Nuclear Throne is Vlambeers latest action roguelike-like about mutants fighting their way through a post-apocalyptic world. The radioactive waste in the world allows mutants to get ahead by mutating new limbs on the fly, the abundant availability of powerful weaponry make the quest to become ruler of the Wasteland one frought with peril.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,761 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 11, 2013

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Why Early Access?

“Nuclear Throne was originally created during MOJAM 2013 as a tiny, two day prototype called 'Wasteland Kings'. We never stopped adding little things to the game, even as we moved on to other projects. We had livestreamed development during MOJAM, and decided to continue doing that while we worked on a full version of the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game will be in Early Access until it is done, at which point it'll launch on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Until that point, we release weekly updates (each weekend) and livestream every Tuesday and Thursday frmo 1PM CET to 5PM CET on”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Nuclear Throne will feature seven full worlds of procedural action, four main bosses, tons of secrets, more than 75 weapons, 10 mutants, dozens of powerful mutations and local multiplayer.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully stable and playable, and has new additions made to it every weekend.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“If you want to wait until the game is done, it'll be available for $11,99 after development is complete. We're not doing any sales or bundles until the game is out of Early Access - we want people that really care about the game to buy and play it now. If you're curious as to how a game like this evolves or grows, now is the time to jump in.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We livestream development every Tuesday and Thursday from 1PM CET to 5PM CET, are very active in our forums and upload a new build every single weekend.”
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February 21

Update #63 - Free Crowns - Weekend of February 20th

We took a week off for a medical emergency, but now we're back. For this week. But it's a Significant Update, so prepare yourselves!

For those of you who follow the games industry closely, next week is when pretty much anyone that has the ability to do so goes to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. That means our update schedule for the rest of February and start of March is going to be slowed down or non-existent.

To make sure there's plenty of interesting new things to play for y'all in that period, we've decided to implement a very significant thing to the game. As we slowly march towards 'feature-complete', the unlock systems are slowly starting to fall into place. That also means the loadout systems need to start existing, and a first version of that is what this week brings.

You can now start the game with any crown. We've built a terrible placeholder interface for this (we're actually planning a major interface overhaul after GDC), and made everything available to you from the start. In the final version of the game, you'll have to beat the game with a Crown in order to be able to start with that Crown.

This has more consequences than just "running with a crown". There'll be Crown Guardians and a Protochest in 3-2, there'll be Cursed Chests right from the start (they actually carry better weapons than normal Chests), and of course, there's a complimentary IDPD spawn in 1-1. Anyway, tons of interesting runs will come from that!

Other than some fixes (no more freezing), polish, and balancing, we've also implemented an option to swap weapons with Q again! This is a temporary solution until we implement properly customizable controls. One more thing: there's a new mutation, Open Mind. It gives you an extra Chest or Rad Canister on every level!

Have fun messing with those Crowns, and please let us know how broken things can get!

  • Loadout screen! Pick a Crown from the start by clicking the ugly icon on the right of the character select.
  • Q Swap option.
  • New mutation: Open Mind. We've renamed Racing Mind to Trigger Fingers, and Shotgun Fingers to Shotgun Shoulders.

  • Pop Rifle spawns sooner.
  • Weapons using tiny grenades spawn sooner.
  • Jock Missiles now explode a bit differently.

  • Fixed the freezes caused by IDPD spawns.
  • You can no longer get a HP Chest and Rad Canister on the same level.

  • New silhouettes for locked characters.
  • Updated Crown Vault tiles.
  • Rain now looks cool in Slow Motion.
  • Updated the trail for Plasma weapons.
  • Nukes now have a cool booster flame.
  • Renamed one of the Horror Ultras.
  • You now drag some flames behind you when Boiling Veins is triggered.
  • Steroids now also spawns curse particles when holding the cursed weapon in his secondary hand.

Finally, we've started with a final pass on the game branding. You'll notice new key art on the store and elsewhere. As we rev up towards completing, all of our marketing materials and key art will get a final pass, including the logo itself. We're super excited to be headed towards something we can see in the distance with you all. Keep sending us that feedback!


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February 7

Update #62 - Terribly Special Effects - Weekend of February 6th

This is an exciting update! We've decided to spend some of our time making mutations look and communicate better, by adding tons of little effects. You can now take a look at your character and see if your Strong Spirit triggered yet, how strong your Stress is, whether you have Gamma Guts or not, and all kinds of cool stuff like that! Other than that, we've done some more bug fixing and balancing, hopefully resulting in a more stable, fun, and pretty Nuclear Throne!

We were going to try and tackle another significant feature next week, but we've had a bit of a medical emergency in the team this weekend. As such, we're giving everybody on the team a errk of downtime while this team member recovers, and we'll see what happens afterwards. Either way, we've really been revving up, and we'll continue to go full speed ahead as soon as our team is back to full strength.

