CommanderVideo is back with BIT.TRIP RUNNER, the latest chapter on Steam in the award-winning and critically acclaimed BIT.TRIP series. Launch special: 10% off now thru Mar. 6th!
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Release Date: Feb 28, 2011

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Buy Bit.Trip.Runner Franchise Pack

Includes 4 items: 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

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Buy The Trip'n Balls Pack

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

Buy BIT.TRIP Collection

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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About This Game

BIT.TRIP RUNNER is the fastest, most exhilarating music/rhythm-platformer to hit Steam!
Race across the Moon, kicking down crystal walls and sliding under chomping moon-slugs! Bound through the Robotic Mines and face off against the MinerMech! Dash through the Big City on a quest to find friends and defeat the final boss together!
RUNNER is the fourth chapter in the award-winning and critically acclaimed BIT.TRIP series.
  • You control CommanderVideo as he runs, jumps, slides, kicks, and more!
  • Extremely addictive “just one more time” gameplay!
  • With exciting modern and retro challenges, you can run through more than 50 levels!
  • Chiptune supergroup Anamanaguchi makes a guest appearance!
Join CommanderVideo in BIT.TRIP RUNNER on his most epic journey yet!

Key Steam features:
  • Leaderboards!
  • Achievements!
  • Brand New Easy and Hard Modes!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB
    • Sound: Any sound card capable of stereo output
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 and shader model 3 with 128 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB
    • Sound: Any sound card capable of stereo output
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Midnight Crumpet
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
Easily the greatest runner ever, unless you have no sense of rhythm whatsoever.
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whimsicalrogue
3.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
The Dark Souls of automatic runners...

It starts out as a challenging, but doable, automatic runner with great style. Jump over stuff, collect stuff; perfect arcade fun. THEN you get to the last few levels. The difficulty spike is so great that I put the game down for a couple of years. I came back because I realized that I had a Steam code for it as well as my DRM-free version. Finally, I beat the game, but it took a heck of a lot of muscle memory training.

It's not the difficulty that bothered me, it's the spike at the end of the game. Dying constantly at the middle of the level after a split-second mistake and doing the first half again gets boring. I recommend that you try to get "Perfect" on several levels to tide yourself over and come back to the harder levels. Or do what I did: put the whole game down and come back to it. There are three difficulty settings, but they just govern the bonus collectibles, and not the obstacles that kill you. Also, unlocking a level on harder difficulties does not unlock it on easier ones: you need to play the game over again if you want to switch difficulties.

My game time doesn't include the time I spend on the DRM-free version: I'd guess it took me at least six hours of playing total before I beat it.

Thanks for listening to me rant. I enjoyed this game greatly; just be ready for some frustration!

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SUPREME
1.6 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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CIUPONG
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
9/11 IGN.
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Spartacus💜School❤
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 11
What it feels like being on LCD
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Seneschul
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 4
A beat/pulse typ[e game. Mindless. Fun graphics. has a cult following. Not bad, whyen you are in the mood for it.
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ayiwanttodieyay
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 4
Undertale was better 2/2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
BIT.TRIP RUNNER pushes the boundaries on sound design, gameplay, and atmosphere. Where should I start?

Sound Design:
The BIT.TRIP series is well known to be part of the "rhythm game" genre, so not surprisingly, the sound design is absolutely superb. You can tell how much dedication Gaijin Games put into this specific installment. Every obstacle you face has an associated tone that adds to the melody of the song, where collectable + signs give you a score boost and make the rhythm of the music more basey. Every + sign you collect, a robotic voice declares that you are "Mega", "Super", "Ultra", and finally "Extra", which really helps with my self esteem issues.

Gameplay:
Hence the name, BIT.TRIP RUNNER is about running. What the title fails to convey, however, is the sheer amount of dodging, blocking, ducking, and kicking you will be doing throughout your adventure. Some levels are easier than others, and there are many instances where there are massive difficulty spikes (*COUGH* ODYSSEY). The main objective is to dodge all enemies, but for all the completionists out there, every level has a certain number of gold bars, and you will score PERFECT on a level if you collect them all. If you accomplish that, you can even get a double PERFECT by getting all gold in the insanely difficult bonus levels that follow. What can be concluded from all this: Gaijin Games has a capitalist agenda that they're trying to push on the media.

