This section will detail how to use the in game menus. There are two menus, the See Main Menu and the See In Game menu. Both are similar.

The Main Menu

After the introduction movies, you will be sent to the main menu of the game.
The following is a description of the menus and sub menus that you will

You will encounter two different menu screens. The main menu screen (the one
that you will see if you are not currently playing) is what this section will
deal with.


 Starts a New Game. You will then be prompted to select an Episode to play and
 then a Difficulty to play on.

   L.A MELTDOWN (this is the only episode that comes with the shareware).
  THE BIRTH (the new episode that comes with the Plutonium Pak. Already 
             included in the Atomic Edition.


   Easiest difficulty. Fewer enemies.
  LET'S ROCK    
   Normal difficulty. Average amount of enemies.
   Hard difficulty. Large amount of enemies.
   Hardest difficulty. Same amount of enemies as COME GET SOME difficulty. 
   Enemies respawn if they have a corpse (they will come back to life). See 
   it's section for more information on this difficulty.

 Note that the only real difference between the first three difficulties is the
 number of enemies that you have to fight, the damage that the enemies deal are
 still the same throughout the episodes.


 This is the NIGHTMARE difficulty of Duke 3D. Besides having all the enemies
 that you would find in COME GET SOME, there are some other things that make
 this difficulty unique.
 + Cheat codes are unusable: When ever you type "DN", the game will cancel the 
   cheat and give you a message that says "You're too good to be cheating!"
 + Nonboss enemies that have a corpse respawn (come back to life) on the 
   place that they died. The enemies that can respawn are TRP, CAP, PIG, ENF,
   COM, OB, BLRD (non boss). 


Back in this game's heyday this would have connected you to TEN, or the Total
Entertainment Network, where gamers could collaborate in various forms of
Dukematch. Sadly, TEN was shut down.


In this section I will attempt to describe, to the best of my ability, the 
options in this game.

DETAIL (High or Low)
 Increases or decreases the detail of the graphics in the games, and it can 
 proportionally increase or decrease the speed of the game on older machines.

SHADOWS (On or Off)
 Turns the shadows in the game on or off, can make the game run smoother on
 older machines.

 Not exactly sure what this does, please send information on this.

SCREEN SIZE (Scroll Bar)
 Increase or decrease the screen size; left is smaller and right is larger.

 The default screen size shows the status bar and the full screen onto of it.
 It doesn't compress the screen either, but it cuts out the bottom part of the
 weapon art, so you will actually be missing out on the total animation. After
 you become accustomed to the menu or you just want to see the full weapon art,
 then put the screen size to the maximum. 

 If you are going to make the screen size smaller, a frame will appear around
 the game environment, making it smaller with each notch on the scroll bar.

 Increases or decreases the gamma (brightness level) of the game. Left is 
 darker, right is brighter.

 This is used to change brightness levels depending on either the user's 
 preferences or the current status of the monitor; the default value should
 suffice for a properly configured monitor.

 Increases or decreases how sensitive the mouse is. Left is less sensitive, 
 right is more sensitive.

 This modifies how fast the mouse moves in game, if you are using it. You may 
 be able to configure this through other means (some not in game).

 Triggers if when moving the mouse towards the screen, it goes up in the game
 and vice versa. If you are used to flight sims or something, or you just have
 a preference for having your aiming axis switched, then toggle this.

 If off, moving the mouse towards the monitor will cause you to look down and
 away from the monitor will cause you to look up. If on, when the mouse is 
 moving towards the screen you will look up and when you move away from the 
 screen you will look down.

RECORD (On or Off)
 Starts a recording session if turned on (it's easier to record games from the 
 command prompt, however)


SOUND (On or Off)
 Turns the sound in the game on or off.

MUSIC (On or Off)
 Turns the MIDI music in the game on or off.

 Modifies the volume level of the sounds in the game.

 Modifies the volume level of the music in the game.

DUKE TALK (On or Off)
 Toggles if Duke talks or not in the game. Also stops Duke from doing stuff if
 you stand still for too long.

AMBIENCE (On or Off)
 Turns off the extra background sounds in the game but leaves on sounds that 
 come from objects.

 Flips the sound channels that are going to your left and right speakers 
 to go to right and left ones instead, respectively.


ADULT MODE (On or Off)
 Used to censor the stuff that makes Duke an adult game and makes it fairly 
 suitable for younger kids, though I played DOOM ][ when I was 9 so I can't
 really pass fair judgement on this :)
 If turned off, it disables all graphics of females, all violent sprites (such
 as the blood that comes out of enemies when they get shot, body parts of
 enemies when they are blown up, unnecessary blood stains on walls and other
 violent stuff like that) and turns off all the sound files that have Duke
 swearing or making vulgar comments etc, disables "Remote Ridicule", turns
 off the endings.

 Allows you to enter a password to restrict access to turning on the Adult 

 You have to be on the adult mode to make the password. You can enter up to 
 19 characters. If you enter nothing, then there will be no passwords required.
 To take off a password if you are in the normal mode, enter the password and
 then choose the Enter Password option a second time. Enter nothing in that 
 field and then the password will be removed.


Brings you to a screen where you can choose one of the ten possible saved games
and load it to restart from your last saved position.


Brings up two screens; the first is the story of Duke Nukem and the second is 
a listing of all the default key settings of Duke Nukem 3D (both of these are
detailed later on). You can scroll through the two screens by pressing Enter or

This option brings up a few images of credits for both Duke 3D and the 
Atomic Edition. You may scroll through these screens using Space or 
Enter. The transcriptions of these may be found in the Credits portion of the guide.


Terminates the game, and exits you to the DOS prompt or back to Windows 
with an exit screen which encourages the user to use the defunct Total 
Entertainment Network.

In Game Menu

Pressing ESC in game will bring up a menu similar to the above but with some 
changes, as detailed below.


See above.


Brings you up to a screen where you can save your game in any of the ten slots
there. Each save game slot also has a picture file that is saved with it to 
show the region where you played last. You can quickly save or load the game 
(F5 and F6 by default). This will first prompt you to save a game in one of the 
save slots and then to confirm if you want to save over the file (if any is there). 
You must press enter to confirm this.

To save your game normally, choose the slot that you want to save your game 
on and press enter. If there was a game saved previously, then it will ask you 
if you want to overwrite it (Yes or No). Then, type in a maximum of 19 
characters to identify the file and press Enter. The game has now been saved.


See above.


See above.

Note that in game, you can't begin a recording session.


See above.


Quits the current game you are playing (without saving it) and returns you to
the title screen. 


See above.
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