In the meanwhile, this build was uploaded from 30,000 feet above the San Francisco Bay Area. Not that that's really important, but the notion that even that can't stop us from updating the game is kind of amusing to us.

  • Probably the best feature in weeks: a new movie for Chicken to watch on her TV!
  • Tons of little effects for mutations, and character abilities.
  • Bolts now have sweet trails!
  • Further changes to the character portraits & mutation icons.

  • Lil Hunter now spawns after a short delay, to give you some time to prepare the battlefield before fighting them.
  • Lil Hunter now breaks walls when flying around.
  • Lil Hunter's attack now has a bit more spread.
  • No more IDPD when taking a tour of the mansion. Security is better than that!
  • Removed friction from bolts.
  • Explo Freaks now wait a bit longer at the start of a level.
  • IDPD Portals now break walls, this might fix some "no portal" problems players have had.

  • Horror's Throne Butt text now fits on the screen.
  • Better origin for the Golden Bazooka.
  • Fixed a Rad Canister crash.
  • Chicken no longer has normal rate of fire when using her special.
  • Pressing Q no longer swaps weapons. Use spacebar for now!
  • Changed some sound effects back to high quality after accidentally messing that up last week.
  • Some of the second tier Golden Weapons no longer spawn on your first Venus visit.

  • New hitmask for the small bone props in Desert.
  • Named some more Ultra Mutations.
  • The mutation icons on the HUD have been moved 1 pixel to the right.
  • Picking up bigger amounts of HP results in bigger hearts spawning.
  • Added flames behind Rockets and particles behind Plasma.
  • You now get a "NOT ENOUGH RADS" notification when trying to fire an Ultra Weapon without rads.

That's it for this week! Have fun, and please enjoy all the new effects!

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“It’s a rapid-fire, deliciously crunchy randomized romp starring a cavalcade of characters from Vlambeer’s past.”
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“A brutal game that rewards patience, situational awareness and mastery of trial and error.”

“The shootiest of shooters.”

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About This Game

Nuclear Throne is Vlambeers latest action roguelike-like about mutants fighting their way through a post-apocalyptic world. The radioactive waste in the world allows mutants to get ahead by mutating new limbs on the fly, the abundant availability of powerful weaponry make the quest to become ruler of the Wasteland one frought with peril.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2Ghz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
110.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Early Access Review
You can play as:
A rolling Fish man who gets more ammo.
A walking Crystal who can shield.
A Melting man who can explode ded people.
A walking ball of Eyes with telekenisis powers.
A Plant who shoots roots trapping the dumb guys.
A gun god who gat lodz oph emone n gunz n moar moni n airhurnz n he wunts ta b verifid. #verifyvenuz
Hulk Hogan with dual-weilding gun skills.
A robot who can eat guns and ♥♥♥♥ out ammo/health.
A matrix-ninja Chicken who can run around headless.
A Rebel bandit who can spawn allies, and she is my fav!
A character who you have to unlock so I don't wanna spoil it.
A rogue I.D.P.D police cause they're a-holes so she escaped. (by a-holes I mean Shielders)

You can fight:
Stupid broken gold scorpion things.
Bandits that are somehow more inaccurate than stormtroopers.
Tons of Maggots.
Giant mutant rats that spawn more rats till they run out, then they jump at you, which scared me more than any horror game.
Crocodiles with shotguns.
SMG-weilding crow people.
Giant fire-spitting salamanders.
Exploding robot shotgun-snipers.
Crystal spiders.
Stupid floating lazer crystals.
The portal police.
AT-AT look-alikes.
Snow bots that pick up cars, they scare me when they charge at me. ;-;
Stupid people that teleport other stupid people.
Running people who explode.
(nuclear and annoying) DOGS.

A bandit, he's big, he's ez ta kill, he can charge, kills me every time.
A three hea-ded dog with homing rockets who spins like a mofo shooting bullets.
A (spoilers) big nuclear chair who shoots you with radiation stuff.
A (more spoilers) second demon like form for the throne which is annoying and stuff.

*demonic blood boom noises*
Blam, blam, blam, blam, blam.
It bounces off walls and gets me killed all the time.
Screw you I can use an automatic bolt firing beuty of a weapon.
Double minigun?! [running out of ammo intensifies]
Burn some of that fat, you can't dodge flaming bullets, fatty!
Sure why not use a thunder shooty gun?
[being a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ spamming an automatic shell shooter intensifies]

Glowy guts? Cool... its pretty dang bad...
Apparently muscles gives me more ammo.
BOOGA BOOGA SPOOKY FACE there enjoy your less HP, enemies.
Booty that makes my RMB stronger... good.
Praying to the RNG gods, all I get is health.
Bloodlust, yay, I'm a vampire...
A rabbit paw that gives more drops.
Rhino skin = more HP, shouldn't it be more defence?
So, smashing through walls with my head doesn't give me a headache, good to know...

