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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: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Dec 15, 2019
    100
    While Nuclear Throne might at first appear to be another difficult bullet-hell or punishing roguelike, a little practice quickly reveals a system that is meant to make the game accessible by a broad range of players. Thanks to the procedurally generated levels, weapon drops, and opponents, the game has virtually endless replay value and is an outstanding free game from Epic Games this week.
  2. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. Dec 14, 2015
    90
    A crowning achievement for Vlambeer, and one of the finest action-roguelikes ever made.
  6. 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.
  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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  1. Positive: 29 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Mar 7, 2016
    10
    Pretty damn great 8 - bit game that I really enjoyed.
    At first I didn't want to play it,it seemed boring and repetitive but than I actually
    Pretty damn great 8 - bit game that I really enjoyed.
    At first I didn't want to play it,it seemed boring and repetitive but than I actually played and HOLY CHICKEN was it good. It is super addictive and hell of a lot of fun , especially when you unlock a crazy gun blazing jacked scientist STEROIDS.
    So this game is just great I don't know what to add, you have to play this, it is amazing.
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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Jun 7, 2018
    9
    Nuclear Throne is a brilliant example of everything and anything that a top-down rogue-like shooter should strive to be and have. It's a gameNuclear Throne is a brilliant example of everything and anything that a top-down rogue-like shooter should strive to be and have. It's a game in which you play as one of many unique and different characters, each with their own special attributes and abilities and fight through all the enemies on any given floor. On each floor, you find new guns ammo and sometimes secrets.
    Your objective is to get as far as you can floor after floor, kill after kill, bullet after bullet. It's a very simple concept a mite more simple than other games that try and do this like Enter the Gungeon or Risk of Rain as they are a little more mechanically intensive than nuclear throne while this causes a slight lack of mechanical depth this is more than made up for in the simplistic fun the game offers. Everything from just shooting a new gun to destroying the nuclear throne itself feels good. out of the massive library of guns, you'll find not one doesn't feel good to shoot with and use. That's not to say that there aren't any bad guns as there are certainly some that are worse than others and others which are better. Which brings me to the next point of game balance.
    All of the game balance is done very well in terms of the player's arsenal as the way the game handles it is by giving the player some of the worse guns early on and holding the good stuff till later on, and when I say good stuff I mean Gatling rocket launchers and cluster nuke guns. While this is done very fairly, the game is a rogue-like and relies on replay-ability, while the guns early on are for the most part bad if you are lucky you could just come across a heavy crossbow and other weapons a cut above the cloth from the first level standard.
    In terms of the game's aesthetics, the pixel art is both wacky cool and imaginative with funny and unique art for the enemies and bosses. On the other hand due to the simplistic gameplay and the simple geometry of the rooms gameplay can get repetitive for some but I find that to be a factor more dependant on the player than it is the game.
    Overall I think nuclear throne is a fantastic example of what a good roguelike shooter should be like, fun gameplay fantastic replayability and an encouragement to keep playing to experience all the content.
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  5. Sep 20, 2020
    8
    Un buen roguelike, no he llegado al final todavía, pero todos los jefes con los que me he encontrado (Lil Hunter, Big Dog, Hyper Crystal,Un buen roguelike, no he llegado al final todavía, pero todos los jefes con los que me he encontrado (Lil Hunter, Big Dog, Hyper Crystal, etc.) no son muy fáciles de vencer. Con tiempo y dedicación lo pasas de taquito pero vas a tener que intentar mas de una vez para encontrarle el truco.
    Buena dificultad, buen diseño, no es malo en ningún aspecto, y eso que está hecho con Gamemaker Studio.
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  6. Dec 20, 2015
    7
    WOW! This game doesn't deserve the 90 percent that the critics are giving it. All though it's pretty fun. So... on with they review then:WOW! This game doesn't deserve the 90 percent that the critics are giving it. All though it's pretty fun. So... on with they review then:

