[Review] Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

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Gaijin games is back with its newest installment to the Bit. Trip series, another colorful and highly addictive platformer.
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If you haven’t played the first Bit. Trip Runner game, it’s something you should remedy. The Bit. Trip Runner games are platform based, comparable to the Sonic games, with the simple goal of reaching the end of the level without falling down. Gaijin Games decided to expand on their last game by moving from a 2d game into a fully 3d experience, with updated textures and polygonal graphics. Adding HD textures and Beautiful sprites, this is a whole step up from the previous games.

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Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate on a level when your attention keeps getting drawn to the background.

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You play as Commander Video, as in the previous Bit. Trip Runner. There are a total of 5 themed worlds each with 14 regular stages and 5 bonus stages. So the game offers a lot of levels for you to play. The objective is simple, get to the end of the level without crashing into something or falling down. If you do fail however, you get sent back to the start of the level. The game has introduced checkpoints, which help a lot on the later levels in the game. The checkpoint system is a major step up from the last game as it keeps the game more enjoyable, and keeps frustration minimal.

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The differing themes mean that there’s a lot to see and do in this game!
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The music in this game is fantastic. I got the game with the soundtrack and I’ve been playing the game music a lot! When you are in-game it keeps the game entertaining. Because this game is heavily rhythm based you get to play the song yourself, by jumping at the right moments and picking up all the gold packs you can play along with the song. Also if you get the heath-pack the song will increase tempo, with a faster beat and it becomes harder to get the right rhythm going. This mechanic works great! I find myself trying to get the right rhythm in all the levels. Sometimes I even restart the level just to get the song just right by trying to time my jumps and picking up all the packages. The great music plus the beautiful visuals that the game offers, gives the game a whole new look and experience than any other Bit Trip game.

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4A host of playable characters, and DLC packages to keep the fun updated.
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The game is very well rounded. The backgrounds are colorful and have good animations. There are also a lot of things going on in the backgrounds. It’s a good mix with the level design they flow together well and that makes it a solid and visually appealing experience.

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 My verdict on this game is simple. Amazing gameplay and music, beautiful sprites and backgrounds and well-thought out level design. Overall this game sets itself apart from the several other Bit. Trip games because it has a unique art style and level design. As I said before there’s a lot of levels to play and there’s a lot to see. It’s definitely my favorite indie game right now and I highly recommend you pick this game up. For the low price there is no reason why you shouldn’t this is an awesome game! So if you ask me is it really worth it? My answer would be: yes of course!

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Jaap van Ghesel Grothe

Hailing from the Netherlands, Jaap is a big game fanatic, with a love for both writing, and reading about games old and new.

 

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