BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Runner2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed and IGF award winning BIT.TRIP RUNNER. In the style of the BIT.TRIP series, Runner2 is a rhythm-music platforming game. Players will run through fantastic environments, using brand new moves, to brand new soundtracks as they run, jump, slide, kick, and soar toward the goal of tracking...
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Release Date: Feb 26, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"I'm awful at this game but that doesn't stop me trying to enjoy it. Gorgeous art-style and soundtrack, plentiful runner action."
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Reviews

“It's one of the finest music games ever made.”
9/10 – IGN

“Gaijin Crafts The Best Auto Runner Yet.”
9/10 – Game Informer

“...a marvelous rhythmic platformer.”
9/10 – Destructoid

“...a flawless victory in game design.”
10/10 – GameZone

“...The game fosters this sense of synesthesia. In my head.”
8.5/10 – GameZone

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About This Game

Runner2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed and IGF award winning BIT.TRIP RUNNER.

In the style of the BIT.TRIP series, Runner2 is a rhythm-music platforming game.
Players will run through fantastic environments, using brand new moves, to brand new soundtracks as they run, jump, slide, kick, and soar toward the goal of tracking down the Timbletot and thwarting his evil plans to destroy not only our world, but every world there is.


Runner2 features 5 exciting worlds, 120 tantalizing levels and 5 death defying BOSS battles! Play as 8 different characters - find secret areas to unlock new and zany costumes!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: winXP SP3
    • Processor:
    • Memory: 2 GB memory
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series (8xxxx) or Radeon HD4 series (HD4xxxx)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB free hard drive space
    • Sound:
    Recommended:
    • OS: win7
    • Processor:
    • Memory: 4 GB memory
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series (8xxxx) or Radeon HD4 series (HD4xxxx)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB free hard drive space
    • Sound:
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8 Snow Leopard
    • Processor:
    • Memory: 2 GB memory
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series (8xxxx) or Radeon HD4 series (HD4xxxx)
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB free hard drive space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8 Snow Leopard
    • Processor:
    • Memory: 8 GB memory
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series (8xxxx) or Radeon HD4 series (HD4xxxx)
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB free hard drive space
    Minimum:
    • OS:ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor:
    • Memory: 2 GB memory
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series (8xxxx) or Radeon HD4 series (HD4xxxx)
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB free hard drive space
    Recommended:
    • OS:ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor:
    • Memory: 8 GB memory
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series (8xxxx) or Radeon HD4 series (HD4xxxx)
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB free hard drive space
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
HOLY ♥♥♥♥ YOU JUST KEEP RUNNING YOU NEVER STOP YOUR LEGS GET SORE MY FINGERS GOT SORE EVERYTHING IS SORE KEEP GOING DON'T STOP
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Amazing soundtrack with a glorious artstyle. The gameplay is just brilliant. 10/10.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Graphics/Design - 8
Sound - 9
Gameplay - 10
Value - 6

This game really came out of nowhere for me. Having never played any of the Bit Trip games, I'd read rave reviews about this game and about how good it was. The first thing you notice when you start the game are the vibrant colors and beautiful backgrounds. The art style is really clean and crisp; it makes everything easy to see and prepare for. This is important because every jump, slide, bounce, block, super bounce and slide jump you do are all in rhythm to the song playing in each level. Bad controls would absolutely break this game because of how time sensitive it is so I'm happy to say they are nearly flawless. A players success with this game is going to be solely based on how good their hand-eye coordination is. With sound being so important it's a good thing then, that the music is generally upbeat and enjoyable. It gives a relaxing feel that works well even though the game itself is about timing and reaction.

If you pick up every item in a level and beat it you get a "Perfect" rating. You can also get a "Perfect+" which is picking up every item along with getting shot out of a canon that moves up and down and hitting a red bullseye at the end of a level. This can be really frustrating if you're trying to get Perfect+ on every level, say for an achievement that requires it. You might be playing on hard and on the 10th try you finally beat the level, pick up every item and now it's time to try and hit the bullseye. There's no surefire way to hit it other than sort of feeling it's the right moment to fire. If you miss and you want the Perfect+ you'll have to play the whole level over again to get the chance to hit the bullseye again. This is literally the only thing in the game that might detract from someones enjoyment of it in any way.

