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  • Summary: Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is inspired by the Bit.Trip series originally released on Nintendo platforms.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 4, 2013
    100
    The controls are tight, the levels are fun to look at, and the music will have you sucked into the Runner world in no time.
  2. Apr 17, 2013
    95
    With solid controls, simple gameplay, and somewhat catchy music, this is a great addition to your gaming library whether you’re a fan of the series or if this is your first outing.
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    90
    Occasionally, I found myself in a bit of a trance. I saw the enemies and walls coming at me, only to be easily slid past as my fingers played in perfect time, my tapping toe keeping the beat of the song. I had gotten good enough to essentially sight-read levels.
  4. Mar 29, 2013
    90
    A frantic and highly satisfying mix of rhythm and platform game: an advised buy for sure.
  5. Apr 11, 2013
    88
    Gaijin Games shows how much they have learned about balancing the learning curve and the difficulty of the game to make a demanding but fair game. Superb use of sound and a nice amount of nicely designed levels compose a great package.
  6. Apr 23, 2013
    80
    A delight to play, despite the fact that it openly revels in your failure. [Issue#97, p.70]
  7. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    It is a game heavily invested in gaming’s history and nature in its debts to retro graphics styles and the platform genre but also one which combines them with the medium’s new direction in its use of the auto-scrolling form.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 10, 2013
    10
    Runner 2 accomplishes everything it sets out to do in SPADES. I was a big fan of the original bit.trip games, especially Beat and Runner, so I was really excited to see the early screenshots of this game. It obviously looks different than the original's 8-bit retro style, but the core mechanics remain. The greatest draw of Runner 2 is the "trance" you have to slide into in order to play it... it demands that your full attention so that you can kick, jump, slide, etc on time. The music is awesome, and it responds to you as you progress. For 15 bucks you can't beat this. It sucks you in and makes you forget about how crappy your life really is. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    This is kind of like if Super Meat Boy and Guitar Hero had an electronic baby. In other words, it's amazing. It works as a great platformer and rhythm/music game. Buy this game!! You won't be disappointed. Collapse
  3. May 2, 2014
    10
    Nothing short of awesome.

    The gameplay and music melt together perfectly to create a unique experience, and the voice acting by charles
    martinet is awesome! if you like platformers and music game.s with awesome music this one is for you Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2013
    9
    great rythm-platformer game thats just as addictive as RockBand, at times the levels can be quite difficult but the game has 3 difficulty settings. the levels are varied but short enough that its a great pick up play game, the music is memorable and catchy making you want to re-play levels and perfect them. Expand
  5. Feb 27, 2013
    9
    If not for the challenge, buy this game for the music, the visuals, and the narration by Super Mario himself. They kept this sequel challenging for those returning to the series and have made life easier by adding checkpoints for those looking for a more casual experience. Though you will find yourself repeating levels to unlock new characters, items, etc. you'll also find that each visit to an old level is just as rewarding and thrilling as it was the first time through. Bravo Runner 2, bravo. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2013
    8
    Despite owning a Nintendo Wii I’d never played any of the previous Bit.trip titles released over the last few years. Having seen the universally positive reviews for Runner 2 however I decided to download the demo from Xbox Live Arcade and within twenty minutes I was purchasing the full game.

    The idea is simply to guide your character to the end of the level as they run relentlessly from left to right across the screen. In the first couple of levels the only input needed is to jump over enemies and platforms but pretty soon the game introduces more elements such as a slide to duck under certain obstacles and a shield with which to deflect incoming projectiles. Each level also features gold and score multipliers to collect too for those interested in achieving higher scores for the online leaderboards. Runner 2 certainly gets difficult in later levels but thanks to its well managed difficulty curve and precise controls it is very rare that it becomes frustrating. The hugely satisfying interactive soundtrack only adds to the experience further and it’s very easy to become lost in some kind of trance as you guide your character along. The praise for Runner 2 is certainly justified and at around £10 there won’t be many games released this year that offer better value for money.
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  7. Mar 24, 2013
    5
    The music aspect of the game is overrated. Really, soundtrack was much better on the first Bit.Trip games when you really felt you were Making the songs. That said, I like the new graphic style and scoring system and the game can keep you on the sofa for a couple hours. But after that, gameplay has too many imputs that it's hard to remember all the combinations unless you're a OCD, that almost kills any replayability because you have to learn all over again. Expand