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Duke Nukem 3D for Android and iOS is an authorized Duke Nukem 3D port developed by MachineWorks Northwest and published by Tapjoy. Although the port is indistinguishable across the two platforms, it was first published for iOS on August 11, 2009, and it was not published for Android until two years later on November 1, 2011.

Apart from its unique control scheme, the Android/iOS version is largely unchanged from the PC version, though there is no in-game music outside the main menu.


The touch controls use a proprietary touchscreen system known as "TapShoot."

When it was first released, the game featured two control styles: analog and digital. With the analog setup, two on-screen circular touch areas are rendered at all times, allowing the player to control movement by dragging around the left circle and to control turning by dragging around the right circle. With the digital setup, horizontal and vertical bars in both the bottom left and bottom right corners similarly controlled movement and turning, respectively, by dragging along pairs of sliders instead of around circles.

In September 2009, the controls were completely overhauled to allow turning by dragging anywhere on the screen.

As of the most recent version, there are two available control styles: dual stick mode and single stick mode. In the dual stick mode, two on-screen touch areas are rendered at all times, allowing the player to control movement with the left "stick" and turning with the right "stick." In the single stick mode, the left "stick" still controls movement, and turning is controlled by dragging at any point on the screen. The two control styles also alter the positioning of other on-screen control buttons, which are more densely packed together in the dual stick mode.

Other on-screen controls include buttons for firing, jumping, crouching, Quick Kick, and weapon selection.

HP TouchPad version

Main Article: Duke Nukem 3D (HP TouchPad)

In the intervening months between the iOS and Android releases, a similar port was also published by MachineWorks Northwest for the HP TouchPad. The HP TouchPad version uses the same on-screen controls in a different arrangement, with better touch precision and a higher resolution. It was explicitly advertised as a direct port of the PC version, suggesting it may not be directly related to the Android/iOS version.

Current status

The app received its last recorded update on December 20, 2015. It has since been removed from both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, possibly around the same time that Gearbox Software also removed Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition from the Steam store in early 2016. An article in Android Police confirms that the app was removed no later than August of 2016.

Since the game was removed from retail services, pirated copies of the game have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times for Android devices, and the game was even featured in a list of "10 Best Android Games Not Available on Google Play Store."

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