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 (14,724 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 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

Windows
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 130 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
Helpful customer reviews
48 of 61 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Where's the rain?
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
8.5/10

Pros:
- Amazing gameplay
- Unique playstyle for each character
- Every item is unique in abilitys, effects, effects, and can change the outcome of a run
- Every time you play this game, it's different. This can vary by what character you select to what items you are lucky to get in the beginning
- IT HAS MULTIPLAYER. SHOOT THINGS WITH FRIENDS. ♥♥♥♥ YES.

Cons:
- While this game has great replay ability, using the same characters causes for it to become boring. Most characters are quite diffucult to "get use to" and are boring to play with at first.
- You get bored of the bosses after awhile. There are not many of them.
- Most people are forced to look up guides to unlock characters. I wish they had it to where the game could drop hints and give clues to how to unlock characters. Overall, this decreases the enjoyment and reduces reasons to explore the stage.
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37 of 56 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
A very fun game to play with friends. (You need to have friends)

purchase it now!
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
80.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
My favorite part was when I played for 45 minutes and then lost all of my progress when I died in one hit from a giant electric worm.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
-Quick Review-
...aaaaaand today's forecast is; a chance of explosions, with a side dish of pain, a little bit of agony, a whole lot of fun, and a Risk of Rain.
Risk of Rain is an platform indie game with many rogue-like elements. You unlock new characters and items, to help you through the game. The game is very fun and challenging, but if you want to make it to the end, you need to play smart and use your time wisely.

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: There's not much to say about the story in this game, the description text explains that "You are the sole survivor of a space train wreck", however that is not the case if you're playing multiplayer; then you can have *four* survivors, but I digress.

Game Play: There is a lot to say about the game play. Firstly, the controls are pretty simple, you have several attacks (all of which are different based on the character you're playing), you move to the left, right, and jump.
There are numerous unlockables throughout the game, new characters and items. There are actually unlockables that you can only get with certain characters, so that keeps you playing and trying out new things.
The game advertises itself as "full of rogue elements" and to a degree it's quite right, but there are some consistent factors: the first level is always the same, time continues to tick... the longer you play = the harder the game gets.

Achievements: There are 15 achievements for this game. I suspect the reason I haven't written the review for this great game yet, because I... shamefully... haven't been able to unlock the last 3 achievements I need. (at this time: 4/16/15)
There are only a few easy achievements that you unlock just by playing it, most achievements you will need to do something very specific. Be it, find a new character to unlock, or use a specific item on another specific item/NPC.

Price: Risk of Rain goes for $9.99, I personally waited for a sale (much to the frustration of my real life friends who wanted to play it with me)... but in the end that's a fair price for this game, based on how much time I've spent playing it.

Conclusion: I've mused to myself in the past thinking "I wonder if these older indie games will age differently then console or ROM games". It seems like many indie games age well because they have unique-addictive-artistic-theme's to them.
I absolutely recommend this game, it isn't one of those "Rack up to 100 hours" games for most people, but it is a fun change of pace from the other types of games out there. One final note: this game shines when it comes to multiplayer, playing on your own gets old, playing with friends feels like you're playing a classic arcade game with friends.
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