RUNNING WITH RIFLES is a top-down tactical shooter with open world RPG elements. In RWR, you join the ranks of an army as a common soldier, just like the thousands around you.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,099 reviews) - 91% of the 2,099 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 2, 2015

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"A Top-Down shooter that strays away from the typical run and gun style and encourages you to use your head to devise tactics such as stealth."

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October 24

1.21 update Released!

Hello Runners!

here is a "quickfix patch". Happy running!


  • weapons: Claymore blast radius raised from 5m to 6m
  • fix: 8x paratroopers radio call had become borked by dropping only 2 paratroopers
  • fix: now possible to make a radio call while being wounded after going prone
  • fix: harmless script error at resource unlock handling
  • fix: EOD group soldiers now all spawning with EOD armor
  • fix: flares can't be used on the map Frozen Canyon anymore, throwing one will just throw the flare object which can be picked up again
  • fix: BTX APC body collision model offset as it was too low and could not cross railroads properly
  • fix: AI driven vehicles can now cross the railroads without restriction as the collision model of the railroads changed to deck type without collision walls. That way, the AI don't see it as an obstacle.
  • fix: issue where Desert Eagles couldn't always shoot while prone
  • fix: bullets shot for achievements now tracked properly
  • fix: stun projectile (e.g. from Pepperdust) don't destroy the first stage of a vest anymore
  • fix: few map fixes here and there
  • fix: exploit where it was possible to duplicate equipment
  • fix: exploit where it was possible to skip the reloading animation
  • misc: Darkcat tank is not enterable anymore by soldiers from the faction which isn't owning it
  • misc: XP/RP for destroying the Darkcat increased

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October 16

1.20 update Released!

Hey Runners!

Woohoo a new patch! RWR has just been updated to version 1.2!

Besides an all new map, we added 2 new vehicles, a few new weapons and added the Final Mission II campaign map to the online cooperative Invasion. The much requested Steam Achievements and Trading cards are also in now.

For a more detailed changelog, scroll below.

Next, we will make a short map-making tutorial video as it would be about time to have some decent community maps! ;)

Happy running!

Changelog for version 1.2:

  • Steam: 45 achievements added
  • Steam: Trading cards added
  • gameplay: encumbrancy of rare weapons increased (from average 10% to 50%)
  • gameplay: camouflage suit added to dominance resources
  • vehicles: vulcan tank added (minigun mounted tank type)
  • vehicles: Buggy added (fast combat transportation)
  • vehicles: Pigeon P5 bullet protection slightly decreased
  • vehicles: Jeep bullet protection slightly increased.
  • vehicles: patrol ship mortar increased sight range
  • calls: Buggy drop radio call added
  • weapons: microgun rare weapon added (now for real!)
  • weapons: javelin anti-tank weapon added
  • weapons: Benelli M4 suppressor rare stealth shotgun added
  • weapons: Kriss Vector rare stealth weapon added
  • weapons: TOW now slightly protects the user from incoming bullets
  • vest: EOD armor added (very effective vs. smaller explosions)
  • maps: new "Railroad gap" desert theme map added in invasion and quick match
  • maps: Frozen Canyon added to invasion map rotator (experimental)
  • maps: Frozen Canyon added to dominance map rotator (experimental)
  • maps: small fixes here and there
  • items: added camouflage suit also to quick match and dominance
  • items: 3 new valuables added
  • online: weapons sight range modifier handled server-side also in invasion
  • online: client faction in official invasion servers is now set to Brownpants
  • fix: overlays fixed on Mac
  • fix: camouflage suit now consumes on death
  • fix: tank call disable/enable with anti-air emplacement bug fixed
  • fix: workaround for badly built wall geometry with elevated ground
  • misc: hotkey channel support added for global/faction/squad/screen
  • misc: prisoner model for prison break side mission
  • misc: you can now blow the horn as a driver of some vehicles
  • misc: graycollars are now more visible in the mapview
  • misc: added missing base names and capture zone boundaries to the mapview for dominance

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“Average community rating”
9.5/10 – Desura

“Running with Rifles is the kind of game that you think you know how to play, but after you die a dozen times in a row you'll realize it's not actually about running around with rifles. [...] This ain't no arcade game!”

