About this game
Developer: Choice Provisions Inc.
Content Rating: Everyone
Runner3, the latest entry in the BIT.TRIP series, follows the continuing adventures of CommanderVideo and all his creepy friends. The Timbletot is determined as ever to rid the multiverse of all its love and happiness. CommanderVideo, a lover if ever there were one, refuses to let this happen. He's ready to jump, double-jump, wall-jump, slide-jump, underwear-jump, slide, kick, float, fly, and dance his way to victory, all across a medley of thrilling, challenging, and joyous levels!
Gamer Reviews23 Reviews
Critic Reviews22 Reviews
Trevor Gould — Jun 19, 2018
Runner3 is a game that, in many ways, has taken one step forward while taking two back. One of its biggest alterations was an area that needed none, difficulty. Many of its newer additions have left me feeling rather indifferent. Still, I commend Choice Provisions for not resting on their laurels. Runner3 is still entertaining with its brand of frustrating (at times discouraging) fun.
Ed Orr — May 31, 2018
I would generally consider runner games to be a poor choice of port to pick up on a fully fledged console. After all, infinite runners practically choked mobile app stores at one time. Runner 3 is, however, an entirely different type of experience. It takes a simple concept and layers in lots of great little ideas, new environments, and a bunch of vehicles to keep things interesting.
Daniel Lipscombe — May 21, 2018
Runner3 is wonderfully creative and funny, relying on a style of play that belies the challenge at its heart. A few moments of unbalanced control or obstacle design can frustrate, but this will pass when Commander Video finally nails a sequence of movements and makes you feel like a fast-fingered expert.
Seth Macy — May 18, 2018
Runner 3 is a fun, challenging experience with a weird, charming aesthetic brought down by out-of-date graphics. Playing the same level dozens of times wears thin, but its difficulty never feels unfair. It ramps up slowly, introducing new moves and forcing you to practice them over and over.
Georgina Young — May 19, 2018
They obviously worked hard to nail the visual aesthetic and musical rhythm while giving each level various fun and challenging paths to explore. However, there are a lot of balancing issues going on here, and it is not accessible to a more casual audience like the developers promised. While I had fun with Runner3 a bit more fine-tuning of the gameplay would have seen it become a classic, just like its predecessors.
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Zachary Miller — May 18, 2018
I wanted to love Runner3, but it’s too frustrating of an experience to ascend to any higher commendation. I’m confused as to how the response to the eminently accessible Runner2 was to make its sequel bitterly hard with no recourse. My enjoyment was consistently interrupted by too much frustrating repetition, an aspect that soiled my affection for the overall style and excellent character selection (Dave, Shovel Knight, Charles Martinet, and Eddie Riggs!).
Justin Clark — May 22, 2018
Runner 3’s greatest strength is in rewarding that perseverance. Getting through each stage means more jokes to see, more characters to play around with, and more secret stages to explore. Runner 3, over time, reveals itself to be a veritable buffet of weird and whimsical environments, and thrilling, precision-based gameplay, but make no mistake: you will have to work for your meal.
Kevin Tucker — May 18, 2018
I'm not ready for my time with Runner3 to end. There's just something magical about how Choice Provisions approaches rhythmic platforming, and the team's latest formula is better than ever. Runner3 is a perfect example of the genre done right, offering up another welcome serving of the signature style, content, humor, and polish that series fans have come to expect.
A.J. Maciejewski — May 20, 2018
Even though it's the third game in the series, Runner3 is full of a surprising amount of variety and challenges to master. Just make sure you have plenty of patience before lacing up your sneakers; you're going to need it!
Jason Fanelli — May 18, 2018
Runner3 is an old idea with a fresh coat of paint, but that idea still brings a lot of fun to the table. The challenge is real without seeming too difficult, never making me feel helpless. The world of Runner3 is beautiful to behold as it bursts forth with color and life. Even though the core game can get monotonous at times, Runner3 is yet another terrific indie game that deserves everyone’s attention. Run along and try it when you can.
Chris Carter — May 18, 2018
only technical annoyance I encountered is prevalent throughout -- the load times. Once you're in a level you're good to go with multiple retries, but swapping around worlds and levels features an exhausting wait. Based on what was accomplished in Runner3, the series is far from over. Despite creating two other Runners, Choice Provisions has shown that they're not out of ideas quite yet. Bring on Runner4.
