the Duke Nukem 3D disc. Use DOSBox.
ZOOM Platform
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com (unavailable)
macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
A shareware episode is available.

Essential improvements[edit]

Run in DOSBox (retail)[edit]

Set cycles=20000. Max cycles causes joystick control problems.[5]

Level editor[edit]

A Level Editor is available. It requires XP or later.

Source ports[edit]

Reverse engineered source port is available.


Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\NUKEM2.-GT
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/240180/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\NUKEM2.-S*
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/240180/pfx/[Note 2]
Saves are NUKEM2.-S* 1–8. NUKEM2.-SB and NUKEM2.-ST are temporary saves.[6]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game runs at 16 frames per second.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only; toggle sound with S and music with M.
Surround sound
Everything is text-only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 MB
These are the system requirements for the Steam version.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
These are the system requirements for the Steam version.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/240180/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (240180) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.