“This game stands out as a truly iconic shooter. With the vast range of gameplay aspects as well as the addictive style and pace, this game is truly one of a kind. War games have been done before, but never to such a free and open extent.”
10/10 – TheSmilingArsonist @ Desura

About This Game

RUNNING WITH RIFLES is a top-down tactical shooter with open-world RPG elements.

In RWR, you join the ranks of an army as a common soldier, just like the thousands around you.

The open world approach lets you define your own path and story in the campaign. Push back the enemy with your comrades or go deep behind enemy lines to sabotage their efforts and loot valuable items.

As you gain experience, you are promoted with higher command over soldiers and equipment. Call in artillery fire missions or paratrooper reinforcements when the situation gets tight! Use your squad to man armed boats, tanks and APC's, or, become the expert lone wolf you always aspired to be - it's up to you!


  • hundreds of locations to explore from trenches to towns, deserts to snowy valleys
  • emergent AI that will question if you're as smart as you think you are
  • realistic cover system
  • dozens of different weapons, support and cover items, radio calls, vehicles
  • side objectives to keep you busy: destroy radio towers and other assets, steal cargo trucks, rescue prisoners
  • 40+ multiplayer support, dedicated servers, coop, PvP, PvPvE
  • speech bubbles!
  • deaths and fails, a lot of them, including your own!
  • ...and of course, mods!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 6600, ATI x800, Intel HD3000 or equivalent with 256MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Try out the latest demo to see if the game will run fine for you.
    • OS: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 6800, ATI x800, Intel HD3000 or equivalent with 256MB VRAM - please note that the game is not playable with ATI/AMD proprietary drivers!
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Try out the latest demo to see if the game will run fine for you.
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
411.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25

In one sentence it is a beautifully crafted minimalistic Top-Down Tactical shooter.
The closest similar games are Cannon Fodder and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War, with the difference that you are controlling just one unit. I am recommending this game because I feel that it does an amazing job capturing "war". WIth this game I've experienced war at it's fullest.

Weapons here have a kill chance rather than taking off hp. It is possible to survive a full-auto M16 blast to the face, and then kill opponent with one shot. Such is war.

I started as a Private, with a firefight lifespan of 15 to 30 seconds. In my first death ever, I was run over by our own tank because I didn't get out of it's way fast enough. By now the game says I've played ~67 hours, and died 1086 times total, which means I die on average every 3.7 minutes. What do these 3.7 minutes consist of?

Running to the combat zone and getting shot right away.

Running to the combat zone with your squad, getting pinned by sniper fire, leaving your squad to flank the enemy from the right and throwing him a fragmentation grenade.

Running to the combat zone with your squad and straight into an enemy APC, which proceeds to mow you down in a matter of seconds

Running to the combat zone, hearing APC from the distance and dual rocketing it into oblivion, before it even does anything.

Getting thrown out of your own boat and knifed by enemy commandos.

Throwing out an enemy driver and hijacking an enemy tank.

Sneaking into enemy base, hiding behind trees from big patrols and killing small patrols with silenced MP5, then destroying radar jammer, and finally calling airstrike on everyone inside.

Having an airstrike called on you, and be the only survivor from your squad, as everything around you goes up in fireworks.

Doing drive-by in a jeep, going ~100 kp/h as your squaddies obliterate everyone on the sides, while you run over slow ones.

Running over to assist a wounded soldier, as enemy tank rolls into view and obliterates both of you.

Shielding machinegunner with riot shield while he reloads, holding back the advancing enemy until support arrives.

Blocking off passages for enemy vehicles with sandbags and car wrecks.

Mining the road and exploding charges with enemy tank right above them. Most satisfactory.

Lieing wounded, watching your positions get overrun with enemy hordes, and then calling an airstrike on yourself and them. Because you were dead anyway.

The list goes on forever.

90% of the negative reviews on this game are written by people who have not bothered to even learn to play the game.

