This week’s free games on the Epic Games Store are Ruiner, a top-down shooter, and Nuclear Throne, a dungeon crawler style shooter.
#1 – Ruiner
Ruiner is the first game I played this week, developed by Reikon Games. The game throws you straight into the action from the get-go, and introduces you to the games main objective straight away: KILLBOSS. The game takes place in 2091 in a facility known as ‘Rengkok’, owned by a man only known as ‘the Boss’. The main aim of the game is to make your way through the facility and KILLBOSS.
The gameplay of Ruiner is excellent, the game introduces you to most of the mechanics within the first few minutes, such as the Dash, which lets you quickly dodge enemy bullets, and the Multi-Dash which lets you pick multiple destinations before attacking enemies. There are unlockable abilities further through the game, such as the Energy Shield that blocks any incoming damage, or Overload that boosts strength, speed and damage. These can be upgraded as you progress through the game.
#2 – Nuclear Throne
Nuclear Throne is the second game I played this week, developed by Vlambeer. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of bandits and monsters that you must fight your way through with a variety of weapons and ‘mutations’, upgrades that give your character certain abilities.
To put it simply, this game is difficult. You are going to die a lot. Dying in this game means dying permanently. Once you die, there are no checkpoints or respawns, you have to start from the very beginning again. There are different characters to unlcok that have special buffs/debuffs such as increased ammo at the cost of lower HP, or abilities like being able to shield from bullets for a limited time. The levels in-game are randomly generated meaning every playthrough is different, this also means you won’t be able to get used to a level keeping the difficulty at a constant high.
I feel both of these shooters are really fun and bring a lot to the table. With Ruiner’s fun mechanics and abilities, and Nuclear Throne’s addictive difficulty, it’s an excellent duo of games to pick up for free.