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 become ruler of the Wasteland one frought with peril.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,688 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 11, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Nuclear Throne was originally created during MOJAM 2013 as a tiny, two day prototype called 'Wasteland Kings'. We never stopped adding little things to the game, even as we moved on to other projects. We had livestreamed development during MOJAM, and decided to continue doing that while we worked on a full version of the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game will be in Early Access until it is done, at which point it'll launch on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Until that point, we release weekly updates (each weekend) and livestream every Tuesday and Thursday frmo 1PM CET to 5PM CET on”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Nuclear Throne will feature seven full worlds of procedural action, four main bosses, tons of secrets, more than 75 weapons, 10 mutants, dozens of powerful mutations and local multiplayer.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully stable and playable, and has new additions made to it every weekend.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“If you want to wait until the game is done, it'll be available for $11,99 after development is complete. We're not doing any sales or bundles until the game is out of Early Access - we want people that really care about the game to buy and play it now. If you're curious as to how a game like this evolves or grows, now is the time to jump in.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We livestream development every Tuesday and Thursday from 1PM CET to 5PM CET, are very active in our forums and upload a new build every single weekend.”
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July 5

Update #80 - Bear with us - Weekend of July 5th

We've done it, we've made the jump towards a completely new main menu! It's currently in an ugly, ugly state, the kind of things that'd normally never be seen by anyone outside of the studio working on it (and studios might even hide it internally). Then again, this is open development, so for the sake of transparency and weekly updates we've thrown it out there for you.

We're currently making the move from having all options in the character select, to having a proper main menu and separate character select. For now, we have both menus, but eventually the character select screen will be just that.

This brings a few cool things with it too: options are now accessible with gamepad, and the new menus will work with mouse, keyboard and gamepad at the same time. Anyway, we hope you understand that it'll take a bit more time until we get this into a decent state without placeholder art, so please have some patience! We'll also get back on the Crown system and Loop Bosses relatively soon, as it's about time we fix those up!

Other than that, we've done some proper balancing (Horror might be less OP now), some fixes, and the usual small stuff.

Enjoy, and we hope you're as excited for the finished interface as we are!

  • First steps of a new main menu!

  • Horror's beam now gets cleared in a small area when it destroys a projectile, making it harder to cut through loads of bullets.
  • Flame Cannon now costs 1 more ammo.
  • Cursed Caves enemies now drop a lot more rads.
  • Lil' Hunter no longer deals contact damage.

  • Discs, Flames and the Flame Cannon cause less shake and sleep.
  • Fixed a crown typo.
  • If you kill yourself by using lightning weapons underwater, it now properly shows that as a cause of death with beautiful placeholder art.
  • Gun Warrant's text now says 7 seconds, as it should.

  • Bumpers on gamepad now swap weapons.
  • You can now set how strong you want the "freeze frames" effect to be in the options.
  • Added some screen shake to the menu.
  • Rephrased the "gain damage" crown for now.
  • We actually did a tiny bit of optimizations!
  • Cursed ammo explosions now work with Crown of Death.

Don't forget to tune it to the huge Nuclear Throne tournament by SmiteSA, which happens over at Twitch, and check out the weekly challenge by Solid too for some extra challenge in your Nuclear Throne this week!

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June 28

Update #79 - Crown Mess - Weekend of June 26th

We started redoing the way Crown Vaults work. It's currently in a weird, broken, unsatisfactory state, but will definitely help us get crown things wrapped up within a few updates (disregarding actual crown balancing, which will come later).

We've thrown out the old Crown Guardians and replaced them with temporary temple guardians. The new crown vaults will only grant mutants access to three vaults during their lifetime. Specific crowns are now always found in the same specific Vault, but that'll probably change again soon.

We rounded out the amount of crowns to twelve crowns, which is the amount that we intend to have in the final game. The first new crown, Crown of Protection, makes dropped guns give you +1 HP instead of ammo. The other crown, Crown of Luck, gives all enemies more HP but a chance to just kind of explode on death.

We've done quite some bits of balancing and fixing in this week as well. We have no idea how this all work out, they need some time and will probably be changed again! We'll be watching your feedback, your Let's Play's and your commentary here, on the wiki, on Twitch, Reddit, the forums and Twitter. Enjoy!

  • New Crown Vault system.
  • Crown of Protection and Crown of Luck.

  • Plasma Cannon rate of fire has been increased.
  • Heavy Auto Crossbow rate of fire has been decreased.
  • Lil' Hunter is slower with IDPD summoning when higher on health.
  • Crown of Life has been changed, now killing enemies at spawn instead of giving you a chest.
  • Gun Warrant got an additional second.
  • Scarier Face now reduces enemies' max HP instead of just dealing damage, effictively synergizing a bit less with Plant's Throne Butt.
  • Snowbots need to be closer to throw cars.
  • Higher chance for turrets to spawn.
  • Turrets now have more HP and activate in groups.
  • Flame Cannon no longer explodes when touching an enemy.
  • Guitar has slightly less damage and rate of fire now.
  • Lightning and Blood Cannon now both cost 1 more ammo.
  • Gamma Guts damage has been increased but no longer triggers every frame.
  • Strong Spirit now only gives 5 frames of invincibility when triggered.
  • Big Bandit loop numbers have been increased.
  • Cursed Ammo doesn't work with Plutonium Hunger and fades even faster.

