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 radiation to mutate some new limbs and abilities.
User reviews:
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Overwhelmingly Positive (167 reviews) - 97% of the 167 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,429 reviews) - 96% of the 6,429 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 5, 2015

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February 21

Update #98 - Thronebutt - February 21st, 2016

It's been a while, but update 98 finally seems ready. While we've done lots of testing on this build over the last few weeks, do note that the changes to this build are 'deep' enough that we can't guarantee it's 100% stable. Over the next few weeks we'll work on update 99, which will fix any issues that come up as 98 rolls out.

Most of Update 98 is balancing and fixes to issues introduced in 97, but the biggest change is the re-introduction of the Thronebutt meta-leaderboards. Nuclear Throne now directly interfaces with the site, and that means you can keep track of your Daily and Weekly performance there.

Thanks for the patience, and let us know what you think!

    Features
  • Thronebutt.com integration!

    Balancing
  • Heavy Slugger Buff
  • Jungle flies now have a chance of dropping maggots
  • Lightning Crystals are now more aggressive
  • Ultra Bolt Damage Buff
  • Some minor Steroids changes (now starts with bullets, starting ammo increase)
  • Huge things can no longer be revived (bosses, etc.)

    Fixes
  • Fixed some retroactive achievements
  • Removed Daily/Weekly from DRM-Free builds
  • Coop fixes
  • IDPD Van Depth fixes
  • Several No Portal Bugs fixed
  • Less freeze frames on Ally death
  • Skeleton now loses mutations properly
  • Lightning can now escape certain levels
  • Mom attacks with toxic again
  • YV purgatory bug fixed
  • Lots of crashes fixed
  • Van infinite loop fixed

    Misc
  • Collision optimalisations
  • Lightning optimalisations
  • Melting scorchmarks depth issues resolved
  • Loadout guns no longer sound like chicken sword and vice versa

As a fun side-note, community member lietu has been working on Throne2Speech, which sort of narrates your Nuclear Throne run using the new Thronebutt. It's still in beta, so it might not be perfect still. We're looking forward to what people create with the new stream key and Thronebutt integrations!

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Reviews

“Strip away all the punkish ingenuity piled on Nuclear Throne and you're left with this: a skin-fidgeting, hair-tingling battle of textures. Hard meets sticky. Bang meets squelch.”
Eurogamer

“It’s an anarchic thrash of a roguelike where everything goes boom or splat—or, more frequently, boom and splat.”
PC Gamer

“It’s a rapid-fire, deliciously crunchy randomized romp starring a cavalcade of characters from Vlambeer’s past.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

About This Game

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 radiation to mutate some new limbs and abilities. All these things and more you could do if only you were good at this game. Can you reach the Nuclear Throne?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
    Minimum:
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
    Recommended:
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
    Minimum:
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
    Recommended:
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
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Y.V's cuz
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Product received for free
this game is chalenging. never get's old . may be very hard at begining but trust me this game is so much fun you could play for hours.
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waifufagging
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Sometimes when the bullterhell gets real your brain just shuts off and takes over.
Those are the moments that I live for in this game.
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S-XV
( 146.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Best game in my library, can never get bored of it. Eventually you'll get tired of playing run after run because of the set meta but the whole time the game is fun as hell and its a rush the whole way through.

Not recommended for diep.io amateurs.

;)

9/10 one of my favourite games, and some of the most fun I've had playing a game in a while.

Note: There is also a mod called NuclearThroneTogether, a multiplayer mod that works quite well.
https://yellowafterlife.itch.io/nuclear-throne-together

Support the development team of Nuclear throne and the developer of this mod by buying this game and buying the mod. Buying the mod isn't mandatory but I would if I could, well designed with very few bugs.
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Skeletor
( 187.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game is without a doubt one of my favorite games, its quick, has guns, and hits everything just right for me. the ammount of replayability is insane, and you can feel yourself making progress.
sound design is nice and crisp, and the soundtrack is done extremely well. co-op could use a fix that makes it more playable, and honestly more frequent updates. but other than that this game is flawless
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Smoke Nebula4
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Amazing,addicting, well worth the money!
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Ren
( 86.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Y.V with throne butt and heavy crossbow = one shot Lil' Hunter


10/10 would brutally murder again!
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Beruka
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
(Own it on Steam, most of my hours are in the (fairly shoddy) PSVita port.)

