Release Date: July 3rd, 2018
Developer: 13AM Games
Platforms: Switch (Reviewed), PC, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, N3DS
Runbow is a fun game, with a lot of appeal. It finally makes its way to the Switch after being released on every other consoles. Ever since I played the Wii U version I have been interested. Runbow is a fun racing platformer with plenty of appeal.
There is a great deal of party fun in Runbow with the large selection of characters including several Nindie options, including Shovel Knight, Rusty from Steamworld, Shantae, Guacamelee, and a few more. Each of the characters are unique and each of them play a little differently. The ideas behind Runbow are race to the finish and get there any way possible. There are chaotic power ups and melee attacks and all of these contribute to the fun. The crazy color obstacles and traps will keep players guessing and fighting for victory every step of the way. Even the most skilled player could squeeze out a victory in the last 10 seconds. Without a doubt, Runbow is complete chaos to the end.
Outside of the glorified foot races, there is an Arena mode and King of the Hill. The Arena is fun as it's easy to get other players killed by shoving them into obstacles. The game supports up to 8 players locally and nine via the Internet. There is also the solo adventure. Players are learning the ropes while being pitted against a pirate named Satura. There is some sort of story here and lots of levels to traverse. Other single player modes include Bowhemoth which strings together tough levels and limited lives. This is a challenge which will frustrate the most skilled players.
The stages are colorful and the backgrounds are interesting. Everything is very well done, someone has taken the time to polish this game. I thought the game looked great on the Wii U and the Switch version looks just as good. The music is excellent and the cast of characters is wonderful, and as I mentioned, diverse and well done.
Despite all of Runbow’s appeal, I have a few gripes with the game. There is no A.I. racers therefore multiplayer is a must to experience everything the game has to offer. Players are going to have better luck with local co-op. Despite the popularity of this game and Switch ownership, I was unable to get any multiplayer action going online. I did play with a few friends locally.
What about cross play? A few other reviewers mentioned this and I think this would be a good idea. Cross play across this game via different consoles could be a lot of fun. I do have to say even if you played it before on Wii U or another platform, Runbow is worth picking up for the Switch. The game is $15 digitally across consoles and $20 for a physical copy.
Thanks to the developer for letting us review this game.
Easy to play
Great party game
Not enough people playing online
Missing a mode from the Wii U