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.
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews) - 78% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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 They've been replaced by Nero, your peanut-butter-craving neuro-Hud, who'll guide you through the universal super-highways known as The Rings.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
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews)
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Cynerva
( 26.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
it's really good
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Tantarboy
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Recommended with a controller. Quite fun
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Capt.Cool
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
CATEGORY: Top down space shooter

Compare this game with SPACE PIRATES and ZOMBIES before buying!
Look at the screenshots of both games and ask yourself which one looks better?
Ok, graphics are not everything, so lets compare: the control of the ships are IMO much better in SPAZ, also the game elements like different fractions which you can choose and tons of unlocks (ships, guns, laser, shields, ect.)

On the other hand Ring Runner wins in the categories story telling and music. (SPAZ does not even feature a menu music) Also RR is much cheaper! (In sale its now for just 1€)

PRO:
story
2 player coop mode
music
price

CON:
graphics (not bad but not as good as in SPAZ)
controls

CONCLUSION:
RR is not a bad game, but I would try SPAZ first.

Ring Runner and SPAZ have free demos. Try them both and compare yourself!
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Aurevoir
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Waste of money and more importantly it is a huge waste of time to even play it.
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Polluted
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
I had given up on this one. There is a steep learning curve and it's basically unplayable without a gamepad. But there was so much promise, so I had another go and have been generously rewarded. There is so much to do! There are numerous unlockable difficulties, too many ship parts to count, endless customization and replayability and a well-written story to boot. It will also probably take a while to get all the Steam cheevos. Get it for 1$. You can't lose.
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wataru
( 39.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Great game. Amazing gameplay. Interesting story. Looks very good. Totally recommend.
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Astenator
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Great game 10/10 would crash again
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vaclav.venco.gregor
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
This game is as indie as it gets.
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Alt-F4
( 36.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Ring runner has one of the best visuals for it's genre, highly entertaining and incredibly good value for money. The only downside is the small playerbase, otherwise a stunning game and highly reccomended.
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Top Kek
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is actually pretty cool when it comes to a story, I will not go into to details, but it makes you get slightly attached to a character, then makes you watch him die, like, you literally watch him die....Mugen...Nooooo!.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
I had given up on this one. There is a steep learning curve and it's basically unplayable without a gamepad. But there was so much promise, so I had another go and have been generously rewarded. There is so much to do! There are numerous unlockable difficulties, too many ship parts to count, endless customization and replayability and a well-written story to boot. It will also probably take a while to get all the Steam cheevos. Get it for 1$. You can't lose.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
CATEGORY: Top down space shooter

Compare this game with SPACE PIRATES and ZOMBIES before buying!
Look at the screenshots of both games and ask yourself which one looks better?
Ok, graphics are not everything, so lets compare: the control of the ships are IMO much better in SPAZ, also the game elements like different fractions which you can choose and tons of unlocks (ships, guns, laser, shields, ect.)

On the other hand Ring Runner wins in the categories story telling and music. (SPAZ does not even feature a menu music) Also RR is much cheaper! (In sale its now for just 1€)

PRO:
story
2 player coop mode
music
price

CON:
graphics (not bad but not as good as in SPAZ)
controls

CONCLUSION:
RR is not a bad game, but I would try SPAZ first.

Ring Runner and SPAZ have free demos. Try them both and compare yourself!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
157 of 170 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.



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129 of 134 people (96%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
I've never seen a game where you watch the devs descend into madness (read: awesomeness) as the game progresses.

I played this for a few hours, wasn't too enthusiastic, and forgot about it until a few months later.

Big mistake. I'd stopped at precisely the moment the developers stopped caring about what a game was "supposed" to be like, and what they actually WANTED to.

One minute I'm shooting space cops in a clunker spaceship. Next thing you know, I'm going back to the drawing board and building spaceships that should be IMPOSSIBLE so I can blow up a galaxy's Parent-Teacher Association and bill them for Dvorak keyboards.

And it just KEEPS GOING. Forget "characters you care about"--most of the games you hear people say that about don't HAVE characters. You know what's a REAL character? A REAL character says "this mission has been boring, let's pretend the mission objective was to get in the arena anyway" because THAT'S WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU HAD LASERS.

The game opens up the hangar and you get bogged down in minutiae because you don't know what all those numbers mean--at first. A few hours later, you're saying stuff like "okay, I'll make this ship out of paper but it'll be REALLY FAST, and by going fast it recharges shields to cover the duct tape armor, but I'LL NEED TO ALWAYS BE FIRING so my generators don't overload because then the enemy could tap me and make me EXPLODE."

Since the ships at the beginning suck, they're not much fun to pilot under the game's Newtonian physics. It's like if all you knew about Gran Turismo was driving a 1970s Volkswagon. But after a certain point? Hotrods with lasers, baby. Hotrods with DRILLS and SPACE MACES YOU SWING AROUND. You want turrets? How does 19 TURRETS, 1 SPACESHIP sound?

I'd say something trite like "the game goes NUTS after a certain point and I love it forever, forgive the weak start" but you know what? No. NOPE. Even at the game's worst, before the plot and ship customization gets great, it's still only as 'bad' as pretty much any game out there. I want you to sit down and ask yourself: is this other game I'm going to play gonna give me a SPACE MACE?

No, no it's not. Ain't happenin'.

Toss that 'other game' out the airlock. Now.
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100 of 105 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
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.
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71 of 78 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
167.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
This is literally my favorite game ever. (Yes, I have played a ton of games from many genres.) It is so because of its unique combination of story, humor, space, RPG style, gameplay variety, strategy, and newtonian (correct) physics. The game is completely unlike anything I have ever before played or since. I have now played almost 250 hours, and it is the only game I have ever purchased twice just in case anything ever happened to steam I would not want to lose this game. I also really appreciate how clean the game is—that when my children play it I won’t have to worry about swearing or anything like that.

The main story is well written and takes about 30 to 40 hours to complete. Although it is primarily space combat, the game also features circuit racing, stealth missions, tower defense, many rpg elements, zombie survival, arcade games, a plethora of cultural references, fast food, and nonlinear gameplay -- all skillfully integrated into the story. On top of that, the well done ship customization makes the game almost endlessly replayable. $10 for the best game ever.
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64 of 75 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
I bought this game during a sale because it looked cool.

... I never knew I was buying one of the best games I've ever played.

Everything is top-notch... gameplay, graphics, storyline. I haven't played a game this immersive since the Escape Velocity series.

Stay the hell away if you want to have a life.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
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.
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
77.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2015
This is one of those incredible games that never got the attention it deserved. The customisation is very deep, and complex but intuitive once you know what you're doing. The controls may seem wacky at first, but they become second nature after a few hours of gameplay. The controls in Ringrunner allow for extremely skill based combat, and they also give space for fun abilities. Once you get used to it, movement feels very fluid and well-made. This game has more story and gameplay elements than most AAA games, and that for just €8.99. Why are you not buying this already, go buy it, right now, I know you're just looking for an excuse to buy it here anyway, I will be your excuse to buy this amazing game, and the moment you are ingame, you won't need one anymore!
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
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.
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