This game isn't some average day Banquet TV Dinner, let me tell you. Bit Trip Runner 2 is, actually, a very simplistic side-scrolling platformer with some slick rhythm elements and a very unique, whimsical style.
You play as Commander Video and your task is to reach the end of some levels, DOMINATE your robotic nemesis, and save your friends. The first level starts off pretty chill, just jumpin' over some lil' bumps in the road, look out for some robots. Not a big deal. Everything is going great until you see- OH MY GOODNESS- an airborne robot threat! You can't jump over him, so you're forced to hit down and SLIDE underneath it. You might be thinking "Dang, now I gotta jump over things AND slide under things too, this is getting a little outta control".
Fortunately, things only get crazier as new mechanics and abilites are introduced. Over time you'll be hoppin' on springs, grinding on rails like a skater dude, karate kicking through your enemies, deflecting power cubes with your force field barrier, and dancing 24/7. Trust me, its too sick. The game offers 3 different difficulties, but the overall challenge is pretty tame. Fans of the 1st Bit Trip Runner may be disappointed at the drop in difficulty.
One of my favorite aspects of the game is it's musical magnificence. Not only is the soundtrack itself killer, but the ways in which sound is integrated into the platforming is a real juicy treat. As you progress in a level the soundtrack will increase in complexity, and every single action that you perform in the level, like completing a jump or hitting a spring, will make sounds that add to the beat. It's little things like this that make Runner 2 stand out and make me say "I LIKE THIS GAME."
There's plenty of costumes and characters to unlock, and 100+ levels to complete. If you go for 100% completion, this game can occupy you for quite some time. I must say that, for me, it was truly a slamtastic experience. So, If you are thinking of purchasing this, I'd recommend looking at some videos of the game in action so you know what to expect, but rest assured that you will be buying excellence.
To sum it up, if Bit Trip Runner 2 was a wild animal, it would definitely be a funky lookin' rainforest ape.
Thank you for reading this review.