On February 26th, ‘Runner 2’ was released on Steam, XBLA, PSN and the Nintendo eShop. Here, we’ll be looking over the Wii U version and discussing the Pros and Cons. Before we get started, I’d like to point out that the game is only available as a download and is only $15. It’s a sequel to the game ‘Runner’ which was stylized in a classic 8-bit fashion. This version, however, features a 2.5-D Effect similar to ‘New Super Mario Bros. U’ which is also for the Wii U Console from Nintendo. Is ‘Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien‘ worth it?
The Gameplay is extremely similar to it’s Predecessor, but the difference is very noticable. In every level, you simply run straight from left to right, but you have to avoid all obstacles as you jump, slide and glide to the background music. It’s a challenge to get through every level without making a mistake at least once, but after you get the hang of everything, you’ll find yourself being addicted to the game. You’ll also find yourself repeating levels just for the experience. Once you play this game for a decent amount of time, you’ll realize that it clearly took time and effort to create the levels. In each level, you need to collect “Gold” which is in the form of gold bars. Before completing each level, you’ll want to collect all of the gold in the level. You can still complete the levels without getting all of the gold, but if you want a challenge, try getting every piece. At the end of every level, you enter a cannon and try to hit the center of a target. Some levels feature a different “Launch” technique while flying towards the target. This can cause much frustration if you don’t hit the center. In most cases, you’ll end up feeling the desire to repeat the level just to hit the center. This isn’t an issue at all though. In a way, this provides hours upon hours of Gameplay.
Graphics, Controls and Level Design
The Steam version of the game features the best graphics, but the Wii U version comes very close to perfection. They didn’t have to remove any Dynamic Shadowing or cut any corners with this version. With the Xbox and PS3 version, they had to remove a lot of essential details which “ruins the game” for some gamers. The Graphics are smooth and sharp and obviously a major upgrade from the original ‘Runner’ Game. The controls are perfect and as the background music progresses, you feel immersed in the game. In a way, it feels as if your controller is a musical instrument and you’re creating the music. There is no lag at all with the controls during Gameplay.
The Level Design is complex and entertaining. As you progress, like most games, the levels increase in difficulty. As I mentioned earlier, as you keep playing, you can see that they put a substantial amount of time into the creativity of each level. As you progress, it will feel as some levels are impossible to complete without missing a few points. Each level is designed to create a complex challenge and experience for the gamer.
There are different “worlds” and the music is different for each one. Each world features over 9 levels which all of the music is essentially the same. As you travel to different worlds, the music changes. This keeps the game from getting stale, boring or repetitive. In each level, as you get more points, more instruments and elements come into play. For Producers and Lovers of Music, this game is set to satisfy. There aren’t any lyrics for any song in the game, but you’re clearly open to use your imagination if you want to. As I mentioned, each level feels as if you’re creating the music.
I give the game a fair 8/10. The Gameplay is unique and challenging, the level design is remarkable and the music doesn’t get boring. There are numerous iOS and Android Apps that resemble the game, but ‘Runner 2’ brings this form of gameplay to a new level. Of course, The Wii U version is the definitive version of this game. With Gameplay on the Gamepad or TV, it opens a new world and destroys any similar version of the game. If you don’t have a Wii U yet, I recommend you invest and get one. The Steam version is good, but the Wii U version brings a whole new level of immersion. Is the game worth $15? I say yes as it’s the best purchase I’ve made in the Nintendo eShop so far. I highly recommend this game to both casual and hardcore gamers alike.