It's not a huge game taking around 5 hours to get through the first time but Hard mode is where the game really shines as it fills in a lot more of the song with obstacles and enemies that are missing on easier difficulties. You can also play 8-bit retro levels that are hidding throughout stages. I didn't find them anywhere near as enjoyable as the main game however. Bottom line, this is a great game that should be enjoyed by everywhere and a game that can brighten your day whenever you play it.

Single Player Play Time - 5-6 hours

Overall 8.5
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I have waited my whole life to hear Charles Martinet say, "soft, bulbous bosom."

Runner2 is rather interesting. I wasn't a fan of the original BIT.TRIP RUNNER. But I love Runner2. And the reason is almost everything about it. Runner2 gets nearly every single thing that it does right, and excels in all of those places where RUNNER fell flat. If this is what happens when the BIT.TRIP devs are able to refine and reinvent their own series, I'd like to see them do it more often.

Runner2 opens with our narrator, the legendary Charles Martinet (who you will probably recognize from his famous roles as Ray Trace in Space Quest 6, Civilian Male in Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Police Station Reporter #1 in The Dead Pool, and of course MC Ballyhoo in Mario Party 8), introducing himself and the game, before taking us on a journey through the repressed imaginations of the disturbed.

BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2 run along with the same basic gameplay. As Commander Video and co., it is your duty to run to the right until the game tells you that you may stop. You duck, kick, block, and jump over obstacles while picking up gold bars and red plus signs. You do not control the running. That's automatic, and you will continue running at a steady pace until you run into something that you shouldn't.

Which you will! A lot.

Luckily, Runner2 is a lot more forgiving in this aspect than RUNNER was. Every normal level now has a checkpoint in the middle for you to fall back on once you get halfway through the stage. Boss stages are LOADS more forgiving, as they have checkpoints after every round, and there's no longer a boring non-boss section of the boss stage to run through at the beginning before even getting to the boss. I ultimately quit RUNNER because I had gotten sick and tired of having to run that section again and again every time I failed 75% of the way through the boss fight, so you can imagine how immensely relieved I am that they added a few CC's of "forgiving" to this thing. You do still have to play a game of "what not entirely obvious thing do I have to do to dodge this obstacle and/or harm the boss" during these battles, but the pain is massively alleviated by the ever-so-welcome checkpoints.

That said, the hardest bit of this trip is still the final boss (on hard, anyways).

Now, when I say the game is forgiving, I don't mean to say that it's easy. I mean, it never seems unfair, but to me that's a good thing. I understand that some gamers may want their reflexes strained beyond human capacity, and that's fine, but the most hardcore gamers who can play competitive Tetris while using their toes to take on a long line of challengers at Street Fighter III Alpha Turbo Hyper Go Go Omega Jamboree will probably not have the heart-pounding digital adrenaline burst they crave, here. The rest of us humans will find Runner2 to be a game that's just as difficult as want it to be.

See, in Runner2, you can challenge yourself as much, or as little, as you choose. More difficulty leads to higher risk, but typically also more points if you're successful. To start, you have three difficulties to select from. Then you have the split paths which are often found up to several times in levels. Red signs point to the more difficult paths, which also have a tendency to contain keys or chests. There are a few obstacles which can be avoided entirely, or met head-on for points. Collecting gold and pluses nets you points and multipliers, and collecting all of them earns you a nice bonus on top of allowing you to play the cannon minigame at the end of the stage for up to 10,000 additional points. And you always have the option of jumping over the checkpoint (discounting boss stages) to challenge yourself to do the entire level in one shot - for loads of points, of course.

Plus you can dance, if you want to. You can leave your friends behind. Because your friends don't dance, and if they don't dance, well they're going to eat ♥♥♥♥ on the leaderboards, that's for sure.