Atmosphere:
Upon first analyzing the game, the graphic design is very jarring. Commander Video is a sprite, and yet the entire world is in 3D! Yet, it is that juxtaposition between his appearance and the world that allows us to appreciate the environment for what it is. Make the main character too realistic, and you would focus on him. Considering there is no dialogue in this game, much of its story and impressions rely on noticing subtle details in the background. Meat Boy even makes a cameo in one level! For this reason, I think it's simply genius that they made that gameplay choice.

All in all, I think this game should be nominated for Game of the Year 2016. It's a must buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
This is the only game to make me flip a table.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
would play "air guitar" again.

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113 of 144 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
This game makes me want to break things.
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84 of 109 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
This is a game that will make you rage quit.
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103 of 141 people (73%) found this review helpful
84 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
This game is like learning how to ride a bicycle, if you were a potato.
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61 of 77 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2013
Great little game. Really enjoy the blend of retro artstyles and music with the modern 3D voxel and progressive music and the game manages to gradient between the old and the new seamlessly. Solid gameplay induced fun, with a hardcore and challenging nature that will leave anyone that finishes it pleased with his results.

Pros:
-fun
-challenging
-even greater rythm and musically designed levels
-great art style
-great blend of retro and modern
-great gameplay
-great music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaVdxMYUaZM

Cons:
-none spotted
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75 of 106 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
I'm torn between recommending this game and recommending against it. Ultimately, I recommend against buying it.

Pros:
- The game has a wonderful and cohesive visual and auditory aesthetic. The levels convey a compelling liveliness and otherworldliness. The obstacles, enemies, and background "creatures" are inventive and cool-looking. I wish I could go explore the background with Commander Video.
- The music is great. I actually bought the album of the band that did the opening credits theme (Anamanaguchi) after hearing it in this game.
- The mechanics are pretty predictable. It's obvious when you need to jump, smash, etc, although sometimes certain elements can get muddled by everything else going on around it.
- It has achievements, and I like achievements, because I'm kinda OCD.
- It has Steam cloud sync, because it's 2014.


Cons:
- It's billed as a rhythmic platformer, but falls short on both counts. As a platformer it's dull and the controls are tight. It requires rote memorization in many places rather than reliance on reflexes. As a rhythmic game it falls short because the beats of the songs actually throw you off and aren't very well-timed to what you're supposed to be doing. Rhythmic platformers must be pretty difficult to design because they require absolute integration in the spatial and time dimensions, but when the designers fail it actually makes the game less intuitive and more frustrating.
- At times it seems like my character didn't actually collide with an object, but it registers a hit, sending me back to the beginning of the level. Seems like there's fudgy hitboxes. A game like this requires skintight hitboxes.
- Just because it's hard doesn't make it fun. The designers deliberately made the game very hard by the exclusion of checkpoints. You could call this "sadistic" or say it's meant to attract only the most diehard platformer fans (of which I am one), but it makes the game inaccessible and artificially extends the playtime. It's a crutch you see used a lot in indie platformers these days. Super Meat Boy was exceptionally hard but had an enormous amount of depth. Bit.Trip Runner is actually a pretty short and shallow experience if you add checkpoints.
- Since this is a rhythmic platformer, a large part of the game experience is enjoying the music. But it's incredibly difficult to even get past the first world (of three total), and you don't really hear different music until then. By the time I got there I was so ♥♥♥♥ing tired of the music in the first world I never want to play it again. Contrast that to Electronic Super Joy, 140, and Super Meat Boy, where I frequently go back and play levels just to hear the music.
- You have to focus so much on timing your movements that
- Autoscroll on every level kinda sucks in platformers. That's probably a controversial statement, but it's what I think. Oh, and while I'm at it, Metallica's "And Justice for All..." is their best.
- The boss battles are inventive, but by the 100th time I tried to beat the first world boss I was ♥♥♥♥ing bored out of my mind. I actually had to write down the order of what comes at me in order to beat it. This isn't Calculus. I shouldn't have to take notes.

I think the cons outweigh the pros, so I can't recommend this one. But, if you like really hard platformers with good music and don't mind nearly-endless repetition, you'll probably enjoy it.
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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
This game has taught me to never give up and reaching the goal was the most satisfying.
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