I Hate Running Backwards is a never-ending adrenaline packed shoot'em down roguelite that puts the emphasis on destruction and fighting never ending waves of enemies while time traveling through procedurally generated worlds!
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Mostly Positive (172) - 73% of the 172 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 22, 2018

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“I Hate Running Backwards is a much needed and refreshing tribute to the classic arcade shoot 'em up, that, in spite of a few odd difficulty spikes, is highly addictive and absolutely worth the time spent—and at times lost—to it.”
8/10 – CGMagazine

“Bright, chaotic in all the best ways, and always surprising.”
8/10 – PCPowerPlay

“Playing it brings nothing but joy, even when you're dying time and time again. It's fast-paced, frantic and fun, just how a shooter should be. And it's got the brilliant sense of humour that runs though all Serious Sam games. While it's enjoyable when played alone, it's best enjoyed in co-op. So, grab a friend, get them sat on the couch next to you, and run backwards like a maniac. You'll both have a blast.”
8/10 – Game Spew


New Features

- Added all the assault rifle, pistol, shotgun and knife type tier 3 weapons bringing the primary weapon count to 67 up from 50
- Achievements have been added to NETRICSA
- The score is now visible throughout the game
- The combo counter was added to the HUD
- Reworked the models and animations for Rocketeers, Kamikazes, Bombers, and Firecrackers

Tweaks and adjustments

- Bull won't spawn while near shortcuts
- The boat is now more agile, also, fewer mines ;)
- Loading screen now requires player's input to start the game (so you guys can read the tips in peace)
- Arrows near the lockers now stay visible
- Fixed the error which would appear on taking a shortcut when the tutorial is active
- Fixed a bug where the helicopter would not be visible if it was destroyed in the first loop
- Collider height around the helicopter area was raised to make jumping off the platform with the broken jetpack impossible
- Added tier stars to weapons to make it easier to identify what rank all the weapons are
- Gunslinger perk now affects BonePistol weapon and Colt45 weapon
- Final Assault no longer works with BonePistol and Colt45 as they are now categorized as pistol weapons
- CrossBone weapon now consumes the amount of ammo it fires
- Rocket launcher tier 3 ammo increased to 15 up from 12
- Increased tier 2 and tier 3 Omicron laser damage to 12 up from 8

About This Game

I Hate Running Backwards is a hardcore adrenaline packed shoot'em down that puts the emphasis on destruction and fighting never-ending waves of enemies!
Pick your character and blast away enemies with a high powered arsenal of shotguns, lasers, rocket launchers, singularity cannons and all the weapons you can get your hand's on! Get stronger by earning perks to decimate challenging bosses and climb the leaderboards to show who's the best runner out there!

Sam and friends get stuck in the mixed space-time continuum and have to battle their way through different time periods to rid them of Mental's minions!

Intense never-ending action will have you destroying wave after wave of enemies on your way to the final boss. You think you're done when you do? Think again! The game loops and sends even tougher enemies at you. Lucky for you that the arsenal of weapons you pick up along the way is more than enough to help you deal with the threat.


  • Are you Serious? - Chose from a roster of characters like Serious Sam, The Bullet, Lo Wang, Rambro, and Richard among others and bring their unique arsenal to the battlefield!
  • Swing it like you mean it! - Use your mighty melee weapons to lay waste to enemies and destroy the environment!
  • Guns blazing! - Chose from and an arsenal of close to a 100 weapons ranging from assault rifles, shotguns and rocket launchers to orbital lasers, guided missiles, and disintegrations beams!
  • Shoot ‘em down! - Turn the shoot ‘em up genre upside down with Sam doing what he hates the most - running backwards!
  • Come at me bro! - Fight your way to the top of the leaderboards in standard and daily modes. Show you're friends and the world that you're the best runner among them all!
  • Who’s with me? - Fight side by side with a friend in the couch co-op multiplayer mode for 2 players and remember to leave some ammo for your buddy.
  • Destructible environment - Watch as you and your foes destroy everything in your path while battling each other.
  • Expand your arsenal! - Complete achievements to unlock rewards ranging from new weapons, characters and difficulty modifiers!

Are you a Twitch streamer? Good news! I Hate Running Backwards has a unique twist for you!
Activate Kill the Streamer mode and let your Twitch chat spawn enemies to try and kill you!

  • Spawn hordes of enemies! - Your Twitch chat can spam numbers to spawn enemies that rush to kill you!
  • Shoot The Drone - Use the Twitch drone to shoot at the Streamer!
  • Spawn Werebulls! - Spawn mighty werebulls to rush the Streamer and kill him even faster!
  • Custom Twitch Chat Leaderboard! - A leaderboard for the best Streamer killers out there!

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 530v
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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