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The Shrunk Machine is the 17th chapter of Duke Nukem Forever. It has two parts.


Inside the Hoover Dam, Duke discovers the Freeze Ray, and blasts everything in his path.

Duke is shrunk and must outwit a Giant Enforcer before returning to his normal size.

Ego boosts

There is one new ego boost on this level that cannot be found on any previous level:

  1. Calendar: Flip through the calendar in the office. (+1 Ego)


There is one voicemail on this level. It is one of 14 voicemails that must be collected throughout the game in order to unlock the "Call Waiting" achievement:

  1. Inside the office with the calendar


Part 1

Part 2

Easter eggs

  • There is a puzzle that involves turning a valve and Duke says “I hate valve puzzles”; this could be a reference to the Valve Corporation who have worked on the Half-Life series which also involves puzzles. Also Gearbox Software has worked with the Valve Corporation from time to time when developing games in the Half-Life franchise. The Valve Corporation also made Portal, which also features tough puzzles.
  • Following the area made up by gears, fans, and pistons, shrunken Duke says "Duke one, Gears nothin'." This could be another reference to the Gears of War franchise.
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