I started off on Just Right for most of the game, but halfway through the penultimate world accidentally wound up playing a few levels in Rather Hard before realizing my mistake. But I found it to be enticingly difficult - rather than frustratingly difficult as I had expected it to be - and decided to stick with it. And sure, I struggled with it at first, but eventually you settle into a groove where dodging denser and denser combination of obstacles becomes something natural that you do without really thinking about it. Interestingly, difficulty doesn't effect the placement of obstacles and collectibles, but simply adds to them. The gold is in the same position on every difficulty, but on higher difficulties two hops and then some stairs can become a slide, a hop, a slide-hop, a kick, another hop, and a slide-hop up a set of stairs (while standing up for a split second every so often to collect gold on your way up).

Honestly, this all just comes back to one really important, deal-breaking point: the level design in Runner2 is splendid. Some of the more subtle elements are properly thought-out and given care, as well. For instance, there are these jump pad things. They're like springs embedded into the ground. If you hold the appropriate key, you will launch into the air as you run over them. The clever bit is that the top of them wobbles down into place as they enter the screen, as a way of pointing them out to the player, since they are otherwise flush with the ground - still visible, but less noticeable.

All that said, Runner2 desperately needs a kill key. Or... "bonk" key. Whatever they like to call it. Some levels have a bit near the end where it's easy to miss a single piece of gold by jump-gliding just a hair too early, and then it's a clear, obstacle-less shot to the goal. Since there's no restart from checkpoint option, the only way to go back to a checkpoint is to hit an obstacle. Ultimately, you're forced to start that level from the beginning if you wish to perfect it. On the easier levels, this is boring. On the harder ones, vexing.

Also, rails will bother you for awhile until you're used to them. Actually dodging obstacles on them is simple. But it seems like the deadline for jumping off of one is oh-so-slightly sooner than it is for the edge of a platform. It can be tough to judge this properly, and I've fallen off of far more rails than platforms when intending to jump far.

Even with the occasional quirk, I very much enjoyed playing Runner2. It looks great, too. It's certainly more visually impressive than its predecessor. There's a great deal more personality to it, between the quietly disconcerting backgrounds and the mildly euphamistic stage names. The music starts off kind of easy to ignore, but gets better as you progress. The second-to-last world has a creepy understatement to it, and the final world has a sort of... well, it reminds me of Blood Dragon. Does that help? I really enjoy it. The soundtrack adds an incentive to collect the pluses, too, as not only do they give score multipliers, but they add (oh, I get it) complexity to the music.

Oh, hey, speaking of nothing at all, because I just removed the bit I segued from, I know the game tells you up front that it recommends using a controller. Now, I have a controller that I could very well use. But out of pure, unfiltered laziness, I didn't. And I have to say, the keyboard worked out perfectly well. Better than you would expect. Hands are at WASD and JKL;. J jumps, and K kicks. Think of WASD as arrows. W launches you on those jump pads, S slides, and D puts a shield in front of you. Also, A dances. That's not really a direction, it's just kind of there.

Alright, time to wrap this up. What else? Uh, the DLC character pack is money well spent. Dr. Fetus uses a struggling Bandage Girl as his shield. Josef goes into short mode instead of sliding. Retro stages are fun. And blimey, I'm out of sp
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
gotta go fast - sanic
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Finally, after 43 HOURS of gaming, I understand the pleasure of achieving the impossible. This game is just awesome!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
This is a great rhythm-based platformer. I found the original BIT.TRIP.RUNNER to get really frustrating really quickly, but RUNNER 2 has varying difficulties and much more forgiving checkpoints, and it has a nice cartoony aesthetic and style (and a goofy narrator) that elevates it's silly lightheartedness to RAYMAN levels. It's really enjoyable. It's also one of the few games that really gets me in "the zone".

