Review: Runbow (PlayStation 4)

Runbow is a fast-paced action party game for up to 9 players! The world changes with each swipe of the background color and if you can’t see something it doesn’t exist!

Pros:

  • Hand drawn graphics.
  • 2.32GB  download size.
  • Fast paced platform racer where the background constantly changes which in turn makes obstacles appear and disappear.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Autosaves.
  • Gallery where you can view unlocked characters, art and listen to music tracks. Records section is like a list of achievements you unlock.
  • Six modes- Run, Arena, King of the hill, Bowemoth, Adventure and online.
  • Hilarious cut scene images in adventure mode.
  • Bowhemoth is the hard mode where you have no checkpoints or saves and must do levels in one run.
  • Adventure mode is a huge grid whereby finishing a level in a certain time unlocks 1-3 medals, Use medals to unlock art and further levels. When a level is finished you unlock to corresponding levels to which you choose your own path to the top of the grid.
  • Customise base characters with hats and new uniforms all unlocked through play.
  • Supports 9 players on one console.
  • Online- 1-4 mixed local and online and you can do open or private games.
  • Adventure mode has 100s of levels to play through.
  • Variety of levels, Not just running to a trophy you can also get kill x amount of enemies quickly or collect x amount of coins as fast as possible.
  • Over 40 characters to unlock and play as.
  • Simple easy to use controls. Jump and punch are all you need but pressing them or holding them can yield new moves.
  • All levels are timed and your best time is shown on each completed level.
  • Online has 3 modes to play: Run, Arena, and King Of The Hill.
  • Private and public lobbies. Private lobbies give a passkey you give to friends so they can join.
  • So easy to pick up and play.
  • Cameo appearances from other indie titles like Rust, Shovel Knight, and Juan.
  • Fast loading times.
  • New records and unlocks pop up on the screen like achievements.

Cons:

  • No real tutorial just a few simple screens.
  • No online leaderboards for adventure levels etc.
  • When a player dies they stay dead so in two players it just leaves one guy.
  • Difficulty spikes throughout the game.
  • Lacks colorblind settings.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.6/10

Summary

Solid platforming fun that is fun in single player, But just explodes in multiplayer. Local or online multiplayer is where the game truly shines. Hitting you with a simple two-button control scheme, Basic premise, The game is accessible to so many people and here we get all the new modes and locations that appeared on the earlier versions of the game. Shame there was no Vita port but as is this is a must own party game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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