Runner 3 is my latest obsession. This platformer was developed by Choice Provisions. It is part of the Bit.Trip video game series and is a sequel to the 2013 game Bit.Trip Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
In the Bit.Trip games you take command of a character called Commander Video. The Commander resembles a piece of black chalk with a white visor. He wears running shoes and matching wrist bands on his wrists.
Commander Video's gimmick is that he runs forward automatically and leaves a rainbow trail behind him as he moves. The player must control when he jumps and slides so he will avoid hitting any obstacles between him and the end zone.
Runner 3 was announced by Choice Provisions in September 2016. In 2017 Nintendo announced that it would be coming to their Nintendo Switch console. It was released digitally on Windows, macOs and Nintendo Switch on May 22 2018.
My first Bit.Trip game was Runner 2 on the Nintendo Wii U. I'd never played the series before so I did not know what to expect. Boy did I have a blast. The game was challenging, charming and fun. I poured hours into that game making Commander Video jump and slide and grab collectables. When I heard that Choice Provisions was going to be bringing a sequel to Runner 2 to the Nintendo Switch, I was super excited. I knew I had to try it out and had high hopes for Runner 3.
Runner 3 was worth the wait. The graphics have been upgraded, there are new playable characters, retro challenges, more collectibles, multiple paths to find, vehicles have been introduced, and Commander Video has more moves than ever.
The hilarious voice of Charles Martinet, best known as the voice of Mario, returns in Runner 3 to voice the Narrator. He appeared in Runner 2 in the same role. In an exciting twist he also appears in Runner 3 as a playable character himself.
My favourite new thing about the game was the introduction of vehicles. I had no idea these were going to feature in the game so when Commander Video first hopped into a car shaped like a piece of celery it put a huge grin on my face. The levels that featured vehicles reminded me of the mine cart levels in Donkey Kong. Another fun thing in Runner 3 was Commander Video's new moves. The Commander can do wall jumps, triple jumps, and much more.
One negative thing about Runner 3 is the difficulty level. The earlier levels are fun but as the game progresses and the difficulty level rises you might find yourself fighting down the urge to throw your Nintendo Switch across the room. But don't let that turn you off the game. The levels can be passed with patience and practice.