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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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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December 15, 2015

Update #97 - Clouds and Tweaks - December 15th, 2015

First of all, thank you so, so much for your support during the launch of Nuclear Throne. We know things were unexpected, and we wish we would've been capable of communicating a bit more - but such is the nature of surprise announcements.

While we're not allowed to go into specifics due to legalities and the like, we can easily say that this was by far the most successful launch in the history of Vlambeer, and such an enormous part of that was all of you on social media.

It was also by far the biggest launch we ever did, and that does mean that we're learning as we go. We're super thankful for your patience, and we're going to continue updating the game to address some issues in terms of balance, fix some things that came up before the launch and some new things that came up after it, restore Daily/Weekly functionality, and polish just a tiny bit more.

We're going to switch things up a bit now that we've reached home from PSX, release status on the game, and update 97 in our long history of updates. We'll be lowering the frequency of updates and livestreams permanently, although we'll have more information on what happens on our Twitch channel in the future. For this update, we're introducing some balancing tweaks, a lot of crash and hang fixes and introducing Steam Cloud.

Update 97 should also address problems with OSX and Linux builds on certain configurations, and if everything went OK, nobody should ever have to touch options.ini again. We also learned to never make the default pause menu option 'Quit to Menu'. Sorry!

For next update, we're going to transition the Dailies and Weeklies over to new servers, hopefully restoring those to full function for the first time after the launch. Let us know if you run into any new bugs or problems.

    Balancing
  • A lot of tweaking to the enemies spawning on loop. Difficulty should increase throughout the areas a bit more and desert has been made slightly less ridiculous.
  • Enemy HP now increases less with loops.
  • Lil Hunter now spawns a second later, and looping decreases the spawn time less than it used to.
  • Lil Hunter's weaponry now gets more powerful with loops.
  • Hard mode now starts you out with slightly better weapons.
  • Tiny Gamma Guts nerf, prepared to change it back if this ruins it.
  • Energy Hammer now uses more ammo, spawns later, and deals more damage.
  • Guitar rate of fire has been slowed down a bit.
  • Energy Sword rate of fire has been slowed down a tiny bit.
  • Freak IDPD now has better guns with more spread.

    Fixes
  • Fixed bug that started game from loadout screen with gamepads.
  • Fixed crash on Daily/Weekly load.
  • Disabled 'G'-key that made gamepads unpredictable.
  • Fixed Guardian point_distance bug on death in palace.
  • Wrote better save corruption handling, should stop game from crashing on load.
  • Fixed additional VertexBufferHandler errors resulting in corrupted graphics.
  • Fixed Plant B skin unlock achievement not appearing when not looping.
  • Crown of Risk and Crown of Luck icons are no longer swapped in the loadout screen.
  • Fixed OSX game open crash on certain configurations.
  • Fixed Linux game open crash on certain configurations.
  • Fixed achievement bug with Plant's B-skin.

    Misc
  • Tutorial tweaks for gamepad support.
  • Default menu selection with gamepad is now 'continue' rather than 'menu'.
  • Improved Steam Cloud support.
  • Allow for D-Pad control on gamepads.
  • Smaller Save Icon.
  • Retroactive Steam Achievements for a number of achievements.
  • Certain secret weapons now adjust legacy values in old save files to prevent crashes.

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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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Doctor Coctopus
( 41.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
FISH CAN ROLL, GUYS
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Solaire, Praiser of Suns
( 46.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
About 45 hours in and still haven't beat it.

11/9 would keep trying
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itsZdan
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
WARNING: may cause motion sickness

overall great game but ive had motion sickness everytime i played it, cant understand why
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ZrinDllexer Edrillex
( 109.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
An amazing bullet hell game with a beautiful soundtrack and randomly made floors. There'll always be new things to do in game, mainly because the amount of possibilities is so high so it's hard to get bored quickly. The only possible problem I can think about is the difficulty, which may be annoying for some people, but hey, if you don't like hard games, why do you look for bullet hell games anyway?
Anyway, this game is amazing, and I really reccomend you to buy it if you want to have some fun with really damn long games. The game is cheap too, even though of course you can wait for sale, but in my opinion, it worth its price.
10/10 game, enough said.
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hwolf833
( 50.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This game is SO HARD, but it's super rewarding when you find that ONE weapon.

(a.k.a. the energy hammer)

Fast paced, intense, bullet hell gameplay makes this a super great game. 11/10 IGN like Skyrim with guns.
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Duo34
( 50.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Well you know what they say... you did not reach the Nuclear Throne.
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Mr.Jellybean
( 30.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
reeallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly gooooooood
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Dinkey
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
(Read in stereotypical Boston accent)
You might be wonderin'.
Dinkey!
How the hell can ya write a review on this game if ya have like ten hours in it?

You wanna know, huh?
Well I'll tell you how
It's because in that amount of time, I've done more than I even imagined I could do.
I suck at games.
This game is hard.
I suck at games that are hard.
Dont take that out of context.

