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What is Risk of Rain?

Risk of Rain is an action platformer/adventure game with roguelike elements.While we don’t want to spoil the story, we can let a few things through! The game is set in the distant future, where space transportation is common. Space trains carry passengers and goods all across space. A particular space train, however, had some very special cargo. Through a series of unfortunate events, this space train gets shot out of orbit and crash lands on a mysterious planet.. with one survivor.

Randomized elements to keep play fresh

The big feature of our game is the randomized elements. The position you spawn on the map, which map you spawn on, the location of chests, enemy spawns, item spawns and more are all randomly chosen by the AI Director! We also have a massive amount of content in our game: we have 100 unique items planned, all with interesting effects. No +HP or +DAMAGE, but chance to spawn missiles and stop time. You have the option of choosing between 10 characters, all with their own different moveset.

What makes Risk of Rain unique?

Another thing that’s important in our game is that as time increases, so does difficulty. Represented in a bar on the HUD, every minute increases the enemies’ power and spawn count, developing a great sense of urgency.

Tracking your progress in Risk of Rain

Through the Item Log you can see what kind of cargo the space train was carrying, along with a variety of information of the items you’ll be using in your journey. The Monster Log is similar to Olimar’s Log in Pikmin or a Pokedex; after collecting logs from monsters, you can read all about their behavior, health, damage, and more, along with an accompanying picture.

Battle through hordes of randomly spawned monsters and bosses

The game is run by a hidden Director, who has a ‘deck of cards’ of monsters he can spawn. The Director will randomly draw a card, and then spawn as many of those monsters as it has points available to it. If the Director has sufficient points, he can spawn a boss onto the field! Not only that, but the Director can upgrade his spawns to elites with enough points, giving them random abilities such as faster speed, electric elements, or permanently leaving a fire trail. Elite bosses all have their own custom abilities unique to each boss.

Collect drones to aid you in battle

Drones, like chests, are randomly distributed throughout the map. The unique thing about drones, however, is that they have their own healthbar and can be lost, unlike items. They float around you and are, in my opinion, quite adorable! At the moment we have a basic drone, who floats and shoots nearby enemies, a healing drone, an assault drone, a missile drone, and a laser drone. These all have their own unique models, sounds, and behaviors!

Collect over 100 items and powerups that drastically change gameplay

There are two different kinds of items; passive items and use items. Passive items, which are split up into 3 categories of power, are always active.Some examples of passive items are the ‘Fireshield’, ‘Infusion’, and Brilliant Behemoth’. The Fireshield causes your player to detonate when receiving heavy damage, hurting nearby enemies and knocking them away. Infusion causes your maximum health to grow for every enemy killed, and the Behemoth causes every single one of your attacks to explode! All passive items stack, so if you had all 3 of those items, getting hit would result in an explosion, which then explodes further, then gives you health.Use items are a different kind of item; you can only hold one at a time, and it goes on cooldown when used. Some examples of use items are the ‘Missile Box’, which sends out 16 missiles to hunt down enemies, and the ‘Jar of Souls’, which duplicates all enemies on the screen as a ghost to fight on your side.

Jump into the game quickly with easy to understand controls and objectives

Most games have very non-intuitive controls and game rules. You shouldn’t have to read through the wikipedia to learn all the hidden rules of a game! The game in its current iteration is very easy to understand; you shouldn’t have to fight against the game design. We intend on making the game playable by anyone, but only master-able by a few. Intuitive does NOT mean casual or easy! Most of our fanbase will attest that the game is quite hard.

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Hey guys!

It’s finally done. Risk of Rain launched on both Steam and Humble Store on November 8th, 2013.

About the Game

Risk of Rain is an action platformer with roguelike elements. With permanent death as a primary feature, players will have to play their best to get as far as possible. Fight on a mysterious planet with randomly spawning enemies and bosses, either alone or with 3 friends in online co-op. With over 100 items at your disposal, you will find the tools you need to find the teleporter back home. Discover a myriad of randomly chosen stages, from the desolate forest to the frozen tundra.

