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  • Summary: Runers is a top-down rogue-like dungeon shooter where the player explores a vast underground labyrinth and faces fierce monsters and bosses. As the game advances further into the dungeon, she gathers Runes, which are be used to combine into 285 unique spells.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 8, 2014
    85
    The gameplay and spellcrafting mechanics are easy to understand, and between of the sheer number of spells, races, and classes you can combine, you aren't going to run out of stuff to discover any time soon.
  2. Sep 2, 2014
    80
    If it can escape expectations, Runers will easily become a title with a devoted following.
  3. 76
    Runers will certainly test your patience, but it’s kind of like a big puzzle for which someone has conveniently left you a giant tool kit but no instructions.
  4. Sep 2, 2014
    70
    It is as intense a game as I have played in recent times and I did get close to smashing a few things in frustration – it is as unforgiving as they come. A fast paced, pick-up-and-play, run-and-gun dungeon crawler that may impress the hardcore – if it doesn’t drive them insane.
  5. 70
    Runers is a fast paced and fun roguelike that offers plenty of variety. While there is a lot of reading to figure out exactly what everything does, the simple, twitch mechanics and randomisation make it one that is easy to come back to over and over again.
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    70
    The difficulty can be daunting at times, and combined with a control scheme that can be a difficult one to master, it can get the better of some players. Still, for only $9.99, you’ll get a lot of game in a little package, and if you take your time, can have a good time with it.
  7. Oct 19, 2014
    58
    A poor man’s Magicka – this is what Runers basically is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 14, 2014
    10
    A seriously fantastic mix of rogue-like and crazy bullet hell. The rune system is deep and fun to explore, the levels too. Addicting, very addicting.
  2. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    A beautiful game. The graphics are old school, but frankly, that only adds to its allure.

    If you like top down bullet-hell Rogue-likes
    A beautiful game. The graphics are old school, but frankly, that only adds to its allure.

    If you like top down bullet-hell Rogue-likes (think Binding of Isaac, but with more bullets), then you will love this. Don't be fooled by the graphics; Runers comes with a ton of content. Not only are there hundreds of different rune combinations and spells, there is also an insane variety of enemies and bosses, and a ton of customizability, offered by your starting choices and then your randomized trait offerings as you level up and enter new floors.

    This game will not let you rest. You will not grow lax while playing this game. You will be dodging madly, holding down the mouse madly and slamming your fingers down on keys, trying to outrace the frenetic speed of the game. The difficulty scales nicely through the game, and there are five different levels for all kinds of players.

    This is an amazing Rogue-like that uses every bit of its potential to shine brightly. It's pretty easy to get over the graphics when the gameplay draws one in so completely. It is basically glitch-free, with nothing game-crashing, and has an amazing amount of randomization and customizability. Each game you play, you will gain experience, knowledge of new spells and rune combinations, and hopefully a few more spells for your RuneDex. You'll get small but not-completely-insignificant in-game boosts and understanding of enemies and patterns, and you will build upon your past games to get better in future ones.

    This game has seemingly infinite replay value and is just amazing. I recommend it anyone who likes Roguelikes, bullet hells, or even just good, solid replay value. This has the potential to become a classic with a fan following rivaling that of Binding of Isaac. Mastertronic got this right the first time, and the developers are still improving, correcting, and bug fixing with impressive speed.

    Runers is beautiful. Go and get it!
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