Nuclear Blaze is a pixel platformer game exclusively available on PS4. Developed by Sebastien Benard, the game takes you on a firefighting adventure where you are tasked with extinguishing an out-of-control forest inferno. While on this mission, you stumble upon a military facility and enter it to uncover the source of the ferocious blaze.
As a firefighter, you go on a mission to clear different facility areas by aiming your hose using the analogue stick and spraying water by pushing square. Some areas require you to collect either a key or swipe a card to proceed, while others have sprinklers which can be turned on with a switch. The gameplay is very basic and lacks variety, with dodge rolling and armor being the only mechanics added throughout, neither of which manage to switch things up substantially.
The game’s extensive variety of difficulty options makes it accessible and enjoyable for all ages. You can adjust the speed of fire spread and hose strength on the fly throughout the game. The dedicated Kid’s Mode is easy enough for three-year-olds, with invincibility and auto jump and aim active, allowing you to focus on saving furry felines from the flames. On the other end of the scale, the Hold My Beer mode is a more intense experience with additional military turrets and faster fire spread.
Despite being an enjoyable firefighting concept and having vibrant pixel visuals, Nuclear Blaze lacks meaningful depth to keep you engaged. Its incredibly short runtime makes it a very passable experience, and while the game gets all the basics right, the concept needed expanding upon for players to feel stimulated and engaged throughout the game.