Frivolous Waste of Time

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Bit.Trip.Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien for Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, PC, Mac OS, Linux and iOS

Well, this is a game as fun as its name is long. I haven’t played any other Bit.Trip games, but if they’re all as fun as this one I certainly want to.

Runner2 does have the semblance of a plot, enthusiastically narrated by Charles Martinet, the voice actor for Mario and Luigi. I didn’t really follow though, as hard as Martinet sells it. The whole thing has a goofy Saturday morning cartoon vibe which is nice, but this isn’t a game you’ll be playing for the plot.

Runner2 is…well, an endless runner. You move from left to right, jumping and ducking to dodge obstacles, as well as putting up shields to block projectiles and kicking down barriers, all to a relatively simple beat. In fact, simple is the operative word; Runner2 is simple, but so much fun. There’s not a lot to say about a game like this; it has its simple mechanics and then builds a series of levels around challenging your reflexes and rhythm. That’s all it does and it does it very well.

The game is good value too, with loads of levels spread across five worlds. There are tons of secrets and unlockables, such as extra characters and skins. Runner2 is a great example of a game which opts to do a few things well, rather than being a jack of all trades.

Runner2 is, in many ways, a rhythm game, with much of the dodging and jumping taking place to the beat of the music. The music is therefore very good, pleasant without being too distracting from the gameplay. The visuals are also charming, but necessarily uncluttered; too much going on would make a game like this very difficult to play.

This is a short review because this kind of game is very easy to review. It’s mindless, fun and charming; unless you crave complexity, this is worth a go.runner2

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