Nuclear Blaze Review – PlayStation 4

Dead Cells is one of the most popular indie games released in the past few years but after the success of that lead designer Sebastien Benard decided it was time to branch off and do something new. Deepnight Games is his new team and together with publisher Red Art Games he has released a scorching new title called Nuclear Blaze. Here is my review of the PlayStation 4 version.

Nuclear Blaze is a 2D pixel art platformer where you play as a firefighter who has to put out a raging fire that is going through a mysterious facility. What is causing this fire and what this facility is you’ll learn about as you go but the story isn’t the focal point of this game. You’ll move from room to room having to put out one fire after another using your water blaster which will deplete as you use it. Thankfully there are containers you can refill it out scattered about. Putting out fires early on is pretty easy but as you get further more challenges pop up. Some fires will break back out if you aren’t careful while others put you on a time limit. Some areas can be permanently handled by activating sprinkler systems. It can be a challenge dealing with them at times later on but there is some help for that if you find yourself struggling.

One of the nice things about this game is the options to adjust the difficulty to your playstyle. There is a kid friendly mode that makes a lot of actions automatic as well as general difficulty options to increase things like your health or how much water you can carry. The game isn’t very long as you’ll likely finish it in an hour or two but you can replay it for things like Hold my Beer Mode that adds areas and more to the game that you didn’t get to experience the first time around.

Visually the game’s pixel art style looks really good and it has a great atmosphere to it too. The 16-bit music score is satisfying and the sound effects of the fires to other little effects were great too. If you’re a trophy hunter you’ll find 21 trophies to collect including a Platinum. It’s not a hard list but you will have to play that Hold My Beer Mode to get them all.

After spending a couple hours putting out fires in Nuclear Blaze, I can say I enjoyed my time with it even if it has some issues. It’s a short game and it doesn’t change up much in the gameplay as it goes but manages to be fun nonetheless. I’ll be paying attention to what this team does going forward as there is potential to expand on what they got going here.

*Nuclear Blaze is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 4 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.

Nuclear Blaze

$14.99
7.5

Good

7.5/10

Pros

  • Enjoyable firefighting gameplay
  • Great pixel art with some great fire effects
  • Great difficulty adjustment settings

Cons

  • Very short
  • Doesn't change up much as it goes
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Editor/Writer/Reviewer here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for almost 30 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games.

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