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  • Summary: Nuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like top-down shooter. Not 'the final hope of humanity' post-apocalyptic, but 'humanity is extinct and mutants and monsters now roam the world' post-apocalyptic. Fight your way through the wastelands with powerful weaponry, collecting radiationNuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like top-down shooter. Not 'the final hope of humanity' post-apocalyptic, but 'humanity is extinct and mutants and monsters now roam the world' post-apocalyptic. Fight your way through the wastelands with powerful weaponry, collecting radiation to mutate some new limbs and abilities. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Games Master UK
    Feb 26, 2016
    91
    A frantic roguelike that looks, sounds and feels fantastic. An essential addition to the genre. [Feb 2016, p.82]
  2. 90
    Multi-layered in its sophistication while being drenched in aesthetic bombast and effortlessly entertaining, Nuclear Throne isn't just Vlambeer's finest work to date, it also happens to be the best twin-stick shooter since Helldivers; even in light of its relatively minor transgressions.
  3. Jan 8, 2016
    90
    If you are a fan of rogue-likes or simply want an outstanding game to play, then we suggest that you let Vlambeer's latest rule over your PlayStation lands, 'cause it's definitely ruling over ours.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 10, 2016
    80
    A disastrously addictive 'rogue-ilke' time sink that clearly benefits from more than two years of PC Early Access tweaking. Don't argue - just get it. Now. [Feb 2016, p.88]
  5. Play UK
    Feb 24, 2016
    80
    Cruel and unforgiving yet wonderfully satisfying when it comes together, Nuclear Throne is an accomplished roguelike capable of challenging even the most skilled players. [Issue#266, p.72]
  6. Edge Magazine
    Feb 16, 2016
    80
    Nuclear Throne's hook is disarmingly simple but blisteringly effective. In short, it gets a move on. [Feb 2016, p.112]
  7. Dec 17, 2015
    75
    Nuclear Throne somehow manages to be both fun and frustrating at the same time, making for an interesting roguelike shooter that will keep you coming back for more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Dec 6, 2015
    10
    Awesome indie! Fast pace rogue action and great characters and weapons. I didn't expect it to be that good but it certainly delivered. MustAwesome indie! Fast pace rogue action and great characters and weapons. I didn't expect it to be that good but it certainly delivered. Must buy for me! Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2015
    10
    Truly an amazing little gem of a game... the premise can't get any more simpler, just clear each area of enemies. Each time you play you'llTruly an amazing little gem of a game... the premise can't get any more simpler, just clear each area of enemies. Each time you play you'll go pretty much through the same areas, but each time it's "randomly" generated, different projectile and melee weapon drops, as well as mutations, to choose from. It's varied enough to make you want to play just one more time. Where this game shines is in it's controls. Twin stick shooting and bullet hell type gaming makes for addictive game play. sweet and simple.

    ** A lot of content included, polished just right, decent optimization. Do buy. I would recommend at any cost. We gamers deserve great games like this one (To refute the idiot that is the user "sargonic124")
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  3. Jan 26, 2016
    9
    I don't review many games, only if it's a particularly excellent one. This is one that deserves it. Very tough (and so rewarding), smoothI don't review many games, only if it's a particularly excellent one. This is one that deserves it. Very tough (and so rewarding), smooth gameplay and mechanics, nice art style, great music, lots of replayabiity, old school sensibilities with a new fluidity, varied characters that really make you play your playing style, amazing in 1 player and I can't wait to convince a few friends to buy it so we can do a (local) co-op, marking it down one point for not having online multiplayer... Man, just an excellent, excellent shooter. Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2018
    6
    I bought this game after hearing some good things about it. Generally I love retro-style and pixelized games, but the graphics in this oneI bought this game after hearing some good things about it. Generally I love retro-style and pixelized games, but the graphics in this one lack any kind of charm... just too rough for my taste.

    The gameplay is fun and very challenging, which is good. I enjoy playing a few runs of this rogue-like when I don't have enough time to play a longer game. Unfortunately there are some frame rate issues and the game doesn't feel responsive all the time.

    Overall a decent game a bit too rough around the edges.
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  5. Feb 20, 2016
    5
    Great Game... In PC. The version for PS4 its totally broken. Can´t change guns, can´t switch B skins, the game cash many times... And seemsGreat Game... In PC. The version for PS4 its totally broken. Can´t change guns, can´t switch B skins, the game cash many times... And seems that won´t be patch to fix this problems. Expand
  6. Mar 13, 2016
    4
    7 different maps (that should be more detailled) , +-4 differents ennenies each stages, a full run that hardly reach 30 minutes, but you will7 different maps (that should be more detailled) , +-4 differents ennenies each stages, a full run that hardly reach 30 minutes, but you will need more than 60h to reach the end, difficulty really depends on your endurance to tolerate the cheap evironnements in 4/3. On PS4, you can't change the gears u unlocked, the game crashes every 2h and you're not safe that wouldn't happen in your best run.
    If you like that kind of game, i suggest you to play Broforce (wich allows u to play online), or wait Enter the Gungeon wich is coming sooner.
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  7. Jun 26, 2016
    0
    Crashes every 15 minutes on the PS4. Crashes from going through portals, crashes from dying, crashes from the final boss activating.

    If I
    Crashes every 15 minutes on the PS4. Crashes from going through portals, crashes from dying, crashes from the final boss activating.

    If I could get a refund from PSN, I would.
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