    Pros:
    -The pixel graphics. I don't know what is it about pixel graphics but they just suck me in. I love the graphical style and it looks great
    -Thankfully the most important part of the game (the gun play) is fun. It feels very good to blow your enemies to smithereens and to get just that right gun to get you a little further. But now on to the cons

    Cons:
    -The characters feel the same. I know each one has different special abilities but i want something more damn it. How about different speeds of walking, different bullets for each character, hell even different stages for each character. But no the only difference is their special ability.
    - As you guys probably know this is a rogue-like. And i am not a huge fan of the genre. It just feels like a cheap way to make games harder so that you can play them longer. I have the same problem with Binding of Isac and Rogue Legacy but Nuclear throne at least isn't very cheap.

    So yeah, if you enjoy this kind of game go right ahead but for me it's just a decent time waster.
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  7. Sep 9, 2020
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I write reviews honestly, so I'll be honest about this one. As old as this game is, and as many hours as I've clocked into it as I have, i have to say it's very 'meh'.

    First of all, this is a roguelike game. I.E meaning you have permadeath. When you die you start over from the beginning with any selection of characters for you to choose from. There's 15 in total, 3 of which are hidden characters. Now you might be thinking "OH! That sounds very diverse and interesting!" Wrong.

    Here's my biggest pet peeve with this game, and it probably resonates with a lot of other people as well. This game is a roguelike BULLET HELL. Every enemy in this game fires bullets at you nonstop. The enemies that don't fire bullets will charge at you and deal contact damage. Of course, each character will usually have an ability called a 'Throne Butt' which will give them that extra edge, unfortunately only a handful of characters actually have a USEFUL throne butt.

    Now on top of all of this, the level design is procedurally generated. Meaning everytime you restart and try again, the layout of each level you go through is different. It's all got the same theme, with it's own little secret areas, but the levels themselves are random. As far as I can tell, the enemy spawns are also randomly generated.

    So let me get to why this game is a pain in my rear end more than most. The fact that your SKILL has nothing to do with your success in this game. You can put over 100 hours into this game and still be just as newbie as you were when you started, and the REASON for this is because for the most part, due to the random enemy spawns and level layouts, you could spawn in, and immediately be thrusted into a corner with 5+ enemies, all of which shoot a ridiculous amount of bullets. And of course, if you chose the wrong character, it's going to mean you either die instantly, take massive damage, or just barely escape. This can be a problem on EVERY consecutive level you go through, as each level is randomized like the last. Therefore, it becomes this war of attrition, waiting for your luck to shine through so you can get a decent run and maybe make some progress.

    And before anyone tells me to "git gud". Consider this, I have over 150 hours in the game, I usually spend 2-3 hours playing at a time, and I have NEVER ONCE beaten the final boss. The reason? Bad luck. No, not because I didn't "find a golden gun" or "dodge the insane bullet-hell" the final boss spews out. NONE of that. It's because I get backed into a corner, through no fault of my own, due to the incessant lack of dps, luck, and bullet patterns.

    Now that I've gotten the rant out of the way, I'm gonna explain why I rated this a 5 instead of a 1. This game is cutesy, don't get me wrong. The art style is fun, (though the pixel art gets tiring after a while) the bosses are interesting in their own right, regardless of difficulty, and the overall level design, as far as theme, is pretty cool. The characters, the levelling up and progression system is also kind of cool, but some of the characters are borderline stupidly hard to unlock, and their throne butt abilities are just so mediocre, you don't even want to bother trying to unlock them. Despite all it's flaws yet cutesy details, I can't recommend this game. If you get it on sale for like $5 bucks, sure. It's a fun game to sink a few hours into without pulling your hair out. That being said, I am relatively disappointed in this website's user critiques, given that NONE of the positive reviews I overlooked seem to mention any flaws whatsoever.

    No game is without flaws, guys. Sometimes it's helpful to be critical, and save people time & money.
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