Run or Die is a fast paced Endless Runner that focuses on movement based abilities (and a huge Ion Cannon)! Players must make decisions in the blink of an eye in order to make their way through a hazardous city environment where every run is different!
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Overall:
Very Positive (86 reviews) - 93% of the 86 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 11, 2014

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“„Run or Die“ is an absolutely addicting game, which shows beautifully, that less is often more.”
4.2/5 – PWRUP

About This Game

Run or Die is a fast paced Endless Runner that focuses on movement based abilities (and a huge Ion Cannon)! Players must make decisions in the blink of an eye and react quickly in order to make their way through a hazardous city environment where every run is different! Can you make it to the Lab to save Flow?

Warning: Run or Die is not a casual game!

Features:
  • Tight controls
  • The R.O.D Suit which gives you access to 5 different Abilities
  • Native Controller Support
  • 3 Playable Characters (including a catdog)
  • Over 170 handcrafted maps
  • Day & Night Cycle
  • Endless Mode
  • Daily Runs in which players from all over the world run through the exact same city layout and have one shot a day to grab the highest score
  • Training Mode, hone your skills to prepare for the run
  • Challenge Mode, collect all the Intel and reach the goal
  • User Created Challenge Map Support
  • Steam Workshop Integration for easy sharing of User Created Challenge Maps
  • Online Highscores to compare your score with the rest of the world
  • Pixel Art crafted with love
  • Music by Vidboy & Lifeformed
  • Steam Achievements
  • A quick restart button (trust us, you will love that one)
“I’m waiting for you at the Doc’s lab! Come! Quickly!”

P.S.: Run or Die is only available in English, but there are no refined English skills required to understand and enjoy the game.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Card with OpenAL support
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard or higher
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Card with OpenAL support
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD3000 or higher with OpenGL 2.1 support
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Card with OpenAL support
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Overall:
Very Positive (86 reviews)
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Kakashi
5.2 hrs
Posted: July 28
If you like platformers then this is definitely worth the 5$ and the reasons being that the art style is phenomenal, the music is amazing and does not get repetitive or annoying, the characters have emotions, the idea for the characters and powers all comes together very nicely. Also you can see that the developers had some fun creating the game (the secret achievement) I bought the game and only played 2 hours of it so far (planning to play some more) but i would say you would get at least 5 hours if you complete easy and normal challenges on 1 star, do a little bit of training, play the intro, play some endless mode. If you do end up getting the game press backspace on the keyboard when you die so that you respawn quicker because that seems to annoy some people a LOT and you can save 2-3 seconds this way. Also in my opinion it is nice that they took the anime genre in a different direction from dating sim visual novel, 2d fighter, jrpgs or bullet hell to something new.

All in all it's a very good game that did not recieve as much credit as it should have. Also note i said at LEAST 5 hours. Completing a lot of the game, achievements, community levels, time spent on endless mode vary from person to person which means if you want to complete the game (or get close to) you can get well over 15 hours.
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Zectifin Pulgris
0.5 hrs
Posted: July 9
I like this game a lot.

I have one problem. Its very hard to tell the foreground and background pieces apart. I don't mean the scrolling background of the city. There will be pillars that are connected to the platforms you jump on and many of them are very close in shade to each other. Sometimes you'll run into a wall and it looked like a background piece. Sometimes you'll take a wrong path and have to waste a continue thinking that it was a wall when it was the correct path.

If you can get past this annoyance, its the best runner ive played yet.
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Marshal Dex
7.0 hrs
Posted: June 25
Harder than Dark Souls.
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Tyraid1234
11.8 hrs
Posted: June 18
This is honestly one of the best platformers I've ever played. It's a great time killer, and it's honestly a great way to farm cards WHILE having fun!
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*Yuki*
22.9 hrs
Posted: May 7
Died thousand times, broke gamepad and wall, Im trown it to - all to hug Mr Rumples

11/10, would die again
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DESOLATION
1.6 hrs
Posted: April 29
10/10 for menu options
especially audio ones
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the sociologist
5.8 hrs
Posted: April 21
not to much run, only die, but i never give up
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wolf-of-the-north
10.7 hrs
Posted: April 20
One of the most frustrating games I have ever played. I've died more times then I can count. Incredibly challenging and makes you think on the fly. Simple to learn, hard to master. Get it, play it, win it.
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crtrsamuel
11.6 hrs
Posted: March 8
This is a good fast-paced game that i reccomend it is really addicting :^)
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MindfulOcean
3.9 hrs
Posted: February 17
Run or Die is the only running game I've ever enjoyed. The challenge is fair, the controls are smooth, and the art is superb. Even the tutorial is good. The only negative I can really think of is that the game comes with a fairly high frustration factor, but that's to be expected given the genre.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
This is quite the addicting and fun game.
It requires not only good reflexes but also some quick thinking for the right action to perform to keep the run going.
I'm not the best of players, my highest score so far has been in the 1400ish kimos but with every death I seem to learn something. I know exactly why I died, what I could have done to avoid that death, like slowing down, or using the skills in a certain way and this made every death not feel frustrating at all but instead a way to try and become better.

Speaking about the game itself, it's like Speed the movie, only on foot. You have to keep running, you can't stop or you die. If you hit a wall you die. So it's imperative to use the 2 skills the game gives you to avoid every obstacle and keep running.

