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Risk of Rain

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Risk of Rain
Risk of Rain cover
Developers
Hopoo Games
Publishers
Chucklefish Games
Engines
GameMaker
Release dates
Windows November 8, 2013
macOS (OS X) October 28, 2014
Linux October 28, 2014
Reception
Metacritic 77
OpenCritic 79
IGDB 85
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Platform, Roguelike
Art styles Pixel art
Themes Sci-fi
Series Risk of Rain
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Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

General information

Official forums
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Unofficial wiki

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
DRM-free
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Prefs.ini[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/com.riskofrain.riskofrain/prefs.ini
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Risk_of_Rain/prefs.ini
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Prefs.ini stores the configuration on Windows.
prefs.ini stores the configuration on OS X and Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save.ini[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\Save_backup.ini[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/com.riskofrain.riskofrain/save.ini
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Risk_of_Rain/save.ini
Save.ini stores the save data on Windows. Save_backup.ini stores a backup of the data on Windows.
save.ini stores the save data on OS X and Linux.
A backup of the save data is not created or used on OS X and Linux.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Cloud configuration for the game is incomplete and will always use the Windows configuration, see fix for OS X and Linux.

Video

In-Game general settings.
In-Game general settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
60 FPS cap. Physics tied to frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

In-Game input settings.
In-Game input settings.
In-Game controller settings.
In-Game controller settings.

DualShock 4

DualShock 4 mapping[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open Prefs.ini.
  3. Replace everything in the [Joystick] section with the following:
[Joystick]
joy_setting[1,0]=1
joy_setting[1,1]=0
joy_setting[1,2]=-1
joy[1]=Stick 1 Left
joy_setting[2,0]=1
joy_setting[2,1]=0
joy_setting[2,2]=1
joy[2]=Stick 1 Right
joy_setting[3,0]=1
joy_setting[3,1]=1
joy_setting[3,2]=-1
joy[3]=Stick 1 Up
joy_setting[4,0]=1
joy_setting[4,1]=1
joy_setting[4,2]=1
joy[4]=Stick 1 Down
joy_setting[5,0]=0
joy_setting[5,1]=1
joy_setting[5,2]=-1
joy[5]=X (DS4)
joy_setting[6,0]=0
joy_setting[6,1]=7
joy_setting[6,2]=-1
joy[6]=R2 (DS4)
joy_setting[7,0]=0
joy_setting[7,1]=6
joy_setting[7,2]=-1
joy[7]=L2 (DS4)
joy_setting[8,0]=0
joy_setting[8,1]=4
joy_setting[8,2]=-1
joy[8]=L1 (DS4)
joy_setting[9,0]=0
joy_setting[9,1]=5
joy_setting[9,2]=-1
joy[9]=R1 (DS4)
joy_setting[10,0]=0
joy_setting[10,1]=2
joy_setting[10,2]=-1
joy[10]=Circle (DS4)
joy_setting[11,0]=0
joy_setting[11,1]=0
joy_setting[11,2]=-1
joy[11]=Square (DS4)
joy_setting[12,0]=0
joy_setting[12,1]=9
joy_setting[12,2]=-1
joy[12]=Start (DS4)
joy_setting[13,0]=0
joy_setting[13,1]=3
joy_setting[13,2]=-1
joy[13]=Triangle (DS4)
joystick_on=1

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Over-all volume and music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Russian
Fan translation by «ZoG Forum Team».
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
LAN play
4 Co-op
See Player limit.
Online play
4 Co-op
See Player limit.

Player limit

Raise the player limit in ini file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open Prefs.ini.
  3. Find the line max_players_online and change it to the desired number.

Notes

Increasing the number of max players can cause latency issues.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
There is no official server browser, so direct IP connection is the only option.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 11100
This game does not support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.
You can set the port yourself when creating a server.

Issues unresolved

Frame rate drops when unplugging controller

If you plug in a controller and then later unplug it, the game will run much, much slower. This is due to the engine and cannot be resolved.[3] Temporary solution listed below.
Common solutions to frame rate drops[3]
  • Plug controller back in.
  • Restart your computer.

Steam overlay sizing

If you are playing with scaling above 1x you may notice the Steam overlay is not positioned correctly and will sometimes display two notifications, one being an extra large render and the other being the standard size notification.
Common solutions to Steam overlay problems[citation needed]
  • Open prefs.ini in the installation folder and experiment with the scale option under [Video Options]. For example, if your screen resolution is 1600x900, try 2.5.
  • Disable Steam overlay
  • Play with 1x scaling

Issues fixed

Audio doesn't work, error defining external function

Reinstall Visual C++[3]
  1. Reinstall Visual C++ 2012 (also available in <path-to-game>\redist\).
  2. Restart the computer.
Set compatibility mode with Windows 7[3]
This only applies if you are running Windows 8 and later.
  1. Right-click on the main game application and select Properties.
  2. Select the Compatibility tab and tick Run this program in compatibility mode for:
  3. From the drop-down menu select Windows 7.
  4. Click Apply then 'OK to save your changes and close the window.

"The file is being accessed by another process" or any other Windows errors on startup

Common solutions to startup errors[3]
Make sure to run the game outside of Dropbox.
Disable anti-virus programs or whitelist the game if they are interfering with the installation folder.

Save files are not synced to or from Steam Cloud on OS X and Linux

Create a symbolic link from the incorrect save file location to the correct location for the platform
The Steam Cloud configuration for the game uses the Windows save data filename and directory.[4]
  1. Run the game at least once to create or synchronize the save data
    • If save data is already present on Steam Cloud and one wishes to keep it, move <path-to-game>/Save.ini to the respective location for the OS being used and rename the file. If not, delete <path-to-game>/Save.ini.
  2. Open a terminal

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
OpenGL 2.1 Dedicated GPU with 128 MB of RAM recommended.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.
Linux

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU) 2.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) 2.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 2.1 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References