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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (9,564 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 8, 2013

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"An infuriatingly challenging rogue-lite action platformer with multiple character classes and plenty of items. Amazing soundtrack. Bloody hard."
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About This Game

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 10 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X9.0c Compatible Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 130 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
It's pretty good. Trust me, I'm not a journalist. Get it? It's because Game Journalists are untrustworthy.
Posted: October 7
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
147.6 hrs on record
serious review? serious review.
Risk of Rain is an extremely addictive arcade style 2D platformer shoot-em-up with roguelike elements.

Gameplay consists of dying a lot attempting to reach and activate the stage exit teleporter in each level, there are a total of 6 levels to complete per game before achieving TOTAL VICTORY

Online Co-Op, many characters with their own unique playstyle, randomly generated level layouts, and loads of items keep gameplay fresh and exciting so you can just get goat hooves and syringes and win instantly

  • Gameplay

    Tight, responsive controls and enough characters to pick a playstyle that you enjoy make this an incredibly fun and rewarding experience

  • Graphics

    A charming, simple artstyle with smooth animations makes this game a treat for the eyes.

  • Story

    A very ambigous story, no definite answers are given, but clues are relayed through item logs and monster descriptions.

  • Multiplayer?

    This game features both local and online co-op, the co-op system is a bit buggy, but very fun to play with friends.

  • Fun?

    The artstyle, gameplay, and unpredictability of this game make for an extremely enjoyable time.

Category Score
Gameplay 10/10
Graphics 10/10
Story 10/10
Multiplayer? Local and online co-op.
Fun? Yes!
Overall 10/10
Posted: October 18
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
My favorite Repetitive Stress Injury simulator.
Posted: September 26
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Could be optimized better, but a fantastic 2d co-op action game.
Posted: September 25
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.7 hrs on record
Awesome game once you get the hang of it. Even then you still find yourself yelling cause you got killed by a jellyfish useing the Glass artifact. :P
Posted: October 15
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Yes
Posted: September 24
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
For some reason having to start over repeatedly doesn't bother me with this game...
Posted: September 30
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Risk of Rain? More like Assurance of Pain.
Hahahahah... No?
Ok.
Posted: October 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
This game is fun alone but amazing with friends.Non stop action and really hard.Don't get mad if you die cause you will die a lot!!!!



7/10 solo

9/10 multiplayer
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
the game lags out because i get too good at it
Posted: October 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
100.9 hrs on record
This game is awesome and if you don't have this game, why don't you have this game?
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Action Platformer + Rogueliike elements = Risk of Rain,
"Time consuming yet rewarding, keyboard/gamepad smashing fun!"

Pros:
-To start off the classes are all different which makes them unique, picture this ten different classes that each provide a different way to take on your journey through your fight on a mysterious planet.
-Now throw in a bunch of items (100+) which mix up/throw off your game? Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Depending on which items you get you could have a easy time playing or a difficult time playing.
-A whole new game every time you click that start game button on the menu screen.

Cons:
-Some of the achievements for both the characters and for steam require some bit of coop (makes it difficult for those who don't have a internet connection)
-Coop is a bit weird (requires an outside program to host servers for example: evolve, hamachi)

All in all, Risk of Rain is a very time consuming game that rewards the player for their handwork and struggle through the mysterious planet. I must say that for the price it's listed at currently $9.99, it is totally worth it and I would recommend that if you have $10 lying around to pick it up and give it a try!
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.7 hrs on record
Amazing masterpiece of human mind.
This is platformer in which you should kill mobs which are spawning constantly until you activate portal. Also they get harder after every period of time so you wont mess around much. Difficult and easy (in different classes) so everybody can find a spot.
Posted: October 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Risk of Rain is a game you will try and fail in. Then try again and get a little further. Then try once more and get not quite as far as the first. There's a lot of elements to this game that are random. The biggest of which is the item drops. The quality of the items, the rarity and quantity are randomly generated. That not only makes Risk of Rain feel random, but also makes it challenging. For some reason I'll get further and last longer with worse items. Makes me think I'm on my game! The randomness can feel frustrating or unfair at times, but it adds major replayability.

