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 (288 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013

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"A wonderfully fun and well-written space adventure combat game romp that is totally worth your time if for nothing else than the hilarious achievements."

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 They've been replaced by Nero, your peanut-butter-craving neuro-Hud, who'll guide you through the universal super-highways known as The Rings.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
46 of 48 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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15 of 15 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
102.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
56.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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


Story is pretty neat, I liked the humor throughout, the music is AMAZING and overall this is game with a lot of value - I played more than 30 hours for the main game alone! Then there were a few hours of grinding the break-out game to unlock every ship and every item, but that's just because I have no friends to play multiplayer with #foreveralone
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
I think that it is the best single player game I played for the last years.

Nice lore; varied and not bothering gameplay; deep, complex and unusual game mechanics; tons of customization.

Complexity of fighting-slyles is delightful: you can throw mini-blackholes, use time and space collision devices, eliminate enemies with a energy-chainsaw or push them to the asteroids (or asteroids to them). Of course, standard lasers, rockets etc are included too.

Some bad things: it is too difficult to gain enough money to get the top equipment even for the one ship (you must grind achievements or non-campaing missions), multiplayer is dead, controls will be not very friendly at the first time you will play.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
This game is amazing and I don't give games that amount of credibility lightly. It reminds me of EVE with the ship customization just in 2d space. The story is pretty amazing and gameplay ranges from easy to IMPOSSIBRU if you don't own good ships yet.

I really got into this game after my graphics card crashed... I had to use a $50 temporary replacement so I played this and holy hell even after I got my 780 back from RMA I continued to play.

If you enjoy more depth, customization, and story (not the most serious but still amazing) you will love this game. It's well worth $10.
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4 of 4 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
122.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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2 of 2 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
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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Amazing... Just amazing.
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