Gaijin Games tops its Bit.Trip experience, exceedingly well.
When Bit.Trip Runner came out for the Wii (and, eventually, the 3DS) a while back, it really went places for Gaijin Games – and we don't mean because of the running. This development team managed to take the simplest of concepts – running and pressing a button to jump across platforms and such – and incorporate it into a fun old-school style of game, one that would become a cult hit for months to come. The only question now would revolve around other consoles getting a taste of the running.
That time is now, as Gaijin has released Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, a game that takes the same concept as the original – run from point A to point B while not making any mistakes – and flourishes it with an elegant new design, as well as the incorporation of a genius narrator, competitive leaderboards and unlockable goodies. Though a bit pricey ($15, a bit higher than the original game), you're certainly getting your money's worth.
So, the goal of the game is to guide Commander Video from point A to point B. He doesn't stop for nothing, so you'll have to use the jump button to clear over obstacles, gaps and platforms. One mistake and he goes right back to the checkpoint to try again, which could affect your run score. As the game picks up, levels become a bit more complex – and faster, depending on the difficulty setting – and you'll need to keep on your toes (no pun intended) to make the run complete. Along the way, you'll also pick up piles of gold and little icons that can increase your running effects, including a cool rainbow stream that runs full blast upon snagging all four in a stage.