A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Notes : Ruggnar is in Early Access, almost all core mechanics are presents. 

Ruggnar is a platformer set in gloomy places, with nothing but candles to light the way.

Ruggnar, the dwarf, left behind his former life as a miner to explore lost castles, looking for hidden treasures.

He took with him only one item: candles.
They are his most valuable tool and prove useful in a variety of ways:
Lighting: See Ruggnar's immediate surroundings
Throwing: Light up the way ahead, but don't forget to go pick them up!
Puzzles: use your candle to solve some puzzles

Ruggnar is an experienced dwarf, and his time in the dark mines taught him different ways to handle dangerous areas. Which way do you wish to explore?

Take your time exploring and find every treasure?
Or would you rather speedrun your way to the end?
Maybe you want to speedrun AND collect all of the treasure?
Or, maybe for an extra challenge, don't use a single candle!

Ruggnar also stumbled upon an ever-changing castle. He swears that every time he approaches it, the castle changes, having different amounts of treasures and different placements of hazards.

Do you think you're worthy to take on this Procedurally Generated Castle? If so, enter and use the code given, type one in yourself, or generate a completely new one.
Keep the code for yourself to retry it later, or share it to see how others fare.

This game already has:

 Daily Challenge based on ProcGen levels!
 11 hand made levels 
 A small tutorial
 Online Leaderboard 
 Procedurally Generated Mode : a new Level every time you enter
Options to turn blood on/off and turn automatic candle pickup on/off
 A shop to trade your gold coins for special treats

Things planned for the future:

At least 24 hand made levels!
Different environments!
More hazards!
Unlockable abilites!

Ruggnar is in active development. Some Core mechanics are implemented.

This game is playable on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, using the keyboard or a game pad.

Gamepad Controls:

Control Stick or D-Pad: move
A - Jump
B - Action (open chest, pick up thrown candle)
X - Throw candle (hold, aim, release)
Y - Change candle on helmet

Keyboard Controls:

Arrow Keys: move
Space - Jump
E - Action (open chest, pick up thrown candle)
T - Throw candle (hold, aim, release)
R - Change candle on helmet


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of 5.95€ EUR. You will get access to the following files:

ruggnar-linux-earlyaccess.zip 41 MB
ruggnar-windows-earlyaccess.zip 25 MB
ruggnar-osx-earlyaccess.zip 40 MB

Download demo

Ruggnar_Demo_Windows.zip 24 MB

Development log


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Hello, when I try to activate my groupees itch key, it just redirects to this page instead of linking to my account. How do i fix this?

Hi, sorry for the inconvenience.

Could you send me your groupees key by email  : support@ruggnar.com

I'll investigate and give you a solution

Email sent! Thank you!

Same problem. 

Great game. Maybe one of the best exclusive to itch.io. I found an issue with level 5 I can jump and get wedged into the gargoyle then stuck until I restart the game.

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Thank you for everything !!

Your message sounds great to my hears !!

I'll check the level5 and correct it asap (level 9 is coming soon)

edit : thank you, I've spotted the issue, and modified the level (will come with next update)

The main character's design is just perfect! :D 

I would gladly purchase Ruggnar.

it appears that you don't accept payments via Paypal


that's weird. I've received payment through PayPal. I'll investigate

I like the character and the intentional darkness in combination with the torch mechanic. I guess the menu UI / Map is still a placeholder, but aside from that it already has a solid graphics style. The only things that bothered me was that you lose all coins on death and you can't use the same savegame candle to save your coin progress again. I would rather not loose coin progress when dying, because the darkness and amount of traps already makes it challenging enough to reach the end of the level.

Thank you ^^

Yes map and UI are placeholder. I'm still figuring how to make it nice.

The progression is reseted because of the keys used to open doors. I can think of another way to handle coins/keys.

I understand your idea, I'll do some test and choose the best way to handle it

Really nice game. I love the art but I´m the worst on speed running :)

Thank you, the first players made some really great times, that's true !


Such a wonderful concept - I really love these first few levels!

Thank you very much :) I'll do my best to add more content on a weekly basis

Love the concept and pixel art.

Can't wait to see the completed game!

Thank you very much !

Soon, I'll open the early access

That's it, the game is in early access, you'll find more content than in the demo.

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I can't wait to see more dark levels. :) I've had fun playing. Okey, and I also died quite a bit. It's like a trademark.