Percentile Rank

Runbow is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 50 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

74%

Critics Recommend

Based on 50 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Aug 27, 2015
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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 1, 2015

On a console known for its platformers and local multiplayer options, it's genuinely impressive how Runbow manages to stand out among the crowd.

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Nintendojo
B
B
Aug 3, 2018

Runbow manages to stand out by virtue of its unique color-changing hook, fun presentation, and sound gameplay.

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NintyBuzz
Essential
Essential
Jul 5, 2018

Runbow was fantastic when it came out on the Nintendo Wii U, and it is still just as fantastic on the Nintendo Switch, especially with the versatility of the console. The gameplay is solid and extremely fun, and it also provides a really good challenge, whether you are playing competitively or cooperatively. Even though nothing new has been added and the online can be a bit niggly, Runbow is a Switch title that everyone should have, ready to play at a gathering!

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Scored Reviews

Nintendo Enthusiast
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2015

Overall, Runbow is easily one of the best indie titles currently available on the Wii U, and the single best local multiplayer game I have played on the console. What really sets Runbow apart though isn't just its multiplayer gameplay, but its plethora of modes, innovative level design, charm, and overall gaming excellence.

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Sirus Gaming
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2018

Runbow is an annoying, and frustrating game to play yet fun, exciting, and draws you in to do better. It’s great to play with more players and challenge them to do the highest score and be on top. Good for playing together with friends and family in get-togethers or in gatherings.

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GameCrate
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2015

One of the best indie games to surface this year, Runbow is a sheer delight, whether you're running through the game on your own or taking up with a group of friends in a fight to the finish. Make sure you rush to the eShop and give it a download.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2015

Runbow is a top-shelf Wii U eShop game, bringing a wide selection of modes and options that can all be played with a stupid amount of players at once. It's frantic and insane, but in the best way possible. It works best as a party game, but even those just looking for a fun, difficult platformer should get ready to Runbow.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 8, 2015

With a bevy of different modes and ways to play, Runbow strikes the perfect balance between accessibility and appeal; you'd be hard-pressed to find a reason to turn down a game that's this fun.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 6, 2015

Offering a splendid amount of content in one package that can be enjoyed in both single and multiplayer, the colorful Runbow easily deserves a spot in the party game lineup for any Wii U owner.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 7, 2015

If you love party games, Runbow is definitely a game to add to your library, even for the single player Adventure mode it's worth it. There are hours of replay-ability in the Adventure and Bowhemoth modes, tons of unlockable content, and of course hours of fun online or local multiplayer. With six different game modes you'll never get bored. This is a game you don't want to miss out on; so pick your favourite controller, invite some friends over, and start the party.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2018

If you're a fan of party games or unique platforming, Runbow is a must-have title in your game library.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2015

Looking past those issues, Runbow is a fantastic game that I believe every Wii U owner should have. It's great single player and even more fun with some friends, both locally and online. Without a doubt, this is a great party game that has all the makings for a must have Wii U title. I can't suggest it enough.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 6, 2018

Runbow is such an awesome game to play on the Nintendo Switch. It's absolutely, 100 percent, worth another purchase if you already own the game on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS. It's a blast mostly with friends on the same couch, but if you intend to fly solo, know there is something there for you too.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 9, 2018

As you can tell from our review, we're both big fans of platforming games like the beloved Rayman series, so playing Runbow for our review was a blast! The single and multiplayer experiences are quite fun and lengthy, so even if you're a fan of only one or the other, you'll find more than enough in this game to have fun. And if you happen to like playing solo and multiplayer, you've hit the jackpot with this game since its only $15!

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 26, 2015

As mentioned in the opening, Runbow is easily one of the best games that has graced the Wii U; it's a game that is very Nintendo in every single aspect, from concept to art and sound direction, to the point that Nintendo itself has taken the liberty to celebrate a launch party for Runbow at the Nintendo World Store in NYC. It's an excellent party game with a solid single player campaign and more unlockables than the colours of the rainbow; you won't regret paying the admission for this gem on the Wii U.

