Risk of Rain is an action platformer with roguelike elements. With permanent death as a primary feature, players will have to play their best to get as far as possible. Fight on a mysterious planet with randomly spawning enemies and bosses, either alone or with 3 friends in online co-op.
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Release Date: Nov 8, 2013

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Risk of Rain is an action platformer with roguelike elements. With permanent death as a primary feature, players will have to play their best to get as far as possible. Fight on a mysterious planet with randomly spawning enemies and bosses, either alone or with 3 friends in online co-op. With over 100 items at your disposal, you will find the tools you need to find the teleporter back home. Discover a myriad of randomly chosen stages, from the desolate forest to the frozen tundra.

The three main goals for our game are simple:

1. Design a game that is randomly generated every play-through, to keep replayability high and fresh.

2. Time = difficulty. The higher the in-game time gets, the harder the difficulty gets. Keeping a sense of urgency keeps the game exciting!

3. Be enjoyable, regardless of whether you win or lose. No more fussing with complex and non-intuitive gameplay patterns. Players should not blame the game for their loss!

''..joy comes from amassing items, gaining experience and watching your character evolve into a godly killing machine.'' - Joystiq

''This game is immaculate. The enemy design, the sound effects, the powers, the fights, all of it feels wonderful.'' - Eurogamer

"..a ridiculously compelling procedurally generated side-scrolling platform survivor-me-do, with multiple characters to play as, single and co-op play, and some of the hardest-hitting deaths I've experienced in such games" - RockPaperShotgun

Key Features


  • Engage in local and online multiplayer with friends and other players from around the world!
  • Play and unlock 12 unique characters, from the Commando to the Miner to the Engineer.
  • Fight through hordes of different enemies and bosses, randomly chosen by the game with random abilities and powers.
  • Get lost and discover 10 massive levels with different enemies, shrines, and chests on each one!
  • Recruit the help of a wide variety of drones, from missile drones to healing drones!
  • Unlock the lore of the game through the item and monster logs!
  • Unlock new items and characters through difficult achievements to keep the game fresh with each playthrough.
  • Save your best highscores and stats!

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X9.0c Compatible Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 130 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ Support, and recommended dedicated graphics card with 128 MB of RAM
    • Storage: 130 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Minimum:
    • OS: Any Linux Distribution 2012+
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ Support, and recommended dedicated graphics card with 128 MB of RAM
    • Storage: 130 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
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vb
55.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
I can't say enough good things about this game. It's deep, varied, rewarding, addictive and looks and sounds great. It's challenging, which some people might think is a bad thing, and to begin with it can seem a little too difficult, but it's never unfair and as long as you're willing to learn from your mistakes and keep practising you'll soon get better. Beating the final boss for the first time is a great feeling.
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SorrowHost
36.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
RoR mixes the perfect levels of fun and challenge and looks damn good doing it.
Ost 10/10.
Local co-op 10/10.
Online co-op 5/10.
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Wirto McBurto
54.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
So essentially, Risk of Rain is a permadeath game that features 12 different characters. 1 is default and all the others are unlockable. Obviously, as classes go, some are more useful than others, making some classes not seem as appealing as the rest. This, however is only partially true in risk of rain. Yes, some characters have better crowd control, damage, and item compatiblity, but they each have unique play styles. For instance, a lot of my friends like to use enforcer. I, personally, think that the enforcer is a garbage class due to its low damage output and range, but I can see where it would be useful. If a team member can effectively utilize the enforcer's shield while everyone else fights behind them with one player guarding the back, that team is almost unstoppable and will plow their way through nearly anything. I also dislike the miner and mercenary because I prefer to have a large amount of distance between my target and I, but many seem to love both classes, and for good reason, too. They both have extremely effective combo attacks that are and excellent option for crowd control. The game does, sadly, get repetitive after a while, but it still remains fun. Some games are unplayable after your first or second time beating the game. Risk of Rain is not one of these games. There is definitely repetition, but it's good, because it allows you to discover something new everytime you play, whether it be a new strategy for a character or an overpowered item combination. Even after you think you've seen it all, there are always more things to do, whether it be with your friends or just screwing around for ten hours on singleplayer trying to build the most unnecessarily powerful creature known to man, robot, lemurian, etc. This game is fantastic and definitely worth $10. Prepare yourselves for aliens, death, and rainstorms.
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Dr. Hugh Janus
16.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
This is a surprisingly good, fun and addicting game. I got this on sale was very very cheap to play along with some friends in another country, and even with the hyping difference between us this game was still very playable and still very much enjoyable.
This game is very fun if you can get a few friends together to play with even if they are in different countries. Ping isn't really an issue in this game unless it goes over the 1000 ms mark. If you have okay Internet and an okay host this game will probably be just fine for you.
Also this game works very well with the local Co-op using controllers plugged into your PC and it's pretty fun for a couch co-op game.
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Blc_Abc
42.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
This game is wonderful. Absolutely amazing.
I'm gonna do what many reviewers do, talk about my experience, then do pros and cons.
Game was amazing for me, it did everything i wanted.
The game is a high RISK high reward (as the game title can imply.) Theres two difficulties. I suggest playing on the normal one until unlock all characters, the game gets ramped up sadistically on the hardest. (And don't even mention easy mode, it's really boring.)
So pretty much, the game has you fighting for high risk and reward but the catch is, the longer you stay on your current world/level, the harder the entire game gets, which is exactly what made it for me. It's reminding me partially of Rayman Legends, just have something easy to pick it up and then amp it all the way to batshit insane craziness.

