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 (304 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013

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"Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages is an enjoyable top-down space shooter, with great in-depth customization and very few major flaws. Worth a play!"
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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.


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 They've been replaced by Nero, your peanut-butter-craving neuro-Hud, who'll guide you through the universal super-highways known as The Rings.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.

Big Picture


  • 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


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

    • 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
62 of 67 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
166.5 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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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Several aspects of this game alone are enough to make this game great. Nontheless, they all come together to make a fantastic experience
I'll start with combat. The game starts you out with some crappy ships and crappy weapons. This fits in line with the plot. As you get more vessels and new armaments, you start to pick favorites, and by the time you get to design your first fully customized craft, you already have a good idea of a few combinations that may become standbys for the battles to come. Fighting involves destroying, distracting, subverting, evading, tricking, stunning, outrunning and overpowering the enemies. I am very well convinced that someone could spend a year on this game and barely scratch the surface of all the amazing combinations that have yet to be discovered.
The plot? Enthralling. Through gut renching losses and righteous victories, this game engrains you. Between the universe threatening drama, cheeky humor pervades the dialogue, and the characters, even minor ones, can be quite lovable. What also helps to make this story concrete is the depth of the lore. That, along with the fact that some of the Sci-Fi technology makes sense helps to make this a real feeling world.
The music isn't flashy, but it is a great case study of how one can do great things with only a few tools. I heard there guys aren't even musicians. The graphics use shiny light and pretty colors to draw you in, with atmospheric backgrounds the fit right in place.
Some of the cons involve the layout. It can be difficult to navigate the hangar and switch ships. Finding your favorite presets can be irksome, and there doesn't seem to be a way to test ship combinations without going into a story mission. Most of the game is fighting, with some racing and stealth in there too. This is, however, broken up by the jovial dialogue and a few puzzles.
In short, this game had a lot of careful quality and love put into it. It is easily worth more that $10.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Just completed main story.
Ok, this game is a hidden gem. Just wow. Buy it.
Story really rich and interesting to read, you'll forget about skip button. Characters are acting like real, no stupid speech templates, also unexpectedly good humour (IMHO good humour - legendary tier of rarity in videogames).
And of course gameplay, it's simple, but so damn engrossing. Ship customization can confuse at first, but after you understand it RAINBOW BEGINS!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
As of writing this review the game costs 8,99€. And now after I finally finished the story I must say that I even deem that price to be lower than what could be expected when comparing it with other games. There are thousands of games out there that cost a lot more and won't even deliver a half of what this game has to offer.

The gameplay is very varied and outright fun most of the times. Those few moments of frustration I had I've brought upon myself by choosing a somewhat higher difficulty. The game forces you into many different roles but constantly performs well at doing that, and even up to the last levels the gameplay occasionally gets some new twists. That's nothing I could say about many games, actually at this niveau Ring Runner is the first I've encountered.

The story is... really incredible for a game with this price. It is really long, it is immersive, well thought through, interesting, awesome and at times breathtaking. It offers twists up to the very last moments and nothing ever felt out of place. The game even manages to convincingly think up a new way of faster-than-light travel, and managed to sew it perfectly into the story.

If you have any remote interest in games like this, get it. There's even a Demo to try out first in case of doubt.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Storyline is fantastic, the dialogue is well-written and humorous (think Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), the gameplay is fun and engaging, it has nearly limitless replayability due to the level of customization... I don't think I can say enough good things about this game. The fact that it was made by only two people (brothers no less -- what a neat personal story that makes for Triple B), and is their first game to boot, is amazing. Not only is the game good, but they have continued to update the game and tweak things here and there after it was released, in addition to releasing a free addon multiplayer mode reminiscent of MOBAs like LOL or DOTA.

The only criticism I can think of for this game is that some of the ship types are not 100% balanced, but given the vast number of customizable elements of each ship type, I am frankly amazed that it is as balanced as it is right now.

tl;dr 10/10 would buy a thousand times.

