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Bit.Trip Complete

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Destructoid (10 out of 10)

Given that all of the Bit.Trip games are almost perfect as-is, and that this collection has so much new content -- all of it top-notch -- and that this is a $40 budget release at retail... well, I think I have to go whole hog on this one. It feels weird to finally go ahead and commit to this sacred, borderline magical number, but it's the truest form of expression I have at my disposal to show you just how much enjoyment I've gotten from this compilation.

Sep 13th, 2011 · Wii · read review

God is a Geek (10 out of 10)

Six stunning games, all playable with a selection of new difficulty settings, all on one disc, at an incredible pricepoint, this should be all you need to know when considering whether or not to pick this game up. Originality is something that should always be praised and cherished, and in that sense the games included on this disc are right up there with the likes of Geometry Wars and Pac Man Championship Edition DX when it comes to taking a retro idea and transporting it right back into the here and now.

Mar 21st, 2012 · Wii · read review

Wiiloveit (29 out of 30)

Overall, with the exception of the one new glitch in BIT.TRIP VOID, this is very much a COMPLETE experience on the Wii. Everything is just about as perfect as it's going to get, and even at its core, you're getting six of the best games on Wii on one disc. This game is, in my opinion, worth about $55-60, but Aksys and Gaijin Games undercut the prices of the WiiWare games and are putting this entire package out for $40. This is an absolute must-buy, and without it, your game collection can never be COMPLETE.

Nov 27th, 2011 · Wii · read review

GamezGeneration (9.5 out of 10)

BIT.TRIP COMPLETE ist eine traumhafte Sammlung, denn hier stimmt einfach alles. Man bekommt 6 WiiWare-Spiele plus 120 neue Herausforderungen und neue Schwierigkeitsgrade + freischaltbare Extras! Bei dem Look und Sound geht jedem Retro-Fan ein Herz auf. Der komplette Soundtrack auf CD rundet letztlich das Gesamtpaket gekonnt ab! Wer schon ein oder zwei BIT.TRIP Spiele via WiiWare besitzt, kann meiner Meinung nach trotzdem zuschlagen.

Apr 4th, 2012 · Wii · read review

Multiplayer.it (9 out of 10)

Bit.Trip Complete Ăš la degna consacrazione della particolare avventura di Commander Video. Non una semplice raccolta sequenziale, ma un vero "concept album" che rende giustizia alla serie Gaijin, arricchendone ogni capitolo di nuovi contenuti e condendo il tutto con bonus ed extra a profusione. Presa in considerazione nella sua interezza e con queste sostanziali aggiunte, la serie Bit.Trip si conferma una delle migliori esperienze indie - nonchĂ© arcade in senso lato - di questi anni ed esce ulteriormente rafforzata dal trattamento attuato per questa versione. Si tratta di giochi particolari, che richiedono una grande dedizione a fronte di una difficoltĂ  brutale e di una semplicitĂ  strutturale che puĂČ apparire disarmante sulle prime, ma a questo prezzo e in questa forma ci sentiamo di consigliare a tutti l'esperienza completa di Bit.Trip: uno scrigno pieno di tesori elettronici.

Apr 6th, 2012 · Wii · read review

Nintendo Life ( )

It would have been amazing enough just to be able to own all six BIT.TRIP titles on one Wii disc, but getting 20 new challenges per game, not to mention a wealth of bonus content, makes this the definitive collection of BIT.TRIP goodness. If you're even remotely a fan of these games, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for you not to spring for this amazing compilation. BIT.TRIP COMPLETE truly lives up to its name and is a fitting tribute to one of the most unique and engaging video game series ever created.

Sep 14th, 2011 · Wii · read review

NintendoWorldReport (9 out of 10)

Ultimately, it comes down to this: if you want all the extra content, or the convenience of having all the games together on one disc rather than taking up a large chunk of the limited space on your Wii's hard drive, get it. If you've seen trailers or played demos and find yourself bopping to the beat, get it. If you're completely new to the series, get it. If you already own one or more of the titles, or the style of play isn't really your cup of tea, this set might have trouble winning you over.

Oct 7th, 2011 · Wii · read review

GameTrailers (8.5 out of 10)

Bit.Trip Complete is the very embodiment of addicting, simple premises and if you missed out on these the first time around the $40 price tag is worth giving them a second chance.

Sep 14th, 2011 · Wii · read review

GameSpot (8 out of 10)

The added elements complement the original games and allow you to enjoy them like never before, making Bit.Trip Complete a shining example of how a thoughtful compilation can enhance an entire series

Sep 21st, 2011 · Wii · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (16 out of 20)

Bit. Trip Complete regroupe six jeux d'exception qui sauront vous séduire grùce à leur originalité, et leur forte personnalité. Que vous soyez un fan de la premiÚre heure ou un néophyte, vous trouverez là de quoi vous occuper de nombreuses heures, grùce notamment à l'ajout de leaderboards en ligne et de 120 défis hardcore. Bref, il ne nous reste plus qu'une chose à vous dire : foncez !

Mar 16th, 2012 · Wii · read review

IGN (8 out of 10)

On their own, each of these six Bit.Trip titles makes for a creative and enthralling entry in the rhythm game genre. As a compilation, Bit.Trip Complete offers plenty of content. Players can not only play through each of these fantastic titles, but also the 120 new levels that the developers created just for this version. Online leaderboards and an included soundtrack only further round out this great package. If you haven’t played these games yet, wait no longer.

