Takes the player into unfamiliar territory as they use NES-style controls to blast their way through the barrage of Beats in this rhythm-music adventure.
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Mixed (103 reviews) - 56% of the 103 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 2, 2012

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Includes 2 items: BIT.TRIP CORE, BIT.TRIP.CORE Soundtrack

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Includes 16 items: BIT.TRIP BEAT, Bit.Trip Beat Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP CORE, BIT.TRIP FATE, BIT.TRIP FLUX, BIT.TRIP FLUX Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Bit.Trip Runner Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP VOID, BIT.TRIP.CORE Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP.FATE Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP.VOID Soundtrack, Laserlife, Runner2 - Good Friends Character Pack

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Includes 15 items: BIT.TRIP BEAT, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Bit.Trip Runner Soundtrack, Bit.Trip Beat Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP CORE, BIT.TRIP.CORE Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP VOID, BIT.TRIP.VOID Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP FATE, BIT.TRIP.FATE Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP FLUX, BIT.TRIP FLUX Soundtrack, BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Soundtrack, Runner2 - Good Friends Character Pack

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“Editor's Choice”
9.0 – Destructoid
“Wonderfully different”
9.0 – Play Magazine
“...if you enjoyed the original BIT.TRIP BEAT release, you're going to find a lot to love about this enjoyable sequel”
8.0 – Nintendo Life

About This Game

BIT.TRIP CORE visits a darker place in CommanderVideo's saga, taking the player into unfamiliar territory as they use NES-style controls to blast their way through the barrage of Beats in this rhythm-music adventure.

CORE is the second installment in CommanderVideo's soul quest with:
  • Classic NES-Style Controls!
  • Beautiful Boss Battles!
  • A Thumpin' Chiptune-Inspired Soundtrack!
  • Special Chiptune Guest Star Bubblyfish!
  • Mind-Melting Challenges!
  • Revealing Cutscenes!
Download BIT.TRIP CORE to continue your very own BIT.TRIP!

Key features:

  • Leaderboards!
  • Achievements!
  • Brand New Easy Mode!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:2.0+ GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.1 and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any sound card capable of stereo output
    • OS:OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor:2.0+ GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.1 and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:Any sound card capable of stereo output
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
Bit.Trip Core suffers from giving too little, too late. For the first two thirds of the game I was certain it was my least favorite of the Bit.Trip Saga that I'd yet to play, only to find the final third of the game (or in other words the third level) vastly improved on everything that came before. Even still, it's hard for me to even begin to recommend it, as by that point my experience was already soured and I was ready for it to be over.

As is the case with every Bit.Trip game, the gameplay of Core differs wildly from past games, placing you in the middle of the screen with the ability to shoot lasers in four directions. Blocks come out from the sides of the screen, and you need to time your shots to hit them as they cross over your line of fire. In theory and keeping with Bit.Trip tradition, these are supposed to line up with the beat of the audio track, but in practice there is very little rhythm at all to the patterns which makes it incredibly difficult to time shots with how short a window you are given. It's not until the last level that these designs finally come together and you can see what Gaijin Games was going for with a fantastic closer that feels really rewarding once you get in sync with the track, which makes it so disappointing that near everything that came before was just rubbish.

For a game you can finish in under and hour, it's hard to recommend Core when only a third of it is worth playing, and even then is likely to annoy those who don't posses a keen sense of rhythm. It's ideas are solid but its execution lacking, and on the whole I found little enjoyment to be had from what eventually showed itself to be an interesting concept. If only it had done so earlier.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
This game just isn't right. The main issue I have is that there is a huge delay between pressing fire, and actually shooting your beam. It really ruins the experience. The Wii version, where this is ported from, has no delay at all. Now, you're not getting the game for $1 on the Wii version like you are for the winter sale, but it is SO much better than this game. If anything, I recommend picking up a copy of Bit.Trip Complete on the Wii for about $20. It includes all 6 games in the main series, fun extras, and it includes the true story of the Bit.Trip games. It's a great buy.

