Runner 3 Review: A Small Trip
Games / May 25, 2018

Out of the many games to spring up under the Bit.Trip umbrella, it is not exactly a surprise that the most accessible of this group, Bit.Trip Runner, are the one to surpass its retro-styled roots. In bringing the Runner games’ mechanics into a fancier playground on the Change, developer Choice Provisions has made its most ambitious game however –but in doing so, might have revealed the limits to how far it can push the idea. It’s also the hardest, and if you haven’t been invested in a great sturdy case for the Switch that may stand up to getting the system thrown at terminal speed out of a living room window, then now could be a good moment. On paper, the gameplay is as deceptively straightforward as it has always been. Your character runs forward mechanically, and it is your choice to jump, duck, slide, and kick down obstacles until you reach the end point. The secret sauce of this Runner series is that every action and each item in a point is plotted to operate with its songs, a whole game trekking combined to simple melodies. Stages can be unpredictable, but in case you have any sense of rhythm…