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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.
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013
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April 14th, 2014

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April 3rd, 2014

The makers of Ring Runner are proud to present Popup Dungeon!

Popup Dungeon is a roguelike dungeon crawler for PC, Mac, and Linux that lets players create any weapon, any ability, and any character they can imagine. It’s a papercraft version of an enchanted board game with tactical, turn-based RPG gameplay in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics.

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About the 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 They've been replaced by Nero, your peanut-butter-craving neuro-Hud, who'll guide you through the universal super-highways known as The Rings.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
125 of 135 people (93%) found this review helpful
119 products in account
2 reviews
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 25th, 2013
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89 of 91 people (98%) found this review helpful
313 products in account
1 review
32.3 hrs on record
A week ago I honestly hadn't heard of this game, I bought it on a whim, a longing for SPAZ2, and being a huge fan of RPG/Shooter type games, came together at a moment of weakness.

I was completely blown away, it was the most fun I've had in a game all year, and probably my favorite shooter of all time, a title previously held by Tyrian. I just can't praise you enough, it was fun the entire way. I just finished the campaign, and I really just loved it.

The ship control is a bit wonky at first, but after a few missions you should have it under control. And after a few hours you'll be amazed at some of the stuff you can pull off in speedy ships. The humor and writing style of the game might not be for everyone, but I really wouldn't let that stop you from buying the game. Remove all the words and the game is still an amazingly solid Shooter with a huge amount of customization, and balanced so that no ship type ever feels like the end all ship, I spent a solid 25 hours beating the game on Sage(normal) and will probalby put another 10-15 hours unlocking and customizing my ship.

Seiously, if you liked SPAZ, Tyrian, Raptor, or any shooter game in general buy this game. You won't regret it.
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
1,115 products in account
10 reviews
1.7 hrs on record
A great space flight RPG with plenty of content. Ships have basic control similar to the old "Asteroids" PC game (you thrust to go forwards, and turning does not stop your momentum) and have plenty of hull types, weapons, and abilities to customise with. The game is story-driven with light humour, but has a rather slow-paced intro galaxy that may put people off (however, it can be skipped!)
Missions are basically set in closed arenas where you perform the task required, so this is not a fully open space sandbox (which wouldnt even make sense with a 2D game in space anyway).
The graphics are nice and tidy, and when the combat gets going you can end up with great little light shows.
All in all, RR:FotS has enough to get you addicted, and very few real drawbacks considering the price it can picked up for.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
354 products in account
3 reviews
55.2 hrs on record
Not even sure where to start with this, there is so much good content and any feature you might want seems to be here so far. The campaign is huge I'm barely out of the tutorial 'galaxy' the starter story isn't very original... it's basically darksun 2 but the levels all present something new as you progress rather than having a pre set do A now, do B now mentality.

It's got the perfect achievement tracker which let's you jump straight back into the level right from the achievement page to get any you're missing. (useful since the important bonus objectives generally grant you 10,000 spends)
A full difficulty scaler, so far this just seems a direct damage/reward ratio applied to everything but I'm just starting out.
Research, ships, preset ships, fully customisable ships... everything.

Oh and the most important bit, Multiplayer and Co-Op modes. It's even got a fully functioning Moba/Armada Online mode.

I'm a bit dissapointed I got bored of buying copies of it for a $ now, everyone should have it.
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
242 products in account
2 reviews
46.7 hrs on record
This is a really amazing sci-fi top-down-shooter RPG. It features deep and complex ship costumization, literaly hundreds of active and passive skills, a great storyline with a lot of varity and numerous multiplayer modes.
There aren't a lot of people online at the moment though, so you won't get a lot out of the multiplayer.
Still this is one of the best games I've ever played, and you should definitly pick it up if you are enjoying Starsector, SPAZ, Gimbal or anything similar, especially if these games are a bit slow for your taste, because Ring Runner's movement and combat is incredible fluid and fast, even with the heavier ships.

Edit: By the way, I mainly played the drm-free version, that is why I only have played about 1 hour here on Steam.
Posted: November 19th, 2013
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