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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“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 – Polygon

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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

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    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
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Tão divertido quanto o primeiro, porém, menos agressivo na dificuldade. O sistema de um checkpoint na metade de cada nível facilitou muito a vida e diminuiu o rage dos jogadores. O visual saiu do 2D/3D para um 3D completo, apenas posicionado de forma lateral. Uma estorieta foi inserida, a fim de conferir alguma profunidade mínima à campanha e os ritmos musicais e habilidades do personagem aumentaram bastante, o que conferiu o "humpf" á mais que o primeiro jogo carecia.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
You run and stuff and it is good
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Bit Trip Runner 2 besides bringing a needlessly complex title, is an excellent rhythm-runner platformer that's an improvement in almost every way from its predecessor. It's a real treat playing and looking at this game.

This time Runner 2 brings a beautiful and joyful 3D graphics and style at the forefront, with large amount of details to every scene and characters that you are going to run past through at great speed. Everything is crisp and fluid, without ever dropping a single framerate, no matter how cluttered a level is with details, nor how fast the player is moving.

Again, story revolves around Commander Video, a music and rhythm-loving alien in another outrageous, silly and nonsensical adventure across the time and SPACE!!! There are more than 100 levels across 5 different thematic worlds, where the player's goal is very simple: Reach the end of every level without hitting a single obstacle while getting as much gold bars as possible. The trick is that Commander Video doesn't stops to smell the roses, ever, and the player has to navigate him across the carefully balanced levels of ever-increasing difficulty. Every couple of levels you are going to see a few new obstacles or alternate paths that you can take, making this game fairly long and almost never dull.

The second biggest improvement in Runner 2 is the control responsiveness. The first game had that delayed response when you were pushing a key, thus breaking the rhythm older levels had. This time control responsiveness is superb, with Commander Video reacting in a micro-instant as soon as you push a key, which adds to enjoying levels more and gradually becoming a master of the game.

Make no mistake, Runner 2 is only a slightly easier game than the original: it is still very difficult and sometimes frustrating game that is, however, more forgiving to player's mistakes. And this is the third most noticeable improvement: thanks to introducing an optional checkpoint system at the middle of every level, Runner 2 is a lot more forgiving and a lot less frustrating experience than the first game. You can still make this game as much difficult as you want, by increasing level of difficulty, taking more dangerous alternative routes, picking up optional unlockables and skipping checkpoints on purpose in order to get a large boost in overall success score.

There are only two major downsides to this game: problematic visual aesthetics of the later worlds and playing poorly on a keyboard. First two worlds, besides feeling vibrant, are also well defined and simple for player to get his bearing where Commander Video is and where he needs to go. The other three worlds, due to excessive color palette and outrageously unnecessary background details, can make navigating very difficult and can cause severe eye tiredness. If you are not switching game characters, like me, you are going to find very difficult controlling Commander Video as he easily blends with the level background and simply vanishes out of sight to your eye. Also, and this is the first time I admit it, having a controller to fully enjoy this game is a must have. While keyboard works well and feels extremely responsive, it's very inaccurate and unreliable to pull off more difficult moves and stunts. Runner 2 is made with an analogue controller in mind, and it shows on more difficult levels.

Overall, Bit Trip Runner 2 is a great indie gem and a game I wholeheartedly recommend to everyone who are looking for well-balanced and satisfyingly challenging, mechanics-focused game that also looks and plays wonderfully :)
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85 of 93 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2013
Future Legend picks up beautifully where the original Bit Trip Runner leaves off. It has you playing as CommanderVideo, jumping, blocking and springjumping his way across 5 different worlds to escape back to his crew.

The game expands wonderfully on the original, with different playable characters, costumes, challenges, bonuses, dance combos, the lot. It looks better, it controls better and it feels better.

Nor does the game ramp up towards the end arbitrarily, but instead puts difficulty into the game thematically.

Really super fun, completed each level on hardest difficulty within 7 hours. Check this game out!

Nilesy
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45 of 47 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
If you weren't the biggest fan of the original RUNNER's harsh difficulty swings, lack of checkpointing, and sometimes confusing visuals but actually thought the concept was pretty neat and fun, then I'd highly suggest giving RUNNER2 a go. Everything about RUNNER2's gameplay feels as if it was developed in direct response to criticisms of the first game and is definitely more approachable and polished than before. If you just straight up didn't like the original game however, this one isn't going to change your mind.