SO, final results:

Wii Version- Very fun and challenging for all the right reasons! Recommended, 8/10!
PC Version- Kind of fun, and challenging for all the wrong reasons. Not recommended, 4/10
Bit.Trip Complete- ABSOLUTELY worth your money, 9/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Bit.Trip Core is the second entry in the Bit.Trip series, playing a bit more like a typical rhythm game in some aspects. The graphical and musical style from Beat is carried over from Core. In this game though, the graphics are not as crazy but still are trippy and weird, while the music is a lot more subdued. The story and cutscenes tend to revolve around Commander Video and 2 figures that look a lot like Commander Video.
The gameplay consists of controlling an object in the middle that can fire up, down, left, or right. The goal is to hit each block as it passes through a line. This felt a little bit like Guitar Hero in trying to match a block with a direction and firing the laser. Just like in Beat, blocks move on the screen and with different patterns or in huge groups. Bosses exist at the end of the level with 2 more Atari references, and included to the game are bombs to remove difficult blocks onscreen.
Core feels a bit flawed though. There are times when I was interested in the pattern of the blocks and the level designs, while other times I felt bored. Sometimes I would easily get the hang of a pattern and be in sync to the music, while other times I wouldn't and try to button mash my way out. The mellowed out design and more abstract gameplay in Core makes the game a bit harder to enjoy. As a whole, the game is roughly harder than Beat, although there are points where the game is easy and then it suddenly ramps up in difficulty. The time to beat Core is also roughly the same as to finish Beat as well.
Bit.Trip Core will be fine for players who played some of the other Bit.Trip games like Beat or Runner and want more Bit.Trip action. The game itself isn't perfect, but gives a different kind of game that isn't the most amazing, yet offers some interesting things to check out.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Along with the rest of the BIT.TRIP Saga, this game is definitely unique. Only more so. But if you like simple, yet unforgiving music oriented games (I know you do), then do yourself a favor and check this one out. Commander Video FTW!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2015
This game required as ton of sacrifices. Pad is near essential, port is completely horrible and functionality of the PC version is near non-existent. If you don't want to risk, I can completely understand that. Avoid if you are not prepared or are not interested in rhythm games in particular.

That said, I just cannot force myself to give this game a negative review, since I had great time playing this. Yes, it's most difficult of the Bit.Trip original series, but the rhythm in this one is nearly hypnotizing. You need to be more precise with hitting those flying bit and pattern recognition is ESSENSIAL but I was constantly finding myself replaying those levels enjoying how much a great musical experience this game is. Your whole mind will act and react to the beat.

That said... Someone should contact the authorities. Making that poor port of such a great game should be considered a crime. This is like leaving a cute, poor puppy alone in the forest. It's sad and unfair.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
BIT.TRIP CORE is a rhythm game and is the second entry to the BIT.TRIP franchise also being my favorite. Note that I have played the Wii (and 3DS) version of this game a lot more then I have on the PC so I have a lot more hours in the game then it shows.

The way CORE works is, you are playing at the + in middle of the screen. When a beat (square things) comes you have to take aim in one of the four directions and shoot the beats. The beats are in-time with the music and you will need to use the beat of the song to hit these accurately.

A staple to the BIT.TRIP franchise is the zones. The higher the zone, the higher your multiplier will be, thus more score. You zone up by hitting a certain amount of beats while not missing too many. Staying in higher zones results in more score, but it is really easy to fail out of it. The higher the zone, the better the music gets which is another thing to keep you motivated to keep doing better.

To fail a stage you will have to drop out of the Nether zone (the lowest zone) and there are no checkpoints. If you don't have experience then this game will be really hard at first. The difficulty curve is steep and the first level (Discovery) will be hard for first-timers. However once you get the hang of the game and mechanics, the next two levels will not be as hard.

Personally, once I pick up a good rhythm game I will spend too much time in it and this game is no exception. I find it very addictive to try to improve my score more and more.

Also, note that there are only the three 15 minute levels; Discovery, Exploration and Control. Playing through the game without failing will take just 45 minutes, but if you're motivated to get further improve your scores (like me), it shouldn't be a huge problem.

As a rhythm game, the game is partially dependent on the music, so is it good? Definitely, CORE probably has my favorite music of any of the BIT.TRIP games, though that is subject to opinion. Also as I said before, the higher zone you're in, the better the music gets. Exploration is my personal favorite. (*^▽^*)

As far as sound effects go, they're solid and they do the job well.

Between the three versions of the game (PC, Wii, 3DS) I feel that if you have the right controller (the Xbox 360's circular D-Pad design does not go well with CORE), PC is the best because of the increased resolution. Also, the challenges which flip the + 90 degrees are actually challenging on the PC cause you can't just flip the controller like you can on Wii. Don't bother with the 3DS version, it's basically broken as the music de-syncs after the first section of Exploration and Control.

Final Thoughts
BIT.TRIP CORE is up there in my all-time favorite rhythm games. The great music and addictive gameplay keep me coming back to spend even more time in it.
Despite the difficulty curve, this is a very solid game. If you are a fan of rhythm games, definitely consider picking CORE up, and check out the rest of the franchise for that matter.