Last-minute disclaimer: it says I've got .8 hours of play on record, but I played this game for hundreds of hours well before it was released on Steam.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Great game, hilarious missions and dialogues. TONS of customization, weapons, loadouts, ships, abilities, *foaming mouth*. Just a dozen hours in and I can’t wait to get the bigger ships, the biggest guns, and go on a rampage. Learning curve is stable, with gradual introduction to more and more mechanics and ships as the story progresses, which is great because you don`t get everything dumped at you at once. It does feel constricting at time when they force a ship type on you once you get use to a certain genre, overall though, lots of fun
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
A fantastic story in the package with a fantastic game to match, if top-down 2d real-time space battles and very satisfying levels of customization are your thing then this is the game for you! Singleplayer campaign coop is samescreen local coop only. The multiplayer modes are where online coop comes from.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
83.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
This game has a ridiculously long introductory stage that doesn't serve very well as a hook. Stick with it, though; it gets good. The semi-serious sci-fi story is entertaining, and the twin-stick shooting gameplay is well done indeed. Customizing ships with a variety of weaponry and power-ups adds another layer to the game, and the vast collection of challenge achievements improves the replay value. Oh, and there's multiplayer (with AI for those who want to play alone).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Wow! This unassuming little gem is one of the best values out there. It's a total steal even at full price as it's packed with an enormous amount of content and ship customization.

Ring Runners is essentially an isometric space ship shooter, but boy is it brimming with goodies. The main campaign consists of over a thousand missions and each one is set up with 30 seconds of storytelling. The missions have quite a lot of variety to them and only last maybe 5 minutes so this game is great for short bursts.

The ship customization is incredibly deep, yet quite approachable. All other games should take notes from Ring Runners on how to build a great game with a very simple premise.

This game is quite linear and even when it "opens up" it's still extremely linear, so know that going in. That said, the ship customization, writing and combat are all top notch. If you're a fan of games like Escape Velocity or Space Pirates vs Zombies, you should buy this game right now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Amazing... Just amazing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
The opposite to Titanfall in weapon and perk count.

What I liked:
  • RPG Space Shooter
  • So much variey in perks and weapons types
  • Great humor in the writing
What You Need to Know:
  • 30+ hour singleplayer campgain
  • So much options to upgrade, that you can get lost in what to do ( Has prebuilt ships if you don't want to get in that nerdy stuff)
  • You will read alot since there is no voice acting
  • Tried to get back into the game after taking a long break, so hard to do that
  • Only got 25% of the campgain done

My Score:

Paid $4 in a bundle
Have not completed game yet
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
I didn't know if I would enjoy this game or not but it turned out to be spectacular.

Definitely worth the 10 bucks, heck, with this amount of content it could even be worth more. This games comes complete, no DLC ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Puts triple A companies to shame.

Full story with dialogue and characters you actually care about? Check (granted you actually read the stuff)
Fully customizable ships with hundreds of unlockable equips? Check
Multiple gamemodes in single and multiplayer? Check

I think the game is a port from Xbox Live Arcade? The controls take some time to get used to but afterwards it gets better especially after unlocking ships with easier maneuverability. The campaign starts off with a pretty long tutorial/introductory stages which introduces you to various ships, controls, and gameplay elements. But all this is part of the story and helps you get used to the controls.

The music is kinda funky in my opinion but it's nothing negative. The UI can definitely be improved some, especially the hanger interface which needs more information shown. Instead of popping open a new 'window' to view equipment descriptions, it could show when you move your mouse over or something. Something else I found kinda annoying, very minor still, is the dialogue boxes. It pops up frequently to tell the story which could be a little interruptive. It would be AWSOME if the campaign was fully voiced but that's just me asking for too much.

Definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
163.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Really solid game with plenty of depth without being overly complicated.
Many differnt customization options to make your ship for just the right role, and easy to get all the parts you need because it is not grind heavy. All of the parts are usauble, and there isnt nessesary any bad ships or equipment.
Overall the game just feels right, with sounds and great physics.
Takes some times to get used to the flow, yet worth giving it a try.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
This is one of the best games i've played in my life.
+Funny - There are lot of funny dialogues and interactions in the campaing
+++Gameplay - The mechanics are really great. I'm fairly new to space shooters, this one made me want to explore the genre a little more
++Diversity - The game counts with different ship classes you can choose, each one with strategic diferences from each other
+Multiplayer - From the little i've played, the multiplayer seemed balanced and a lot of fun
-Controls - Controls are hard to get and harder to master, it adds some difficulty to the game and people often count this as a pro, but in my opinion it dissuades a lot of people from playing this.
= Graphics - A game doesn't have to be a graphic masterpiece to be good, but it's worth mentioning that the graphics are really simple

Solid game with a good replayability and a good price, highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
This is a stupid game. It's mean. It does things, like make you cry, and care, and stuff. Wah.

