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I played about four hours of Bit.Trip Beat, mostly because I can’t keep the mouse still and I had to play the same levels over and over again. I loved the 8 bit look and the music of beat so when I saw Bit.Trip Runner on sale for $2.50, It was an instant sale. I think this was during the winter steam sale, so I was buying up a lot on sale and this one just got pushed back. I know this is not like beat because you are controlling a guy and having him jump and what not. Beyond that I’m not sure. I hope music plays a major part in it.
It seems I’m as good at Runner as I was beat. I only played about a half hour of this game and was frustrated the whole time. I look and sound for this game is again amazing. I’m just bad at it. Your character is always running and your job is to jump, slide and kick. I’m not sure if there are more abilities because I wasn’t able to get past the second kick level. I failed a level many times, so it doesn’t appear you have lives. The game just rewinds (with a Braid achievement shout out) to the start of the level and you try again. Even in these starter levels I could have used a check point, maybe there are later in the game.
I started on normal difficulty. As you ran through the level your goal was to avoid holes in the ground and let’s call them crystal formations. You can collect gold pieces, if you collect them all I was treated to a Pitfall inspired bonus level. At first I feared the gold pieces because I go into every game with the X-Files motto ‘Trust No One’ but the game makes it clear gold is the one thing you can trust.
On World 1-4 (remember I didn’t get very far…don’t judge) I came to my first road block. There is a section where you have to triple jump and for some reason I couldn’t get the timing down. After a ton of restarts I would get it and then just screw up a basic jump later in the level and would go back to the start. After about 25 tries I decided to see what the easy difficulty was like.
When I changed the difficulty I couldn’t restart on level 1-4 I had to go back to the start. The only thing that appeared different to me was the removal of the gold coins. When I got to level 1-4 I was able to beat it on my first try. Maybe the game slowed down a little and I was able to get past the devil level. Or maybe the removal of the coins gave me one less thing to focus on and that was the right number of things my brain can focus on at one time. Sadly the next level introduced the kick feature and my brain was overwhelmed once more. After 20 tries on 1-6 I tipped my hat and said farewell to Bit.Trip Runner.
I enjoyed what I played I just wasn’t any good at it. Of course I should expect to pick up the game and excel right away. Games shouldn’t be easy but at this point replaying the same level hundreds of times isn’t what I’m looking for. I’m glad I own the game and can go back to it whenever I want. I would recommend this game to people. Right now the game is $9.99 on steam. I unlocked four achievements in30 minutes of playtime.