Duke Nukem slinks back into the spotlight with an iOS adaptation of Duke Nukem II

2011′s Duke Nukem Forever  was, well, kind of a disaster. Critics and the series’ fans all hated it, and it was widely believed that the Duke would shuffle off to the Old Game Mascots’ Home and trade cigars with Bubsy the Bobcat until the sun set on his tumultuous life. As it so happens, the ’90s’ best-known alien killer isn’t ready to go gentle into the good night (what a surprise): 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment are giving him another chance to shoot up everything that moves with an iOS adaptation of Duke Nukem II.

The original Duke Nukem II hit the PC in 1993. It featured more of the action-packed, side-scrolling running and gunning that made the first game such a hit. iOS gamers are a nostalgia-hungry bunch, so it makes sense for 3D Realms and Interceptor to bring us a mobile adaptation of the Duke’s, er, better days.

The Duke of Duke Nukem II is a simpler soldier, though no less arrogant and headstrong than his modern counterpart. Gone are the sunglasses, strippers, and snarky one-liners. That’s not such a terrible thing, as the tradeoff is a massive helping of solid action gaming. Even if you’re a fan of Jon St John’s growling baritone, you’ll learn to transfer your love to Duke Nukem II’s 256-color VGA graphics. Besides, Duke Nukem II isn’t entirely mired in the past: the iOS adaptation features leaderboards that let you track and display your score.

Duke Nukem II is coming soon, and can be all yours for $1.99. What’re you waiting for? Christmas?