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The premise of Nihilist is simple: The player controls a spaceship which has to beat deathmatches in an arena called Kraal. The gameplay is a mix between the classic games Beamrider and Star Wars. In Beamrider the player is on the bottom of a grid and shoots enemies on the upper part. Star Wars had among other things a sequence were the player flies in pseudo 3D through the Death Star.

In the 25 levels the player duels one enemy each. Additionally there are other ships which shoot both opponents and asteroids which either split when shot or give extras like better armor. There are three arenas: horizontal, vertical and spherical. Every fight costs credits so the player has to pick up money symbols during the fight. When having more money he can spend it on weapon and armor upgrades. The soundtrack features 17 songs from bands like Dog eat Dog, Pop will eat itself and Sugar Ray and can be replaced with another music CD.


Nihilist DOS Kiss this !
Nihilist DOS Chase view
Nihilist DOS Cather screen : crush the balls
Nihilist DOS Game is over

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Nihilist: Let the killing begin..." -- UK tag-lined title
  • "Nihilist: Der Kampf beginnt..." -- German tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1996 73 out of 100 73
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Sep, 1996 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Jan 28, 1997 6.3 out of 10 63
Computer Games Magazine 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Action Sep, 1996 55 out of 100 55
PC Joker Sep, 1996 39 out of 100 39
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1997 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Patrick Bregger (256752) added Nihilist (DOS) on May 31, 2009