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  • Summary: The rhythm-music gameplay of BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2 is back. The Timbletot is determined to rid the multiverse of all its love and happiness. CommanderVideo, a lover if ever there were one, refuses to let this happen. He's ready to jump, double-jump, wall-jump, slide-jump, slide, kick,The rhythm-music gameplay of BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2 is back. The Timbletot is determined to rid the multiverse of all its love and happiness. CommanderVideo, a lover if ever there were one, refuses to let this happen. He's ready to jump, double-jump, wall-jump, slide-jump, slide, kick, float, drive, fly, and dance his way to victory, all across a medley of thrilling, challenging, and joyous levels. Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. May 18, 2018
    88
    The challenge is real without seeming too difficult, never making me feel helpless. The world of Runner3 is beautiful to behold as it bursts forth with color and life. Even though the core game can get monotonous at times, Runner3 is yet another terrific indie game that deserves everyone’s attention.
  2. May 22, 2018
    85
    Although it is not adequately reinforced by a stylish design, Runner 3 is an experience that every fan of the arcade spirit must treasure.
  3. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    80
    One heck of an entertaining experience for those willing to jump into it. [Issue #34 – July/August 2018, p. 71]
  4. May 22, 2018
    70
    The greatest compliment to be paid to a game like Runner 3 is that after feeling the urge to toss a controller, it's hard to think of anything else except trying again. Runner 3’s greatest strength is in rewarding that perseverance.
  5. Jul 5, 2018
    70
    Runner3 is a thoroughly enjoyable return to form for Commander Video and friends, both as an advancement of the long-running indie series and its debut on Switch. Some minor, frustrating setbacks hold it back from greatness, but the rhythmic platforming the series is known for is present and as dynamic as ever.
  6. Jun 1, 2018
    70
    Runner3 is a fun – if flawed – continuation of the Bit.Trip Runner series. While its stages are beautiful and the whimsical nature of it all is charming, the heavy difficulty spikes make you really work for any sense of enjoyment.
  7. 60
    I wanted to love Runner3, but it’s too frustrating of an experience to ascend to any higher commendation. I’m confused as to how the response to the eminently accessible Runner2 was to make its sequel bitterly hard with no recourse. My enjoyment was consistently interrupted by too much frustrating repetition, an aspect that soiled my affection for the overall style and excellent character selection (Dave, Shovel Knight, Charles Martinet, and Eddie Riggs!).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. May 23, 2018
    10
    You have to pick up Runner3! This game is beyond brilliant and beyond funny. It is also beyond Polished. Slovakiaed you might call it.
  2. May 22, 2018
    10
    At its core it is a auto runner, with seemingly straight forward controls. However, dive a little deeper you will find an amazingly funAt its core it is a auto runner, with seemingly straight forward controls. However, dive a little deeper you will find an amazingly fun experience. One that will have you cursing one minute and jumping up to do a little jig. Fetch quests to unlock extra characters. This game oozes charm. It is not for the faint of heart though. It is a true challenge, like the old games I grew up on. Give it a play you will not be disappointed. Top notch sound, audio and graphics. Loves it. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2018
    9
    Runner3 is one of those amazingly simple, but hard to master games! The game-play is spot on, the music is such a joy to listen to and yourRunner3 is one of those amazingly simple, but hard to master games! The game-play is spot on, the music is such a joy to listen to and your part of the melody while you play through each level trying to catch “secret” items, golden bars or/and gems. Also Charles Martinet know as the voice from Mario and others Nintendo characters is an excellent narrator from start to finish and in between.

    If you’re doing it right, you’ll be rewarded with cosmetic options in each different themed world you try to unlock. The game is very rewarding every run-through with alternate paths to choose from and keeps you on your tows with some quick mix-up of moves and good speed changes while running to your goal. The game delivers it all step by step on the go learning mechanic during each level and world. The bosses are again not too hard to start with, but get more difficult at the end stage of each battle.

    If you can’t get enough of the fun in Runner3 and you figured it all out, then there’re still some impossible levels scatter across all worlds, which you can unlock and try to beat. Runner3 doesn’t get out it’s way to do things differently from it’s predecessors and in my opinion improve in every facet of the overall game. It’s definitely a hidden and underrated gem among the indie genre on the Nintendo Switch!

    Don’t be scared and just try it out.
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  4. May 30, 2018
    9
    A really fun game for patient people who like memorizing levels. If you like Pressing x to climb a cliff while listening to some long storyA really fun game for patient people who like memorizing levels. If you like Pressing x to climb a cliff while listening to some long story then you are probably better off sticking to those kind of games. Expand
  5. Jan 29, 2019
    8
    I've enjoyed this series ever since I was a kid, such simple concepts executed really well to craft an addicting game franchise. Though I willI've enjoyed this series ever since I was a kid, such simple concepts executed really well to craft an addicting game franchise. Though I will admit this is probably the weakest entry in the series, it's a shorter game(you'll still get your money's worth, but comparatively it's shorter) than previous entries, the levels, while still challenging weren't as challenging as before, and the music, while being a nice change of pace, is all over the place with some songs being amazing, and some songs just being kind of ehhh(though Harwood is still a good composer). I bought this game at launch and back then it had some technical issues as well, but now after the major update, I find that a lot of those issues are remedied, plus with new additions like adjustable difficulty, I feel this game went up from a 7 to maybe an 8.5 or 9. Pick it up if you want a nice game to waste your time playing on the bus, pick it up if you want a challenge, pick it up if you're a fan of the series, it's a good time regardless. Expand
  6. Nov 20, 2018
    6
    So this is a decent game but anyone looking for a casual game needs to look elsewhere. The graphics are good and everything runs smoothly onSo this is a decent game but anyone looking for a casual game needs to look elsewhere. The graphics are good and everything runs smoothly on the switch but what you need to keep in mind is that this is a puzzle game and it's a puzzle game that relies solely on memory.

    You will die. You will die a lot. No, really, you will die A LOT and the game is more than happy to punish you for not being able to see the future. And then it's more than happy to punish you when you don't perform the perfect combination of button presses. When the games speed ramps up, and it does, you will have the tiniest fraction of a second to pull off the perfect move again and again and again till you either die (honestly the most likely outcome) or you hit a checkpoint. It's a bit infuriating but I suppose that's the draw?

    Additionally, I got it on sale for 9.99 and that feels more like a fair price than the RRP of 29.99.

    Overall, it's ok, pretty and the game-play loop is tolerable but it is a difficult game that you'll have to sink time into in order to become halfway decent.
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  7. Nov 17, 2018
    3
    A pixel perfect disasterpiece. If you are a fan of the Runner series, be warned, this is a much different experience. The character and polishA pixel perfect disasterpiece. If you are a fan of the Runner series, be warned, this is a much different experience. The character and polish is here but the actual gameplay is so much worse. It goes out of its own way to ramp up difficulty to the point it gets in the way of what made this series fun. Many levels seem like a cruel punishment that should have been saved for a second run through. I would highly recommend playing Runner 2 which nailed the mix of fun and challenge. It only takes 3-4 levels until you run Expand

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