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Nuclear Blaze Review

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Posted: 6 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Nuclear Blaze is a running, jumping and fire extinguishing game from the same developer as Dead Cells. You put out fires and dodge explosions, debris and fiery chasms. Along with its uniquely intricate levels, there are real-life hazards to negotiate (backdrafts, electricity cables and collapsing buildings).

Play is set in a world on fire. It's up to you, a single firefighter, to get a patch of forestland back under control and stop the destruction. Your task, already difficult enough, is made harder when you discover a secret underground military base. As you progress, upgrading your abilities and learning to work with the raging fires, you piece together the mystery of the base.

You navigate the base and the forest, using sprinklers and your hose to put out fires and open new areas. Similar to Metroid and Castlevania games, you need to backtrack through the maze-like levels and find items and upgrades to continue your journey. You only have a limited amount of water, so you need to be careful about when and where you use it.

It's a challenging but unique game with novel mechanics that create a new and refreshing take on the Metroidvania style of platformer, with plenty of action, danger and mystery.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-13 year-olds

Release Date: 18/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

Skill Rating

11-13 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although you could play this from a younger age, to really master and enjoy the mechanics you need a higher level of skill.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There is extensive customisation of the game's difficulty available, including the ability to increase armour and health, expand the capacity of your water tank, and increase the power of your hose, allowing you to reach fires further away. You can also slow down the speed at which fires spread, allowing increased reaction and thinking time.

There is also a mode called "Kid mode", which serves as the game's easiest difficulty. On it:
  • You can't die
  • You have infinite water
  • The levels are designed to be easier to navigate
  • Your hose is automatically aimed
  • Controls are simplified

The text throughout is large and clear, and it is shown with a speech bubble effect who is speaking. The game is very colourful and bright, but your player character can sometimes appear quite small, and it is easy to lose oneself in the background. Fire and other hazards can also be difficult to spot on occasion.
 
Our Nuclear Blaze Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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