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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Very Positive (181 reviews) - 90% of the 181 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (6,559 reviews) - 96% of the 6,559 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 5, 2015

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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.”

“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

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
    • Additional Notes: This game is locked to 30 frames per second.
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6.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
While I won't deny that I had fun when I first started playing this game, I'm still giving this game a negative rating because the lack of fun I had once I stopped advancing...
In the end, I made it to the third boss once, after that, I've played the game for several more hours, but I wasn't able to get to him anymore. It's at that point that you start to get frustraded, as the only thing you do is keep dieing, trying to beat your previous progress.

In my opinion, even though the presentation and music is very appealing to my personal taste, I think the core gameplay and some of the design decisions are not polished enough to make this the perfect 'bullet hell'/rogue game. That's why, if you really like a challenge, this might be the game for you. But for me, I just have too little time and too much of a backlog to try and beat this game...
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2.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
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139.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
A game were you can be a fish in one life

And a chicken in the next.

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ProGamblesaur |
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
This game is extremely fun, fast and intense but the price is way too high. For a game like this i would pay only less than 5 pounds. Get it on steam sale and you will be fine. Overall a very good game. 8/10
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6.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Ridiculously fun. This is a real _game_, not cutscenes with "game attributes".

Nice art, great variety of weapons, difficulty is on the "right" spot and great gameplay.
This feels a bit like hotline miami but on a bullet hell format.

It's worth noting that this is one of the highest rated game on steam.
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6.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
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Obi Con Knowme
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
>Slice through the entirety of the game without a gun
>Crystal Caverns
>Die instantly to a Lazor Crystal thing.
>Slice the f#¢ker up
>Get Med-kit
>Accidentally walk into Spider

Gg game
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4.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
Very Good!
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Wozza the Walrus
198.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
It's a good game if you dont suck at it.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
I know this game seems widely regarded as awesome, I'm just not feeling it. It's too quick for me, the graphics/resolution is poor. Not a fan of the limited ammo or just how it feels in general.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
I really love this game. It's brutal as all heck, but the feeling of success is second to none.

This game flawlessly blends bullet hell games and rougelikes, and the musical score is supurb.

10/10 would recomend. Pro tip: Crystal can handle it.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
111.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Tough as nails, rewarding and intense. Don't expect an easy time, and expect to pour hours into this game. Is not recommended for a short play, has lots of replayability and should be *given* that replaying. Progress is slow, but gameplay is difficult and engaging. Screw the sleeping assassins, the flying birds, and especially the boss of 5-3. Have fun.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
515.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Absoluty love this game. Its my second most played game on steam. It is a game that i can rely on if i retire from tf2. There is absolutly no lag to it at all. Uses not internet. I have terrible interent. The game itself makes you want to get better each run. Seeing how far you can go makes me want to go further.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
207.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Don't buy this game. For the love of god, please, save yourself.
Nothing awaits you in this game but death and failure. The entire point of this game is literally to keep going until you die. DOES THAT SOUND FUN? IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT??

10/10 best roguelite ever released.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Now I hear a lot of people saying Enter the Gungeon is supposed to be better than this game and Isaac. Enter the gungeon is 60 fps while this game is 30 fps. However there are two main reasons why I prefer this game more to Gungeon. First is that the game feels a lot more skill based than gungeon. Whenever I play gungeon, it feels like how you do on the first boss widely depends on the items you get on the first floor. If you have not such a good loadout, the first boss feels like it takes forever to destroy. And most of the time, the loadout you get in the beginning isn't so great. In this game, that's not really the case. Usually by the time you reach the first boss, you have a lot likely adequately equipped, in which you can fight the boss without it overstaying its welcome. As for enemies in this game, it also feels like while you can kill enemies easily, they can kill you easily too, so how long you really last in this game depends on your skill.

The other reason I prefer this game to Gungeon, and this is a big one, is because IT HAS ONLINE CO-OP. Well, unofficially. You have to download a mod to get it to work, called "Nuclear throne together". Believe it or not, this mod does have a fair share of users active. And after playing it for around an hour, I have to say that it is one of the best co-op games I've ever played. Enter the Gungeon could have also greatly benefitted from co-op but sadly it's not available in that game. Not to say that Gungeon isn't a bad game. What gungeon has in itself is solid. But this game feels like you win more with skill, not with the gun you're holding, and really, if you don't mind 30 FPS, you're going to have a hell of a time with this game. Also you have many characters with different playstyles, craploads of guns, probably around the same amount as gungeon, and online play. Seriously, why are you still reading this? Go out and buy this game!

My score of this game (with co-op) = 9.0/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
53.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
48 hours. That's how long it took me to finally sit on the 'Nuclear Throne'. However my winning run was only 14 minutes. Then I find out the game loops!? And has even MORE stuff after looping?! This game is truly the 'Tales of Maj'Eyal' for action rougelikes. Lot's of content, endless replayability, randomized levels, and some real difficulty to keep you busy for a long time.

+ Huge replayability
+ Lot's of content
+ Good Difficulty
+ Easy to pickup or put down
- Screen can get a little crazy
- Exploding cars
- Lil' Hunter (may he rot in Nuclear Hell!)


