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 (1,846 reviews)
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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June 10

1.10 update released!

Hey Runners!

It has been a while since the last update but we needed some time for us and our families to be back in business with full energy! :)
Sorry for those who waited for the achievements, the support is there but the actual achievements aren't implemented yet as it would have need some more time for testing but don't worry, it will come in the next update!


  • DE/FR/ES translations added (launch the config tool to choose your language)
  • loading screen hints added
  • fixed PSG-90 sniper rifle using the wrong visual model
  • few weapon models reworked
  • Copehill down map (Final Map I) added in the dominance map rotator
  • added secondary machine pistols (mini Uzi, Steyr TMP, AEK-919k)
  • added binoculars (will slightly increase the sight range)
  • added microgun rare weapon
  • added a vest Type I, it has one less layer of damage, which means it can absorb 1 bullet, the next one will put you in wounded state. It has a bigger movement penalty and is in dominance only
  • vest Type II has a slight movement decrease
  • added camouflage suits (no protection but gives the AI harder time to detect the wearer)
  • added 2 news miniboss (gray, brown) visual models
  • fixed a bug where you could shoot through walls while being prone
  • explosions don't overall go through 1 stage of vests anymore. The bigger the explosion, the more vest stages it consumes.
  • steam achievements support (the actual achievements are not yet implemented! coming soon)
  • map fixes here and there
  • minor fixes

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April 17

1.02 update released!


  • Linux: fixed vehicle tracking issues in campaign when continuing an existing campaign, fixing cargo vehicle deliveries
  • map view: fixed frame overlay being rendered behind the background occasionally
  • menu: added port forwarding note in Activate server screen
  • Mac: fixed init_match.xml being looked for in wrong location, causing Final Mission 1 AI commander to function in a unintended way
  • vehicles: humvee has slightly higher acceleration
  • maps: some minor fixes
  • campaign: some extraction points moved to not being extracted accidentally
  • Dominance: added server side overrules for potential client side sight range and camera modifications
  • AI: fixed a bug with bot behavior to jump back and forth between guarding and beginning to approach an already manned deployed weapon when area under open fire but enemy not detected

This Sunday at 6pm UTC, we'll have a pure PvP classic event on {SAS}Beerdrinkers!
We will try to break the record of 64 players by making a 64v64! Let's hope this won't turn into a complete mess and that the server can handle it! :)
As the event name suggests, there won't be any AI on the field, backdooring are allowed and the whole map will be capturable!

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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!
    • Hard Drive: 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
1,187 of 1,312 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
What can I say about RWR?
Let me put it this way - I have a buddy that rage quits. Everything.
14hrs < edit 32hrs :-o > in he is yet to rage quit this game.
Single player is good.
COOP is better.
PVP is insane.

Stick to cover, crouch lots, and you'll do well.

Nuff said.
10/10 would not rage quit.
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1,263 of 1,428 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
HI there...
I'm the buddy that rage quits
have'nt rage quit yet :P
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196 of 206 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Early Access Review
In my Alien Swarm review I stated that it was easily my favourite top down shooter to date, Well, as good as Alien Swarm is, it's just met it's best contender yet, That being said, Running With Rifles is more of a open sandbox, tactical top down shooter in which you take the role of a simple soldier in a fight of potential hundreds, the old saying "One man can make a difference" is one you should keep in mind when playing.

The main objective of the campaign is to capture all of the areas on the local island the game takes place, but how you go about doing that is completely up to you, there is no set method for you to follow and you're given the creative freedom of how to overcome your current mission, this is what makes the game stand out for me. Would you rather stand with your brothers in arms on the frontlines, directly taking the fight to the enemy? Would you prefer to sit back and support with sniper fire or perhaps manning an Abrahms tank? or maybe you'd like to take a team around and attempt a finnicky yet rewarding amphibious stealth attack? All are viable and all will help bring your team one step closer to victory, best of all, it will be you who had ultimately changed the tide of the battle.

You can easily tailor your equipment to the situation and there are many, many methods of taking care of your enemies, from rifles, grenades, pistols, MGs, mounted MGs, snipers, tanks, jeeps, C4s, impact grenades as well as a number of shotguns, smgs, rocket launchers, more rifles, body armours, silenced weapons and even apc turrets, if you get bored of one weapon, there will be a number of potential candidates to take its place.

The game does have a ranking system which releates to the in-game radio you can use to call in support from your base of operations, the higher your rank, the better support you can request, so long as you have RP to do it - a tradable resource on multiplayer servers that players obtain by capturing bases, spotting important targets such as enemy tanks and destroying opposing communications - you can request down reinforcements to help finish capturing a point, you could bombard a heavily fortified enemy position or maybe you just need that little extra edge of a friendly tank storming the opponents down.

Thats the general gameplay, so how are the controls? In short, very good for what it is.
The controls are very smooth and responsive, there is a slight slide in the game, probably to help emphasise that your soldier is quite heavy and can't just change on a whim, you can go prone and crouch which both increase your general accuracy by a significant amount, you can jump up smaller buildings, climb ladders and hop over fences to your hearts content, but that doens't mean you shouldn't be staying behind cover the second you spot the enemy force.

RWR is a fine top down shooter, I love the art style, sound effects are crisp and war torn and the game itself is just great fun to play, with friends especially, I remember this one game I was playing with two amigos, we had been at this fight agaisnt the Greycollars for 2 and a half hours, It got to the point where we had to use a tactical mindset, one of us stays behind with a squad to defend the base under attack whilst the other two attempted to push the base to relieve some pressure, I love games that put you in a particular mindset, one where you really think about your next moves and RWR does that surprisingly well.

Modulaatio Games, I hope your game does well, in summary, Running With Rifles feels refreshing, new and most importantly, enjoyable and fun. If you're at all intrested, I'd happily recommend it, worth it's price, replayable and quite something else.
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301 of 353 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
This game has successfully become the least/most innocent game on Steam.

One second you and your pals are having a good time watching the wacky ragdolls, the next second you are slitting the throats of surrendering enemies.

10/10 would War Crime again
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140 of 154 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
167.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
No one that plays this game seems to know what the Geneva Convention is.
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