Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

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Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project cover
Sunstorm Interactive
3D Realms
Digital version Interceptor Entertainment
Apogee Software
Release dates
Windows May 14, 2002
macOS (OS X) April 23, 2013[1]
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project on Wikipedia
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General information

3D Realms Site
3D Realms forums for game series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is no longer sold digitally for Windows.[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\duke\base\config.cfg[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/240200/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\duke\base\save\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/240200/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
General settings.
General settings.
Launcher settings (non-Steam versions).
Launcher settings (non-Steam versions).
Launcher settings (Steam version).
Launcher settings (Steam version).
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native for Steam;[5] see Widescreen resolution for other versions.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
50° horizontal by default; see Widescreen resolution.
Set in the launcher, toggle in options, or use Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Open config.cfg (See Game data) and set uset gl_sync "1" to your desired value (OpenGL only)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
When running at a high frame rate, landing on downward-moving platforms in the final episode leaves Duke stuck in a jumping animation until the platform starts moving up again, making some sequences difficult to complete. As a workaround, run these parts capped at 60 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

The Steam version supports custom resolutions in the launcher. Use these steps for non-Steam versions.
Set resolution and FOV in config.cfg[6]
  1. If the game is showing the launcher on startup, check the box to skip it then run the game and exit.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\duke\base
  3. Edit config.cfg
  4. Change uset r_mode to the resolution you want.
  5. Add the line uset g_cam_fov "90" with the horizontal FOV you want (default is 50).
  6. Save your changes and close the file.
  7. Make the file read-only (this prevents the FOV line being removed when you exit the game).


The HUD and all other 2D elements are stretched from 4:3.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail version, download.
Local retail version only.
Fan translation, download.
Available here or here.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
OpenGL setting required when double jump does not work in Direct3D mode.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 350 MHz
AMD K6-2 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 235 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/240200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (240200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.