The three main goals for our game are simple:

1. Design a game that is randomly generated every play-through, to keep replayability high and fresh.

2. Time = difficulty. The higher the in-game time gets, the harder the difficulty gets. Keeping a sense of urgency keeps the game exciting!

3. Be enjoyable, regardless of whether you win or lose. No more fussing with complex and non-intuitive gameplay patterns. Players should not blame the game for their loss!

''Risk of Rain is definitely worth your time.'' - Northernlion

''When people do pixel art right, like this, it just looks gorgeous'' - Patrick Klepek via Giantbomb

"..a ridiculously compelling procedurally generated side-scrolling platform survivor-me-do, with multiple characters to play as, single and co-op play, and some of the hardest-hitting deaths I've experienced in such games" - John Walker via RockPaperShotgun

Key Features

  • Engage in local and online multiplayer with friends and other players from around the world!
  • Play and unlock 10 unique characters, from the Commando to the Miner to the Engineer.
  • Fight through hordes of different enemies and bosses, randomly chosen by the game with random abilities and powers.
  • Get lost and discover 10 massive levels with different enemies, shrines, and chests on each one!
  • Recruit the help of a wide variety of drones, from missile drones to healing drones!
  • Unlock the lore of the game through the item and monster logs!
  • Unlock new items and characters through difficult achievements to keep the game fresh with each playthrough.
  • Save your best highscores and stats!

We are glad to finally be able to launch Risk of Rain on Steam and want to give a huge thank you to everyone who followed and helped us here on indiedb!

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RandomiseUser Jan 4 2015 says:

Lovingly crafted and just random enough without being so unpredictable that the quality of design is lost. Haven't decided whether I prefer this in single or multiplayer - in mp it's a shame if one player dies they are out for the round. Here's my multiplayer video: Youtube.com

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Scadden Dec 31 2014 says:

Is this a good place to bug report? (best game ever)

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Imagamer45 Dec 12 2014 says:

This is definitely a good game.

But it is not a roguelike.

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Scadden Oct 28 2014 says:

This is hands down one of the most fun indie games I have ever played. I recommend buying it.

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matthew_dev Aug 24 2014 says:

I think I should buy it and play as soon as I can!! It looks an awesome game.. Game Maker is really powerful though! ;)

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TheFurCrew Jul 21 2014 says:

... This game is my Binding of Isaac. That said, LET THE SERIES BEGIN! Youtu.be .... Aslo, THIS GAME IS AMAZING!

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walissonhsantos Mar 15 2014 says:

Compartilhei > > > Adf.ly

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Guest Mar 12 2014 says:

Please make a mac version IT will make MONEY

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madv7od Dec 23 2013 says:

You know that a game is good when you can't stop playing it! Games like Risk of Rain show that when you combine pixel art and modern day technology, you get the outcome that is amazing in all of it's glory. Huge amount of replayability, and the difficulity keeps me going. unique class designs, awesome secrets and the co-op that forces teamwork to the max! That game is worth every cent :) Keep up the good work and take care :)

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Highest Rated (2 agree) 10/10

Quite possibly my favorite game of the year. After following Risk of Rain throughout its Alpha and Beta periods, it's amazing how this fun little roguelike-like action platformer has blossomed into an expansive game that has held my attention for hours on end, and promises to continue doing so for many hours to come.

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Jul 21 2015

Huge thank you to @griffinmatta for helping us find and fix the bugs! The newest version is now live on Steam.

Jul 21 2015

The Steam Achievements bug is fixed! You will be able to unlock Steam Achievements as intended, even if previously unlocked in game.

Jul 20 2015

Looking at some of the Steam Achievements not triggering after unlocking. Any specific achievements people have had not trigger on Steam?

Jun 23 2015

We are aware of an issue with Steam Achievements and are looking into getting it fixed asap. Thank you for your continued patience!

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