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Developer(s)Choice Provisions
Publisher(s)Choice Provisions
Nicalis (physical)
Composer(s)Matthew Harwood
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch, Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch
  • WW: May 22, 2018
PlayStation 4
  • WW: November 13, 2018
Genre(s)Platform, rhythm

Runner3 is a rhythm platformer video game developed by Choice Provisions. A sequel to Bit.Trip Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Runner3 is part of the Bit.Trip series, starring the character CommanderVideo. The game was released on May 22, 2018 on Windows, macOS, and Nintendo Switch, and was released on the PlayStation 4 on November 13, 2018.[1]


Runner3 is a rhythm platformer video game in which players take control of CommanderVideo, protagonist of the Bit.Trip series.[2]

Core Levels[edit]

CommanderVideo runs forward automatically and the player controls actions such as jumping, sliding, and kicking to overcome obstacles and collect things.[3] Everything that comes his way will hit in rhythm to the background music, so keeping the beat is crucial to getting through the game.

There are goods scattered across every level. The most common are gold bars. There is a set amount of gold in each level, and collecting them increases the score. Second, the Mode-Ups. A mechanic across all Bit.Trip games is the Mode system; the higher the mode, the higher the scoring and the better the music. Although Moding-Up varies in Bit.Trip games, in the Runner series, the player needs to jump into a Mode-Up to immediately go up a Mode. There are five modes in the Runner games, in ascending order: Hyper, Mega, Super, Ultra, and Extra. The player starts at Hyper and works their way up. One notable difference is that in previous Runner games, the Mode-Up appeared as a red 3D plus; in Runner3, it is a blue boombox. Third, the Gems. Gems are on a path of their own, an alternate and harder path. Gems can be collected only once, and they are used to unlock cosmetic items.

New mechanics such as riding vehicles and the ability to double jump have been introduced in this installment. While previous Runner games featured different routes through a level by jumping on vertical platforms, Runner3 has stages with alternate paths that branch off into the background. The game also features side-quests, called Hero Quests, in which CommanderVideo stops to interact with non-playable characters[3] that, for example, might task him with collecting specific items in certain levels. Completing Hero Quests unlocks new playable characters. In addition to past characters from the Bit.Trip series, the game includes the Shovel Knight character from the game of the same name, Eddie Riggs from Brütal Legend, and the Narrator, a caricature of voice actor Charles Martinet.[4]

There are only 27 main levels, and three main worlds (Foodland, Spookyland, and Machineland), but each level has branching paths, secrets, and more variety in music and scenery.

Retro Challenges[edit]

Throughout the Runner series, retro challenges have been implemented for more hardcore players. In BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2, the retro challenges are smaller levels based on older video games, and run on the same mechanics as the main game, but with only gold bars to collect.

Runner3 has a different sort of retro challenge. The player has full control over CommanderVideo's movement, making it play as a more traditional platformer. There is a retro challenge for every core level. Each retro level has five "Gildan Coins", which can be traded in for other cosmetics.


Runner3 was developed by video game development studio Choice Provisions. One focal point of Runner3's design was creating a rewarding and enjoyable experience for playing on any difficulty. Choice Provisions' co-founder Alex Neuse emphasized that many games rewarded only hardcore players and offered a lesser experience for playing on lower difficulties.[2] Voice actor Charles Martinet reprised his narration role in Runner3 and had a playable appearance.[5]


Runner3 was announced in September 2016.[2] In February 2017, Nintendo revealed that Runner3 would launch on the Nintendo Switch console in the latter half of 2017.[6] However in August 2017, Choice Provisions announced that the game would not release until 2018.[7] A physical version of Runner3 was announced by Nicalis on December 13, 2017.[8] It was released on Steam and Nintendo Switch on May 22, 2018.[9]

Following the release, CommanderVideo had announced upgrades to the game, which will include such features as enemy density, more checkpoints, stair assist, bonk counter and gold bars and gems.[10]


Aggregate score
Review score

The video game aggregator site Metacritic gave the Nintendo Switch version a 73/100[13] while the PC version got 78/100.[14]

Kevin Tucker of Shacknews, who reviewed the Steam version of the game, gave it 9 out of 10.[15]

Seth Macy of IGN had criticized the game outdated graphics and repetitiveness of levels.[16]


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  3. ^ a b Whitehead, Thomas (April 5, 2017). "Feature: From BIT.TRIP to Runner3 - The Nintendo Journey of Choice Provisions". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Madekowski, Brett (May 3, 2018). "Shovel Knight and Brutal Legend are in the latest Runner3 trailer". Destructoid. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Sleeper, Morgan (June 16, 2017). "First Impressions: Running Wild in Runner3". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Calvert, Darren (February 28, 2017). "Runner3 to 'Launch Exclusively' on Nintendo Switch". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Helm, Jordan (August 31, 2017). "Runner3 Delayed Into Next Year". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Rodriguez, Tyrone (December 13, 2017). "Runner3 Gets On Track For a Retail Run". Cision. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Knezevic, Kevin (March 15, 2018). "Stylish Switch / PC Game Runner 3 Release Date Announced". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Singletary, Charles (November 7, 2018). "Runner3 on PS4, PC & Switch getting new features, more difficulty options". Shacknews. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Runner3". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  12. ^ Clark, Justin (May 22, 2018). "Runner 3 Review: A Bit Of A Trip". GameSpot. CBS Interactive]]. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Runner3 (Switch)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Runner3 (PC)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  15. ^ Tucker, Kevin (May 18, 2018). "Runner3 Review: Pulse-Pumping Platforming Perfection". Shacknews. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  16. ^ Macy, Seth (6 November 2018). "Runner 3 Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved July 13, 2019.

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