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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Bob
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Gets boring after a bit, but fun.
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kraz frag
( 122.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I'd HIGHLY reccommend this game to any fans of "Bullet Hell" Games. I've grown an Unhealthy addiction to this game in the past 3 or 4 months. Although it gets kind of repetitive but it's still sure as hell fun! If you do not have it, I'd say "BUY IT YOU ♥♥♥♥!"
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weed
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
pretty dank
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mR. Happy eye
( 184.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Made me mad,Happy,sad and the urge to restart all in 1 run!
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KreamKorn
( 25.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Rougelike with guns and limited bullets, fun in stages.
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ASSMAN
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Endlessly frustrating, but something keeps bringing me back round after round. Cant stop playing and trying to beat this, great game!!
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Yokin
( 668.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
favorite game thnks
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Bears Are Kind
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This game is worth every penny. Punishing and cruel, yet you come back for more. There are varying degrees of difficulty for those who want a huge challenge, as well as those who want to devote every waking minute to this game. There is NO easy difficulty. Consume at your own risk.
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TwoFaced_Demon
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Nuclear Throne is quite addicting and fun to play. Time seems to pass quickly whenever I'm playing! I heard lots of good things about this game and I'm delighted to find out that they're all true!
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King Kaizer Bread
( 115.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Most lickley my most favorite rouge like game I will ever play in my life and most likley consume my life till th day I die


























Its a really good game go buy it now ;)
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jackyboy200
( 92.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
its nice to see a some what hard game come out once and a while (like this) because all the games now days are all to soft on the player or are to casual (call of duty).
































































































































dont be a dirty casual
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ProZac
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Too much random ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.
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Vektor (Dets65)
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
A trigger-happy action game that has exactly the right amount of luck and challenge.

I'd give it a 10/10 if it were not for the fact that the updates are slow to say the least and that the game isn't exactly the most stable. It's still a blast, though.

9/10
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A Killer Queen
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This game is crack, and this is coming from someone who isn't crazy into rogue-like games. If you do like rogue-likes, you probably already own the game.
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Sponsered by meatspin.com
( 81.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
-If you felt like you've had crippling depression all your life and wanted to make it better, play this game so you can feel the opposite.
-If you want a challenging game, this game is for you.
-If you want bullet hell, start looping this game. The 2nd loop is where it's at.
-If you've ever felt like you've had an addiction, play this, and you'll realize that you've been doing nothing with your life for about 10 hours playing this game until 2 AM.
This is the game that will complete your life. You will grow to hate it, but also find yourself unable to leave its side.
#Y.V.IsAGod






I can't stop playing... send help...
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wowie zowie
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I CAN'T GET PAST BIG DOG
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Point Blank Lexicon
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
10/10

Rationale- Dual weilding nuke launchers.
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Konami Kode
( 70.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
All of this pain
it has been left unforgotten
food is scarce, water is dry
only thing left is radiation pie
pluck the guitar that it out of tone
fo- UGHHHH

YOU DID NOT REACH THE NUCLEAR THRONE
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y.v
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
good
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41 of 55 people (75%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Recommended
256.4 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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.3 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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20 of 32 people (63%) found this review helpful
23 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
This game is worth every penny. Punishing and cruel, yet you come back for more. There are varying degrees of difficulty for those who want a huge challenge, as well as those who want to devote every waking minute to this game. There is NO easy difficulty. Consume at your own risk.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.6 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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4 of 6 people (67%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Really nice game, runs on a potato, and challenging at first but you'll get the hang of it later as you progress.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
This game is hard.

10/10 would get to the throne again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.5 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Strugglies to get through the Big Dog boss and dies by a exploding car when portal opens.

Good game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
fantastic gameplay
superb soundtrack
great artstyle
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Nuclear Throne is an addictive rougelike with procedurally generated levels. Even though the game is insanely difficult, and at first you might feel like you regret purchasing this game, it grows on you a lot and you eventually get better. You will die all the time, a lot, again and again, yet you will want to play more and more. This game starts out as very obscure, you will learn things the hard way and eat drit and ♥♥♥♥ from bosses and hordes of enemies alike.

As you progress from level to level you earn experience, which you can then spend on random upgrades. This makes each run uniqe and unpredictable, adding up to replayability. This game offers more in terms of progression, like new characters, ♥♥♥♥ ton of weapons, crowns and etc..

~Not sure if Nuclear Trone for you?~

Well if you like bullet hells, rougelikes, a good challange, variability, top down shooters and a bit of unpredictability, it definitely is! And even if you don't like any of the following consider this; for the price it asks it's an amazing game and it could be a good starting point if you are interested in this genre of games, it was mine too and I'm enjoying it a lot. It feels good to shoot enemies on the screen, devs polished this game to perfection, and despite of it's difficulcity, it's still managable, you just need to get better at it. Though if you get frustrated easily, are impatient and you consider yourself a causal gamer, or someone who doesn't like steep learning/skill curve, you should probably avoid this.

Also the music is just soooooooooooooooooooooo good. Especially first sewer levels. Great work by Kozilek! It shapes the overal atmosphere of this game, making it an unlikely great gaming experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
It's the Dead body looting Mutant shooting Venus mouthing Root in tooting Luger toting Ruger loading Bullet throwing Way too long grenade holding Triangular might mangle you weapon to rap Flash color coded clips N and RPG hat Baby, baby blue ammo turns red when it claps Shoot your face in the fat Give your cadaver a slap Where the level boss at I wanna clickclickcaclick that See em, shoot em, skin em, wear em, mount em on a wall If it's completely armor plated I will shoot it in the BALL... ...ing like a black hole or vulture flock. You're violently challenged Your THANGS don't ♥♥♥♥ Your things get shot Your party stops When I roll up teen wolfing on an ambulance top This ain't no game ain't never been no show And I'll gladly gun down the oldest lady you know
I don't need no friends I don't need no phone Just a bag of severed heads And my Nuclear Throne
Me no believe in trends Me no believe in GNOMES All me be believe in Is my Nuclear Throne
I don't need no bread I don't need no home Just everybody dead And my Nuclear Throne
Me kill you in a nowhere Me kill you all alone Me kill you in the face For my Nuclear Throne
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Nuclear Throne is the classic rogue-lite structure but somehow made into a fair challenge, despite the random number gods still being omnipotent
Any strategy is viable, as long as you can think fast and dodge well. There is no terrible mutation choice or gun to use, even the lowly screwdriver gives you the chance to turn Kenshiro on enemies!
Although I have some gripes about certain enemies, mainly some being a little too meaty in health, I still feel like I'm doing consistent damage and progressing, I've never felt like I was at a brick wall in terms of progression due to bad weapon drops, which I really appreciate.

In short, absolutely recommended to those that want to enjoy the classic Twin-stick style of games with more variety and far more hectic action added!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Very fun, very well balanced. Great sense of achievement when making that extra little bit of progression each time. A rogue-like, done brilliantly. And hey, there's always extra point for letting me hoy people across the map with a swing of the wrench.

No regrets!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
A fantistically addictive little shoot 'em up-roguelike (with an amazing soundtrack).
Some of the most exhilarating fun and frustration you can get in bite size gameplay sessions.
All of the characters have their own twists that make them each worthwhile to play.
Mutations, weapons, and character choice shape how you build your character each run.
A surprising amount of depth, I have tons of hours to go before I'll be finished.

Oh, and secret areas, level skips, challenging boss fights, unlocks, new game plus (loops), etc...

Welcome to the jungle.
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