The setup is largely the same with the only chief differences being the spiffy and colorful new aesthetic and changes that make the game a bit easier to handle. If you were a fan of the original's retro visual style, you'll likely be disappointed with the more distinct cartoony look and sound of RUNNER2, but if you were a fan of the gameplay, you're still in for a treat.

The biggest and most requested change is that there are now optional mid-stage checkpoints, which can make learning stages a bit easier. It's up to you whether you want a score bonus or a safety net, so there's a nice little element of risk vs reward here. The difficulty curve is straight up perfect this time around, with really nice ramp ups in challenge where they need to be with some easier stages sprinkled throughout to keep the bloodpressure down. Stages feel more like complete songs now, each with a really nice build up and repetition of patterns and mechanics with really nice flourishes at the end.

RUNNER2 is also a much bigger game than the original, containing 125 stages (100 normal stages and 25 hidden retro warp zones), multiple characters to play as, tons of unlockable costumes, and some Super Mario World'ey alternate exits toat can open up different paths in each world. I certainly found a lot of enjoymen in wanting to unlock everything, but you don't really need that mentality to enjoy what the game has to offer.

Overall, RUNNER2 is simply a better game in every respect. The new visual designs may turn off some fans, but they don't affect the core gameplay which is still solid as hell.
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89 of 123 people (72%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
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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41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2013
Like a million times better than Runner 1.

Looks gorgeous. I know Runner 1 had that 2D retro thing it was rocking but this honestly looks so much better. And it still has 2D retro stages so those sort of make up for it. Oh, and more importantly you can access them from the map screen this time so no having to replay the level perfectly on one life ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t anymore too.

Actual replayability this time. Branching paths. Unlockable (strange) characters. 3 difficulty levels.

CHECKPOINTS. IF YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED THE FIRST THEN YOU WON'T UNDERSTAND HOW GLORIOUS OF AN IMPROVEMENT THEIR INCLUSION IS. IF YOU TRIED THE FIRST ONE AND HATED IT YOU PROBABLY QUIT ON ODYSSEY. I KNOW. Hell, the option to skip them for extra points is great too.

Still frustrating as hell because your eyes tend to blur things after a certain point and there's still somewhat of an element of trial and error memorization or clutch reflex things you need to pull off. But this time it isn't enough to turn me off from this game.

I probably missed stuff but yeah, worth a pick up. Runner 1 is okay but there is a clear drop-off point at the end of the first world because they took everything that ruined the game and shoved it all into the longest level in the game.
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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
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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45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
An interesting and challenging rhythm game where your main goal is to run and try to dodge the obstacles on your way to the end of the level
When i started to play this game it quickly got me addicted to finish (almost) all levels perfect and find and finishe all the secret ones
If you are thinking of buying this game i recommend getting a controller , it makes everything easier
PROS:
+Amazing soundtrack
+Great artwork
+Brilliant Gameplay
+Secret levels
+Levels now have checkpoints :)
+Takes a lot of time to 100% it
+It has a total of 5 diffrent worlds with each one having a unique theme , its own character to unlock and 5 secret levels
+It also has alot of characters and costumes to unlock which always a nice edition
+There are 3 difficulties (i recommend normal for the best experience tho if you want more challenge try out hard then but you'll be throwing your controller alot ;) )
+A big variety of obstacles and enemies
+Slenderman is in this game
+Gotta go Fast!!1
+Commandergirlvideo has a nice rack O.O
CONS:
-If you have rage issues I don't recommend this game for you
-If you are an achievement hunter or want to 100% this game you'll have to reset the levels alot so you can get every of the gold ingots
-The game counts deaths ;_;

I rate a total of 9/10

Now go buy this game and 100% ♥♥♥♥♥!
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psychospiffe
0.3 hrs
Posted: October 1
Product received for free
Suoer fun game for any old platformer fan. The music is great too, especially when you play by the beat.
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Xyoit
2.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
The best rhythm game that is on PC


4/5
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3.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
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SUPREME
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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22.2 hrs
Posted: September 16
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Xdrone
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
This game is very hard especially if you dont have a controller plugged in...
as i had to learn the hard way...

PROS
Great level design - ranging from beginner to ultimate brain vaporisation
^-^ Soundtrack ^-^
Can be learnt quite fast
Takes effort to master
Graphics are top notch
Great cross between the retro and modern styles
Easter Eggs Everywhere!

CONS
Completely single-player
Rage quits inbound!
Rage quit warning!
Raging is imminent!
Caution! Rage ahead!
Without a controller it is very hard to learn all the buttons


A great game, would reccomend 9/10!
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