Last Updated on October 13, 2023
Come get some of The Last Exterminator.
Duke Nukem Forever is fun enough, but didn’t really deliver the same level of action intensity as its predecessor, despite several attempts. But if you’re looking for a Duke Nukem 3D successor then this might just be it.
The Last Exterminator from Australian devs Ironworks Games doesn’t yet have a release date, but it does have a downloadable, playable demo thanks to the Steam Next Fest.
If you’re unaware, Steam Next Fest is a month-long festival of upcoming releases with playable demos. Steam users on PC and Steam Deck get the chance to relive the days when playable demos were “a thing” – typically given away on discs taped to the front of magazines – and get a flavour of a number of games without any significant outlay.
Jumping back to 1996, this is exactly how many games built popularity pre-release. One such game is Duke Nukem 3D, a game I played as a demo several years before I got the full game.
So, what is The Last Exterminator about?
You’re an exterminator. You kill things for a living. When a hostile invasion of alien cockroaches rocks your city, you’ve got a job to do. A high-octane retro-FPS inspired by some of the best games of the 90s.
The Last Exterminator brings back the adrenaline-fueled carnage of FPS games from the 90s such as Doom, Duke 3D, Blood and Quake.
Let’s have a look at it:
While this is not a retro game as such, it has everything that you love about classic 90s first-person shooters.
The one level demo doesn’t give much away, but you can at least get a taste for the game. There’s a heavy Duke Nukem 3D vibe here, with a world of pixelly 3D characters, a limited palette, and old-school textures.
But it moves very quickly, delivering high-octane, meaningless shooter action. Find out more in the Steam Next Fest demo listing for The Last Exterminator.
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