Experience grind.
One of the biggest problems people currently identify is the that you need to level up in order to level up faster.
- Well, here is the easiest way to level up without having to "git good" - use shield. When you are wearing shield, you soak up 1 exp for every kill made by friendlies close to you. That means, if you are shielding a general, who calls heavy artillery strike on 30 people - you just got 30 exp in 30 seconds, doing nothing.
- Second easiest way is to heal people. you get ~16 exp per heal.
- A little harder, but the most profitable and best way to level up is to be in the capture zone when an area is captured. You get lots of RP and ~50 or something exp.

"Servers are empty" claims.
Most of the players of this game are in North America. Fortunately or unfortunately for you.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
If you ever liked playing with Army Men as a child, this is your game.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
RUNNING WITH RIFLES is a top-down tactical shooter with really big open world and some RPG elements.
You play as Soldier of 3 fractions (Green,Brown,Gray)

+ Epic battles
+ 1 battle can take even 5 hours
+ Realism
+ Explodions
+ Cars/Airbornes/Tanks and a lot of more!
+ Leveling and reputation system!
+ Inventory! You can change your weapon, grenades
+ lots of weapons
+ There can be even 800 soldiers in 1 battle!
+ Multiplayer (Players vs bots, Players vs players)
+ Free updates!
+ Cool graphics
+ Nice Soundtrack
+ No DLC!
+ Campaign

- You can't destroy big buildings
- You can't enter them too :(
- Some bugs

Buy or don't? If you like Trailer do it now!!! Is worth that 14,99!
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Running With Rifles is a large-scaled multiplayer shooter with a view from the top developed by Modulaatio Games. This project will make you forget popular shooters for a couple of nights. Developers offer you to join the ranks of the soldiers fighting for the large-scale areas with other factions.

When you first start the game can seem that it is kind a dull project. However, it should spend about twenty minutes, and you will begin to dive into the atmosphere of a real war. The whistle of bullets from different flanks, exploding mines on the battlefield, and only one bullet hit our soldier sends it to the heaven. The fighting taking place in the large-scale maps. Our goal is to capture the main points of opponents who are marked on the map. We have the ability to use military equipment, improve guns, and level up the title. We have a completely open game world, where we are free to choose where to go and where to attack.

As a fan of games, I was very interesting to try new tactical maneuvers. You will find many different shelters, if used it correctly, you do not just save your hero from death. For beginners it will be difficult to soberly assess the situation, when all sides are firing. However, if you're a fan of tactics, just an hour - two will be enough to understand completely everything. And, you will be able to use each building in several times more efficient.

Running With Rifles in terms of realism is made perfect. As already said one bullet and our hero is dead. Do not run ahead of the squad, this is not Call of Duty in which you can die only with 3-4 bullets. The battle will take place in the narrow streets, where the main advantage will depend on how the right attitude you can choose. In such situations you need to use your technic carefully, otherwise you will get a rocket from enemy’s RPG. As for weapons, we can say that the arsenal is very modest, and it is updated only after the increasing the rank. But, there are a lot of military equipment (tanks, armored vehicles, jeeps, military boats, etc.). What is missing is air forces, as if it had been present the project was likely to be just crazy.

Multiplayer it is a place where you can show how brilliant tactician you are. It is in the multiplayer mode you can get stunning and unforgettable emotions in case of victory. If you have a couple of friends who are fond of this genre of games, you may be here for a long time. There is a mode where you can destroy bots with other players, but it is not very interesting. Graphics in this game is great. There are very good drawn all the details (military equipment, shelters, soldiers, grass). The soundtrack in the main menu after a couple of hours begins to enrage, I had to turn it off.

I think that the game lacks physics and destruction. For example, it would be great to see how the wall crumbles after hit by tank shells in it. Also, the project lacks the Steam Workshop. The community will fill the gaps that currently exist in the game (deficit of weapons, will be more maps, a new abilities, etc.).

As a result, we have a quality product for a low price. If you are a fan of tactical games, then you definitely should pay attention to it. Players who want to experience something new, it is worth trying to play the multiplayer.

Tactical component
Exciting gameplay
Network operations
A wide range of equipment
Huge maps
Beautiful graphics
Low Price of game

Deficit of weapons
Not enough physics
Game don’t have Steam Workshop

Total: 7.5 / 10

*I got the key from developer.

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may be Game Of The Year, but Running With Rifles is definitely the best Indie Game Of The Year.
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