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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Very Positive (13 reviews) - 84% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (3,261 reviews) - 86% of the 3,261 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 28, 2011

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Includes: Bit.Trip.Runner and Bit.Trip.Runner Soundtrack

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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 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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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

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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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Very Positive (13 reviews)
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Very Positive (3,261 reviews)
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Lync
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Graphic are unique, Soundtracks are little bit boring. Hard but challenging.
Nice game
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Celestial Ciel
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
I've never gotten so angry at a rythem game this much lol.
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shadonic
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
if you are easly annoyed, dont buy this game its raging
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Bagels
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
a BIT of fun
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neptronix
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Looks cool, but really has no depth at all.
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Aquaman2811 (Squiddy)
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
my geometry dash war flashbacks are happening
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MinneolaMan
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
challenging fun and nice unique soundtrack.
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JimDeadlock
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
I've played many hours of this offline before I started using Steam.

The retro look and music give it a unique feel and I'm sure it must hold the world record for number of fails per level, it certainly dwarfs all my other games in this respect. You have to try countless times to complete the more difficult levels but that results in a huge sense of achievement when you finally make it. Yes, it does rely on memory a lot of the time but I would consider this a feature rather than the negative given by other reviewers.

I recommend buying both this and Runner2. This is the hard-as-nails expert version and 2 is the beautiful casual version.
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Bamboo (Redness)
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Well... that was a trip and a half...
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[CORY] RATZ_
( 87.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
this game is so great. do not listen to the people that posted negative reviews. they say its too hard and repetitieve but the just need to git good. admitedly there is a dificulty and learning curve, but if the haters would stop raging and get past level 4 they wouldknow that this game is creative, varied, and fun.
but don't get me wrong this game is balls to the walls hard. especially when you get to zone 3. you will spend weeks if not months on certain levels and you will rage...a lot , but beating the level is so rewarding you will quickly lose the rage.
10/10 just keep playing DO NOT STOP PLAYING FOREVER IN YOUR RAGE.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Okay so initially i disliked this guy so i decided to give it a try and tbh it's a fun rythm game that's been polished but at times it feels mre like a platformer than a rythm game. I had fun with this but honestly it's just a polished mobile game for $10. I mean it's fun and challengeing to complete the levels rather than endless running but i still think there are better options for $10 if you really like a mix of rythum and platform and a challenge get this game. 5.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
87.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
this game is so great. do not listen to the people that posted negative reviews. they say its too hard and repetitieve but the just need to git good. admitedly there is a dificulty and learning curve, but if the haters would stop raging and get past level 4 they wouldknow that this game is creative, varied, and fun.
but don't get me wrong this game is balls to the walls hard. especially when you get to zone 3. you will spend weeks if not months on certain levels and you will rage...a lot , but beating the level is so rewarding you will quickly lose the rage.
10/10 just keep playing DO NOT STOP PLAYING FOREVER IN YOUR RAGE.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This is not difficulty. This is a dull game disguised as a difficult one. If you were thinking about trying this game because you read in the reviews that it is challanging and you are sort of masochist/attracted to this stuff like me, let me explain to you why this isn't what you are looking for:

This game awards almost only trial-and-error playstyle, aka the "bad-players-thinking-they-are-getting-good" one.
You either finish the levels on the first try and therefore find no challenge nor satisfaction (and sometimes it's not even possible because not every obstacle is foreseeable), or you start playing a boring memory game, full of dull repetitive fillers, that you are gonna go through over and over again everytime you find the new tricky part, which the next trial won't be tricky anymore because now you just know it's there.

I know that reading people saying this game makes you swear a lot sounds intriguing, but you don't swear because you find it difficult, you do it because you know you have to go through those ♥♥♥♥ing boring 5 minutes of repetition once again.

So if you are looking for a memory / decent(ish) soundtrack game try it, otherwise just ignore it and don't waste time.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
109 of 136 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
This game makes me want to break things.
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79 of 101 people (78%) 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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95 of 126 people (75%) found this review helpful
70 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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57 of 72 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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65 of 87 people (75%) 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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47 of 65 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

Beatenburg

BIT.TRIP RUNNER see's you take control of Commander Video, the main protagonist from the BIT.TRIP series but this is the first BIT.TRIP game where you actually get to control the Commander. BIT.TRIP is the fourth game in the BIT.TRIP series and is best described as a "Rhythm 2D Platformer" or alternatively as the kind of game that places gamers into mental institutions.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=350588166
BIT.TRIP RUNNER's world is divided into three zones each containing 11 levels plus a boss encounter. The main objective for each level is to simply avoid all the obstacles in your way as you character moves from left to right. Commander Video is equipped with various mechanisms to avoid these obstacles such as jumping, sliding and kicking. Once the game starts there is no stopping the Commander unless you become entwined with one of the many obstacles placed in his way which will result in the Commander being warped right back to the start of the level. Various things like power upgrades and score multipliers will be placed in your path to boost your gains. These multipliers and upgrades will also have a distinct effect on the games soundtrack adding more and more layers to the electronic soundtrack the further along the level you progress.

At its heart, BIT.TRIP RUNNER is a game of memory. It all starts out deceptively easy but by the time you start to close out the first zone, levels start to get incredibly long (some lasting upwards of 10 minutes) and it can get incredibly frustrating nearing the end of a level only to slip up and get dragged all the way back to the beginning. Apart from memory, BIT.TRIP RUNNER also demands absolute focus and concentration from its players and I often found the game to be incredibly exhausting (particularly the later levels which seriously increase in length and difficulty).

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=350587243
Often multipliers and upgrades will be placed in tenuous positions that will require some quick fiddling with the controller or keyboard lest you connect with one of the obstacles and see yourself placed, yet again, right back at the beginning of the stage. This is where the mental institution bit raises its head because many a time it will induce the kind of rage that bursts blood vessels, brings on tantrums and produces tears. To the non-initiated it may look very much like the start of madness and often it is. BIT.TRIP RUNNER demands a lot from its players so be prepared to gnash teeth, throw keyboards and controllers and generally swear like a foul-mouthed demon that has just raised its head from the pits of hell.

I enjoyed the 8bit style graphics meshed with modern game design and the electronic soundtrack, whilst incredibly cool at first gets incredibly repetitive as the levels progress. Since you are only given one tune to enhance per zone, if you land up spending hours and hours in one zone be prepared to listen to the same tune over and over and over (which can also induce all forms and sorts of madness on its own).

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=350586605
BIT.TRIP RUNNER is not the kind of game you play solidly for 8 hours at a stretch but as game to occasionally dip your toe into during playthroughs of other games it can be a lot of fun. Just know what you are getting yourself into and make sure that memory of yours can beat an elephants.

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Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
♔ KEEP CALM AND DO NOT RAGE QUIT ♔
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