Sometimes rhythm games can get a little monotonous and bland, so it is good to know that there are some developers out there helping to keep the genre alive. BIT.TRIP RUNNER is a fairly unique experience and one that challenges your timing and reactions so impeccably; it seems to be an art form. As CommanderVideo runs across the screen, you are tasked with making him jump, slide, deflect and kick his way across the obstacles. It can be a harsh game as it sends you back to the beginning of the level if you make a mistake even once, but it is too addictive to simply give up. Prepare to grit your teeth!
With a unique blend of 8-bit and smooth 3D graphics, BIT.TRIP RUNNER brings a fresh take on rhythm games to the table. The greatest thing about the game is that while you are learning the dodges required to traverse the level, each move you make is assigned its own sound. Combine this with a soundtrack that builds in intensity as you progress, and you have a game that turns your keyboard into a musical instrument – each level is like learning a musical score! BIT.TRIP RUNNER is deviously simple, but utterly addictive. It’s best aspect though, is bringing a smile of satisfaction across your face with every level completed, which is accompanied by a glorious soundtrack that you helped to create. I am proud to say I played this until my fingers went numb.