The shareware version of Duke Nukem 3D is a free demo that can currently be downloaded from the 3D Realms website. In the past it has also been available on CD. The demo was originally released on 29th January 1996 while the full version was released in May 1996. The demo includes the complete episode of L.A. Meltdown and it even features the fight with the Battlelord. Enemies and weapons encountered in the demo include everything that can be found in this episode. The demo is also notable for having a surprisingly lengthy amount of gameplay; especially in comparsion to recent demos in other games. Every item is available in the demo since they have all appeared at one stage or another in L.A. Meltdown.

Enemies encountered in the demoEdit

Weapons available in the demoEdit


  • The demo features the entire episode of L.A. Meltdown.


  • A Laser Gun is mentioned as a weapon Duke can use in the How To Order Duke Nukem 3D section for the full version and it is also mentioned in one of the promotional screenshots but in the full version of Duke Nukem 3D the weapon in question is not present. However it should be noted the demo came out in January 29, 1996 while the full game came out in May 1996 which would explain the Laser Gun's absence as it is most likely a concept they dropped during development of the full game.

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Duke Nukem 3D
Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City | The Birth | Alien World Order
Items Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Steroids
Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Scrapped: Space Suit | Shield
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Chaingun Cannon | RPG | Pipe Bomb | Shrinker
Microwave Expander | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower | Incinerator
Scrapped: Flamethrower | Laser Chainsaw | Sonic Resonator | Tazer | Plasma Cannon
Enemies Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper
Battlelord Sentry | Firefly Trooper | Cycloid Sentry | Overlord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop | Pig Cop Tank | Protector Drone
Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone | Shark | Turret
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor | Alien Queen | Cycloid Incinerator
Scrapped: Organic Turret | Snake Head | Bat | Captain | Drone | Drone 2 | Mandroid
| Trooper | Turret | Alien Queen Sentry
Expansion packs
and add-ons
Duke Assault | Duke Caribbean: Life's A Beach | Duke: Nuclear Winter | Duke It Out In D.C.
Duke Xtreme | Duke!ZONE | Duke!ZONE II | Plutonium PAK | Duke Nukem's Penthouse Paradise | Unofficial expansion packs
Fan community User maps | Mods & Total Conversions | Level editing (index) | Speedruns
Source ports | High Resolution Pack
Other Difficulty | Hazards | Multiplayer | Cheat codes | Easter eggs
Quotes | Music | Duke Nukem
Build engine | Game bugs | Unused data | LameDuke

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