Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Lewd shooter perfectly re-created, yet dull by modern play.

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Positive Messages

Players use extreme violence to save Earth.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though players are saving Earth, they do so with extreme violence, rude comments, sexist jokes as they run around strip clubs, porn movie theaters.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn. Game also features four difficulty settings, and highest is very hard.


Players use variety of guns, explosives to kill aliens. He also kicks them to death. But while there's blood, gore, pixelated visuals keep this from being graphic.


Players run around strip clubs, porn movie theaters. Women shown stripping, wearing bikinis, other skimpy outfits. Numerous sexual comments are made, including jokes about masturbation. Pixelated images limits impact of visuals.


Dialog full of double entendres, sex jokes, sexist comments, jokes about masturbation, etc. Online modes are unmoderated.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Player takes steroids, which makes him faster, more powerful. Though no one shown drinking, some gunfights erupt in bars, strip clubs where alcohol is served.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour is a risqué, bloody downloadable shooter. Players shoot aliens from the first-person perspective, and although enemies are frequently eviscerated, the low-resolution visuals lessen the impact of the blood and gore. Similarly, while the game takes you into strip clubs, pornographic movie theaters and video stores, as well as bars, the limited visuals make everything look pixelated. So while you do see women in bikinis dancing around and can give them money, it's not really all that titillating. Dialogue can be rather lewd, with numerous double entendres and even jokes about masturbation. The hero takes steroids, which makes the player temporarily stronger and faster. Online modes are unmoderated, so players could be exposed to inappropriate content.

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Kid, 11 years old November 9, 2016

Best pixelated game ver

Man ive been playing this since i was 4 its fine as for the language its rare to here "s--t" and "f--k" is used so little its actually stupi... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheApparentSnicker June 13, 2019

Extremely good!

I loved the level where you go to Common Sense Media's headquarters and tell the CEO to eat shit and die!

What's it about?

DUKE NUKEM 3D 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION WORLD TOUR is an accurate recreation of the classic first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D. In it, aliens have invaded Earth, and it's up to a meathead with bad one-liners and good guns to save the day. But while it brings this 20-year-old game to new computers and consoles, it also expands the game by adding a fifth section where Duke fights the aliens in Paris, Moscow, and other big cities. It also adds these levels to the game's multiplayer modes, as well as one exclusive to the game's online modes. Plus, for fans of the original, this has both new one-liners as well as the original ones, along with an optional commentary track from the people who made the original.

Is it any good?

Although this is a perfect re-creation of a classic sci-fi first-person shooter, the gameplay is somewhat dull and plain by modern standards and full of inappropriate content. It also expands both the campaign and multiplayer modes with new but vintage-feeling levels. As in the original Duke Nukem 3D, the Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour has you once again using guns, grenades, and your boots to kill aliens trying to take over the Earth. While younger gamers will find this game's visuals and mechanics to be dated, they shouldn't be playing this bawdy game anyway, as it's not only bloody and violent but full of sexual imagery and comments. But if you're old enough to remember the original -- and don't mind the bad jokes -- you'll appreciate how perfectly this recreates this classic game. For that matter, new levels have been added to both the campaign and multiplayer, and they feel like they're as old as the original. Sure, it isn't perfect. The multiplayer is kind of dull and pales next to modern online games, but it also doesn't have the add-ons of previous reissued titles. But for older gamers who'd like to kick some alien butt while making bad jokes, the Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour is king, baby.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make a difference that the people you're killing in this game are bad aliens trying to take over the world?

  • Talk about the impact of visuals in games. While the game has naughty elements, does it make a difference that the gore and sexual imagery are so pixelated that it's not all that gross or explicit?

  • Discuss language. What do the hero's comments in the game say about him as a person? Do you think it's necessary to make sexist comments when trying to save the world from aliens?

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