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Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2015

Runbow has a fairly unique concept in its playstyle that I don't believe I've seen in any other game before.  While the single player modes provide quite a bit of challenge on their own, I feel the multiplayer modes are where this game shines.  While AI opponents would have been nice so anyone could experience those modes, this is an excellent game for quick play on your own or for when you have lots of friends over.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 10, 2018

Those looking for the basic Runbow experience can find everything they're looking for on the Nintendo Switch. Is it a full upgrade from the Wii U version? Not exactly. The Wii U version had a clever game mode called Color Master, in which one person on the Wii U GamePad could select the color patterns and try to troll their friends into dying. Losing that mode is sad, but fortunately, Runbow has plenty else to hang its hat on.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2015

For the price, I'd still recommend Runbow for solo players, as long as you really love platforming. Even if you only enjoy the genre just a little though, it's still a fantastic party game.

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Slant Magazine
Sep 11, 2015

An unusual fusion, not just because it's a platformer with fighting, but because it's a party game for the hardcore.

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Gamers FTW
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2015

Runbow is a fantastic experience whether you're adventuring alone or running amuck with some mates. There's a huge amount of content to try out and enjoy from the various different modes, the huge amount of content and staggering number of playable scenarios. The whole colour switching mechanic makes for some interesting, varied and frighteningly addictive gameplay that'll eat up great quantities of your time.

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2018

Runbow takes a simple concept and, pardon the pun, runs with it. The color-changing mechanic is easy to understand and puts a fun spin on what would otherwise be a standard platformer. Couch multiplayer is where this game really shines, so be sure to whip this one out at parties for a sure-fire hit.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
85%
Jul 12, 2018

Runbow is a very fun and colorful game that you should definitely check out on Nintendo Switch. There's a ton of content to enjoy in this one, with a balanced challenge that will have you always trying to get even better at the game. The frantically hectic multiplayer action is where the game shines the most, but you'll also get a kick out of playing on your own as you try to beat all the Adventure stages while getting three medals, or by taking on the Bowhemoth as you try to lower your overall time and death count total.

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SwitchWatch
85%
85%
Jul 9, 2018

Runbow is an exceptional little platformer with an emphasis on timing, some strategy, and multiplayer. For $14.99, this has a tremendous amount of content and should not be skipped.

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Arcade Sushi
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2015

There's some zany good times to be had with the multiplayer as well, and I'm sure Runbow will soon find its way into the rotation as a go-to party game in my household.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
Cubed3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 10, 2015

Runbow is simply a pleasant and enjoyable game. Between the colourful and pleasing levels, good balance in difficulty, and solid multiplayer, it's a joy to play, and is outright beautiful in its simplicity.

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GameLuster
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

If you want a game that you can enjoy with your mates, then Runbow is a must-buy. It becomes harder to recommend if you intend to play it alone, but the solid platforming challenges are worth the price of admission.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2018

Runbow's unique concept combined with it's stylish execution make for a frantic, fun and beautifully intuitive party game that features a surprising amount for a solo player to enjoy too.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 25, 2016

Runbow combines simple gameplay elements with a complex structure and provides an unforgettable co-op experience that you can enjoy with friends and family.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 14, 2015

One of the best massively multiplayer offline games of recent years, although like any party game its attractions are fairly fleeting.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 18, 2018

Overall, I will have to say that Runbow has impressed me with its gameplay and simplicity, and all I need now are more friends to play video games with.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 9, 2018

Runbow has the potential to be an outstanding game. A few patches here and there will help it along the way and should a community begin to emerge, then online play will be a chaotic joy.

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Fintendo
Jul 9, 2018

"Colourful and fun multiplayer experience featuring beloved indie heroes."

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2018

Runbow is a fantastic, colorful, energetic platformer with great style and plenty of content for both solo and group players. At the very least, it is definitely worthy of a spot in your "great multiplayer games" folder.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2018

Whether as a party game or a solo experience Runbow has an incredible amount to offer. Its controls very much fall under the simple to learn but tough to master banner, especially if you’re going to tackle the likes of the Bowhemoth mode. Small touches like the collection of indie darling characters included as unlocks are very much appreciated and offer a motivation to explore the game’s modes to find them all. Especially if you’ve got some friends or family with a competitive streak Runbow can be a lot of raucous fun!

