Review – Bit.Trip Rerunner

Rhythm and Flow Remastered

Overview

Developer Choice Provisions
Publisher Choice Provisions
Genre Rhythm, Platformer
Platforms PlayStation 5 (Reviewed), Xbox Series X | S, PC
Release Date May 28, 2024 (Xbox Series X|S)
May 13, 2024 (PS5)
September 19, 2023 (PC)

Commander Video and the Bit.Trip games have been around for a decade and a half. In that time, we’ve seen the commander rhythmically jump, slide, and deflect his way through a cavalcade of music-based platforming levels. Bit.Trip Rerunner offers a slick visual update, a ton of old levels, and the ability to create and share your own stages a la Super Mario Maker. What’s not to love!?

Content Guide

Violence: The closest thing to violence is Commander Video having to restart a section after colliding with an obstacle. No violence or gore.

Sexual Content: None.

Drugs and Alcohol: None.

Language/Crude Humor: No vulgar language or crude humor.

Dark/Spiritual Content: There is no dark or spiritual content. There’s an antagonist solely for the purpose of providing a boss challenge every dozen or so levels but that’s all.

Review

I love the Bit.Trip games. The euphoric marriage between platforming and rhythm drives me to a flow state few games can conjure. When I learned Bit.Trip Rerunner was going to revisit the levels that locked me in so long ago with a fresh coat of paint and more, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

The gameplay in Rerunner stays true to the classic formula. Using visual cues, you’ll have to jump, slide, deflect, and more to the beat of a catchy tune that’s helped make the franchise so iconic. The game’s pacing is excellent, introducing new mechanics slowly and deliberately so newcomers can easily pick them up. By the time you’re late into the game, the experience becomes a dance that satisfies in the way few experiences can.

Rerunner is more than a reworked game, though. It’s a compilation of the franchise with over 150 levels to keep you engaged. If that wasn’t enough, Rerunner introduces a level builder that will empower you to create your own challenges and share them with the world! It’s endless rhythmic fun. And yes, the soundtrack is limited; I’d love some extra music to bop to, but what they’ve built their experience on is so catchy, that I’ll never be dissatisfied.

Between refined gameplay, sharp new visuals, a ton of unlockable retro content to enjoy, and the level builder, Bit.Trip Rerunner is one of the most entrancing games you’ll get your hands on this year. For the price they’re asking, it’s a no-brainer. Whether you’re a franchise veteran or have a newcomer looking for a family-friendly experience to chew on, Bit.Trip Rerunner is an excellent choice!

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The Bottom Line

 

Between refined gameplay, sharp new visuals, a ton of unlockable retro content to enjoy, and the level builder, Bit.Trip Rerunner is one of the most entrancing games you'll get your hands on this year.

 

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Joe Morgan

Husband, gamer, software developer, animal lover. When he's not writing for GeeksUnderGrace, he's probably fishing or working on content with his wife for Coffee and Adventure, their YouTube channel

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