Death Row is the third level of L.A. Meltdown in Duke Nukem 3D.

Summary Edit

After getting trapped by Pig Cops in the previous level, Duke must find weapons and fight his way to a submarine.

Close to the whole level takes place inside a prison building, with many distinct parts to it. You begin in an electric chair, taking damage from the electricity. Not far from there is a chapel, and still later in the level come some large gears! After that is the main area of the prison, with actual jail cells. But first, a canyon, complete with automated turrets firing at you. Behind a poster in one of the jail cells is an escape tunnel, leading to a pipe of toxic waste, ultimately leading to a sub. This level takes Duke through quite a variety of areas.

Secrets Edit

  1. In the small room to the right of the electric chair, press the left-hand switch (as seen while looking out of the small window at the chair). The chair and surrounding floor will drop down, revealing a hidden area.
  2. In the chapel, stand at the rear of the room, in the middle. Facing the altar, look up and shoot the red button. An elevator will take you to the rafters and a hidden area. While here, shoot the hanging monk to reveal atomic health.
  3. In the chapel, use the stone with the alien face on it at the front. The chapel will turn red. Shatter the left-hand stained glass pane and follow the tunnel round to a hidden area.
  4. In the large cell, duck in front of the mattress and use it. It will slide aside to reveal a tunnel to a hidden area.
  5. In the canyon, jump up the slanted platforms directly in front of the entrance. Jump up some more slanted platforms in the centre of the walkway to enter a masked room connecting the two sides of the walkway.
  6. From the walkway in Secret 5, go to the end where the Red Access Card is, and blow up the crack in the wall there to reveal a hidden area.
  7. On the upper walkway in the hub, use the rectangle on the wall to reveal a map of the facility. Doing so also reveals two small passageways to the sides.
  8. Same as Secret 7.
  9. At the door leading to the canyon, jump up to the slanted platform on the right. Use the wall to reveal a hidden area.
  10. Inside the submarine, examine the wall behind the crate to find a door. Use it to reveal a hidden area.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the only level in the game where your inventory (items and weapons) are removed before beginning.
    • This removal of the player's inventory is coded to occur if the player's starting position is on a particular tile. This same tile also causes the electrocution damage and effects if the player is in contact with it (but not flying above it).

Easter eggs Edit

  1. In the chapel near the beginning, if you press the middle panel of the stage up front, a wall behind the left pane of stained glass will drop down. Follow the path to see the Space Marine from Doom, dead and covered with blood. Duke will say "That's one Doomed space marine!" upon seeing this.
  2. The priest hanging in the chapels ceiling is actually a deathfire monk from the game Rise of the Triad, a game by Apogee, predecessor to the 3DRealms.
  3. The tunnel leading from one of the cells that is masked by a poster of a woman is a reference to The Shawshank Redemption, where the main character hides his escape tunnel by hanging a poster over it.
  4. The submarine seen near the level's end is named the USS Dallas. This is the name of the submarine in The Hunt for Red October.

Achievements (Megaton Edition only) Edit


Doomed Marine: Find the dead space marine in the chapel (see secret #3) to unlock this achievement.

Speedrun Edit

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Screenshots Edit

Duke Nukem 3D
Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City | The Birth | Alien World Order
Items Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Steroids
Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Scrapped: Space Suit | Shield
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Chaingun Cannon | RPG | Pipe Bomb | Shrinker
Microwave Expander | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower | Incinerator
Scrapped: Flamethrower | Laser Chainsaw | Sonic Resonator | Tazer | Plasma Cannon
Enemies Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper
Battlelord Sentry | Firefly Trooper | Cycloid Sentry | Overlord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop | Pig Cop Tank | Protector Drone
Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone | Shark | Turret
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor | Alien Queen | Cycloid Incinerator
Scrapped: Organic Turret | Snake Head | Bat | Captain | Drone | Drone 2 | Mandroid
| Trooper | Turret | Alien Queen Sentry
Expansion packs
and add-ons
Duke Assault | Duke Caribbean: Life's A Beach | Duke: Nuclear Winter | Duke It Out In D.C.
Duke Xtreme | Duke!ZONE | Duke!ZONE II | Plutonium PAK | Duke Nukem's Penthouse Paradise | Unofficial expansion packs
Fan community User maps | Mods & Total Conversions | Level editing (index) | Speedruns
Source ports | High Resolution Pack
Other Difficulty | Hazards | Multiplayer | Cheat codes | Easter eggs
Quotes | Music | Duke Nukem
Build engine | Game bugs | Unused data | LameDuke