BIT.TRIP RUNNER is an indie game that, like most indie games, will leave you either wanting more or wanting your money back.
The game was developed by Gaijin Games for the Virtual Console on the Nintendo Wii in 2010, but was released on Steam in February 2011. BIT.TRIP RUNNER is a rhythm-style action plaformer that consist of a protagonist, Commander Video, on a 2D plane. The player controls Commander Video as he runs along the set track from left to right and controls when the character jumps, slides, and kicking. As you progress through the 36 levels in the game (three worlds, each consisting of 11 levels, plus a boss encounter stage), you collect powerups that increase the quality of the music that plays through each level.
The game is notable for it's unique soundtrack, retro feel, and it's frustratingly difficult gameplay, as the current level is started over each time Commander Video runs into an obstacle that the player failed to acknowledge. The game forces a trial-and-error style of play, and in the end, it can hurt the experience. I myself found that I would get particularly frustrated on nearly every level that I played, as I would have to start the level over simply for pressing a button to early or too late. However, the game exceeds in rewarding the player, as the sense of accomplishment that comes from beating a particularly difficult level is unrivaled by most games that are released on the market today.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER is a unique game that can be extremely rewarding, or absolutely crushing. Be warned: the game is not for everyone. While I didn't particularly enjoy BIT.TRIP RUNNER, it continues to be a game that is loved by the Indie community and the games that follow it only stand to be a testament to their devotion.
A 5 out of 10.
Authors Note - I, personally, did not enjoy BIT.TRIP RUNNER. I felt that it was too difficult for me and that it simply wasn't my type of game. However, I do highly recommend this game to any and all gamers that have yet to play it. It's a challenging experience that harkens back to the older days of retro gaming, and for that, I can honestly say that everybody should play these games, at least once.
Posted: November 26th, 2013