Ruin of the Reckless is a breakneck-paced, melee-focused roguelike brawler with very light persistent progression elements and a punishing difficulty curve. Play with a friend!
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Positive (29 reviews) - 86% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 26, 2017

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June 19

New Patch Released: Version 1.03A

Hello everyone!

We've just pushed a new patch for Ruin of the Reckless to Steam! (Version 1.03A)

It includes the following changes.


Russian Translation added (kinda.)

Alright guys, so we did add a Russian translation, and it does work. However, it is far from complete, and needs quite a bit of troubleshooting and fixes. For that reason, it is not accessible via the normal menu from within steam. If you want to try it out, you'll need to go into your game directory, run 'RotRLanguageChooser' and select Russian from the list.

Please note, we are fully aware of the various formatting issues with this translation (they are mostly caused by the fact that Russian simply takes up a lot more space than English does. If you want to best possible Russian language experience, I recommend you wait until our later fully vetted Russian language patch is released.

Bug Fixes

1) Fixed a bug that prevented co-op players from starting the game via the 'main lobby warp portal' located at the top of the stairs.

2) Fixed a bug which caused orb icons to get 'lost' underneath the floor timers.


We implemented a TON of optimizations under the hood. Please note, there are more optimizations planned for a future patch, and we do want to eventually remove all slowdown in all areas. For now, the changes in this patch should significantly reduce slowdown for those of you that have been experiencing it. Again, more changes are planned at a later date to resolve what remains of the slowdown issue for those users that are experiencing that. Happy hunting!

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May 29

New Patch Released

A new 'Memorial Day' Patch has been released. Version 1.02D contains the following changes:


1) Added Portuguese Language Option. To Try it out, right click 'Ruin of the Reckless' in your Steam Library. Select 'Languages' and choose 'Portuguese' from the drop down menu. :) (Special thanks for Miguel Pitali for the fantastic translation!)

Please note, I do not speak Portuguese. There could be issues with this translation that I am completely unaware of. If you speak Portuguese, please give it a try!

Bug Fixes

1) Fixed a very rare error that caused some users to be unable to select 'keyboard' for player one when they don't have a gamepad connected. (hopefully!)

2) Fixed an error which caused Reginald (the shopkeeper) to say a certain line of dialogue when he should not have said it.

3) Players can no longer enter the tutorial area while playing co-op.

4) Optimizations for several game elements that were causing undue slowdown/ hardware stress.

Balance Changes

1) Chests no longer drop zenny.

Visual Updates

1) By popular demand... added new icons for 'Enter' and TAB' to Loss text while inside the tower.

2) When players run out of time on a floor, a new visual effect will be shown (exclamation point), this allowed us to eliminate the "this floor is becoming unstable text" which we found to be distracting, confusing, unclear, and also obstruct the action of the game sometimes.

3) Long Chaos Card descriptions will now scroll on the Chaos Mat... preventing ugly text formatting errors.

4) Eliminated an error that caused the player reticle to fail to draw in situations where it should have drawn (like while jumping.)

5) Orb Icons now 'wrap' downwards rather than extending infinitely into the abyss of the opposite side of your monitor.

6) 'Scholar' now shows one orb for each orb you collect, instead of two. This just cuts down on visual clutterl.

What's next

The next major patch will be focused on performance, making changes which should reduce slowdown for those of you that have been encountering it. We will also be adding support for Russian and Spanish language as well. The patch after that will (hopefully) add achievements.

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“Ruin of the Reckless’ arcade style gameplay is energetic, weird, and irresistible.”

“The soundtrack and replayability make this game well-worth the $14.99 USD price tag.”

“An insanely fast, insanely difficult – and insanely rewarding – dungeon crawler that’s practically built for streaming.”
Yay – Popzara

About This Game

"What's that music in the trailer", Why, it's the Ruin of the Reckless Theme song by SLIME GIRLS.

Since the beginning of time, or maybe longer, this place has been here. It is a beacon of sorts, attracting the souls of those who both lived and died with recklessness in their hearts.

Bound by some unknown force, these wayward spirits cannot leave.

And so they remain… With time their souls will rot. They will fade away and they will be forgotten.

But even here there is hope… a legend whispered among the ghosts and specters. That any spirit to reach the tower’s peak will be granted one wish…

Ruin of the Reckless is a 2D action roguelike with a focus on fast-paced melee combat, speedy movement, and co-operative play.

Capturing the feel of 16-bit classics while providing a major graphical update, Ruin of the Reckless ups the pace, adds challenge and randomness - and lets you play with your friends! (LOCAL co-op only)

---- FEATURES ----

  • Speed through the environment at lightning pace, crush giant hordes of enemies in melee-focused combat. Upgrade your weapons, find new equipment, level up your hero.
  • Explore a detailed, mysterious, randomly-generated tower that changes with each ascent. Discover its purpose and you may see your one true wish granted... If you get that far.
  • Accessible and easy to pick up and play, but ascending to the higher levels of the tower will take intense skill.
  • Bring a friend for local co-op fast-paced fun.

---- MECHANICS ----

Weapons: Wield a variety of dangerous melee weapons, each one has benefits and drawbacks, and although some are better than others there is no 'best weapon' to fit every play style.

Spellbooks: Ancient secrets lie within these tomes. Spellbooks contain a set spell and a set amount of charges - when your spellbook is out of charges, it's time to switch! All spellbooks can be charged for more powerful effects, but it will drain them faster. Alter your spell abilities with orbs gained by leveling up!

Skill Orbs: Dangerous and fragile shards of knowledge. Consume them to permanently gain a new ability, or use them as powerful weapons to strike down your enemies. (Or maybe just mess up and have them blow up in your face instead.)

Dashing: Every one knows that you can't dash without boots! Explore the tower to find all kinds of stylish boots to change your dashing capabilities. Dash longer and further, chain multiple dashes at a time, stun enemie as you strike them with your body... Or maybe you just want to fly right past hazards, it's all possible if you have the right boots!

Cards: Complete special challenges to collect cards which you can keep between runs. Most cards have a benefit and a drawback, so choose carefully! Combine different cards to create your own custom rule set before your run starts, or just use them to alter rules you don't like; for example, turn friendly fire off with the 'Friends' card.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 413 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: RotR will run on most modern systems, but requires a monitor resolution of 1280x720 for the best experience.
    • OS: Windows
    • Graphics: Monitor resolution of at least 1280x720
    • Additional Notes: RotR will run on most modern systems, but will require a monitor resolution of 1280x720 for the best experience. Monitor resolution of at least 1366x768 is recommended for co-op play.

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