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Feature: Shoot the real me!

We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?

Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario: "You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you entered the room, but as every second ticks by they…

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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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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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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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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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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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Cheaty Tennis For More Than Two: Tennnes

A very cool and exciting thing happened in indie games in 2011. Unfortunately for most, it was largely confined to far-away events, people's friend's houses, pubs, bars, and other dark rooms. Oh, but what wonderful games the local multiplayer minimalist sports game craze brought! Hokra, Tennnes, and others inspired by these that I saw in aforementioned dark rooms, demoed on laptops and shown in videos…

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Vlambeer’s Luftrausers Finally (Crash) Landing In March

In case you weren't aware, Vlambeer makes games. Other developers make games, but they don't make games. This is an important distinction, because it involves letters being slanted and slanted letters are sacred. For real, though, the two-headed fire bear of a developer churns out chunkily satisfying experiences at an almost alarming rate, so it's kind of surprising that arcade-y airplaner Luftrausers isn't already dive-bombing our machines. The…

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Ninja Edit: Vlambeer Clone Tycoon

Vlambeer's Ridiculous Fishing has been a deserved success but while its precursor Radical Fishing was still in development, a game called Ninja Fishing appeared on the Appstore, which cloned Vlambeer's structure, replacing fish-blasting with Fruit Ninja's slicing. To commemorate that moment and (presumably) to coincide with the Android release of Ridiculous, Rik Nieuwdorp and Martijn Frazer have created Vlambeer Clone Tycoon, a browser game about…

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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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A Wizardry Did It: Deathfire – Ruins Of Nethermore

It's hard to believe that there hasn't already been a game called Deathfire. In fact, it's downright unacceptable. I've played enough games to know that death and fire are the key ingredients in 90% of interactive entertainment so the lack of an actual Deathfire game strongly suggests that we have endured decades of false advertising. At least Gunman Chronicles was honest. As for Deathfire, I…

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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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Free As In Vlambeer

Not even being the world's unluckiest game developers can stop the rampaging juggernaut that is Vlambeer. Today is the developer's third birthday, and because it looked like they'd never make it this far, they're in the mood to celebrate. Over on their blog, they're giving away two free games. The previously only partly released Gun Godz is now available for everyone, and the prototype that's…

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Feature: “It really feels like Vlambeer"

Wasteland Kings: The Anti-Binding Of Isaac

Vlambeer is making yet another videogame like it's their job or something. They have probably lost their minds, but we may as well reap the rewards. Originally a quick and dirty Mojam prototype dystopia-'em-up, Wasteland Kings is now evolving into a full-on action-roguelike (or "roguelike-like," as designer JW Nijman describes it) with heaps of characters, procedurally generated locations, and of course, guns. In practice, that…

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Wasteland Kings Is Vlambeer’s All-Star Roguelike

VLAMBEER NEVER STOPS. I know. They told me so. Seriously though, Luftrausers isn't even off the launchpad yet, and the Super Crate Box developer is already making admirable progress on a very impressive-looking action-roguelike called Wasteland Kings. I actually had the chance to play it and discuss its various ins-and-outs with Vlambeer recently, so expect impressions very soon. But until then, know this: it's a…

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Feature: Vlambeer Vs The World

The Story Of The World’s Unluckiest Game Developers

Ever had one of those days where it feels like the whole world's out to get you? Like you just can't win? Like you are a magnet whose polarity is perfectly calibrated to attract gigantic, writhing jerkswarms who will stop at nothing to steal everything you love? Congratulations: you might be Super Crate Box and LUFTRAUSERS (among many, many other things) developer Vlambeer. Between countless clones…

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