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 (231 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 They've been replaced by Nero, your peanut-butter-craving neuro-Hud, who'll guide you through the universal super-highways known as The Rings.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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I would like to admit that at first I turned a blind eye too Ring Runner Flight of the sages. That being said I wish i could go back and leave a good lump on past self's chin.

This game has given me what I have craved for a vary long time A STORY LINE! yes! something basic like this is what i wanted in a game a story line that well...IT was B.E.A.utiful! (and i thought i'd never say that...) Game play lets me either play as my caster murdering billions of baddys and feal like a god! or test my F5 Mecury on flooded gate mode and i feal like a cube of ice trying to smother out a star! and the soundtrack...without it this game would fall flat on its face...even the story line with all it's hilariousness, seriousnes, and sadness... without E. C. Dryere and his masterfull work ((in my opinion) star eater <3) this game would...just not be the same.

anyway....this brick of text is large enough...my final begrudgement for people who have not gotten this game...TRY IT! plz!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
A beautiful game with bits and pieces of nearly every one of my favorite 2D space shooters. Yes, even Asteroids. I bought this on sale, but it's worth every penny of the full price. Along with some references to "popular" culture. I write popular in that manner because some things are a bit obscure, like how many people actually remember the odds that C3-P0 gives Han Solo when entering the asteroid field? And just seeing the name "Dominus Delooeese" made me wake up my roommate in laughter.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Just finished my first playthrough of this game, I highly recommend this game. With solid graphics, a phenomenal story with plenty of suspense, surprise, laughs and sadness as well as some amazing gameplay, this game is a very great buy. Ring Runner sticks very tightly to its interesting and unique lore, immersing you even more in the story and the world you travel through. There are also various difficulty modes to suit whatever challenge you are looking for. My playthrough on just Runner difficulty alone lasted me about 18 hours, but during those 18 hours I was always looking forward to the next development in the story. Missions have all kinds of variation and difficulty scales well. Ships are customizable when it comes to performance and weapons. There are various hull types that provide different play style hybrid hulls that combine two hull types and sometimes even three.
If you were like me when I found this game, a gamer craving a good and unique story that really sucks you in backed by good gameplay, pick up Ring Runner. I promise you that this game will fill the need.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
The game is pretty decent, kinda like the Star Control 2: Ur Quan Masters combat system with slightly more inertia being the main gameplay core, with an okay storyline so far wrapped around it and pretty damn epic soundtrack (yeah I bought it for $5 dollars from bandcamp.)

The Singleplayer seems to not run out of ideas on how to put you into a different ship with completely different mechanics, so it doesn't get old.

Afterwards, you get access to scenarios and missions, single player and multiplayer alike (local and online if I know correctly, local is a bit more restricted), coop and competitive alike.
Oh, and you get to obtain a whole bunch of equipment and customize the hell out of your ship for these scenarios.

But more importantly, I've just spent 5 hours in the Rostrum Arcade playing a BREAK OUT minigame, after 5 hours of actually playing the main game. 10/10


EDIT:

YOU NEED TO BUY THIS GAME. HOLY WOW.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Absolutely outstanding. If you were a fan of SPAZ's combat but found the game as a whole a little shallow, pick this up.

I can't recommend this enough.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Make me remember the good old time games.
I only can recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Bought it on a whim.

Most fun I have had in a long time. It just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

Highly recommended at $10

At $2! Buy now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
What a gem! You can really tell when a game is made with heart and passion.

I was lucky enough to play Armada on dreamcast back in the day, and have looked for a similar game ever since. This has hit that spot. While it has done a lot of things I missed from that game. it does quite a bit more for me. My guess is if you are here looking at a 2d shooter spaceship game, you are already looking for something very specific like I was. Therefore, my review is more of a review on the other reviews, so if you are looking for this specific experience you will want to pick it up anyway. Especially if it's $2 like it was when I grabbed it.

I thought it was weird reading the reviews and people saying a 2d shooter had an amazing plot. I have a lot of forgiveness when it comes to storyline on a game. It's not something I look for or need when I want to have a good time. That said, while I might be playing this without it, it just wouldn't be the same. If you are like me and will jump at any kind of a futuristic sci-fi narrative, this will quench your thirst.

A good number reviews mention the controls are clunky. I use a controller. Maybe that would make things different. However I will add, you are flying around in space. It's meant to be a little ackward. It's part of the fun. There are a ton of ships, too. They don't all fly the same. You can mod them to hell and back so you can tweek that aspect out if you find a ship you like. That and binding controls is some of the nicest and easiest I've seen on a game.

I could see how the UI and the number of options can be daunting. If you are a person that gets overwhelmed with that kind of thing, then this might not be for you. I know those people are out there. There is an insane amount of options. However, I will say that the first half of the game is pretty much showing you all the ships and weapons one by one, all fully loaded with different weapons explaining things very well. After that, it was easier for me to digest what I was working with.

I'm not sure what else to say. There is plenty else but this review is long enough. I'm very happy I picked up this title for what I was looking for. I found so much more. Hope you will do the same!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
74.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
The gameplay and wild diversity in ships and customisable loadouts would be enough to be fun for a few hours, but the writing just carries it to a whole other level. Haven't even hit the half-way mark yet on the single-player campaign, and not for lack of trying - it's huge and I love it for that.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This is seriously one of the best games ever made.

Stop reading this review and just get it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Suprisingly good. would reccommend
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
BUY IT
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
MOTHER♥♥♥♥ING 10/10 I MOTHER♥♥♥♥ING RECOMMEND THIS MOTHER♥♥♥♥ING GAME. TOTALLY MOTHER♥♥♥♥ING WORTH IT ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥S!
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Okay look, this game is probably good if you really like super deep spreadsheet-like customization. 4Xs and old school RPGs. But as for me, being a stupid casual pleb, i just found it all very overwhelming and confusing. the user interface is really disorientating and playing this game felt more like a chore to be done than something fun and relaxing to play when you come home from work or school. I play videogames to escape and relax for a while. This game only gave me a headache.
And as for the gameplay, it plays kind of like a twinstick shooter mixed with a spaceflight-sim. and in my opinion it ends up feeling very clunky.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
The controls are so bad and the UI is worse. Literally unplayable for me.
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This is a 2d side scrolling piece of garbage. No old school value, nothing retro, just cheap outdated trash. Even if it's free, don't waste your computers memory.
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29.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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72.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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