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll like this game as much as I do if you decide to pick it up!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2012
So far my least favorite Bit.Trip game. The controls (using a controller) are just so awkward, I can't get used to them. Like all the other Bit.Trip games this one uses the same formula, so I think most of us know what to expect. I expected better.

[Rating: 74/100]
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
BIT.TRIP CORE is much easier than BIT.TRIP BEAT, but has many similarities as far as game styling. I actually prefer this one for gameplay since the directional input is easier to manage than the tilt/mouse/joystick style of BEAT, though I think I like the music in BEAT better. Overall, a good addition to the BIT.TRIP line and worth a play if you like the style.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2012
This game is like Guitar Hero, except that the notes are flying all over the screen in different directions and it's hard to tell when you're supposed to hit them. But if you zone out to the awesome music and the crazy visuals, you'll figure it out.

It's a game about pattern recognition, memorization, and trusting the rhythm when everything's trying to distract you and overwhelm you. It's the game that got me into this series, and probably my favorite rhythm game to date.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
There are way too many negative reviews for this little gem. I'm not going to lie, it's a ridiculous game, and it's insanely difficult. However, most of the complaints only revolve around an issue with lag, and I don't see that. I'm definitely not running a super pc, and my standards with rhythm games are pretty high. If there's any lag, it's very minor, although the game is incredibly unforgiving, and your timing has to be absolutely spot-on with the beat. If you want to experience true rhythm lag, try running a rom of Rhythm Heaven GBA.

Of course if brutally difficult games aren't your thing, steer clear. If you're up for a challenge, go for it.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: October 25
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1.1 hrs
Posted: October 8
It's pretty addicting but there is no rhythm or checkpoints. The game is also really short, not at all worth $11.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: October 1
So, you liked Beat? How about we make Beat completely nonsensical! You like that, right?
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1.6 hrs
Posted: June 26
I don't get how this game is suppose to be fun. It has bad pixel collision which will make it frustrating if you can't pick up on it quickly enough. The patterns switch from slightly fun to completely boring. I tried playing it for a lot longer than I wanted to in hopes of finding something more positive to say.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: February 28
I don't know what it was about this game compared to other games in the series, but I beat it in one try. The control scheme feels a lot more intuitive than the first game. It is also a good amount more forgiving than the first one. The visuals aren't as glaring and in your face either. All of these serve to make this game a lot more accessible than the previous one for people with an ear for music.

UPDATE: The reason it was so much more forgiving this time around is because the game defaults you to easy mode if you don't change the settings, unlike the last game. All that changes between easy and normal is how much you get punished for mistakes, but you won't get any achievements for playing on easy. I'd still do it, though, to learn the songs.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: November 12, 2015
Bit.Trip Core has some of the worst UI and control design I have ever seen in a game. The game is very unsatisfying to play on the PC and along side that the controls make it nearly impossible to play. I can tell the game was designed with a controller in mind, but even then they could have tried to make a port somewhat coherent for PC controls.

The Main Menu is a mess, the Options menu is impossible to navigate, and worst of all there is ZERO mouse support in the menus. You can tell this port was half-♥♥♥♥♥ and haphazardly tossed onto the PC in hopes that people would buy this game without knowing better.

I played for about ten minutes with a controller and just felt this game had no heart and soul. Music is okay, but not nearly as catchy and enjoyable as Bit.Trip Beat, the heart of the series. I didn't enjoy the time I put into this game and I felt the drawl of the music just didn't help the game flow. Bit.Trip Beat was all about movement, whereas Bit.Trip Core is all sitting and shooting lasers in four directions. I could have tolerated it if they had at least just made it so that when you push the direction keys it would fire the laser instantly rather than having it just aim the laser and you have to shoot it right after.

Get a controller if you even want to try playing this game because playing with a keyboard feels horrible. Even then I'd tell everyone to avoid this game because the price is ridiculous.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: July 28, 2015
No one else likes this game except for me and I don't know why.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: July 21, 2015
i played other bit.trip games and i can say this is weakest chain in the bit.trip franchise.I liked other games but this one very annoying.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: June 12, 2015
A rather lacking entry in the BIT. TRIP series, this one has an odd control scheme, beats that don't come close to matching the music, and just frustrating gameplay in general. When you're playing a rhythm game it should be clear where and how you missed a note. Having to watch all four sides of the screen at once makes that pretty much impossible. Unless you go through the tedium of memorizing the whole level (turning it into just a big game of Simon Says), there is no logical way to complete it in a reasonable amount of time. I understand it only has a handful of levels, and I wouldn't even mind the fact alone that it would offset that by making things hard. The problem is that the difficulty comes from the UI and gameplay itself. For that reason, I can't recommend it even at a discount. There are more entertaining games out there for the same price or less.
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