  • Fixed a bug with Turrets not spawning portals.
  • Cursed Spiders no longer drop rads after splitting.
  • Fixed crashes related to Flak Cannon and Lightning Hammer.
  • Guitar only drops on loop 1 now.
  • Exploding Freaks now also drop rads when blowing up by touching a wall.
  • Fire Traps can no longer create untraversable situations.
  • Bandits can no longer spawn in Crown Vaults.
  • Fixed some glitches with entering portals right when they spawned.
  • Saplings no longer one-hit-kill the Sewers loop boss.

  • Vaults Statues can now also spawn in palace on loops.
  • Less freeze when using Flak Cannons.
  • Some new tips.


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About This Game

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 become ruler of the Wasteland one frought with peril.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
75 of 117 people (64%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Early Access Review
Fish can Roll.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Early Access Review
Right up there next to Risk of Rain and FTL in terms of great roguelikes. It's slightly more simplistic mechanically, but the actual gameplay centers around a wild and unforgiving chaos. It's beautiful. If you've been on the fence about this game, buy it now. You won't regret it. I certainly didn't.

10/10, would roll again.

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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Early Access Review
Pick a freak, grab a gun, and wreck some wasteland mutants. Great combat, great soundtrack, unique characters to choose from and awesome enemies to fight.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Early Access Review

Nuclear Throne is a roguelike, bullet hell shooter, with some RPG elements, however one could probably deduce that from the description. Vlambeer’s previous efforts to deliver a high-score based shooter, have failed to deliver on genuine replay value, and one could be done with them mere hours after purchase. Nuclear Throne is NOT that. You will be occupied for a long time after the purchase of Nuclear Throne, and will have your knowledge of the game tested, due to ever changing subtleties in the gameplay, level design and even themes as you progress. Be expecting a captivating experience for hundreds of hours after purchase, I know I’m only getting started!

The gameplay in Nuclear Throne is simple. Each character has a passive and active ability. These abilities keep one from sticking with a single character, and force one out of their comfort zone. This is helped by the fact that all the abilities are majorly balanced (except for the Chicken, which has recently been nerfed). I would call the gameplay a hybrid of Hotline Miami and The Binding of Isaac, however it is so much more. This is due to its immense gameplay depth. By this I mean, the game allows you to adapt the gameplay to your playstyle, and alter character’s unlockable abilities to synergies with one another, for example: A person could choose the “get more crates ability” along with the “Find more weapons ability” to have a greater likelihood of finding more guns, if that’s how he plays. Speaking of guns, the game has a wide selection of creative weaponry. These go from melee weapons, to hybrids of sniper rifles, shotguns and even fire. Even through the carnage of setting the whole screen ablaze with a flame shotgun, one can easily appreciate the game’s worthwhile arsenal. The difficulty pacing is very well handled, because at times I noticed the game was being as I wanted it to. If

The gameplay is made more enjoyable by the game’s extremely well designed aesthetics. The screen shakes like crazy, and enemies flash white and pause when hit, to give the game a punchier, more powerful feel. The pixel art style is good. Nothing of the art is so beautiful that it deserves commending, but it at least gets the job done well. Enemies all look good, and help make the “post fallout” theme really be in the core of the game at all times, always making you feel like the world around you is a desolated wasteland. My major complaint is that the size of the pixels, make it, sometimes, difficult to distinguish major pieces of information, like text, or even bullets. I still find it difficult to distinguish between a shotgun, and a pop gun.

Musically the game is fantastic. All music has a theme that corresponds to the environment where it is found, and it sounds great! Psychedelic vocals play in the sewers, and rap plays in Y.V.s pimped-out mansion. The actual sound design for all the weapons is fine. It doesn’t strive to do anything special, and sticks to the similar sounds found in most retro-shooters.


In the unlikely event that you have read this far (please let me know in the comments if you have ☺), I would like to talk about the amazing job that the developers are doing. The game is in the dreaded “early access” stage, however the game right now is basically complete. Developers are constantly adding new content to keep the game fresh, and its getting kind of ridiculous! I’ve never seen such a passion for expanding the community (which is terrific by the way), and for that I respect Vlambeer, despite their shortcomings in Luftrausers. I STRONGLY recommend anybody interested in fun games purchases this game, because its well worth its price, even in early access, make no mistakes, this is one of the best retro shooters EVER, and I definitely wont be refunding this *wink wink*



A solid title, worthy of players with interests in any other genre, and content well worth the price. Just don't come in looking for a well developed multiplayer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Early Access Review
I swear to god, this game is super addictive. Great game though! It's packed with 7 different kind of worlds, over 100 guns, 4 bosses (Including the Throne), Different kinds of mutations, updates every week and a lot more! There are also 12 different characters with unique abilities that will help you survive in the apocalyptic world. Do I recommend this game? Hell yeah.
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