Hey generic review

Pros
Gives you that old roguelike feel, accompanied nicely with a great bullet-hell-ness.
Very smooth gameplay
Tons of content
Multiple characters, each with their own unique playstyle that you have to figure out
Fish can, indeed, roll Crystal can shield.
Local co-op, in case you wondered if hell existed
Tons of different weapons, each different in their own way.
Tons of enemies, each different in their own way.
The music is ♥♥♥♥ing incredible
The devs are actively improving the game, and, you wont believe this, THEY LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY.
CRAZY I KNOW

Cons

Locked to 30fps
Which has a good reason behind it, for they made the game in gamemaker studio, and to make it 60fps, they'd have to basically rework the whole game.

No online multiplayer
Which also has a good reason behind it- they're still working on improving the game, and don't have the time to implement that, also if they did they'd have to rework the whole game, again.

Overall- Fantastic game, buy it no matter what price it's at. Especially if it's not on sale. Buy it when it's not on sale. Trust me, the devs deserve it. You wont regret it.
I give it a "Steroids can dual wield" out of 10.

Fish's throne butt has gotten me killed more often than not.
Not relevant
Just wanted to say that.
Again, I suck at video games.
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Xero
( 57.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Is good.
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Muddle828
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This game is absolutely fantastic, gorgeous sprite art, fun game play, high replay value, challenging, great sound track, and just all around a fantastic time for those who enjoy bullet hell style gameplay. Sometimes the map generated or the area in which you spawn can be frustrating because a level might be incredibly difficult with a bad spawn (ie no cover surrounded by enemies) and easy with a good spawn (cover, space between you and enemies.) However with randomly generated maps this is bound to be an issue and if you get a bad spawn and die you just start over as always. With a game like this it takes a lot of practice and patience, I wouldn't reccomend this game if you're not prepared to put in the time to build up your skills in order to advance. However if you are willing to put in a lot of practice then I find it very rewarding with unlockable characters, items, skins, and secret areas as you progress towards the nuclear throne. Overall I definitely think it's worth the money and then some.
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Lone Soldier
( 66.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
If you have reached the Nuclear Throne, request for a refund.
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Tetra2000
( 83.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This Game is really, really fun.

The Bosses are challenging, the enemies are challenging, the characters are unique and quirky, the secrets are interessting and helpful and the final boss is a giant chair thing with robot legs!


And you can play as a ninja chicken, who can be decapitated and then pick up a med kit and grow a new head...

100/100 - Decapitation couldn't stop you.
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Trioct
( 202.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
The Meta: The Game
Ultra Shovel + Super Plasma Cannon makes the game an endurance test. You just carve your way through enemies for hours straight.

But it's still fun sometimes I guess.
Kek
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Cole of The Crab Cult
( 30.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Product received for free
I love this game so much...
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PrezDonaldTrump
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Gamepad controls are wonky. I get killed by nothing or something that is not even on the map.
Shots to enemies don't seems to register. fun game but needs work. IMHO
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pelthebick
( 83.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
As someone who has played the game for a little bit, but still hasnt looped twice, let me say this. Its hard. Very hard. Yes there are times where it spawns you next to two fire salamanders and a four cars when you have a bazooka and a grenade launcher. But those happen very rarely, at least to me they do. Its a very run-and-gun game. Move quick, always be watching, be aware of your surroundings, hope the portal doesn't spawn next to the car your hiding behind. But for the cons, just look at the Frozen City. You can easily get rushed, unless you have gamma guts and scary face, and lose your run easily there. Not to mention the boss. But all in all I like the game.
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M'aiq Δ
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
It's a simple but challenging game. If you liked Isaac you will probably enjoy this.
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Sebmin3
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Best Action Rogue like game i have seen so far the best part is the characters and how hard the game is 10/10 best game
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antthecat2
( 95.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
yet another wonderful roguelike game that i shall get absorbed into and waste countless hours of my life on (not to mention its jam packed with salt!) would recommend if you like not doing homework and using up time
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
247.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
>Big bandit SLAIN
>Big Dog SLAIN
>Lil' cunter SLAIN
>Throne I SLAIN
>Throne II SLAIN
>Mom SLAIN
>Hyper crystal SLAIN
>Technomancer SLAIN
>IDPD Captain SLAIN

Don't hide virginity, you are the next target ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)▄︻̷̿┻̿═━一 ┴┬┴┤( ͡° ͜ʖ├┬┴┬
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Pros:
- it has a nuclear throne, just like my bathroom. It makes me feel at home.

Cons:
- you will not become like steroids like the game promised, but your right hand 2nd finger will sure look like him.
- no mater how hard I try, I just don't taste cheesecake.
- it makes me feel at home.
- you cannot eat bullets, or drink radioactive waste regulary, this game is a pure real life simulator
- you can eat your best weapon, the screwdriver, with one click and screw up your life
- I have no friends. (You will too!)
- QUIT READING THESE CONS AND BUY THE GAME...








