Monday, May 2, 2016
CAPSULE REVIEW: Bit.Trip Runner
You can get Bit.Trip Runner at https://totallychoice.com/games/bittrip-runner
Bit.Trip Runner is a rhythm platformer with an Atari 2600-inspired aesthetic. Your character runs automatically, you avoid obstacles and collect gold by jumping, sliding, kicking or blocking at the right time, and your actions affect the music. It's really good at creating flow, and to avoid breaking that flow, messing up causes the level to immediately restart. This works great for short levels, but the levels get longer and longer, meaning that it's increasingly the case that when practicing a difficult challenge, each attempt is preceded by a minute or so of platforming you've already mastered, which can get quite frustrating. Aside from that, it's a great way to zen out as long as your reflexes are up to it and you can groove on chiptunes.