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Video Chums
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2015

If you're looking for a frenzied multiplayer platformer for your Wii U then Runbow is a solid choice.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 2, 2018

Runbow is a great example of a party game that can cater to solo and multiplayer preferences alike, and almost certainly deserves a cheeky purchase on Switch. The gameplay is great fun, the presentation is to die for, and unlocking Nindie heroes through a really nicely put together adventure mode is the icing on the cake. We felt there was a little left to be desired with some elements of the multiplayer modes, and this might just make some think a little harder before jumping in, but we absolutely recommend giving this one a go if you're interested regardless.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 4, 2018

Runbow is yet another great port for the Switch and offers a fiendishly difficult but hysterical time. Grab some friends and get the best out of this game by playing with others.

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Nintendo News
3.9 / 5.0
3.9 / 5.0
Aug 26, 2015

Runbow on the Wii U eShop is a vibrant and zany 2D platformer that, while missing a few marks, still offers a unique color-changing mechanic that I found engaging.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 2, 2018

After a while Runbow definitely becomes more of the same, but, to its credit, what it offers is inherently fun. The constantly changing colors are intimidating at first but I was shocked at how quickly it became intuitive. There are a lot of good platformers out there, but what makes this unique is the fact that levels aren't difficult in their design, specifically. Instead, the challenge comes from your own ability to quickly think about the shifting environment and plan your next move. Runbow is about negotiating when to take your time and when to race into a rhythm. Sometimes it's about being careful, but more often than not, Runbow is the platforming equivalent of double dutch—it takes skill but once you get in a groove you can pull off some spectacular things. And, much like double dutch, it's a bit more fun when more people jump in. Whether you're a casual gamer or a platforming veteran, you'll find Runbow easy to pick up but hard to put down.

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Digital Chumps
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Sep 8, 2015

A great 2D platforming party game best played locally, Runbow is a good buy for your multiplayer playlist.

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IGN Spain
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2017

Colourful, fun and unique, but feels too shallow and may be so distressing.

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NEOsite
7 / 10.0
NEOsite
redakcja

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2018

Runbow is a multiplayer party game by its nature, but singleplayer mode doesn't offer as much fun.

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PSX Brasil
70 / 100
70 / 100
Jul 9, 2018

With plenty of focus on the competitive and an interesting color system in the stages, Runbow offers fun whenever played with other friends by the local multiplayer, but playing alone or trying to venture into the online modes can be frustrating and discouraging.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 2, 2018

Runbow is bringing its qualities again to a Nintendo console. Thanks to its simple gameplay and multiplayer mode, as well as to its online capabilities and availability of characters from other indie games, Runbow is a fun and addictive game that could be longer when it comes to its single player mode but it's certainly a welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch catalogue.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 10, 2015

At its heart, Runbow is a game to break out during a big gathering, rather than play on your own. Nothing is more fun than hooking up controllers and playing with a whole bunch of your friends for a night, and Runbow offers that in spades, provided you have all the Wii Remotes and attachments at your disposal. It's the perfect fit for the design philosophy of Nintendo's consoles lately and a great debut from 13AM Games.

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Game Revolution
Sep 15, 2015

All in all, Runbow is a decent party game that offers some laughs and a nice amount of variety, though it is unfortunately not as accomplished as other similar games.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Sep 7, 2015

The best way to describe Runbow is that it feels like the kind of idea that would've made for a creative series of one or two levels in a Mario game, but here that's the entire game from start to finish with little variation. I can't stress enough that you probably just shouldn't bother with Runbow unless you have at least three or four friends with whom to play with on a regular basis.

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GamingTrend
60 / 100
60 / 100
Sep 9, 2015

Ultimately, Runbow disappoints. Bowhemoth is a fun distraction. Single-player is a pretty traditional and unimaginative series of levels that only major platforming fans will maybe enjoy. And online is a hit or miss (mostly miss) collection of modes that is fun for a little while, but falls under the shadow of the Wii U's insufficient online multiplayer ecosystem.

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Worth Playing
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2019

Runbow works against itself by creating needless tedium throughout the game. The controls, shaky and particular platforming, and waiting for the background colors to flip in order to progress are all damning in a platforming game, and the frustrating background music makes the title feel so much longer. This isn't the only takeaway because the game's aesthetics and premise are pretty good: racing to the end of the level with cool '60s aesthetics and deft maneuvering through visual gameplay cues! 13AM had a really cool idea that mostly works but unfortunately gets lost within a slew of issues. Runbow could be a great game for the dedicated speedster, but for most others, it comes off as pretty, but lackluster.

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