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.
User reviews:
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Overwhelmingly Positive (211 reviews) - 96% of the 211 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,328 reviews) - 96% of the 6,328 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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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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Overwhelmingly Positive (211 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (6,328 reviews)
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TheMAsk32
( 79.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I like how you can get infinite fish going.
I dislike (Insert something here?).

anyways I love your game!
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Sir Shambles
( 527.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I Don't think I have enough hours to judge this game.
I was going to make a joke review about walking animals and skin tight suit wearing hot babes but I can't bother
Just act like I said something funny and kill me.
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Swift
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
i got it in the alpha, very happy for doing it so i didnt have to pay for it
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Face McShooty( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
-> beat the doge boss with 1 health remaining
-> he exploded and killed me
-> achievement unlocked
-> 10/10 best rogue-like after the binding of isaac and way better than enter the gungeon
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antler
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
memes:the game
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.Loopy.
( 43.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I Have been playing this game since release, and boy has it turned into a polished beast of a game.

9/10

Worth the price?: I can't see this game getting boring (43.7hrs), $12.99 for reliable entertainment is a thumbs up from me. At first glance it may seem steep for a game like this, but its worth it, trust me. The boys at Vlambeer deserve every penny

PROS:
-Every run is fresh
-Tons of weapons
-Good variation of characters with unique skills
-Fast + fun game play
-Chicken is best girl
-Free updates

CONS:
-Need more mutation choices, always end up with roughly the same ones by the end
-This is the kind of game that may always leave you thirsting for new content

Probably the game that I start up the most and close the fastest, which isn't a bad thing. A reason I enjoy this game so much is because of how fast you can jump into it, and how fast you can jump out, I usually feel satisfied after doing 5ish runs but could easily do much, much more and still have fun. The game is balanced very well with difficulty as you progress, that being said it is entirely possible to constantly die on the 1st or 2nd map which keeps you on your toes on every stage of the game, instead of being bored til you get to the actual challenging areas. Lots of secrets to be found and unique weapons to be used. Hope the love for this game stays strong and the developers keep adding more great content.
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TiNy TiMMy 3502
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Its so good. It helps pass the time and I can play with friends (I recommend getting Ultra Mod aswell).
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Shirt
( 217.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Great video game/10
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•^ω^•
( 204.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Been with this game for a while and has been a great pastime.And with the moding community
The possibilities are truly endless.
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Cent
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
*air horn*
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Posted: June 4
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
221.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
You'll blame the game for 75% of your deaths
Its only the games fault 70% of the time
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Pleasant surprise. Game was not on my radar. Received it with the Humble Monthly. Gave it a shot and loved it instantly. Reminds me a bit of Binding of Isaac in certain aspects. High difficulty level but very addictive.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
77.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
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lil hunter's laugh/10
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
132.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Would I recommend this game? Absolutely, if you would like a shooter game that has a lot of character and a lot of replayability. It has a lot of playable characters that can drastically alter how you play, and tons of weapons you can try, a lot of which are fun.

However that recommendation comes with some caveats, as this is not an entirely fair or skill-based game. It's better at it than say, Binding of Isaac, but you are still going to suffer a lot of cheap deaths. Things exploding on you, guys charging in from off-screen, or just getting bad weapons or bad spawns (I'm aware Hammerhead is a thing, but I feel if you need a specific perk to show up to counteract a situation, that's still a flaw even if there's a fix for it - plus there are still enemies that don't really much about what cover you have).

The game's not entirely balanced, either. There's weapons you wouldn't want to use, like the Toxic weapons, which are impractical and can hurt you since there's no way to negate toxic damage, or the Screwdriver, by far the worst melee weapon in the game which is only useful for one secret; seeing it drop after you can get that secret feels like a joke on you.

It also feels like there's a big disparity in mutations, as well, since there are ones like Boiling Veins, which protects you from dying to explosions (and this game has a LOT of explosions), and Strong Spirit, which gives you a mulligan from death once per stage; really practical things as you go through the game. Then there's say, Lucky Shot, which can give you ammo of a random type when you kill an enemy - except that you usually won't find yourself switching weapons all that often, and the game tends to naturally drop ammo for stuff you don't have anyway. Or Extra Feet, which makes you faster (something one of the character does already), and negates the effect of terrain...but there are only instances of that in two areas, one of which is only a single stage long. I understand this is meant to encourage different builds, but there's a good reason some of these are considered 'core' mutations and others aren't.

I should say this isn't the case for the characters, though, as every one of them feels distinct and appeals to a different kind of player. You want to be good on Ammo, pick Fish. You want to be careful, Crystal or Eyes. Pure damage? Steroids or YV. Want the game to abuse you like a dog? Go Melting.

I don't know how many of the reviews bring this up, but I also love the game's sound. Pretty much every enemy has a bunch of unique soundbytes for attacks they use, which is helpful for reacting, as well as when they die, which is useful for knowing when you've killed something offscreen (and is also immensely satisfying for several foes - looking at you, Lil' Hunter). This isn't always foolproof though, as sometimes a bunch of sounds can happen at the same time.

I hope I haven't implied I dislike the game by criticizing it, because if I genuinely didn't like it I wouldn't have played as long as I have. It's a great game. But playing it is pretty much tough love, and you'll need to keep that in mind a lot.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
192.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
A good investment for those looking to pursue the studies of carpal tunnel syndrome.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I want to see someone good play this game, because after 14 hours I can safely say I'm not.

10/10 would suck again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
So far Nuclear Throne is my best pixel graphics game 2016 hands down. This is just a whole new level of greatness.
Keep it up team Vlambeer, i can't wait for any new hits from y'all. #pixel graphics #indie #awesome sound tracks #amusthave:beatmeat:

Rating 10/10 :happymeat:
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