The opening section sets the tone for the game, channeling both the exploration, discovery and story from RPGs of old while delivering it with the wit and comedy of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf. The cocky AI guides you though the tutorial galaxy, making the usually tired task of teaching you the ropes an entertaining and engaging affair!
From the outset you are thrown into the fray having to guide your ship through the trench of an exploding ship reminiscent of the Death Star run. Having to frantically learn how to pilot your ship is a great way of throwing you into the deep end without all the hand-holding you tend to get in tutorials these days!
From here we are taken through a variety of gameplay elements and styles and gradually introduced new ships and weapons as you work through the varied and expansive missions and its here that you begin to realize the scope of the game, this £6.99 indie game has hours and hours more content than many big name releases! The intro galaxy alone will keep you involved for hours, however if you do want to skip this section you are given the option for diving into the game proper – I would say that the introduction is well worth playing and teaches you everything you need to know to survive in the cold depths of space!
Graphically the game looks great, with detailed backdrops and lashing of sci-fi charm illuminated with flashes of laser and explosions aplenty! The scale of the maps is also impressive with sprawling junkyards, vicious battle arenas and epic space battles. The top down view allows you to drink in all this visual style Likewise the soundtrack is great with electro themes and sci-fi ambiance that really adds to the experience.
So strap into your space suit and get ready to battle your way across the stars!
Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages is available now on Steam for £6.99