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.

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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