And dang, that Disco dancin' Cheezborger guy is just so smooooooth.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Interesting and pretty hard rhythm game. Lots of secrets, characters, costumes and great OST.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Love the overall feel of the game and the music in each level is pretty awesome.
Pretty challenging and takes some practice to get the hang of it, but quite rewarding if u can get it right.
Love the retro levels u can access if u have managed to find the old cartridge.
Not sure about the 15euro price tag, but if u can get it on sale you totally should!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
One of the best games I have on my Steam library as of now. Runner 2 takes the elements of the first Runner and makes it ten times more awesome. The music is amazing, espeically on Ultra. I like to play at maximum volume with earphones. And who cares of this music isn't fitting for the boss battles? Also, over 100 levels. That's a LOT of levels for a game like this! The game is also easy to beat. I finished it whole in one night. I was on Quite Easy though. But the main thrill comes from Rather Hard and I really enjoy it. Also, I especially love the theme and style of the game. With all kinds of cute dialogue, cutscenes and stuff. One other great thing, I find this game to be a REALLY good trainer for the first Runner, which is shorter but harder than this game. After playing this game for a while I went back to the first Runner and got a perfect (Not double) in every world.

I recommend this game if you're into rhythm games, funny events, epic soundtracks, and easy indie gaming.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Simply put THE best endless runner game to date. Looks great, controls better, and sounds fantastic. Stuff to collect and decently challenging for the completionists, and there's also the lure of replaying levels to beat your friends' scores on the leaderboards.

On some levels the background visuals don't blend well with the foreground which can (at least for me) cause some eye strain after extended play.

A great title with a sensible price tag.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Very fun game, a must-own for any fan of the Rhythm-Platformer genre. I just started the pc version of this game and it is just one of those games that'll suck you in for an hour or two with it's rage-inducing, rhythm based obstacles. This game is not for everyone, but fans of the genre and anyone who enjoys a fast paced challenge will certainly enjoy this title. Great graphics and level design will give you a love-hate relationship that will last for many, many hours!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
The sequel to the classic Bit.Trip Runner game. Commander Video continues his journey in his neverending running along with new characters and an entertaining narrative by Mario himself, Charles Martinet. The game is similar like the last game with gameplay, but this time in 3D/2.5D graphics. There are alternate routes that lead to unlocking characters and chests that unlock costumes, even if they require a key. I surprisingly found this game to be more easier than the first game, but it has its fair share of difficulty. So overall, the sequel is a very excellent and well made game, and I highly reccomend it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Wish it had local multiplayer. Buy it on sale if interested. It is fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
It's a good game and cheap too.
This game's waaaay better than the first one, which was jsut horrible. The stage's are better and more fun, they have checkpoints you can take if you want to and it has a nice high score system where you see how your friends have done on the stages. The graphics are really pretty and I enjoyed them a lot. The music's decent.
The game's very simple because the characters run at a preset speed so you just need to avoid obstacles. For me that caused some focusing problems since I'm used to focusing on the character but here you need to focus on the stage. But it's no problem since it's probably because I'm autistic.
It took me 10 hours to complete on the normal difficulty but there's a lot of things to do if you want to 100% it. A lot of collectibles and extra stages and stuff like that.
I'll give it a 7/10, worth your money but it's very simple and thus gets a bit boring at times, unlike other platformers where you're in charge of the characters movement.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
This is a HUGE improvment to the first BIT.TRIP game. And they added checpoints so you won't have to worry about starting over to the beginning when you screw up. Keep in mind the game will make you wanna flip tables if you constantly mess up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
seeking for a challenging game like oldies? you just came to the right place. don t miss!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
it is an amasing game had great music and if you didn't play the first game like me if give you a small backstory and it is challenging plus a lot of caricters to unlock
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
it's a fun rythme-y game that is challenging at first but once you get the hang of it, it becomes a breese
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game teaches you to keep trying! Even if you've... smashed your face into walls, stubed your toes on steps and forget to punch through doors for the billionth time...
A really simple game with beautiful art. Music goes perfectly with gameplay and gets you raging... in a good way. I love this game! (10/10 Face Smashes)
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