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User reviews: Very Positive (2,871 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 28, 2011

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

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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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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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"A very fun side scrolling platforming rhythm game. Jump, slide and kick you way to the end with an awesome soundtrack that gets better as collect items."

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
Helpful customer reviews
74 of 100 people (74%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
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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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
This game makes you learn how to time your every action precisely, and the game just has a really awesome theme in general.

My only complaint is that the game is kinda short, but with the difficulty that shouldnt be a problem if you are new, even to the most hardcore gamer.

If you are into retro styled games and you love challenging games, this is the game for you.

Must buy.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
♔ KEEP CALM AND DO NOT RAGE QUIT ♔
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
All the Anger! All the Rage! Makes this one of the best 2D games, the sounds made when jumping and sliding make the levels into a tune to remember, I reckon once you've learnt these tunes you can do it blindfolded.

Recommend for MLG 2D Gamers.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-nj0FWC9YA
As the name implies BIT.TRIP RUNNER belongs to the genre runner.
Your task: run forward, collect gold and powerups, but dodge the various obstacles of living and nonliving genesis.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER is in 8-bit retro style game. This graphics may cause dizziness and even epilepsy.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER has hardcore gameplay - stuck in any obstacle you come back to the beginning of the level.
Highly recommend to use a gamepad for playing, as well as stock up soothing. :)
For support gamepad you need to purchase additional software, example Pinnacle Game Profiler or Xpadder.

Как понятно из названия BIT.TRIP RUNNER относится к жанру runner.
Ваша задача: бежать вперед, собирать золото и поверапы, да уворачиваться от различных препятствий живого и неживого генеза.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER выполнен в 8-битном ретро стиле. Такая графика может вызвать головокружение и даже приступы эпилепсии.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER обладает хардкорным геймплеем - воткнувшись в любое препятствие вы возвращаетесь на начало уровня.
Очень рекомендую использовать геймпад для прохождения, а также запастись успокоительным. :)
Для поддержки геймпада потребуется приобрести дополнительный софт, например Pinnacle Game Profiler или Xpadder.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
It's a hard running game. Also artistically beautiful.
I'm struggling to finish the last stages, it makes me angry sometimes but I'll always come back to try again.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Tough side scrolling game. I'd call it a platformer, but when the screen continuously scrolls without you controlling it, it makes it rough to qualify it as a platformer, though it obviously resembles one. Some call it a rythmn game, and while it does utilize a rythmn of sorts, I found that it was just easy to play this game with the sound turned off as it was easy when the sound was on. Easy, isn't the correct word to describe this though, this game is incredibly difficult at times. The idea is to jump, block, slide, or kick your way through each level. If you die anywhere in the level you start all over. This makes it difficult on the long levels. The graphics work for the type of game that it is, though they will not attract many newcomers without the gamer feeling nostalgia for the retro graphics. This is a good game, just know that you may either smash your keyboard or lose some hair with the frustration that it can bring.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
This is a indie game where you run and go along the rythm of a song.
It's a good indie game in the sense of it's well made and it's challenguing BUT, don't buy thing thing if you're not good at rythm games or precision botton pressing because I spend literally like 14 hours just trying to beat the last 3 levels. It's horrible difficult at least for me.. So Good luck and take that in mind.
But other than that it's quite good. I'm Glad I finish it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
This is an semi-rhythm, auto-scrolling platformer where you time your actions to avoid death. Your basic actions are jump, kick, block, and duck -- and combinations of those. Pretty simple stuff, but the challenging part is to do this quickly without too much error. This is really a test of hand-eye coordination and memory (due to the levels being the same each time). Rhythm and music are a key part of this game, but the game also relies on non-rhythmic actions as well. As for any negatives, I have read some complaints about levels not having check points. The lack of level check points is actually part of the appeal! But do consider that the levels take no more than three minutes to complete so it's not as if you are losing a lot of invested time here when you die. And speaking of dying, you will die a lot but in a fun and challenging way. In the end, this is one of those games that doesn't look all that fun until you actually play it. I've fallen in love with this game, and indeed, it is highly addictive!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Sick beats fam
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Outstanding Graphics and very creative really cool and challenging LOVE IT 11.75/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Running down a dream.

The BIT.TRIP series is one of the shining stars of Nintendo's WiiWare service. The simplicity of the game mechanics would work well on the 30-year-old 8-bit consoles to which they pay homage, but it's the intelligence of design and music-rhythm aspect that makes them so addictive. BIT.TRIP RUNNER is the latest entry in the franchise and we think it's the best one yet, offering a musical take on the platforming genre with strong references to Activision's pioneering classic Pitfall.