In other words...

Rouge-like all the way
Fun characters with different playstyles
Loads of moni weapons
Most addicting game I've ever played
Weekly updates
Has the best soundtrack, ever
King of the early access games
It'll take you a while to kill the throne, took me 78 hours to kill it
Mutations that are all fun

Only thing is that it deserves way more popularity than it already has, I've been playing non-stop since I got it and I've (when I wrote this) almost racked up 100 hours.

10 outta' frikkin' 10

EDIT: 100 hours reached!

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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Early Access Review
Since this review has been made in the game's early access, it might be changed in the future as the updates come and go. Many things will change but I don't think my opinion about this game is one of those things.


Nuclear Throne is an action shoot em' up roguelike game made by Vlambeer, where your objective is to reach the Nuclear Throne, your main enemy in the game.


Some people might not know this, but the game actually has a storyline, although it's not the most detailed one.

Humanity messed up with things and the world is nearly destroyed, although things still managed to live in such conditions. Along with creatures being mutated (and a human as well, this being Steroids), portals started to appear and those started teleporting mutants around the wasteland.

A mutant called "Proto Mutant" discovered a place called The Palace, a place that is set to keep the world's balance, to keep it stable and we all know that's not the current case. Whenever a mutant stands up and gains strength enough to be able to do something against this mess that the world is, it gets sucked into a portal and disappear.

Other mutants heard about this myth and about the Nuclear Throne as well, which if destroyed, the world will get stabilized again, thus the game begins... .

It's simple and it also has a lot to be implemented, I'd say it's a little bit cliche considering it's a post-apocalyptic game but check it in the game's Wikia for some more details. There's nothing much more to say considering the current state of the game.


The star of the show, I'd say! This game is similar to the well-known Binding of Isaac, although with many more things happening at the same time. Controls are easy to understand and you're not going to find problems getting used to them. The start of the game might be a little bit boring, but if you manage to pass through some levels, it gets really fun and also, a complete mess.

Sadly, the game lacks of online Multiplayer, only offering you the local Multiplayer, which is not a bad thing, you can play with your father, brother, maybe some friends? I don't know, but if you're forever alone person like me, you won't be able to do much about it. I'm not completely sure if Vlambeer is planning on adding it, but let's hope so. If the game is already fun alone, I wonder how it's gonna look like with a friend!


Although I played most of the game with the music turned off, I paid attention to it when I first played the game, and just like how Vlambeer did with Gun Godz, the soundtrack is awesome. The mutants' voices fit them well, the guns effects and enemies voices too. They're actually saying things, you just don't understand it. Look it up!


I've always been a fan of pixelated graphics, the sprites are well-made, the scenarios are great and suit the enemies a lot. If you're one of those kids that only care about super realistic graphics like Battlefied, Crysis and stuff, this game won't suit your requirements.


One of the things I almost forgot to point out, although it's probably the most important, which is the game's difficulty... I've seen people downvote this game just because of it and I won't blame them, it really is a hard one. If you're into easy games only and you don't want to rage, this is NOT the thing for you, go try something else or you'll probably waste your money.


It's a "short" game and you are going to die A LOT, I assure you, if this game didn't have a great replay value, it would be absolute sh*t. If you liked playing it for the first time, you won't get enough of it for a long time, still tons of fun even after hours of gameplay.


Although the game is in its early access, I highly recommend you to give it a try if you're a fan of the genre, even if you're hesitant about the early access part. It's a great game and it has great potentianl. If you know the abovementionted Binding of Isaac and you're looking for a bit more "breathtaking" game, this is for you.


Please, let me know what you think about my review and point out all the typos that I've made. I really want to make good reviews and for that to work I need to know my flaws, but also the qualities, tks!
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Early Access Review
I don't know where to start. *deep breath*

Randomly generated levels!
Easter eggs!
Insanely difficult bosses!
Bullet hell!

It's all there. I love this game so much, it has so much potential to become a great game in the future. Please Vlambeer, don't ruin your chance to become "INTERNET FAMOUS"!
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Early Access Review
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Early Access Review
You did not reach the Nuclear Throne

Nuclear Throne has this addictive feeling to it,
that only a few games manage to create.

Developer 'Vlambeer' did a great job again with this
rougelilke-like game.
It reminds oneself of games like 'The binding of Isaac'
and 'Gun Godz' (also made by Vlambeer) and is much like
the latter one really based on skill rather than luck.
Meaning that even if you get some nasty luck with your
upgrades on a run, you can still make it work.
Added to that it is hard like crystallized carbonite.

