Posted: May 22
Early Access Review
I feel obligated to say SOMETHING, but I can't write a trustworthy review of this game. With any game where I may give my input, I only choose to do so after either beating it, or if it's really long, getting extremely far into it. This game is NOT long, but instead HARD (Though this may only be because I suck, but maybe not), hard enough to stop me from advancing very far into it at all and therefore making a proper review impossible. This does not mean the game is bad however, but I can't say exactly how good it really is until reaching the Nuclear Throne, and I haven't thus far. This is also unlikely to change, because of my in-adaptability to the game's difficulty, which spikes up immensely at the transition level after the first boss. I can consistently get TO this level, but runs sporadically fail after reaching this level, giving me no time to acclimate without playing it many times. If you believe this interests you, by all means play away, but be aware of the difficulty. I cannot continue.
On another note, I am also aware of this game being in an unfinished state, but regardless I feel a need to point out the game's un-intuitive menu. There is little to be had on the pause screen mid-game except off-putting controls that don't use the mouse (Basic menu usability on any PC game), and the start menu doesn't fare much better as there is a way to enter a useless menu part (Crowns cannot be activated even though the menu for them seems to work) and hard to remember (Because it's so different from normal menus) controls for back-stepping out of the options, Crowns, and stats screens.
These missteps are however unlikely (I hope) to make it into the final product as this game's very new and unfinished as I've mentioned before, warranting it a pardon from these technical flaws at least for now. However, while I may check back with it later as I've already bought it, the current frustrating sometimes menus and difficult gameplay are for now enough combined to make me give up on advancing through the game. Nuclear Throne, you've won.