Bit.Trip Run! Review on iOS

bittriprun_iconBit.Trip is a series of games best described as a rhythm-music platforming runner game. You play as the Commander Video who has been sucked into an alternate dimension by his nefarious foe. It’s up to you to help Commander Video escape and vanquish his foes. If you’ve played previous Bit.Trip games before, Bit.Trip Run! is very similar, but just shrunk down for mobile.

In essence, Bit.Trip Run! is just a really cool running game with its stand out features being an incredible soundtrack and slick graphics. Like any running game, you must get from Point A to Point B while avoiding enemies and collecting items along the way. The difference here is that none of it is random. The levels are designed in such a way that everything is timed to the beat of the music. Collecting items make tones that enhance songs as does jumping over enemies. What that means is that is it best to play the game with the volume turned all the way up or with a good pair of headphones. Controls mainly consist of tapping and swiping and must be done almost perfectly to complete each level.

Graphically, the game is amazing looking. It looks very much like its console counterparts. Animations are very fluid and the art is all bright, colorful, and fun. It’s one of those games that will appeal to a wide variety of players. The audio in the game is equally as good and is one of the main selling points of the game. It’s music that needs to be heard first hand to be appreciated and it really makes the game that much better.

Bit.Trip Run! might be an older game, but it is still a very fun game and one that still holds up over time. It’s a fine example of a running game done right and one that is still better than many of the newer ones. Overall, the it’s a fantastic game that still holds up today and offers those who seek it, a challenge to pass the time.

App Store Link: Bit.Trip Run!
Version: 1.3
Developer: Gaijin Games
Price: $0.99
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


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PLEASE READ: This game requires iPad 2, iPhone 4S, 5th Gen iPod Touch and up!

BIT.TRIP RUN! – A rhythm-music platforming game. Run through fantastic environments, using brand new moves, to a rich soundtrack as you run, jump, slide, kick, and soar toward the goal!

“The mobile adaptation of one of the year’s highest-rated (not to mention World Record-breaking!) PC and console games!”

– 3 gorgeous worlds
– 30 normal levels. Everyone can play!
– 12 “Challenge” levels. Are you good enough?
– 15 “Retro” levels. What a blast from the past!
– 8 amazing characters to play as, including a pickled pickle!
– 40 unlockable costumes
– 3 exhilarating “Boss” battles

Free update coming soon includes:
– 2 additional worlds
– 20 EPIC levels
– 8 more challenging challenges!
– 10 more levels of retro madness!
– 2 boss battles!

BIT.TRIP RUN! – The ultimate sequel to the IGF award-winning game “BIT.TRIP RUNNER.”

[Source: App Store]

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