Platforms: Wii U/PC/PlayStation 4/Xbox One/3DS/Nintendo Switch (Reviewed)
Genre: Racing, Platform
Players: Single Player/Multiplayer
Developer: 13AM Games
Publisher: Headup Games
Release Date: Out Now!
Runbow has been out for some time now, being released way back in 2015 on the Wii U and later onto the 3DS. Personally, never knew about this. A little bit of research brings this up. What I was interested in was when it later got announced to be coming to major consoles PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. This is where I first heard of Runbow and definitely something that appealed to me.
Runbow is actually a racing game believe it or now. Not your typical vehicle or run around racing game, it is actually really fun. There is still getting from A to B but it throws in other mechanics such as fighting one another in a Smash Bros. style. While you’re mid-race the background can change. This is where the name Runbow comes from. The background changes colour and any platform with that colour will blend into the background making it disappear and unusable until the colour changes again.
There are different modes of racing in Runbow. Multiplayer options are included and can support up to 9 players so there isn’t any hold back on how many can enter a race. While the multiplayer, I believe, plays the biggest role of continuity here but there is a lot of fun in single-player also. You have your adventure mode where there are a whole bunch of levels you can go on where you will face of a certain number of enemies, kind of teaching you how to fight and other things such as collecting and racing to your advantage and it isn’t always best to be first place at the beginning of a race.
The concept is very mobile game like. The more you’ve completed the more levels you unlock to proceed further into the Adventure Mode. You get ranked on each mission you battle through and win gaining 3 stars per mission and this is what helps you progress and unlocks more missions.
While you have your Adventure Mode you also have a Bowhemoth Mode, very clever play on words there. This is for more challenging levels, so if you’ve had enough of Adventure Mode and feel like you’re so good to move on this is where you go next. You can’t save your game, there are multiple rooms and is extremely tricky at times.
You have many characters to choose from here. You have your original characters that belong to the Runbow universe but also some characters you may have seen before in other games such as Rusty from Steamworld Dig and Shantae from the Shantae half-genie series.
The gameplay is fun. If you ever saw the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer where everyone was hanging around, taking their Switch to parties having a blast at work this should have been the game that was shown in the trailer. It’s an absolute blast and can have so much fun with your friends. The soundtrack is great and fits the whole ‘scene’ of Runbow well and can be addicting also.
While you’re having fun with Singe-Player there is also the option of jumping online and becoming ‘king of the hill’ as that is one of the modes, alongside Run and Area. All slightly different but all a boatload of fun. There is a whole load of variety and aren’t stuck with one type of game, changing it up with different modes for different moods at different times of the day. The game does slightly lack in the feel of an AAA title but the game isn’t made for that, it just doesn’t hold me long enough to jump back on for a good ol’ sesh but it definitely is a filler if I have small times to kill.
Definitely, a game made for the Switch. Although the game is a very much party game and is available on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 you can see this fitting perfectly with that party feel right into the Nintendo’s way of life.