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  • Summary: Nuclear Throne is Vlambeers latest action roguelike-like about mutants fighting their way through a post-apocalyptic world. The radioactive waste in the world allows mutants to get ahead by mutating new limbs on the fly, the abundant availability of powerful weaponry make the quest to becomeNuclear Throne is Vlambeers latest action roguelike-like about mutants fighting their way through a post-apocalyptic world. The radioactive waste in the world allows mutants to get ahead by mutating new limbs on the fly, the abundant availability of powerful weaponry make the quest to become ruler of the Wasteland one frought with peril. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Feb 21, 2016
    100
    Nuclear Throne knows what it is and makes no bones about it. It’s a difficult, stylized roguelike with a clear vision of what it’s trying to achieve.
  2. Dec 8, 2015
    90
    Nuclear Throne manages to walk a fine line between challenging, with options for the player who wants to succeed in the post-apocalypse, and unfairly difficult, filled with obstacles that will induce frustration for even the most hardened fans of the rogue-like genre.
  3. Dec 10, 2015
    90
    Another perfectly constructed neo-arcade game from the makers of Luftrausers, which perfectly marries twin stick shooters with roguelike punishment.
  4. Jan 27, 2016
    90
    Grab the spoils of combat as quickly as you can, and get ready to be sucked in to the next level. Just be glad you don’t have to keep putting money in when you die again, and again, and again.
  5. Apr 8, 2016
    90
    It’s wonderful, evil, gorgeous, horrible, satisfying and merciless. You might hate its lack of checkpoints, or bad levels spawns that almost instantly kill you. It doesn’t care. Screw you. It hates you. But you’ll love it.
  6. Dec 21, 2015
    87
    Nuclear Throne is a frantic and challenging action game. If you love the rogue-like games get this without hesitation.
  7. Jan 31, 2016
    80
    Brain off, trigger finger on. It's easy to forget the simple visuals and it's ideal for a quick game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jun 4, 2014
    10
    Nuclear Throne is pure, unadulterated chaos on top of a set of evolving and tight controls. Things will try to kill you, and you need to learnNuclear Throne is pure, unadulterated chaos on top of a set of evolving and tight controls. Things will try to kill you, and you need to learn exactly how many hits each enemy takes, how each of the multitudinous weapons deals damage, how the mutations work alongside weapons and character traits, what particular types of terrain and obstacles do, etc. - otherwise, you'll fall apart in this randomly-generated top-down shooter. It's brutal! That's part of the fun - even the developers often have a hard time getting past World 5. [@GenoTS - that chest is called a "Mimic," and having no indicator that it's a mimic is the whole point of the enemy, a la Dark Souls. It's supposed to be tough!] Coming up on its 30th update, the team has been squashing bugs and making new stuff, while broadcasting their work on Twitch. They've almost reached their creation of the final level now. The soundtrack is awesome. The pixel art is expressive, weird, and cool. There are some really freaking cool secrets, and also some secrets that will kill you. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2016
    10
    It's vury gewd sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good
  3. Dec 10, 2015
    10
    A brilliantly simple rogue-like top-down shooter. It's hard, but is designed to be played in small chunks. A single run that gets aboutA brilliantly simple rogue-like top-down shooter. It's hard, but is designed to be played in small chunks. A single run that gets about halfway through the entire thing lasts maybe 10-15 minutes? Various power-ups as you level-up during a run, a paucity of ammo, and a handful of unlockable characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, add to tactical depth of this game. Expand
  4. Apr 10, 2016
    9
    Nuclear Throne is a super fun game in which I've sunk a wild, fast-paced, 12 hours ... but it's also super hard. Anyone that doesn't enjoyNuclear Throne is a super fun game in which I've sunk a wild, fast-paced, 12 hours ... but it's also super hard. Anyone that doesn't enjoy difficult games should turn away right now, but those of you (us) who enjoy a punishing rogue-like with massive explosions, and a variety of guns BUY NOW. Controls are super tight, though occasionally when trying to shoot in tight spaces you shoot the wall for a while (which can be kind of annoying). That's my only real gripe, and that occasionally the game lags when there is a lot happening on screen, but that's being very nit-picky. Blowing away/up a multitude of mutants is a pretty enjoyable endeavor. Expand
  5. Dec 18, 2015
    9
    Great game, maybe an excellent one, but I personally feel that it lacks something. It's a game that I choose to play when I have to "fillGreat game, maybe an excellent one, but I personally feel that it lacks something. It's a game that I choose to play when I have to "fill time", and I have a great time, but doesn't make me choose the game over others or see where in the time table can I make a gap to play it.

    A great Indie game but for me it lacks "ambition".
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  6. Dec 23, 2015
    7
    a nice small game. very fun. why 7? cause i hate the trend of making a game rouge like as an excuse for a small amount of content. a gooda nice small game. very fun. why 7? cause i hate the trend of making a game rouge like as an excuse for a small amount of content. a good rouge like should be like ftl. every playthrough is awesome and UNIQUE Expand
  7. Dec 31, 2015
    5
    Is fine but nothing exceptional. Is like The binding of isaac but more simple and more difficult, the characters are boring and the feel isIs fine but nothing exceptional. Is like The binding of isaac but more simple and more difficult, the characters are boring and the feel is similar. The secrets are impossible to discover by yourself, the game depend the internet to see more 50% of the game. Expand

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