[PlayStation 5] BIT.TRIP RERUNNER Review

by EdEN, Owner

Fantastic remake BIT.TRIP RERUNNER from Choice Provisions and Gamecraft Studios is ready for you to check out on PlayStation 5. Learn more about this gem in our BIT.TRIP RERUNNER review!

Fantastic remake BIT.TRIP RERUNNER from Choice Provisions and Gamecraft Studios is ready for you to check out on PlayStation 5. And now, a short gaming history lesson. The BIT.TRIP games were originally released by Gaijin Games – now Choice Provisions- for the Nintendo Wii as a series of different games, all focusing on colorful, flashy visuals and gameplay tied to music. They feature the charming CommanderVideo as its main character. Each game launched separately for the digital Nintendo eShop as Wiiware games, which meant they had to be under 40 MB in size. The first game in that series is BIT.TRIP Beat, which launched in 2009.

I played all of the original BIT.TRIP games back in the day on the Nintendo Wii as they were released. I own the collection of all these games – known as THE BIT.TRIP – physically on PlayStation Vita. I own the BIT.TRIP Collection digitally on Nintendo Switch. I own BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – yes, that’s its full name – on Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo Switch, as well as physically on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. I own RUNNER3 digitally and physically on Nintendo Switch. So yeah, I’m definitely a fan of the whole thing.


It’s now 2024, and we’re finally getting this revamped take on the first Runner in the trilogy. Along with a fully redesigned and rebalanced presentation of the original BIT.TRIP RUNNER, we get a 1:1 recreation of the original game – you know, for purists – 35 bonus levels using the entire BIT.TRIP song library, accessibility features so that more gamers can enjoy this one, behind-the-scenes artwork, and access to a ton of user-generated levels for infinite replay value.

Right before you begin, the game will kindly allow you to choose how much of a challenge you’ll be dealing with. You can choose between one of three different obstacle density levels: Low, Medium, and High. As expected, the higher the obstacle density, the more difficult it will be to clear a level as you try to collect all gold bars. There are also options for having checkpoints so that when you make a mistake, you’re sent to the last one you activated. Another one is for stair assist so that CommanderVideo automatically climbs stairs.

Since this remake is a celebration of the entire series, there will also be bonus levels, which the game refers to as a set of EP. That means that, as per the trailer in this BIT.TRIP RERUNNER review, you’ll sorta be playing a bit – no pun intended – of all the other games in the BIT.TRIP series. That additional content will first need to be unlocked as you play through the stages that are split into three different zones of increasing difficulty.


The controls are easy to understand once you get the hang of things after playing through a couple of levels. As mentioned before, the game is an autorunner, so CommanderVideo will always be running ahead non-stop. Your task will be to use the different inputs to avoid or destroy obstacles as you try to grab all of the gold bars along the way so that you can claim victory and show the world what you’re really made of. It might seem like a lot, but it all just clicks once you get going.

You can jump by pressing the X button. That’s the input you’ll end up using the most. You can also glide slightly if you hold down the X button when jumping. To slide, press down on the D-Pad or the left analog stick. Kick by pressing the Square button. To use a spring to gain a lot of extra height for your jump, simply press up on the left analog stick or the D-Pad. Dancing is mapped to the R1 and R2 buttons. Blocking is done by pressing right on the D-Pad or pressing the L1 button. Blast is mapped to the Circle and L2 buttons. To absorb, press left on the D-Pad or the Triangle button.

Along with the main game, bonus levels, and bonus playable content based on the music from the other games in the series, there’s also some additional content for you to check out under the Extras section. Once there, you can use the keys that you’re awarded for collecting all of the gold bars in the many levels that the game has to offer. These keys will unlock 3D models, comics, concept art, contests, costumes, design documentation, fan art, and production art. You can also unlock letters to players and BIT.TRIP Poems. And then we have RUNNER MAKER and MUSIC MAKER.


RUNNER MAKER is a special set of tools that you can use to create your own BIT.TRIP RERUNNER levels as you add obstacles, hazards, and gold bars. You’ll be working on adding environment tiles that CommanderVideo runs on. You can use the path objects section to place the interactable obstacles and collectibles. Cosmetic objects are decorations and non-interactive elements. Once you’re happy with your creation, you can give it a name, level style, and what song it uses. Before you can upload a level, you’ll need to play it and complete it. MUSIC MAKER is a song editor you can use to compose your own songs in RUNNER MAKER.

The game has a full trophy list, which means you can try to use your skills to add another Platinum trophy to your collection. The list is split into 14 Bronze trophies, 16 Silver trophies, and 4 Gold trophies. Along with the trophies that will pop as you complete each general set, you’ll also have to play through all levels and get a double perfect by collecting all gold bars while playing on Medium or higher. You also need to complete all EP levels with a double perfect. And create a level. And upload a level. And earn 10 likes on one of the levels you created. And complete at least one custom level of each type.


BIT.TRIP RERUNNER brings us a revamped take on the classic autorunner experience in the beloved trilogy. We’re getting a solid take on the original release with reworked and rebalanced visuals, additional levels, special EPs that showcase the other games in the original series, as well as a RUNNER MAKER and MUSIC MAKER set of tools that will allow you to create your own levels and music, as well as play stages created by gamers from around the world. Add the Extras section where you can unlock special artwork for the BIT.TRIP, and you have a solid package that is easy to recommend. BIT.TRIP RERUNNER is out on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag, and you should definitely add it to your collection.


This BIT.TRIP RERUNNER review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Choice Provisions.

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