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
49 of 66 people (74%) 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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19 of 20 people (95%) 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 25 people (84%) 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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18 of 23 people (78%) 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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12 of 15 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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28 of 45 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
gotta go fast - sanic
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28
I love the graphics
I love the soundtrack
I love the gameplay
I love that now there are checkpoints in the sequel
Challenging in some parts
I recommend you have a controller if you buy this game
Indeed a great game
I rate 8/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Hold your breath, calm your teeth, stay focus, because you need speed, accuracy, brain and good hand eye coordination to beat this game. BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2 actually feels like endless running where you are trying to avoid many obstacle to reach the goal.

Plus:
+ Awesome rhythm music playing in background
+ Outstanding art
+ High replayability
+ Jump and jump and jump and jump....... until dead
+ Retro mode
+ A lot of secret character

Minus:
- It's hard to get perfect on hard mode, sometimes you must repeat the same level again and again just to get perfect.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Still working through this game, but damn is it every bit as good as its predecessor. Beautiful music that is quite soothing and eases my previous frustrations with the first game's model. This game also has a much more distinct and more easily navigatable running track that doesn't just blend with the background, which often confused my actions in the last game to the point of tears. So many other built in bonuses in this sequel, but wait...

...there's CHECKPOINTS?! YOU MEAN I DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO START AT THE BEGINNING OF A LEVEL WHEN I DIE?! And and... and OTHER CHARACTERS TO PLAY AS? AND NEW SKINS FOR THEM ALL TOO?!

I can be a half-wit pickle character that frocklicks through stages and look derpy as f***.

I think I'm going to cry.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
33.9 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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Very fun game. It has a lot of content for the money.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Certainly a game far and above its predecessor. Looks better, plays better, has more variety and better design overall. Unfortunately it has the opposite problem as RUNNER; it can tend to drag, and there might be a bit too many levels. Granted, I think this problem is only an issue for achievement-hunting people like myself, but it still really got tiring to play this near the end. The three difficulty modes might be a bit unnecessary, easy is an absolute joke and is barely fun due to how much there isn't to avoid. Hard at least stayed decently fun throughout though it's not as hard as the original RUNNER even at its hardest points (maybe for the better, though). I've said a lot about the negatives but they're really minor, honestly, since I enjoyed this game a lot for most of the time I spent playing it and I don't regret playing it, it's about as good as runner-type games are ever going to get.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
A rhythm platformer with many different things you can do at any point, and a soundtrack which is created with a basic beat and sounds which apply when certain things are reached. However, the slightest input lag will screw you up, and at some points you have to figure out what to do in a trial and error form, which some may find irritating.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Masterfully crafted, engrossing, addicting, and and just plain fun...but that pickle is such a dipsh*t.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
The best 87p you will ever spend.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
Fun game!
Buy it if you like one button wonders!
Purchase only discounted!

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
is not sonic the hedgehog
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