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.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (179 reviews) - 97% of the 179 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,424 reviews) - 96% of the 6,424 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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“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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Do-Nald Tru-mp
( 103.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Bought game
got mad
was bad
got gud
raged hard
11/10
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Tauren Marine
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This is proper old school gaming, no demos, no tutoirals, just you, your witts, guns so powerfull you laugh maniacly the first time you use them and enviroments so unfair your bound to fail. Then you'll get mad. Really mad! But it's a good kind of mad, it's a a kind of mad that gets ♥♥♥♥ done! As you grit your teath and start all over again with a new found intensity. Absoloutely great little game.
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mungusauce
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I've owned this game before.. Bought it again.. Why do I come back to you, Nuclear Throne? You're like a terrible relationship that I just can't quit. Why do I love a game that I'm so terrible at? WHY?
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Fyuchanick
( 136.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Touch a scorpion twice? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Miss with an explosive or disc weapon? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Stand in the first boss' line of fire for 2 seconds or more? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Stand on the other side of a thin wall from the first boss? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Let a big green rat stay alive long enough to do its wall-destroying dash? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Encounter 2 elite enemies in the same level? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Fail to kill an assassin in the couple of seconds it takes it to get to you? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Have a robot sniper behind a particularly tank enemy, or on the other end of the map? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Get too close to the second boss while it is exploding on death? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Touch a laser crystal? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Stay in a laser crystals' line of sight while it is firing? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Fight lil' hunter (The third boss) without having a high tier weapon that is either homing, bursting, or multi-shot, or without a completely empty section of the level to fight him in? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Get to close to an explo freak? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
Get enough dog guardians in the same level? You did not reach the nuclear throne.
See nuclear throne for the first time, without any idea of what to expect? You almost reached the nuclear throne.

tl;dr you will often have failed to obtain the radioactive seat.
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Pancake (σ゚∀゚)σ
( 38.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I've only beaten it once but I think I can say that this is my favorite roguelike. It's really hard but it's so much fun, I'd reccomend buying it
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Nerdilius
( 24.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
The only game where you can suck real bad but be sooo addicted.
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Dr.Default
( 295.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Oh My God. This game the inbodyment of The Sun God Applo.
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sand in spaghetti
( 113.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
you're gonna get mad, but this is a really good game.
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Gamertron7500
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
You play the game. You're dead. You try again. You're dead. You try again for the third time. You're dead. You try again for the four- wait a minute. Now they're dead!

Yes, Nuclear Throne is at its core with its retro gameplay of you playing as a mutant by wielding a variety of weapons, and killing enemies and bosses as you try to reach the Nuclear Throne. Don't expect the game to go easy on you as it just throws you in an area with various enemies and surprises for you to kill and encounter as you collect weapons, ammo and rads from them (also including chests and rad containers) as you avoid getting killed, which you will experience a lot, during the process. Only one question remains: can YOU reach the Nuclear Throne? Or will you suffer non-stop deaths that's always lurking around the corner?

A fun, retro game made by Vlambeer that created Super Crate Box.
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YøungDogu$*
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
A great competitive game! I like it a lot. It's been awhile since I've played one so I did a little bit of a research and find this game. It is like dark souls - maybe less harder with a 8-bit graphics and fun gameplay. I have no regrets purchasing this game so I very much recommended if you are into compettitive games.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
49 of 60 people (82%) found this review helpful
32 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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Nuclear Throne is a rougelike top-down shooter where you fight your way to the Nuclear Throne, and its completely and utterly awesome.

Pros:
+Lots of Guns
+Addicting
+Cool character abilities
+fun to fight enemies
+Challenging
+Cool pixel art style
Con: Crashes on startup sometimes.

Overall a really great game 9/10.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
82.9 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
46.7 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.5 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
63.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Recommend Nuclear Throne is not an easy task, you must first recognize if you have a deeper problem of compulsive masochism, if you like to suffer, this is your game.