Pros:
Amazing Soundtrack
Great Level Design
Interesting Monsters (Something i haven't really seen since stuff like The Witcher 3 and Halo)
Good Gameplay
Only requires a decent computer when you're on the harder difficulty.
Just fun to play.

Cons:
Menu screen is a little weird.
Music when you start it up will make your ears bleed.
Easy Mode is far too easy.
♥♥♥♥♥♥ co-op system that'll require a good computer/router to host.

Honestly, this game is a must have for anyone who likes a shooter/platformer/perma death game.
Oh yeah, and i forgot to mention. If you die you're dead for good, no respawns.
I beat this game while playing with my older brother, and it was insanely fun. Reminds me insanely of stuff like The Binding of Issac and other games like Super Meatboy.

Final Verdict is an 8/10.
Could use a little fine tuning, maybe some way to make the server system easier (reminds me of older Terraria Servers back in the day,) And apart from that, it's a must have.
Just make sure to take your headphones off when you start the game; put the music to 10% and your good to go.
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jodyson8
84.6 hrs
Posted: September 22
this game gets easier when you get chef and artifacts.
10/10 would play again
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Captain Homosexual
36.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
While this may not be one of the best games, it's certainly one of my favorites, it has responsive controls, tons of replay value due to having so many characters and items to unlock and try, and has artifacts that can keep things fresh if you want to spice up the gameplay with things like locking off abilities every minute or having enemies drop bombs on death. the main problems with it are the bugs that can do a lot of things including causing you to spawn inside things when you drop off the map or cause you to just fall through certain parts of the floor and some enemies being FAR more annoying than they should be, like the bugs on the second to last level that just fly around spitting acid at you, though thankfully the acid spitting bugs are only on one level and you don't find glitches that often, i've only found them around 5 times, and i've had hundreds of playthroughs. (most of which were unsuccesful because i'm bad at video games.)
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twitch.tv/lanid
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 22
ULTRA MEGA Twisted Mcnasty Nostalgic Joystick Adventure with Friends (or alone!)
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Posted: August 31
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Posted: September 4
At first, I didn't get it, the game seemed boring, and I couldn't keep up with the increasing difficulty, so I played other stuff. After some time I decided to give it another try, and you know, it turned out pretty good.

The gameplay is slow-paced at the beginning and winds up quickly. Your character is clunky and weak, but you won't notice as they become a rocket spitting hybring of a wrecking ball and a shredder. You also won't notice as time passes by, as you're already an hour in game, flying around and greedy for more power-ups. They are fully random, so your progress may be easier or harder from session to session - all depends on your luck.
I also have to note the soundtrack. It's really beautiful and charming, one of the best game soundtracks I know, and it fits the game just well. Though I usually play with the music of my own choice, which is mostly assorted metal
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40.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
It's a fun game, the graphics are beautiful and any potato of a PC can run it, it's pretty hard but gets better once you get to grips with it. It makes a great timewaster and is definitely worth the price. 7.5/10
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Posted: September 3
Solid buy, and you can get it for very cheap - although I would recommend paying the full price because its developers definitely deserve that. Good intense action in singleplayer and even better with friends in co-op. I remember having slight issues in multiplayer but it was so fun and addicting nevertheless that it didn't matter.
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226.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Amazing and witty descriptions are behind every item and monster in this game (You certainly can pierce the heavens).
Epic music orchestrates behind you all through the game (Except when you freeze time).

Monsters on this planet hate you, a lot. And you just might be the bad guy...

But it's fun.

In Risk of Rain, I wasted over 200 hours screaming into the unknown that is this superbely atmospheric pixellated world.

The updates are done, the community is all but dead, and I've long since uninstalled. But that doesn't stop me from rating this 9999/9999. Just don't use Glass and Command more than once, it's like console commands in a Bethesda game.
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Recommended
133.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Do I recommend this game?
Heck yea I do!

When I first got this game, I didn't think much of it. But as I got more into it, it just pulled me in.
Perma-death is your main enemy in this game as you try to go as far as you can, killing monsters along the way and collecting items.

Single player is okay, but it gets kinda boring. Luckily there is Co-Op mode, just take a few of your friends and play!
Most of my playtime is with friends, always fun and frustration guaranteed.

It has big replayability and with each death you can get further and further into progressing.

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Posted: September 21
This is like Dark Souls. If Dark Souls was still fun. And 2-D. And was a roguelike. And difficult as ♥♥♥♥. You know, maybe it's not actually like Dark Souls and people should stop comparing every game to Dark Souls.
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Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
it never rained

rekt
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Posted: September 1
Amazing Addictive game, but not for everyone.
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