Ring Runner combines the fast-paced action of space combat with the rich story and skill variety of an RPG. Trek across the universe in a 30 hour long story-driven campaign based on a companion Sci Fi novel, or challenge 6 scenarios alone, cooperatively, or competitively through local or online multiplayer.
User reviews: Very Positive (225 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013
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About This Game

Ring Runner combines the fast-paced action of space combat with the rich story and skill variety of an RPG.

Trek across the universe in a 30 hour long story-driven campaign based on a companion Sci Fi novel, or challenge 6 scenarios alone, cooperatively, or competitively through local or online multiplayer.

Choose from 60 customizable hulls that act as templates for 400+ wildly-varied skills. Level layouts, backgrounds, and AI enemies are all procedurally generated, yielding billions of challenges.

Story


You awake from unelective brain surgery to find key memory centers of your brain missing. They've been replaced by Nero, your peanut-butter-craving neuro-Hud, who'll guide you through the universal super-highways known as The Rings. If you survive fiery trench runs, flail-swinging gladiators, and feuding trash moguls, you'll discover that you're a Sage, capable of rewriting the physical laws with your thoughts.

But beware The Extinguishers!

In the interests of universal order, The Consortium of the Inner Rings has slated the Sages for extinction, plunging the cosmos into a war with casualties measured in galaxies. You'll play a pivotal role in this terrible battle... if you can find out who you are.

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Features


  • 400+ Unique Abilities - many inspired by fantasy games
  • 60 Fully Customizable Ships - five archetypes, with many hybrids to choose from
  • 30 Hour Story-Driven Campaign - universe based on a companion Sci Fi novel
  • 6 Scenarios - Play alone or coop and competitively through online multiplayer
  • Infinite Challenges - The level layouts, backgrounds, and AI enemies are procedurally generated
  • Reliable Multiplayer - drop-in and drop-out of games with seamless host migration; no waiting in lobbies
  • Local Coop - "Duo" ships allow a friend to act as a copilot, usable in multiplayer modes and second half of campaign
  • Full Soundtrack - 20 tracks of music and hundreds of original sound effects
  • Classic Arcade Inspired Mini-games - earn Sage abilities by conquering challenges in The Subrostrum
  • 30 Prebuilt Ships - jump straight into the action with these handcrafted hulls

Scenarios

Challenge these Scenarios through single or Online Multiplayer:

  • Space Defense League - League of Legends/DotA in space! Complete with cruisers, bosses, swarms of drones, and waves of power up crates
  • Zombie Survival - Rack up the kills before the hordes of space zombies feast on the atoms of your brains; defeat custom bosses to gain Super Sage abilities!
  • Wave Survival - Survive waves of procedurally generated bosses, swarmers, and standard ships
  • Gladiator Mode - Run a gauntlet of procedurally generated bosses
  • Spire Battle - Fast-paced base vs base battles
  • Deathmatch - No teams; it's every Sage for his or herself

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Press Quotes

"Clearly had a little TLC put into it. The writing is solid by video game standards, the graphics are solid by indie game standards and the game’s fun by any standard."

- Indiestatik

"At its best, it takes the very idea of a twin-stick shooter, shakes it by the collar and shrieks, 'Space is enormous and deserves more than lasers and lightshows – let us strive for the beauty and variety that the stars deserve.'"
- Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Bites off way more than it can chew, and it’s endlessly endearing for it."
- GiantBomb

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics: XNA Hi Def Profile Compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Yet another space shooting game masterpiece. Awesome graphics and cool effects, various type of ships and weapons, highly customizable spacecraft. Just feeling lots of fun while playing.
The game options are very detailed. Support keyboard/mouse or gamepad input. And there's single and multiplayer mode. Story in campaign is interesting and humorous.
Generally speaking, this is definitely a great game which has nice graphics and rich content worth to play. Recommended!

很棒的宇宙射擊遊戲,精緻的畫質搭配絢麗的特效,加上豐富的艦種和多元的武器,還可以自訂船艦,玩起來十分有趣。
遊戲內可調整的選項也非常多,同時支援鍵鼠和搖桿操作,可以依照喜好調整習慣的操作方式,遊戲模式有單人也有多人,單人劇情很棒且對話幽默有趣XD,多人有各種合作模式。
整體來說是一款很棒的遊戲,畫面優質且內容充實豐富,值得推薦:D
Posted: August 4
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Ring Runner is a 2d space shooter with a very interesting story, great flight and combat mechanics, and a huge number of different playstyles depending on the completely customizeable ship configuration- all packed in a very neat visual presentation.
If you still have a few bucks left during the sale, and you liked SPaZ, Space Rangers or similar games- do yourself a favor and grab it!
Posted: June 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
This game Is fantastic.
Tight controls, more customisation than you can shake a stick at, and a surprisingly engaging storyline to boot!
It even has replayability with gradual unlocks and hi-scores in scenarios.
This is not even mentiontioning the multiplayer!
Posted: May 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
An incredible story and brilliant game with deep customisation. Very rewarding once you get into it, although the tutorial drags on a bit (like 2 hours longer than it needed to be)
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Objectively: A top-down Space Shooter reminiscent of SPAZ, with great depth and complexity, letting you handle a single intensely customizable ship for a large number of play styles, tactics, and possibilities.

The lore is rich and designed with a lot of care, the same care that has gone into the rest of the game. Dialogue is witty, though perhaps annoying to some. All in all worth its price even without a discount.


Subjectively: My favorite game of all time. There is a demo. If you even remotely like spaceships and shooting stuff, why aren't you downloading the demo right now, what are you DOING?!


EDIT: Be wary of dark souls levels of learning curve and skill ceiling.
Posted: September 24
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145 of 155 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Ring Runner follows FTL into the illusive zone of flawless indie game glory. It is almost criminal that it took this game as long as it did to get on Steam. Addictive gameplay with an incredibly smooth UI, and a staggering amount of flexibility, with a depth and sophistication that will continue to surprise you. There are countless ships, with a fitting system of a quality you will be hard pressed to find outside of EVE Online. The story and dialogue is surprisingly good, at times goofy, often trippy and surreal and almost always hilarious. The graphics are absolutely beautiful, proof that it is not always necessary to melt your video card.

One comment which might be helpful, and which is only negative depending on your preferences, is in regard to how episodic the game is. I did not necessarily expect an "open world" but did expect some greater degree of openness to the campaign than I encountered. There really is none, the campaign is very episodic. Initially this may seem like a significant down side, but it gradually picks up and at least provides you with a little bit of choice.

A campaign and maps with significantly more "openness" I think would easily have pushed this onto a short list of some of the best games ever made, but as is Ring Runner is truly a jewel worth far more than the measily $10 they are asking for.



Posted: November 25, 2013
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