Nuclear throne is a shooter with overhead view and Roguelike elements such as randomly generated scenarios, economy inventory and high difficulty, in which we have to shoot everything that looks like a threat (a "Shoot and then asks" full-fledged). For this purpose we use an absurd amount of weapons (+100) which are as useful as multifarious (guitars, lasers rays, bazookas, crossbows, etc.) and a concept called "Mutation", which is a type of modifier which is activated when you level up your character; there are all kinds of modifiers such as increasing life points, make enemies drop more likely to make or increase shooting accuracy, to name a few.

Nuclear Throne have a lot of charismatic characters with different intrinsic skills; Crystal is a piece of purple quartz whose special ability is activate a shield that bounces from enemy bullets for 2 seconds, Steroids can use dual weapons or Chicken and his ability to throw their weapons at enemies.

The main virtue of Nuclear Throne lies in the constant randomness and our ability to adapt to these situations, sometimes in the less pleasant ways and perhaps an unfair randomness in some sections, but never fault the game itself but rather by the failed approach we give to our plays. Our mission is to reach and defeat the Nuclear Throne, yes, but much matter how, the weapons I have, the mutations I have chosen, the character I'm playing, the arrangement and number of enemies and obstacles on stage. Everything under the halo of a subconscious immutable fluidity and rigor that enables playing with almost no major surprises to a true bullet hell situations.

Perhaps Nuclear Throne is the highest point of Vlambeer as video game developer and in which their dual philosophy of direct fun and almost obscene depth is clearly note, it is a game that can end in 5 minutes, or get stuck for hours trying to discover new weapons, situations, enemies, characters, etc.

Nuclear Throne is hard drug, so beware.
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En español:

Recomendar Nuclear Throne no es tarea sencilla, primeramente hay que reconocer si tienes un profundo problema de masoquismo compulsivo, si te gusta sufrir, este es tu juego.

Nuclear throne es un shooter de vista cenital con elementos Roguelike tales como escenarios generados aleatoriamente, economía de inventario y dificultad elevada, en el cual tenemos que dispararle a todo lo que se parezca a una amenaza (Un “Dispara y después pregunta” en toda regla). Para este fin nos valemos de una cantidad absurda de armas (+100) las cuales son tan útiles como variopintas (guitarras, rayos lasers, bazookas, ballestas, etc) y de un concepto llamado “Mutacion”, el cual consiste en un tipo de modificador el cual se activa al subir de nivel a nuestro personaje; hay todo tipo de modificadores tales como aumentar los puntos de vida, Hacer que los enemigos hagan drop con mayor probabilidad o aumentar la precisión de tiro, por citar algunos.

En Nuclear Throne tenemos a unos personajes carismáticos y con diferentes habilidades intrínsecas; Crystal es un pedazo de Cuarzo morado que tiene como habilidad especial activar un escudo que hace rebotar las balas enemigas por 2 segundos, Steroids que puede usar armas duales o Chicken y su capacidad de lanzar sus armas a los enemigos.

La principal virtud de Nuclear Throne reside en la aleatoriedad constante y en nuestra CAPACIDAD de adaptarnos a esas situaciones, a veces de las maneras menos placenteras y quizás con una aleatoriedad injusta en algunos tramos, pero nunca por fallo del propio videojuego sino más bien por el acercamiento fallido que le damos a nuestras partidas. Nuestra misión es llegar y derrotar al Trono Nuclear, sí, pero importa mucho el cómo, las armas que llevo, las mutaciones que he elegido, el personaje con el que estoy jugando, el arreglo y cantidad de los enemigos y obstáculos en el escenario. Todo bajo el inmutable halo de una fluidez subconciente y con el rigor que posibilita una partida sin casi mayores sobresaltos a verdaderos infiernos de balas.

Quizás Nuclear Throne sea el punto más alto de Vlambeer como desarrolladora de videojuegos y en el cual se nota evidentemente esa filosofía dual de diversión directa y profundidad casi obscena, es un juego que puedes acabar en 5 minutos que tengas o quedarte atrapado por horas tratando de descubrir nuevas armas, situaciones, enemigos, personajes.

Nuclear Throne es droga dura, así que, cuidado.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.1 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
Recommended
260.6 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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