Joking aside, honestly, this game is the most polished small-scale game I think I've ever seen. It's gorgeous. It's smooth, easy to play, easy to learn, and a riot of fun. Once you really begin to master it, and start playing against other people, or challenges, it reaches to another height of gameplay. From story, to mechanics, this game is honestly incredible. One of my top 10 games ever.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Surprisingly polished and deep, Ring Runner's gameplay draws inspiration from old school shmups like Asteroids, and Mechwarrior for ship customization, campaign and progression.

The campaign is linear but varied and very long to complete (don't rely on my Steam stats), and also challenging if you decide to play in Sage difficulty or higher. I recommend playing on Sage, the game is way too easy otherwise. Most missions can be replayed with a different, fully customized ship and that, in my opinion, is one of the greatest strengths of the game.

The story is engaging, has a nice touch of humor, and features many characters whose personality can be felt without ever seeing their faces. The game is backed by an original lore that justifies the way all technologies used in the game work, which adds a lot to immersion and will surely appeal to all Sci Fi fans like me.

Ship customization is incredibly deep for a game with such a classy shmup gameplay. Here are some ship kinds you can fly:
- A heavy gunship with thick shields that shoot rockets all over the place, or let its couple dozen turret pets do the shooting.
- An agile and accurate fighter that also relies on heat to cripple its foes. Yes, there is a heat stat just like in Mechwarrior.
- A "Caster" ship that creates gravity fields to snare its targets and wipe them out with damaging AOEs.
- A melee ship that can pull others toward them to drill them or smash them with a space flail (!)
- A cloaking rogue ship that creates holograms to confuse the crap out of the AI, then deal huge damage while they have their backs turned. Special attention has been given to stealth mechanics ; enemy ships will only spot you while you're cloaked if you get in front of them or fly into a radar ray.

You can also combine all of the above with hybrid ships. My favorite ship is a less stealthy rogue with the agility of a fighter.

Graphically and artistically, Ring Runner isn't particularly fancy, but it's polished and it will run smoothly on any PC.

Another point that really surprised me: the game's soundtrack is one of the best I've heard in a long time, it's really amazing and nicely fits its atmosphere (or its lack of atmosphere - it's space after all). You can easily find it on the internet.

TL;DR: If you like games with classic shmup mechanics, deep customization and an original Sci Fi story, this is the one.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Game was a pleasant surprise. Good story and sense of humor. Hard to understand parts of ship management due to lack of information.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
72.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
I've played the full game and all scenarios to completion on the highest difficulty, and my main advice is to try the demo before you buy. I personally don't like the gameplay at all and stuck with it mostly for the good story and because I have completionist tendencies.

Movement is in most cases limited to forward, brake, and turn. Npc ships have too many momentum disrupting abilities for me to believe the people who say that you can become particularly great at maneuvering through the levels. Even a racing game would be dismal with such limited control, and in an action game it's like trying to draw squares by rolling a beach ball on a windy day. It's just plain graceless gameplay.

Yes, you can complete it easy enough on the lower difficulties, or learn to compensate for the terrible control, but the gameplay is just not fun enough for me to reccomend.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
This is one of very few games that captures you and won't let go until you are done with it, and when you done it doesn't leave sour taste in your mouth. Story is superb, game mechanics is very deep and complex, yet simple to get a hang of (mastering it is another matter). Game is amazingly well designed, and scripted. Apart from playing it yourself, only way to describe it, is to remember that first game, you spent playing all summer brake long, fell in love with and just kept coming back for more, and when it was done, you look for more of it, either waiting for sequell, reading book it's based off or joining a forum for those that share same passion for that game, Remeber that feeling? one that you vividly remember, but can't seem to capture again? This game brought it back for me. I feel guilty for buying it while it was on sale, because it worth every penny, and then some.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
A bit hard a start, a bit confusing too.

Passed 2 or 3 hours (The story line is one of the best I had pleasure to follow for loooong time ! A big respect for that.), the game just becomes wonderful.

Really, a pure gem in ambiance, writing, humour...

I rarely hardly recommend, but here is a pure UFO in gaming industry. Clearly simple : A must have if you like space rpg.
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