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 (9,557 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
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
129.4 hrs on record
Play it, but above all, play it with friends, because when you would spend for the first time you wanting more. With the device to select objects, it becomes a new game since you can devise your 'builds' to advance through the worlds. For me it is a 'must have' for indie games. To complete the icing would have been great to incorporate more maps over time or its release is still totally frantic challenge that can not be accompanied quit playing a long time. 9/10
Posted: September 22
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
My favorite Repetitive Stress Injury simulator.
Posted: September 26
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5 of 5 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Yes
Posted: September 24
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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
23.6 hrs on record
I have to say that i didn't expect to enjoy this game so much. Highly recommended and worth the buy!
Posted: September 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Super good! i like the play!
Posted: September 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 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
10.3 hrs on record
Simple, hard a lot of the time, and fun.

You are a pixel man dude guy who shoots other pixel things but some times you can be a girl but I like the pixel mans because they have cooler stuff and hey theres a robot man but I don't have him but he probably is a nice fellow. And theres a captured sex slave pixel monster guy and that is like weird or something

Oh yeah it gets harder the longer you play it, that's kinda cool I guess. And you gotta farm and stuff and then go to the next level after you've successfully planted 8 tomatos and waited 3 hours (or paid to speed them up.) It's quite a simple game with cool music and stuff. Theres a ♥♥♥♥ ton of items and stuffies which help you murder innocent pixel monsters because you crashed. Interesting plot.

Buy it. Or buy it for me so I can have more copies. Game is cool.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
97.5 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Risk of Rain is a truly excellent game with amazing enemy and item variety, well designed and subtley altered levels every game as well as a good selection of characters to pick from. It is a great side scrolling open platformer/shooter/nommer/exploder that keeps you hooked for hours. I will be playing so much more of this game. The soundtrack is sublime, a mix of electronic synths with glockenspiels and metallaphones with time signatures to fry your brains it is worth opening Spotify or Youtube (go to the composer Chris Christodoulou's channel) and listen to the whole thing. Masterpiece.

One thing of note is the online functionality at time of writing is a mess, unfortunately there is no LAN and the system for connecting requires one to open up ports in their internet, so it is a fiddly process.
Posted: September 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.1 hrs on record
It' my fabourite game ever !!
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Fun Action-Platformer with some mild rogue like elements. There is a random selection of Arenas, but the overall maps are consistent. Enemy, Item and Teleporter spawns are randomized and depend in part on your unlocks and playtime as the game difficulty increases over time for each run.

Controls are tight and work best on gamepad. Difficulty goes from challenging to really, really hard. A run might be short-lived in the beginning but will probably not be much longer than an hour, at that point you either reached the final stage or the game difficultly will have outpaced your character's ability. On that note the final boss is aggravatingly annoying and the reason why I will probably not play this game any further.

I enjoyed all the classes I unlocked and had a good time in coop. After 5 hours there are still plenty of items and class combinations to explore, along with some good upgrades in difficulty. Overall great game with a poor designed final stage.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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