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As a Mac gamer, it's hard not to love the fine folks at Good Old Games. The classic game site recently started adding a nice line-up of Mac titles to its ever-expanding library, and what's more, some of the games are appearing on the Mac platform for the very first time. Today, GOG.com takes us way back to the early nineties; a time when Duke Nukem was a slightly less embarrassing character.
Long before Duke Nukem hit it big with 1996's Duke Nukem 3D, the alien-blasting meathead was a 2D side-scrolling shooter. Today marks the first time the first two titles in the franchise -- Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II -- are available on Mac.
Personally, it's kind of nice to return to an era where the miserable Duke Nukem Forever had yet to rear its ugly head. Sure, the first two Duke Nukem games were still filled with their own share of cheesiness and crude humor, but the old side-scrollers won't make your mom blush if you play them around her.
The premise of the early Duke Nukem games was simple: just run, shoot aliens, and try not to die. Apogee (the original developer of Duke Nukem) did a great job of parodying crappy '80s action films without degrading into a misguided representation of the very subject it was mocking.
You can pick up both games from GOG.com as a bundle for $5.99. You'll also get a free download of the soundtrack. And as always, Duke Nukem is gloriously DRM-free, thanks to Good Old Games.
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