Nuclear Throne: Roaming the Post-apocalyptic World

Not ‘the Final Hope of Humanity’ Post-apocalyptic

Nuclear Throne is a game about roaming a post-apocalyptic world, a beauty of destruction. Explosions, weapons, apocalyptic, it is combining frantic energy full of risk and tactics. Offering a typical roguelike genre also provides a ruthless arsenal of weapons ranging from ordinary weapons like revolvers to plasma lasers. The punch pack attracts many fans to be able to race fast. However, it requires patience and strategy so that it rewards slow, medium, and fast players. With a choice of a cartoonist to colorful characters, a simple leveling system provides new skills. The player has no shortage of unique approaches. Coupled with the difficulty level, which is so complex, the player spends quite a lot of time.

Although this game can end in an instant, Nuclear Throne often rewards the player. With the acquisition of weapons and buffs, every failure is a new start, like a roguelike-type game in general. The parts hang on an outstanding balance of randomness, such as The Binding of Isaac. Nuclear Throne levels are full of enemy spawns and item retrieval. Everything is procedural. For levels, its theme provides a level of consistency. Although the player will never get the layout, the player still has an overview. When the player enters a new zone, it is precious for planning. Playing a significant role in mastering the challenges, the player rolls into battle with big guns.

But ‘Humanity Is Extinct and Mutants and Monsters Now Roam the World’ Post-apocalyptic

Nuclear Throne is a game set in a roaming post-apocalyptic world. However, it is different from the post-apocalypse genre games in general, such as Fallout and Crysis. The feel of the destruction of the game is more comical with character designs where radiation hits the characters in the game. Even when playing, the player does not feel a narration. Honestly, the game has an exciting story through the environment, visuals, and character design. Vlambeer composes a compelling story in the game. However, the player can want to pump up the adrenaline full of chaos and jump straight into the game regardless of the world. The game presents a minimal amount of information about the fictional world as a whole. However, it is the unique part when rabid fans signify it.

Apart from death, it is something that the player often experiences, in contrast to Bloodborne. The death of the Nuclear Throne is more punishing for the player as a roguelike game because it is permanent. Permanent, in this situation, does not mean that once you die, you cannot play again. However, if the player dies, then they have to repeat the adventure from the first level. Before starting, the player selects the characters. Each character comes with a unique appearance. During play, the player kills all the enemies at each level. Each level is randomly designed so that the playing experience is always different. On top of the gameplay elements, it is pretty simple—Vlambeer plans challenges where the player can return at any time, such as Daily and Weekly Runs.

Characters and Mutations

The strategy of Nuclear Throne has an interesting skill system from enemies to health points. Enemies drop radioactive energy, acting like-new experience points. If the player completes a level by wiping out all enemies, they must choose one of four mutations before moving on to the next area. Aside from pretty basic skills, adding things like more HP and lowering ammo has its own merits. In addition, there is a build of character abilities, buffing weapon types and making enemies weaker.

The choice of characters forms a challenge in addition to the primary and secondary weapon slots. According to a particular playstyle—Fish with his rolling, Crystal with his shield, Eyes with his telekinetic, and much more, each character has active and passive abilities. Mutations also apply to every character the player chooses. The riskier option, for example, is Melting, which is probably the character with the lowest health points. However, the advantage is that Melting is one of the fastest characters to get Rad besides blowing up corpses from afar. Screen co-op allows the player to explore how each unique ability can complement each other.

Journey into the Mad Max-like World

It is very satisfying when stacking favorite mutations during the game. Getting to that point of perfection, part of overcoming the difficulties of the Nuclear Throne is experimenting with tweaks. Because it is constantly changing, each new skill is provided. With so many mutations, the player is not always faced with other options. It is part of the exciting uncertainty. Therefore, it is forcing them to change their playing style. Starting to work with available tools, adaptation, the player must eventually play better without holding a hand.

Nuclear Throne comes with fantastic pixel visuals. Although not much discussed in graphics and audio, the details seem minor, showing the attractiveness of a special touch from the game. Playing it from Early Access to witnessing minor developments of the game is an exciting thing in itself. The hallmark of Vlambeer also has a significant visual effect, especially with only a vibrating screen effect. In addition, the music has distorted sound effects, making for a Mad Max-style adventure while taking out a swarm of enemies.

A Beautiful Destruction

The uncomplicated controls make it easy for Nuclear Throne as a game about roaming post-apocalyptic world, not a game with a high level of difficulty. The simplicity of the leveling system to clear goals makes the game very easy for ordinary players. There are many hidden areas with secret weapons to secret runes. The player is committed to many things and the complexity of the game’s actions, not seeming as deep as roguelike games in general. Brutal yet redundant, arcade-style shooters methodically reach the throne of powerful explosions. It is the best-recommended indie game.

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About the author

Salman Al Farisi is the owner of Calxylian and is an elitist who has enjoyed and studied various mediums. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 2020 from the Haluoleo University, Indonesia, where he studied English Literature, Film Criticism, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, and Literary Criticism. He lives in Kendari in his mom's basement, now unemployed and ghostwriter, life with his cats, and is looking for the future.

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