Excerpt: I have friends who like to call themselves hardcore gamers. They like to make the wild claim that the Wii does not have games for them. BIT.TRIP RUNNER is a video game for the hardcore gamer. This WiiWare title is amazingly difficult. I do not care how good you think you are. BIT.TRIP RUNNER will humble you in a heartbeat. Oh sure you will breeze through the first few levels. Trust me this game will illicit an emotional response, and most likely not a good one.
Excerpt: Bit.Trip Runner dons a sweet disguise. Your senses detect a platformer, what with constantly leaping over obstacles and deftly dodging perils all to collect massive sums of gold. Even the retro graphics belie that of an old school side-scroller. But somewhere in the back of your head, you realize what's going on. The way you press buttons to a beastly rhythm and nod your head to sick beats while carefully snagging the gold... it's a musical game, baby.
Summary: It's a rare franchise that can reinvent itself with every new game yet still remain true to itself. Despite offering very different gameplay experiences, the Bit.Trip games all feature an engaging mix of infectious chiptune music, attractive retro-styled visuals, and simple mechanics that build smoothly to create a hefty challenge. The fourth game in the series, Bit.Trip Runner, continues on this course, taking the series into the realm of platforming.
Pros: Excellent difficulty curve encompasses accessibility and difficulty, Soundtrack creates a cohesive, engrossing atmosphere, Simple, responsive controls