Nuclear Blaze

by Aethyna
Oct 30, 2021 | 1 Votes | 98 Played | 0 Reviews Your vote
Nuclear Blaze 10 rate Putting you into the shoes of a brave firefighter, Nuclear Blaze is a 2D platformer where the goal is to extinguish all the flames on a level in an abandoned military facility. There are plenty of challenges to be had here, along with secret rooms to find, kitties to rescue, and memos to read. Will you be able to finally put a stop to the raging fire? Play Now Similar Games Played Post a Review

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Summary


Putting you into the shoes of a brave firefighter, Nuclear Blaze is a 2D platformer where the goal is to extinguish all the flames on a level in an abandoned military facility and exit the place without dying. There are plenty of challenges to be had here, from fiery debris to gas-filled pipes, as well as secret rooms to find, kitties to rescue, and memos detailing what happened there. Will you be able to finally put a stop to the raging fire?

Plotline


What started as a fight against a forest fire turned even more mysterious and dangerous when you’ve found what seems to be the source of the fire… a seemingly abandoned military facility. As you descend through the many ablaze levels, you’ll discover what actually happened there and maybe find a way to stop the flames.

Gameplay


If you’re familiar with 2D platformers, you should be familiar enough with the gameplay in Nuclear Blaze. In this game, you’ll need to make your way through an abandoned military facility that contains multiple levels, extinguishing all the flames on those levels before you can open the exit and move on to the next.

Of course, things aren’t that easy and the game has some really interesting challenges for you, including fire-spewing pipes that can be turned off if you can find the corresponding valves, fire-breathing wasps that will charge at you, electrified areas that will shock you if you hit it with water, and fiery debris as the fire eats away at the building’s structure. On some levels, there are even what seems to be power boxes that will explode if they are overheated for too long. Having a timer, or several of them, really ramps up the difficulty of the game.

There is plenty of helpful stuff in the game too. From sprinklers that you’ll have to turn on first, to the many strategically located water refill stations that can be a lifesaver when your water tank is running low. As much as the game tries to help you, you still need to plan your fire-fighting route carefully just so you don’t end up getting trapped by the encroaching flames.

In a way, the level design in this game can be pretty strategic in a puzzly way too. After all, there might just be several ways you can go about clearing a level and the path you choose will make the level either harder or easier for you to complete. Sometimes, the valves you get aren’t enough to turn on all the sprinklers so you’ll need to decide where to use your valves since you can’t unscrew them and reuse the valves elsewhere.

As you progress, the game rewards you with new abilities such as being able to use your fire hose while hanging off a ladder, or upgrades like a much bigger water tank. From time to time, you may get a helpful Armor boost that will prevent a single fatal event. It’ll helpfully clear the surrounding area of flames too when triggered.

Having some elements of a Metroidvania, exploration is also well-rewarded here since there are plenty of secret rooms containing extra story snippets and little kitties that you can then rescue. However, note that you need to bring the kitty safely to the exit where it’ll then escape through a conveniently kitty-sized tunnel, leaving you to fend for yourself in the later levels.

Community


Nuclear Blaze is a single-player game but if you want to connect with the community, the game’s Steam page is the best place to be.

Graphics/ Sound


The pixel art here is very well-done here. The marked difference between a level that’s just covered in flames and one that’s not is very obvious and the bloom-like effects of the flames, couple that with the difficulty of some of the levels, can literally make you sweat. The soundtrack is also perfect for the game. It conveys both mystery and danger

Conclusion


Nuclear Blaze is, without a doubt, a truly brilliant game. It’s not surprising since the game was developed by the lead developer for Dead Cells, another incredible indie game. Its humble origins of being a “game jam” game made it a whole lot more impressive too. That being said, the game isn’t particularly long and although the length of the game is perfect for the storyline, it left many players, yours truly included, wanting more. Maybe a sequel? We can only hope!

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