Its basically combine a bullet hell shmup with The Binding of Issac, and you have Nuclear Throne.
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Bears
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Arnold Schwarzenegger on 5-MeO-DMT
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Wireless The Phone
( 126.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
is gud





...

if u wanna b mad. and bcome gun god like triangl
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Do-Nald Tru-mp
( 107.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Bought game
got mad
was bad
got gud
raged hard
11/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
52 of 64 people (81%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
62.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I don't need no friends, and I don't need no home, just everybody dead and my nuclear throne.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
83.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
TL;DR: FAST, DIFFICULT AND FUN AS HELL SHOOTER WITH A LOT OF UNLOCKS AND SECRETS. BUY IT IT'S AMAZING

Oh boy where do I start with this game?
Let me tell you, this game is HARDCORE. You know Dark Souls? You play Dark Souls to relax after playing Nuclear Throne, that's how hardcore it is.

You start out playing Nuclear Throne and you're like "yeah, whatever, some shooter or somethin', I guess this is a little fun". But then you die. Over and over again you die, and start getting ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off at how bad you are at this, and force yourself to get better. As you progress, you start noticing that this little harmless shooter was not as shallow as it first seemed. It it DEEP, it has SO MANY THINGS in it. Guns, enemies, maps, bosses, secret little things to do and unlock that make you go into a secret-seeking frenzy. You think you're done when, after countless hours, you beat the final boss? Psh, you haven't seen ANYTHING yet. This is the kind of game that you have to experience for yourself, so I'm not going to spoil anything. I only recommend that you try playing this with friends if you're not into searching for secrets on the internet, they might find something you overlooked and vice-versa. Now, for the Pros and Cons section of this review:

THE GOOD:
  • Fast, fun and addicting gameplay;
  • Huge variety of weapons;
  • Level-ups and upgrades that are actually meaningful and useful;
  • Plenty of characters with different and unique abilities to choose from;
  • Unique theme with characters that grow on you despite speaking their own language;
  • A bunch of sometimes extremely difficult to find secrets;
  • Unlocks that challenge you in innovative ways to improve your playstyle;
  • Runs go by quickly and allow for fast gameplays during breaks at work, school, or anything else;
  • A ton of other stuff and tiny amazing details that you notice as you play.

THE BAD:
  • Certain deaths feel very unfair and frustrating;
  • Sometimes, as with any game of the genre, RNG lets you down;
  • The difficulty in gameplay and in uncovering some secrets may push certain people away before they can truly enjoy the experience.

THE VERDICT:

This game is absolute must-play. If, after giving it a real and long try, you end up not liking it, so be it. Chances are, though, if you're a fan of roguelikes, shooters or just FUN GAMES, you'll most likely love this one. Its price may seem a little too high from someone who hasn't played it yet, as it seems like any other indie shooter, but the level of detail and content in this game way surpasses that price-point. Not to mention the countless hours you'll spend playing (and dying on) this game. Buy it, try it and, hopefully, love it.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
101.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Plays 92 hours of the game

After 92 hours, realizes that he can get a golden weapon whenever he wants.

MIND BLOWN.

10/10 would hate myself again
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
If you bought the game because wanted to see the Nuclear Throne on your first run, well, I have some bad news for you...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I used to enjoy going to art museums, until I realized that the most beautiful thing in the universe is a little white box with a heart on it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
45.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
The 6 steps of playing this game.

1: Start your day off with a decent run

2: Your second run you die halfway to the first point you made it to

3: Get mad, rush through stages in an attempt to get back to the first point

4: Die a handful times more and verge on rage quitting

5: The following run do exteremly well, and your hope returns

6: Repeat step 2

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
The best game of this type I played. Even after a 100th playthrough I don't feel like it's getting repetitive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
262.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
No matter how much times you have picked up the same leveling up upgrades...
No matter how much time you heard the game's ost (which is more then amazing)
No matter how much time you lost and ragequit....
This game never gets boring!
10/10 game, buy if you like bullet hell and hard games.






-vlambeer pls nerf rusty revolver-
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
ONE OF THE BEST GAMES EVER!!!

This game is AWESOME, from the gameplay, to the difficulty. It is SO HARD to reach the end. The more your try, the more you die ;)
You start off being like, "yes I beat Big dog!" to "@(*!^#^^$%&*@(#$^%^*((!!!!!!!! CRYSTALS"
The more your try, the more you die ;)

Also if someone could; beat little hunter to death with a cactus :)
10/10!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
After clearing a boss fight versus against and angry rocket spewing dog, i was killed by a maggot.
10/10 would get killed by bug again
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