Parents' Guide to

Nuclear Throne

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Deep arcade-like shooter has lots of cartoonish violence.

Game Windows 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

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This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 9+

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Younger players may not connect with Nuclear Throne's dated visuals, but the difficulty assures anyone a well-earned sense of accomplishment after advancing to the next level. What seems like "another" retro-style game is actually a title with plenty of nuance and strategy -- especially when you notice the game adapts to your experimentation. For instance, if you scoop up every power-up, you'll be thrown tougher enemies at a more unrelenting clip. This gets even thornier -- in a good way! -- when you factor in the dozen mutants you can play as. Some are far more difficult to unlock than others, but they all have considerable trade-offs and perks. For example, Melting starts with a max of two hit points but gains far more experience with every kill.

As the variety of playable characters implies, there's lots of ways to die in this game. It's all very cartoony, making the explosions, violence, and spraying bullets (or slashing swords) more funny than shocking. It's gory but nowhere near as brutal as a shooter and certainly no worse than your average mayhem-filled episode of Looney Tunes. Regardless, it's a race to accumulate buffs between stages after collecting enough experience, balancing your play style against your character's inherent strengths and weaknesses. It all adds up to making running and gunning not only exciting but also thought-provoking. A rare balance and a true achievement.

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