There are a lot of pros and cons, but just know... Risk of Rain is a fantastic game. There are different characters you play as and unlock. You also unlock droppable items through achievements and tasks. The characters all play incredibly different. I believe there's 10 different options. In the game you'll spend the majority of your time dodging and platforming - trying to trick the AI into not being able to get to you. The difficulty also ramps up for every 5 minutes you play (up to 60mins). So ideally you'll clear the level, get all the items and kill the boss all in one sweep. That's usually not the case, since you have to kill enemies to gain money to unlock a chest.

A major flaw I've seen is the multiplayer. It has huge potential for a fun multiplayer experience but they missed it just a bit. You can play with 4 players in one screen. That screen does not get split. You must travel CLOSELY with your companions. I'm uncertain if online multiplayer allows you to split off. That's not the flaw, however. The upgrades are how you get more powerful. Only one person can pick up the upgrade, and upgrades are not shared. So you can either choose to split the upgrades between you and your buddy/ies and all be weaker, or have one person pick up every upgrade and have the others feel useless. This can also add some tactical measures to the game as well. If you know the upgrades well enough, you can give the ideal upgrades to the different classes and maybe be stronger as a unit then you would be with one godinator and 3 scrubby nubbies.

I'm tempted to say this game is ALMOST too challenging, but it wouldn't feel like an accomplishment if it were easy to make it to the end, now would it? I've played maybe 30-40 runs and completed once or twice. Damn it felt good when I beat it.

Play this game. Beat it with every class. Be my hero.
Posted: September 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
This game is a fresh take on the rougelike genre. This game is great to pick up and play for a while with no real commitment.

The more you play this game, the more in game powerups you will unlock, which will give the game more depth. The game has a random element to powerups, so some runs you will get destroyed, and others you will simply dominate. There are also a handful of unlockable playable characters, each with their own unique play styles.

I love games I can just pick up and play, and this game is great for that. It gets tough at times, but for the most part you will be destroying wave after wave of enemies, which is very satisfying. If you are looking for something more than an hour here or there, this might not be your game.

For ten bucks, I say its well worth it.
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Amazing and addictive game! Many different and fun-to-play characters!
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.9 hrs on record
Risk of Rain is a beautifuly made game with ten unique classes that all have different play styles.
Along with many secrets this is also a completionist's game as there are many items, monster logs and achievements
Would HIGHLY recommend those who enjoyed the Binding of Isaac and/or shooting/platformer games with perma-death and rogue-like elements.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
I put 20 hours into this.
Why!
WHY!!!!
I DON'T EVEN ENJOY PLAYING IT ANYMORE.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.3 hrs on record
It's good.

It's hard and items are random. Kind of like Binding of Isaac, you might have some trouble with unfavorable starting items before you get better.

As you kill stuff and get better at the game you unlock new items to randomly drop and new characters, so gameplay stays reasonably fresh.

I got a little burnt out from playing it too much but every once in a while I can come back to it.

This is all a lot more than I can say for most of my games.

Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
128.3 hrs on record
Let's start out by saying that this was my first ever Roguelike. I had never played a Roguelike, but really wanted to get into the genre, and found this gem. The game altogether is amazingly fun. Starting out with a small arsenal of toons, you can choose and develop your playstyle very early on. Over time, new characters can be unlocked and used, in turn releasing new items to be unlocked through use of said characters. A unique achievement system leads to an innovative way of implementing completion to the game, as when an achievement is completed, a new item is unlocked to be discovered in game. The randomized item discovery and unique unlock system make for an overall great and lengthy experience, and I would highly reccomend this game to any and all who enjoy a fun, quality game.
Posted: October 4
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