What an addictive Bullet Heaven. For me, it comes very close to its big brother “Vampire Survivor”. Fun achievements that you can’t miss out on. semi-difficult challenges, and a setting to speed up time.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: ~45h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: You don’t need a guide, but this topic will help you with the challenges.
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No, but “map 1 challenge 2” might be very very difficult if you bought upgrades with gemstones
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
RNG-achievements: No, although sometimes you just need a little luck with runs for the right upgrades at the start to make it so much easier
Does difficulty affect achievements: No, but achievements don’t unlock when playing on double exp mode (it does tell you that in-game)
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
I can’t pinpoint yet what makes some bullet heavens so addictive to me and some hard to get into. I can speculate that it has something to do with gameplay in which you feel overpowered and bullet heavens in which you can turn the speed on to make grinding much more fun. However, I can tell you for sure that I got so addicted to this one and enjoyed it so so much. For me, it comes really close to Vampire Survivors . the biggest difference might be that in Nomad Survival there isn’t a limit on how many different active and passive skills you can have, it is just limited by how much exp you collect during a run. However I can see the downside to this is that you have your favorite upgrades and always try to go for those, but the challenges and achievements will challenge you to try out something different.
Nomad Survival has such fun achievements. I had a lot of fun hunting those down while also grinding for currency in this game and just becoming stronger and stronger in the meantime without having to focus on that. The challenges can be quite challenging, it is in the name :P, but there are things you can do to make it much easier. One of the hardest is on map 1 challenge 2 where you heal by damaging enemies but get hurt when killing them, there you want to do a low amount of damage a lot of times. I’m sure it should still be possible when you have bought skill upgrades with gemstones (not talking bout the pet skills) but it is much much easier when you don’t have done that. Because the skill upgrades you bought with gold can be reset, and that is not the case with the gemstone upgrades. And resetting them so you do less damage each hit can be such a life safer in this challenge.
This review for Nomad Survival was written on 13 March 2023, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 116 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.