The original version of Duke!ZONE II also includes the 500 user maps from the first Duke!ZONE, although the Kill-A-Ton Collection version does not. Duke: Nuclear Winter, developed by Simply Silly Software, would borrow some of the new artwork from this add-on.
Most of the maps have been criticized for their poor quality, mediocre design and unfair difficulty. In fact, the original levels from Duke!ZONE II almost don't feature original graphics; they mainly reuse the tiles from the original Duke Nukem 3D levels. Also, there are no original enemies or items. This give to the levels a feeling of being very repetitive.
Furthermore, often the player is given much health items and ammo but the levels are crawling with powerful enemies. The Enforcers and Assault Commanders are way too common, and even the dreaded Mini Battlelord is easily encountered in numbers. Because of this, most players will be willing to run away rather than fight in order to explore the levels better.
Duke!ZONE II contains three new episodes, with seven levels in each, totalizing 21 levels:
- Arctic Assault - "Duke must shoot his way through an urban arctic wasteland - it's cold."
- Alien Abby - "Duke battles his way through underground passages, hidden switches, trap doors, and more adrenaline-pumping excitement."
- Monkey Shines - "Duke shoots his way through canyons, a funky fun house, a hip bar and a toxic chemical processing plant - just to name a few - and the last level, 'No where to run' is jam-packed with monsters and none too easy."
A list of the levels can be conferred below:
The level "4 Way Stop" can only be accessed via cheating or command line arguments as it is not linked to any secret exits. It is unclear if this is a design flaw. "4 Way Stop" was later modified into the map "Santa Match" for Duke: Nuclear Winter.
Easter eggs Edit
This add-on features a few easter eggs:
- The levels Graveyard Shift, The Abby and Dining Out feature editated versions of Duke Nukem's sprites being used as part of the scenery.
- The corpse of Doomguy can be found at the beginning of Graveyard Shift, above a grave.
- The robotic arm from The Terminator can be found in the level Dining Out.
- The level Cop City has two unique babes: one inside of a whirlpool and another chained to the ceiling. The chained babe was later featured in Nuclear Winter.
See also Edit
- Duke Xtreme - Another authorized (and obscure) expansion pack that features original content.
- Duke Assault - Another authorized (and obscure) expansion pack that features fan-made user maps.