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 (2,349 reviews) - 91% of the 2,349 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 2, 2015

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February 9

1.24 update released!

Olá aos nossos amigos Portugueses e Brasileiros!
Witajcie! Chcielibyśmy powitać wszystkich graczy z Polski!

this small update is mainly dedicated to our Polish and Brazilian/Portugese runners out there!
Full credits go to Paweł "Brodaty" Midvith ( ) and Ivan Santos aka "DGangJ" without whom those translations wouldn't exist, thanks a lot guys!

Happy running!


  • Portugese translation added
  • Polish translation added
  • fixed a bug with inventory UI staying busy after switching to an unreloadable weapon, e.g. riot shield
  • small map fixes here and there

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February 6

1.23 update Released!

Hey Runners!

RWR 1.23 has been released, with the following changes:

  • ai: fixed AI only using the first suitable call regardless of having enough of XP/RP for others
  • weapons: very rare machinegun added: the MG-42
  • weapons: very rare high caliber sniper rifle added: the Lahti-L39
  • weapons: very rare sawn-off shotgun (secondary weapon) added
  • weapons: WB-II microgun slightly rebalanced (stronger)
  • weapons:Anti-tank Javelin despawn time raised from 45 to 90s (now similar to a rare weapon)
  • items: fixed EOD vest where a AI soldier barely spawned with a EOD vest, just the visual model (this time for real!)
  • dominance (pvp) mode: elite soldier models for players with ranks of General
  • dominance (pvp) mode: Frozen Canyon slightly rebalanced
  • maps: several fixes here and there
  • modding: mines and explosives now have a new parameter, by default: can_be_detected_by_driver="0"
  • misc: added sniper tag for the Dragunov SVD
  • misc: fixed camouflage suit not showing in dominance mode
  • misc: fixed an exploit where you could duplicate weapons
  • misc: reduced screen shakiness for artillery strikes and C4 explosions

Behind the scenes, we're working on adding support for Steam Workshop. Some very cool new type of mods are being worked on in the community, Wave Defense and D-Day with new maps and game modes, and while these mods are playable already by installing them manually, Steam Workshop will help a great deal by making the installation more fluent and automatic with updates.

We've also got some new translations, Portuguese and Polish, coming in soon after the update, stay tuned!

Happy Running!

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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
96 of 108 people (89%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
71.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
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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63 of 70 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
Unlike some military shooters you are a nobody, a random soldier with a combat life expectancy of thirty seconds who is simply sent to a war zone with minimal equipment and instructions to head to a rally point and muster for an assault on an enemy strong point.

The A.I., though simple, is excellent for the game. Troopers under fire take cover before shooting back, they can tell where gunfire comes from with extreme accuracy, and low ranking solders group together under a superior officer freely. If pushed, the A.I. can even call in Artillery strikes almost as well as a human player.

Any mass infantry charge without some sort of support, even from something as small as a Humvee, is going to result in hundreds of deaths. But damn if it doesn't look cool to have fifty men charging a position.

The year is whenever, the place is wherever, and three expy armies are duking it out; the German Greycollars, the Russian Brownpants, and the American Greenbelts. Fighting over a small country, these armies, in their hundreds of thousands, wage a brutal war for no clear reason and for no discernible purpose. And into this steps you, fresh from basic, with a gun, a first aid kit, a grenade, and instructions to carry out all orders.

Hell yes I recommend this game.
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
164.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Plastic Army men that came in baggies and buckets were originally manufactured in GREEN, TAN, and GREY.

The fact that the three sides are GREENbelts, BROWNpants (Tan), and GREYcollars made me realize, sometime after 20 hours of commiting atrocious warcrimes, that I was once again playing with plastic army men...

Except with more blood, bullets, horrible screams, hopelessness, and frustration that made winning even more rewarding than knocking over all green soldiers with my fist to represent a grenade as a kid since, now, I'm knocking over all the green soldiers with a virtual, lethal grenade as an ADULT.

This virtual plastic army man simulator is now my favorite game, so you'd better believe I recommend you to buy it.
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102 of 161 people (63%) found this review helpful
133 people found this review funny
418.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
Gave me PTSD
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
112.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
TL;DR - it's an incredibly fun game where you're one little dude fighting in large battles. The game lets you play pretty much any way you want, whether it be taking part in the intense frontline action, or sneaking behind the enemy and taking them out with silenced weapons. Very fun, highly recommended if you like the idea! Oh and there's multiplayer.

In RUNNING WITH RIFLES (RWR) you get dropped into the middle of a brutal and bloody war between the Greenbelts (USA), the Graycollars (Germany), and the Brownpants (Russia). You play as one soldier in an army of hundreds as you slaughter dozens of enemy soldiers, die a lot, get reincarnated each time as another soldier, and rise gradually through the ranks, battling it out across some unknown country trying to completely dominate the enemy. RWR is super fun, and the developers are friendly and dedicated to the game.

There is a campaign mode, where you go from one map to the next, completely capturing each one as you go, before facing 2 Final Missions, in which you mop up the remainders of the enemy forces. There are about 10 maps (which are all very well designed) to wage war across in the campaign. You can also play any of these maps as a single quick battle, although there's no guarantee that it will be over quickly. Each map can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over 5 hours (cough moorland trenches cough) with the frontline moving back and forth with each attack and counter-attack.

In multiplayer, you can play PvE or PvPvE, with a huge number of people (up to 64 I believe). Playing online is super fun because you can actually use proper teamwork with other players, to annihilate the enemy soldiers on the front lines or to stealthily capture a base behind the enemy lines.

When you start playing, the basics are obvious: run with your rifle and click in the direction of enemies to shoot at them. But it's not actually that simple, because the game is fairly realistic when it comes to dying. One bullet is enough to drop you where you stand, leaving you wondering where the bullet even came from. Running straight towards the enemy holding down the left mouse button will get you killed over and over with no reward. You have to use cover, utilise mortar and artillery strikes, call in airborne reinforcements, move with your allies, set up machine gun installations, and use tanks or other vehicles to break through enemy lines.

There are lots of different weapons and items that you can use, including shotguns, sniper rifles, grenade launchers, rocket launchers, riot shields, and flares. There is something for pretty much every playstyle. Need to get behind the enemy and destroy a comms tower? Get in a camouflage suit, take a silenced sniper rifle and pistol, some C4, and you're good to go.

The game lets you change quite a few game options before you start a singleplayer game, such as friendly/enemy accuracy, starting XP and RP, etc. This basically determines the difficulty. On higher difficulties, the game is very tough, and this is when battles become hour-long stalemates, the streets and fields quickly turning into blood-soaked killing grounds, until you successfully create an advantage by changing up your tactics.

Overall, if you like the idea of being an individual taking part in a large-scale war, you should definitely put this game on your wishlist. Keep in mind that you will die a lot, and it can be kind of frustrating at times, but it's always entertaining. It's also obvious that a lot of love was put into the game. Overall, just really good. Highly recommended!
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