This is the first game in the series to give players control over a more literal representation of CommanderVideo, the star of the BIT.TRIP series. After an intro showing his crash-landing on an alien world, the game wastes no time throwing players into the action. Like other BIT.TRIP games the mechanics are quite simple: CommanderVideo runs at a constant pace, so the only thing required of players is pressing different buttons to guide him past obstacles in gameplay reminiscent of Vib-Ribbon for the PlayStation. Initially the Commander can only jump up steps, over barriers or traverse gaps between platforms, but his repertoire increases over the course of the three levels to include kicking, sliding, leaping and blocking various obstacles in his way.

Aside from the core gameplay and decidedly brighter visuals, the other major departure from previous series outings is the game's structure. Each of the three levels is divided into twelve stages that can be replayed directly, allowing subsequent sessions to cleanly pick up at the last completed stage. Each stage has its own name and separate high score table and players are given additional replay incentive in the form of trying to collect all the gold bars in the stage, though "following the gold" also proves to be the easier route when there's a choice of paths to take. Collecting all the bars in each Challenge (as the stages are referred to in-game) will result in a Bonus Challenge, providing an opportunity to earn even more points. Once your score is totalled and any bonus challenge completed, play automatically proceeds to the next stage.

The hands-off aspect of play continuance and restart is one of the more clever aspects of the game's design. Unlike other BIT.TRIP games there is no ending for bad performance: rather than downgrading the audio-visual experience as in previous BIT.TRIP games, hitting an obstacle or falling into a pit will simply result in CommanderVideo warping back to the beginning of the current challenge, and after a quick bit of air guitar he's off and running again. Whilst this seems simple enough, the effect on gameplay is substantial: you only have time for a single expletive before you're playing again, and the rest of the game is so well-designed that this change in focus is enough to negate any frustration you might have at replaying a challenge. It's also incredibly easy to lose track of the number of attempts you've made: the addictive gameplay means it's difficult to quit, especially once you've figured out how to pass that next obstacle.

Though there's no Nether penalty state for punishing poor performance, there are bonus items to pick up to enhance the game's audio experience. Each one will upgrade players from Hyper to Mega and beyond. The visuals remain the same, but if you manage to get all of the rose-tinted "plus signs" you'll be treated to a special visual enhancement in the form of a rainbow trail for CommanderVideo which is a direct reference to one of the greatest game studios of the early 8-bit era. This homage is felt even more strongly in the Bonus Challenges, which dispenses with the 3D polygonal background of the normal game in favour of something that would look very much at home on the Atari 2600 and features a rolling logo in the corner of the screen that should tickle veterans of the early days of console gaming.

Although the retro sensibilities are pleasing and the soundtrack is toe-tappingly good, it's only when you've had a lot of time with the game that you start to realise how well-designed it is. Though the "beats" from other BIT.TRIP games are largely absent (they do show up after the first level), the same role has been filled by successfully navigating obstacles. Every time an obstacle is avoided a different musical cue will play depending upon the method of avoidance. The timing of these actions contributes to the over-arching musical narrative and once you become attuned to the rhythm of the background music this will help you anticipate future obstacles.

Whilst breaking each level up into individually replayable segments might at first make this game seem a lot easier than other BIT.TRIP games, this is definitely not the case (as countless replays of stages 1-10 and 1-11 by this reviewer will attest). If you find the BIT.TRIP games to be extremely challenging in general, it's unlikely that RUNNER will change that opinion, but being able to play through levels piecemeal will at least make you feel like you're making progress. The rapid repetition of shorter stages means that you can pick up on obstacle patterns and via memorisation, learn to bypass them. By paying close attention and moving with the beat you'll find that ultimately all challenges can be met and end-level bosses defeated, though it may take many, many replays to achieve your goals.

As challenging as the main part of each stage can be, it's the Bonus Challenges that are the biggest test; so much so that the Operations Guide indicates Gaijin Games will recognise anyone achieving a perfect result in any stage (all gold bars collected in the main and bonus challenges) upon being given proof of this. Though we doubt players will be receiving patches for their jackets, it's nice to see the homage to Activision's past glory extends beyond the look and feel of the game to the developer's relationship with its fans.

Conclusion
BIT.TRIP RUNNER epitomises the best qualities of the BIT.TRIP series in terms of being a fun game to play as well as honouring the pioneers of console gaming. The simple platforming mechanics are cleverly fused with the catchy and uplifting soundtrack into an addictive experience that's been designed to be hard to put down. It cements Gaijin's reputation as a developer that has repeatedly shown it has a firm grasp on the craft of gaming.

10/10 stars.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
bits of this game trip you into doing a runner away from it - that's how bad it is
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
3% of players have beaten this game (including me <3) so basically your at a 97% chance of throwing your monitor out the window and smashing it with a hammer. gl~
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Lovely soundtrack and visuals. Anger-inducing gameplay. 6.3/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Awesome game, its fast pase and hard but still fun to play, it can be frustrating aome times but its somthingyou would expect from a game like this
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Challenging, unforgiving, frustrating....but I still manage to have another go and try to beat the levels.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Not even 30 minutes...


I wanna puke...



10/10 would give this to my friend.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Did not contract AIDS after playing. 11/10 would run again
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