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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  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. 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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  3. Jan 16, 2015
    10
    Amazingly addictive and fun to play. You must try it Yourself, to get hooked up, because it doesnt look as awesome as it really is whenAmazingly addictive and fun to play. You must try it Yourself, to get hooked up, because it doesnt look as awesome as it really is when somebody else is playing it.
    Im waiting for PS VITA release. Itll be awesome :D I want this and broforce on the go.
    The downside is waiting time for release, but thats ok I guess I bought luftrausers and it lacked the love that nuclear throne gets from devs.
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  4. Jan 24, 2016
    9
    Nuclear Throne is an awesome game. It's fun, has a lot of content to unlock and is very challenging. The game is very challenging. It took meNuclear Throne is an awesome game. It's fun, has a lot of content to unlock and is very challenging. The game is very challenging. It took me 20+ hours to make it to the end, so this game probably isn’t for you if you don’t like brutally hard games. Almost everything about this game is solid, the tight and responsive controls, the many unique enemies and guns, the awesome visuals (if you like pixel art). There’s a lot of play-ability in this game and even a two player mode, making twelve dollars a great price for this on steam. Throw your money at Vlambeer and play this game! The game does have some weak aspects though, such it’s lack of character and mutation variety.
    The game has twelve different character to play with, each with their own abilities and perks. But your play style doesn’t usually change from character to character. You'll find yourself taking the same mutations, the same guns and ultimately playing games which don't differ to much from your past play through’s. Two characters are an exception to this, Melting and Rouge who change which perks you take and how the game operates, making playing with these two characters a unique experience. While the other characters are unique and well designed, you’ll fight enemies in more or less the same way, take the same guns and take the same mutations. The mutations (or perks) in this game are cool, but have a clear order in how you take them. Some mutations are always better than others.
    This lack of variety is the game’s main downfall in my eyes, but it’ll still keep you playing for a long time and is one of my favorite rouge-likes out there.I give this a 9/10. :D
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  5. 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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  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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