Evan Norris — May 20, 2018
Despite an uneven difficulty curve and some questionable level designs heavy on trial and error, there are more than enough attractive elements in Runner3 to earn a hearty recommendation, including goofy narration by Martinet (an unlockable playable character, believe it or not), challenging and replayable levels, a robust collection of optional side quests, and winsome graphics and music design.
GameCentral — May 23, 2018
A deeply disappointing sequel that devolves from a perfectly judged mix of rhythm action and platforming to an unfairly difficult slog that’s not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. The game’s almost impressive in the number of ways it finds to be unfairly and unpredictably difficult, but the unhelpful camera, bland music, and rote learning are the worst offenders.
Colin Beauchamp — Jun 06, 2018
It's a shame that said optional content is usually tedious to deal with, and as nice as the dynamic camera is, it can also sometimes lead to a few cheap deaths. Despite that, Runner3 is an addictive (albeit short) experience that platforming fans should look into, if they are up for the challenge.
Sam Bishop — May 26, 2018
All in all it's like Runner 3 was made for the Switch with it's short bursts of fun, arcade-like premise, and colourful visuals, but it's the kind of game that can get you both sweating and swearing profusely, so best not take it on the train if there's young children present. If you can handle the stress and the challenge, though, it's incredibly rewarding, and gives a lot of different avenues for players to keep chasing long after you've completed the main levels.
Eli Pales — May 19, 2018
Ultimately, if the difficulty doesn’t bother you, there’s a lot of fun to be had with Runner3. The levels are zany, while their designs are compelling. There are a ton of collectibles to find and characters to unlock. Unfortunately, not everyone will feel the difficulty warranted or appreciate it equally. For me, it felt like the game did not respect my time. It was frustrating to die so frequently after playing through a chunk of a level perfectly.
Toby Berger — Jun 01, 2018
Runner3 is a fun – if flawed – continuation of the Bit.Trip Runner series. While its stages are beautiful and the whimsical nature of it all is charming, the heavy difficulty spikes make you really work for any sense of enjoyment.
Cristian Ciuraneta — May 24, 2018
Como no podía ser de otra manera, Runner3 se mantiene fiel a su estilo en todas y cada una de sus facetas; y es que es todo un arcade de plataformas puro y duro, en su sentido más amplio de la palabra. Está claro que no está especialmente dirigido al gran público, pero sí logra posicionarse como el mejor en lo suyo.
Sergio Martín — May 22, 2018
Los auto-runners muestran su mejor cara cuando el gran CommanderVideo entra en acción. Runner3 es un plataformas excelente que ofrece mucho sentido del humor, diversión instantánea, un nivel de desafío muy bien medido y un apartado artístico muy llamativo. Muy pocos títulos digitales de su misma naturaleza son capaces de competir contra esta pequeña joya que nos ha regalado una vez más Choice Provisions.
chiconuclear — May 22, 2018
Después de la segunda parte no conseguía verle sentido a seguir con la serie Runner; después de jugar a Runner3, entiendo que no le veía sentido porque no había conseguido pensar en las variaciones que presenta aquí Choice Provisions, menos acomodadizas de lo que mi limitada imaginación me permitía anticipar.
Ángel Llamas — May 30, 2018
Runner3 es un juego muy bueno que nos pondrá a prueba como jugadores. La responsabilidad del éxito recae por completo en nuestra habilidad, nuestros reflejos y nuestra capacidad de concentración. Un juego de concepción sencilla pero de exigencia máxima. Cada uno de los que se atreva a ponerse a los mandos de este plataformas descubrirá lo buen -o mal- jugador que es, y lo hará sin paliativos.
Pipomantis — May 19, 2018
Runner3 n'est, malgré sa débauche de couleurs et ses héros mignonnets, pas à mettre entre toutes les mains. Déjà difficile à la base, il devient vite infernal quand on y ajoute des déplacements de caméra en pleine course, des ennemis parfois vicieux et quelques secrets très bien cachés. Mais si l'idée de recommencer parfois trente longues secondes en boucle jusqu'à un checkpoint ou une ligne d'arrivée vous parle, peut-être bien que Runner3 est pour vous.