BIT.TRIP RUNNER (sure, all caps) brings again fond recollections of the WiiWare days. This was CommanderVideo’s (sure, no house) greatest recreation of the unique six. However how does it fare 10 years later?
Making an attempt to place nostalgia apart, not dangerous in any respect. Gaijin Video games (now often called Alternative Provisions) prioritized problem, one thing it reminds you of initially; “it’s an extremely troublesome ENDURANCE recreation.” Such an method is usually doomed to failure, however RUNNER succeeds in making you wish to strive repeatedly. You gained’t thoughts a lot memorizing every colourful retro stage, studying by way of trial and error the place to leap, kick, slide, and extra.
One misstep is zero checkpoints. A few of these ranges are, frankly, too lengthy to not embody them. The sequels fastened this, however this authentic entry misses out. One of many thrills of checkpoints in later Runner video games was the choice to leap over them. It had a danger/reward aspect that this recreation lacks, which is a bummer.
Fortunately, in different methods, this authentic is arguably higher than the series’ latest entry. There are not any digital camera angles that prioritize visuals over gameplay, and the chiptune soundtrack is catchier with its timeless sounds.
Sadly, leaderboards are native solely. You can’t attempt to prime your folks, like within the sequels. This authentic takes us again, for higher or worse. Nevertheless it does have updates from later BIT.TRIP compilations corresponding to additional challenges and three problem modes.
BIT.TRIP RUNNER holds up fairly effectively for an indie recreation from 2010. True, its sequels have spoiled us with checkpoints and leaderboards. However this extra modest entry comes on the extra modest value of $4.99, making it a worthwhile buy for followers asking for a problem.
I hope one of the best entry, BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, finds its approach to the Nintendo Change quickly.