This game is a 2D rougelike. For those of you who don't know what rougelike means, it is a game genre that is characterized by you dying often... But you die often in plenty of other games too... So what's the difference? Well, a rougelike seems to intend that you die multiple times, and not just to learn from your mistakes (though you do), but to set points of progress that you must better yourself by. Each death you say to yourself, "I can do better than that" and you can... It just might take some practice. Even if you've only got 15 minutes to play you'll be getting better every time.

Anyways, the game has multiple characters for you to play as through a randomly generated set of levels in 7 different areas. You collect 'rads' from fallen enemies that are used to upgrade your character with different abilities called 'mutations'. Each character fits different playstyles and strategies. For example: The 'Eyes' character has telekinetic abilities that can push away enemy projectiles while pulling in the enemies themselves. This suits them for melee oriented combat. The 'Fish' character can quickly roll in the direction of the mouse, allowing for easier dodging. Additionally the 'Fish' can also carry more ammo than the other characters. This suits them for running around the map dodging enemies while shooting like crazy.

Not much in the game can truly be considered unfair when you think about it, aside from cars that explode and kill you right before you win the level... And a crazy flying blue-dude that can blow-up right on top of you immediately after he appears.

The game encourages developing your skills on the different characters and mastering the many weapons to be found. If you're a good learner, it will quickly become a very enjoyable experience. If your a boulder-brained, doltish, stick-in-the-mud, you probably won't find much virtue in the learning process.


The game itself doesn't really disclose any thing story-wise besides a wordless cutscene or two. However, the wiki for the game does have an interesting bit of lore to educate you on the world behind the bullets and explosions.


The graphics are pixely and that fits the game just fine if you ask me. However, the crazy explosions, flames, smoke, and other eye candy can make it difficult to see the screen at times. Other than that, solid.


I would definently recommend this game to anyone looking for some fun. It has been loaded with all sorts of interesting mechanics and unlockables that will keep you playing long after you thought you finally 'beat it'. Also, the price is pretty fair. Considering that I've spent alot more time playing this than I have other games that cost twice as much.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
have u ever managed to shoot 5 nukes into a radiated horror then become that horror with a laser of death or get a shotgun made of fire then blow up a boss by burning a car or be a fish that can roll or POP POP BRAAAAAAAAAAP...
me neither
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35 of 62 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Ultimately it just wasn't for me and I think it's fair to say it may not be for others too.

Nuclear Throne gets a lot right. A lot! Visuals are off the charts, sound is fun, and the gameplay is as smooth as silk and satisfying to wield (I went with keyboard and mouse, but controller didn't feel half bad for a few rounds either). Now I hate comparing apples and oranges but you immediately get this sense of it being some sort of glorious love child of two fan favorites; Binding of Isaac and Risk of Rain. I was downright giddy after my first few runs. Unfortunately it lacks something vitally important that make both of those mainstays; There's just no sense of progression here. I may be getting worse at gaming but I just didn't feel like I accomplished anything after my first run. A first run that throws all sorts of character unlocks in your face and gives you a false sense of how the game will progress. It just really doesn't after that. Well, not for a long time anyway. The only thing that kept me going besides self loathing was that I received an "achievement" for killing a boss that I had not. So I felt obligated to end him at least once. And this alone gave me the bulk of my 15hrs of playtime. Because well, the game is a punishing hectic mess and that's how long it took to off the dude! Which I will say is not a bad thing on it's own but as I said, there is just no rewards or progression for your truly futile efforts.

You unlock a character now and then when you notice a funky secret, but they rarely bring anything to the table that gets you over the next hump or obstacle in your way. For me, they never did. Its just you versus the cruel world of the game. 15hrs of playing and I have the same equipment at my disposal as I started with. You just get better on your own. Or in my case, you don't. And the biggest problem is that the brunt of this equipment comes in the form of random number generation. Your level upgrades are a roll of the dice and chances are, much more often than not, you won't get a chance to pick the upgrades you'd prefer. This makes the bulk of your runs a large step in quality below the runs featuring a perfect dice roll. And you better believe you'll make a stupid mistake and ruin your good setup should you get it! Pure punishment.

I dunno, I guess I'm a wimp, but I'm tapping out. There was just something lacking for me. Much like the developers other title LUFTRAUSERS it gives you instant satisfaction but if you're in it for the long haul you better have some serious dedication and be an absolute glutton for punishment. I love the idea of what Vlambeer can accomplish with a program like Game Maker: Studio and it should be taken as inspiration to those aspiring. It is well worth a purchase in that regard. But no matter how smooth and pretty they keep making these titles I'm left with feelings of unbalance and lacking of progression. I wish I could "git gud" at this and see some of the later level stuff, but there's just no motivation to do so. Every one of my steps forward has 150 steps backwards in between with no new lessons learned. Beyond being a bundle game I can't recommend it. The fun just ends after 30mins and the punishment and praying to the "RNG Gods" begins.

Proceed with caution.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
331.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
still cant get past kool-aid man and his army of maggots
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Part Rogue-like, Part RPG, part bullet-hell -- this game has a lot of charm and is quite addictive. Deceptively complex when you get down to the business of different levels and enemies and all the perks and weapon combinations you might use to prevail. I tried my darndest, but I could never win -- I'd gotten far, and I consider it a point of honor to win Rogue-likes that I love... but maybe someday I'll come back and try to beat it. In the meantime I had fun playing with multiple characters that actually play differently, and some great fun winning levels in crushing victory or by the skin of my teeth. Nuclear Throne, you have earned a place in my heart... a game that beat me, but I loved you anyway. <3
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