I SAID BUY IT...
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
i hate this game.
that's why i am going to keep this game and send the devs a letter filled with hate and money because i love them.
i hate the devs, and i love this game.
i hate this game, thanks for making this game.
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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE
YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE
YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE
YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE
YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE
YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE
YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
159.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Product received for free
I love this game a lot, honestly, I've put a lot of hours into it and I don't find myself getting sick of it. It's really fun and challenging. Being a rogue-like, it's always different each time you play, and that's part of what keeps it interesting.

I received my copy for free but I'd definitely pay the $12 for it if I could.
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28 of 47 people (60%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Playing this game, like..

YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE!!


Oh, okay then.

8/10 would not reach the nuclear throne again.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
You know when you feel somthing so much you lose the ability to feel it, well... put it this way i've lost the ability to be frustrated.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
This game is hard.

10/10 would get to the throne again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Seriously one of the best games steam has to offer!

One of those games which you can play through over and over again and not get tired of it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Love it! Love it! Love it!

A challenging and addictive rouge-like bullet hell shooter.
High replay value (especially since you die a lot xD), interesting characters and tons of weapons and upgrades.

Insta-favorite game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
10/10

There is nothing I can say about this game that you can't already find in the countless positive reviews you'll find on this page. The gameplay is responsive and consistently engaging. I haven't even made it all the way through and I love it. The furthest I've reached is 5-3 and I died almost instantly on my first encounter with Lil Hunter. I was devastated that I died. I was overjoyed to have made it that far. I was excited to try again. And that's the best part about this game. No matter how much it kills you, no matter how frustrating it becomes, you never feel like it's impossible. It inspires you to try again and develop better skills. Now, THAT's what makes a great game.

I did not reach the nuclear throne, but at least fish can roll, right?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
My favorite rogue-like game. It has some aspect to it that other ones don't, but I don't really know how to describe it.
It's a must buy for sure, the only thing I'd complain about is the 30 FPS cap. Gets annoying after a while, but easy to get over.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Fun but challenging roguelike game with great characters and difficult bosses. This game makes you want to play over and over again even after the countless defeats you'll get.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
yes Yes YES!!! I love this game so much!!! This game is a rouge like bullet hell top prospective game... This game is also really hard (not darksouls hard) But when you start to play the game it gets much easier.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Very frantic top down shoot'em'up with roguelike elements

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+ Daily and Weekly challenges with leaderboards
+ Characters and skins to unlock over multiple runs
+ Plenty of gun variety

+/- The art style is a bit marmitey - you'll either love it or hate it.
+/- Levels are randomly generated but the tilesets are consistant depending on the level number you are on. (This means if you suck you will probably only see the first few tilesets over and over again)
+/- Has a few well hidden secrets and unlocks. (Look for a guide or you'll never see them)
+/- The soundtrack is appropriately frantic, but gets old fast and repeats often.

- Default settings include a ton of screen shake. Thankfully you can turn this off in the options menu.
- Very repetitive. Amplified by quickness of runs.

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I think you will probably already know if this is the sort of game for you or not from looking at the media provided on the store page. Personally I think what it does, it does well. And it does exactly what it says on the tin.

People have said that this is "Binding of Isaac on steroids". Well, yes and no. Yes, the gameplay is kind of similar and things pan out along the same lines, but No, this isn't as quirky or fun as Isaac is and doesn't feel anything like as significant.

Sadly, it's not really my kind of thing. I found it to be overly repetitive and not terribly rewarding. I didn't like the asthetic either.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Great gameplay. Good for quick game from time to time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
133.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Nuclear Throne is a fantastic Rogue-Like top down shooter, with 12 different characters to play as, and a very huge assortment of weapons to find and choose from! I genuinely enjoy this game, it's just fantastic and absorbs you slowly from the inside out.

My favorite character, Steroids, has the special ability to hold and fire two weapons which leads to very insane and fun runs. Every character has their own passives and actives such as Crystal's ability to shield and Fish can roll, leaving lots of opportunities for very fun and interesting runs.

My only two complaints would be that while there is indeed co-op, it's limited to being on the same computer which isn't very fun in my opinion due to most of my friends who play NT live elsewhere. My other complaint would be the lack of modding allowed in the most recent versions of the game, which in my opinion would make the game WAY more fun and with huge amounts of variety.

But despite those downfalls, it's still a fantastic game worth your rightfully earned money. Will you reach the Nuclear Throne?


There is no yeti.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
This game is like the feeling you get when you pick that really big dry bugger out of your nose.
Deeply satisfying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Nuclear Throne – A bullet heaven.

I recently bought this game, and I wasn't a fan of rogue-like games especially. This game, however, caught my eye. I enjoyed the gameplay, even with all the RNG that is involved, the story, minimal though it is, and, overall, the characters. I can proudly and happily say I'm nowhere near done playing this, as those darn robots kill me every time. Screw them.

Horror MVP go go radiation pupper
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