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2 months ago

Rami Ismail on what indies & AAA can teach each other

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail (Nuclear Throne, Ridiculous Fishing) is one of the nicest people in the industry. When he's not hammering away at the code-forge, he's travelling the world, meeting new people and advocating diversity in games. Recently, he swung by Barcelona to moderate talks at industry conference Gamelab. While he was there, he found the time to give a few interviews, including a particularly interesting…

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9 months ago

Feature: Humanity is doomed

Have You Played… Nuclear Throne?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Nuclear Throne [official site] is a bullet hell, twin-stick shooter roguelike set in an apocalyptic wasteland. Like, seriously apocalyptic - playable characters include a telekinetic sack of eyeballs, a mutated plant that’s 90% mouth, and a blob of radioactive gloop.

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10 months ago

Nuclear Throne gets one last big update

The rad roguelikelike shoot 'em up Nuclear Throne has launched what developers Vlambeer are calling its "final major update". This comes almost two years after Nuclear Throne launched out of early access. Update 99 brings balance tweaks and buckets of bug fixes, improves the game's performance, and should make modding easier. It doesn't add gobs of new content but is intended to tidy up odds…

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2 years ago

Humble Indie Bundle 17: Lethal League, Nuclear Throne

Humble Bundles come every fortnight nowadays but the Humble Indie Bundle is still a rare treat, something a bit fancier than the rest - the flagship bundle. Numero diecisiete is now upon us (I know - diecisiete already! but it has been six years of HIBs), a pay-what-you-want bundle of games including Lethal League, The Beginner's Guide, Super Time Force Ultra, Lovers in a Dangerous…

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Nuclear Throne Mod Adds Online Co-op

Online co-op multiplayer has arrived in Nuclear Throne [official site], Vlambeer's John-pleasing rougelikelike shooter, thanks to an unofficial new mod. YellowAfterlife's Nuclear Throne Together mod cleverly adds online multiplayer completely with Steam invitations and lobby lists, which is awfully impressive considering Vlambeer never shared source code - this is reverse-engineered. Now you and a pal can try to become kings of the nuclear wasteland together.

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3 years ago

RPS Asks… What’s The Game You’re The Worst At That You Most Enjoy?

Being bad at something doesn't always mean it's not enjoyable. And that's never more the case than when there's not an opponent to let down or feel crushed by. In the solitary land of single-player video games, it's very possible to be absolutely dreadful at a game and yet adore playing it. Perhaps it's even possible in multiplayer gaming too? For me, the best example…

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Feature: Rockstars, not having the answers, a brutal games industry and acknowledging mistakes

Nuclear Throne’s Vlambeer: “If The Customer Was Always Right I Wouldn’t Have A Job”

When I meet Vlambeer's Rami Ismail, it's in the middle of the annual Develop conference in Brighton. He's a striking figure in a sea that's half middle-aged businessmen and half wide-eyed, unshaven young developers in t-shirts: improbably tall, wearing a leather jacket on a hot summer's day, hair everywhere, and a mile-a-minute patter that conveys extreme confidence without evident arrogance. He's nearing the end of Ramadan,…

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4 years ago

Swimming Upstream: Twitch Sells, Funds Indie Games

Twitch has its fair share of problems, but there's no denying the utter ubiquity of the massive videogame streaming service. Heck, I use it for two separate shows here on RPS, and I'm sure plenty of you stream out your cursing-and-bad-joke-ridden exploits as well. It's interesting, then, to see what Twitch has decided to do with the powder keg of potential influence sitting right beneath…

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5 years ago

Feature: Feeling Vlambeer

Interview: Jan Willem Nijman On Nuclear Throne’s “Feel”

Nuclear Throne is an "action roguelike-like": a top-down shooter with permadeath, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and starring a cast of mutants who need to hoover up radiation to gain in power. It's fast, frantic, and made by Vlambeer, the two-man indie development studio behind similarly compulsive shooters Super Crate Box and LUFTRAUSER. Nuclear Throne (formerly Wasteland Kings) is currently available in Steam Early Access,…

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Vlambeer’s Nuclear Throne Sits Atop Steam Early Access

Vlambeer's latest game, Nuclear Throne (aka, the artist formerly known as Wasteland Kings), is quite the thing. I know, for I have played it with mine own two hands, 227 eyelashes, and eight hearts. It's a crunchy fusion of hard-hitting arcade sensibilities from games like Super Crate Box and roguelike-like elements from, well, pretty much every indie game that gets announced these days. Also Rogue.…

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Wasteland Kings Is Now Nuclear Throne

Vlambeer have announced that splendid-looking shooter Wasteland Kings is being renamed Nuclear Throne. It seems that this move is in no small part down to concerns expressed by inXile over possible confusion over the contemporaneous development of Wasteland 2. They explain that "It’s a bit of an haphazard announcement, with Justin Chan’s beautiful artwork above still not being finished, without us having a new logo…

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