So i can only recommend this game to anyone who likes a
good challange and wants to feel like a real Gun God.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
118.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Early Access Review
Nuclear Throne is a great top down shooter with lots of interesting features and a difficult/hardcore play style. It is more than exciting to play and I would recommend it ot anyone.

11/10 Fish does in fact roll

Would roll again.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Early Access Review
Think Dark Souls is hard and rage-inducing?

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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Early Access Review
i have played many hard games like la-mulana, dark souls, super meatboy, binding of isaac, risk of rain, ftl and many others but this one takes the goddam cake!
even with that difficulty this one of the mos addictive ones, i love the stectics, the theme, the music and gameplay. its a really fun game. Even if sometimes make me want to smash my screen.

Im not sure if is the hardest game i ever played but if one of the most dificult and fun.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Early Access Review
It's like Touhou but you're the boss

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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Early Access Review
god DAMN
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Early Access Review
Try though I might to be original and humouros, I find the easiest way to describe this game is like Binding of Isaac but better and more difficult. And with guns. And cops. And fish. And a lot more bullets.

Nuclear Throne has quick and natural progression that promotes fast paced but logical gameplay with a plethora of characters lending themselves to different playstyles, as well as a satisfying arsenal of weapons that range from the simple to the absurd. Whether you're running around litearlly as a headless chicken or spawning an armada of men with machine guns to p̶l̶a̶y̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ assist your twitchy ramapge to the Throne, each character manages to feel unique despite being exactly the same for all intensive purposes.There is a range of enemies, bosses and environments, a considerable list of perks (mutations and crowns) that can dramatically influence a playthrough depending on your choices, and 90% of them are well balanced, with a few exceptions that fall off a little late game, but still provide a good boost early.

At times the level generation, weapon spawns and mutation selection may frustrate you, but the game has very little in the way of artifical difficulty (Except for Little Hunter - he really needs a trigger warning on that jumpscare) Once you get past it's initial learning curve, Nuclear Throne becomes and incredibly fun, satisfying and, at times, humourous experience. The soundtrack that acompanies the game is phenominal, and whilst being very pixely, it's style is unique enough to not seem 'retro for the sake of retro lol aren't we cool'.

That, and you can spam airhorns as a rapping illuminati Gun God from Venus. It's MLG as ♥♥♥♥, you plebby scrubs. If you squint, the Raditaion Canisters look like Mountain Dew.

And don't forget, FISH  CAN  ROLL.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Early Access Review
Just like Isaac, this game is one of my favorite Roguelikes of all time. Still Early Access so that means more to come! Would reccomend to anyone into roguelike or dungeoncrawler type games. Loving it.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Early Access Review
Play as Y.V. Press B.

Trust Me.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Early Access Review
Mom: Sweetheart are you going to bed?
Me: Yes mum i'll finish this round
*Dies of his own grenade launcher shot*
Me: What the heck that's unfair!
*starts another round doesn't look at the stats of Melting*
Me: Melting must be good
*Dies agian*
Me: WHAT THE FREAKING WHAT?His HP is sooo low!!!
Me: ♥♥♥♥ this game i haven't even gone to the throne

*Writes a review*
A+ Would ruin my sleep schedule agian!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Early Access Review
It's like being stabbed by Christopher Walken.
Holy ♥♥♥♥ ow oh my god.
Oh wait holy ♥♥♥♥ it's Cristopher Walken.
No this is much better now ow okay goodbye world.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Early Access Review
So I finished 5_3, and there was this Gatling Bazooka on the ground.

I've never tried or seen it, so I was tempted to try it out on the wall.

I held my Left Mouse Button.

As I was having fun with all the missiles, the Gatling Bazooka was actually firing too fast until all the missiles hit each others tips, and one by one the missiles exploded until the last and nearest missile, which I fired recently, exploded then I died.

10/10 would use gatling bazooka again
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Early Access Review
Fast-paced; guns and melee; post-apocalypse; animals and mutations; rouge-like.
What else do you need?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
51.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Early Access Review
Do you like dying?
Do you like sinking countless hours into games?
Do you like not having checkpoints or saves?

then buy this game! it's brutal and will kill you for every slip up you can make or do. 9/11 of all games
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
106.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Early Access Review
The only thing that is missing is a Waifu for laifu.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Early Access Review
An insanely addictive over-head rogue-like shooter that I just didn't steal from the tags. You can choose from a variety of weapons in the actual game, like a bazooka, a laser pistol, or even a screwdriver. It reminds me of Hotline Miami, but with more bullets per screen and AI that doesn't turn a dime, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

I also highly recommend trying out their other games, like Super Crate Box, Luftrausers, and Gun Godz. Please, please support this developer. They are a bunch of awesome people.
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