While I liked the random nature of the skills given in endless run, which get shuffled at every safe zone, I liked more the fixed nature of the challenge mode.
Challenge mode has you try to recover a certain amount of discs while making your way to the end of the level. The skills given in challenge mode are fixed, so learning the level and where and how to use those skills to grab all the discs made it feel a bit like a puzzle game to me. Executing the plan to perfection to get all the discs on the first of the easy levels made me feel quite accomplished, all the while making me think how much better I'll have to become since it was just an easy level.

I think that anyone looking for a challenging but fair game should give this one a chance, because the gameplay feels fun , challenging but not frustrating, where failure helps in learning more about the game and becoming better at it.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2015
Fantastic runner game from Team Flow. If you are a fan of the genre I can't recommend it enough.
Tight controls, beautiful pixel art and a great soundtrack by Vidboy & Lifeformed (dustforce).
Well worth keeping shortlisted and I apologize in advance for my lack of running skills.. :]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08Oepg21KwM

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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Run or Die is a very addictive game, in a good way. The game's simple enough to drag you in, and more than challenging enough to keep your attention for a long time.

The game art is very well done and if you're not careful you'll be spending more time looking at the scenery than looking at what's in front of you. Thankfully the music is very relaxed and is a joy to listen to while getting sliced into small bits because of LASERS. I HATE THEM SO MUCH!

All in all, it's a great game and it's more than worth its fair price!
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
A fun game with a simple premise that it executes very well. Check out my video review for all of my thoughts on Run or Die:

http://youtu.be/kbtx_IZsquI
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
TL;DR --> This game should be called Buy or Die. Why? Because even at full price it costs less than a junk food menu.

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As a non-casual player of the genre, Run or Die caught my attention very fast, and I was sure I'd grab it when it had any sort of discount.

The game is basically what you see in the trailer: a RNG side-scroller where your main character has multiple skills to help her avoid obstacles and trying to reach the ending (is there really an end, actually? :P).

The main mode of this game is the Endless one. Contrary to many games like this one, you barely gain speed in case you're reaching further zones in the game. Instead patterns become harder to avoid and faster, more complex and more accurate reflexes are needed to keep going through.

GAME FEATURES:

- Endless Mode, Challenge Mode, Training Mode, Tutorial and a Daily Run Challenge.
- Many leaderboards, depending on the mode and the time lapse.
- Five skills to play with (Dive, Leap, Dash, Ion, EMP).
- Complete gamepad compatibility.
- Customizable controls.

Despite having a total of 5 skills, in this game you can only use 2 of them at the same time. As I said, this game is RNG, so skills are chosen randomly and you adapt yourself to them. Patterns will appear according to your skills. In case you get far enough into your run, you'll eventually reach "Safe Zones", where skills can be changed for others and further patterns will become more complex.

So that's it. This game is basically opium for those people who loves de genre and for that price it can give you a very pleasant entertainment.

PROS:
+ Controls are, as usual in these kind of games, very tight and very responsive.
+ Even though there's just 1-2 tracks, music is catchy.
+ Gets the idea of the "Just one more run..." feeling of addiction.
+ Easy to learn, challenging to master.
+ RNG element, making every run dinamically different.
+ Huge amount of patterns; when you think you've seen all of them, a new one simply appears.
+ Pixel art looks pretty cool.
+ Workshop for level editor.

CONS:
- Even though there's a training mode, complex patterns are simply impossible to practise unless you're skilled enough to reach them again in multiple runs. "Try and fail" feeling is never welcomed.
- Even though pixel art is good, the main character looks surprisingly different from the real model.
- The fact that you're always playing with only 2 skills can get extremely confusing. Some skills like "Dash" usually goes to LB (gamepad), but when it combines with "Leap" it changes to RB. Unless you're very, very focused, you can just screw everything basically because your brain just got used to another setting.
- Lack of content. The context shown in the game somehow looks very interesting, as if there was a cool storyline behind it... but then you find nothing.
- Most achievements are farm-based. Ew.

Overall, this was the kind of drug I wanted and as long as devs keep doing games like this one I'll never get tired of the genre.

Final Mark: 7/10 for the game in global, 8/10 for the game in its genre
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This game is a perfect example of "easy to learn, hard to master". I'm loving and hating it at the same time, because to be honest, i am kinda bad at this, but it's fun nontheless. I'm doing my dailyrun nearly everyday, just to be beat my friends score :>

And it's kinda addicting:
You run, you die, "this is my last try", you run, you die, "this is my last try", you run, you die.... you get the idea ;)

This game has nice retro visuals, which remind me of the good old SNES games.

I would recommend this to everyone who liked runners like Canabalt, Vector or Bit.trip.

<<An Indie Gem, with far too little recognition and attention! Especially for this pricetag.>>
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Super fun runner - once you've got the hang of it you enter a sort of flow state without having to think much. Early levels/areas are relaxing, later bits are super stressfull. Daily runs were a great idea that'll extend the game's life quite a bit.
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29 of 46 people (63%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
I managed to run this game and I did not die. This just goes to show the developers treated this project very seriously and you should give them their money.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Yey! Great competitive auto-runner! This thing will re-activate your reactive synapses! Great atmosphere, lovely artwork and solid gameplay. Big up Team Flow! So I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for some quick and compact action to get your brains up and running!
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2015
"Run, you fools!" - Gandalf
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