Sep 23rd, 2011 · Wii · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8 out of 10)

The Bit.Trip games with their simple gaming interface, rhythmic music, and simple but addictive gameplay will take you for a retro ride. The series’ online leaderboards will also have you coming back to constantly challenge yourself and your friends. A few new difficulties and 120 new achievement-like challenges even make this a tempting collection for those who already downloaded the games individually. I rarely go back to Atari classics, but the Bit.Trip series helped remind my why America fell in love with video games in the first place. The Bit.Trip is like a great early ‘80s franchise that never was, and I’m glad we finally have it.

Sep 13th, 2011 · Wii · read review

Metro.co.uk (8 out of 10)

A justifiably indulgent celebration of some of indie gaming’s greatest triumphs, and one that deserves to be experienced by every Wii owner – and beyond.

Mar 15th, 2012 · Wii · read review

Consoles Plus (16 out of 20)

Si vous possédez déjà les version dématérialisées, l'achat ne semble pas nécessaire, mais sachez que de nombreux bonus ont été inclus, comme de nouveaux défis ou des sons et images à débloquer.

May 2012 · Wii · read review

4Players.de (64 out of 100)

Gestern war alles besser? Na ja. Meine Retroseele freut sich zwar ĂŒber das farbenfrohe Pixelspektakel, spielerisch bleibt sie aber nĂŒchtern. Denn mehr als eine hĂŒbsche Sammlung kleiner Minispiele ist hier nicht drin. FĂŒr sich genommen sind das immerhin durchdachte Reaktionstests, mit denen selbst hartnĂ€ckige Auswendiglerner gefordert werden. Ich hatte meinen Spaß und als Sammlung fĂŒhlt sich das Sextett spĂŒrbar vollstĂ€ndiger an als die einzelnen Episoden. Wenn nur die Wii-Steuerung in gleich zwei von sechs Bit.Trips nicht so ungenau wĂ€re! Zumal die Minispiele auf dem Handheld ohnehin passender untergebracht sind. DarĂŒber können selbst sinnvolle Dreingaben wie Wii-exklusive Levels und Schwierigkeitsgrade sowie der Soundtrack nur bedingt hinweg trösten.

Mar 23rd, 2012 · Wii · read review

411mania.com (6 out of 10)

Bit.Trip Complete is a collection of 6 WiiWare titles. Considering each WiiWare game came out at 6 or 8 dollars, you’re not getting much of a deal. Yes, there’s new content, but most of these games are around 2 years old and have been ported to other platforms since then for cheaper prices. As someone who loves independent games and games that try new things, Bit.Trip Collection is a disappointment. There isn’t a whole lot of gameplay to each game. Each game is based around one, bare-bones mechanic and hardly, if ever expands upon that one mechanic. I appreciate the attempt to come off as a unique indie game, but I feel that the game tries too hard to be indie, and suffers in the gameplay department. You’ll grow bored of each game after around 10 to 15 minutes.

Sep 30th, 2011 · Wii · read review

The Video Game Critic (D)

Overall Bit.Trip is very artistic, humorous, and gets an "A" or originality. Unfortunately, it would have been better had these games been short and sweet like the classics that inspired them.

Mar 10th, 2013 · Wii · read review

Player Reviews

Trippy, Bitty goodness
by krisko6 (836)

The Good
In all of the areas that the Wii fell short in, WiiWare has to be the biggest letdown by far. In theory, it was supposed to allow small developers to create original downloadable games for WiiWare. In practice, however, stringent memory requirements, lack of advertising, a small online player base, a ridiculously small download size, ludicrous sales policies, not to mention under-powered hardware compared to its contemporaries all but scared away only the most dedicated developers from WiiWare. The number of honest-to-goodness success stories on WiiWare can be counted on two hands at best.

One of these successes can be attributed to Gaijin Games with their Bit.Trip series. Bit.Trip is a series of small but challenging rhythm games that takes gameplay and graphical inspiration from the earliest video games, but updates them with 3D visuals and dynamic soundtracks. Each game in the series is more polished and complete than the last, with entirely different playstyles, and you can really sense the progression of Gaijin Games as a developer as the games get more polished with each new installment. In 2011, Gaijin Games released Bit.Trip Complete, the first-ever retail compilation of WiiWare games on a disc, including all six games as well as numerous extras. I'll devote a paragraph to discussing each of the games' positive points below.

BEAT: The original Bit.Trip game. Think of it like Pong Pong Revolution: you twist the controller in your hands to more the paddle up and down the screen to bounce the balls in rhythm as they fly in from the right side of the screen. Though it looks simple, there are many different types of balls which will trip you up if you're not paying attention. If you maintain a long enough streak, you'll earn more points and the game will become more visually complex. Fail, and the game switches to a black-and-white mode reminiscent of early video games. Overall, a fun game, though the motion controls will take some getting used to.

CORE: This is pretty much Guitar Hero, but in 360 degrees. Similar to Guitar Hero, your goal is to press a direction on the d-pad, to target beats, then press the 1 button to "blast" the beats as they cross the target beam. Again, simple, but challenging. Almost too much so. It took me quite some time to finish even the first stage.

VOID: Probably my least favorite of the bunch, though many think that this is one of the more creative installments. I've certainly never played any other game like it before. You move a black hole around the screen with either the nunchuck or the classic controller. Your goal is to collect the black dots as they enter into the screen while avoiding the white dots. But there's a catch: for every black dot you collect, your hole gets bigger and moves slower, making it more susceptible to white dots. If you make your hole too big, you can press the 2 button to collapse the hole back down to its smallest size so you can fit between narrow passages of white dots.

RUNNER: Now we come to my absolute favorite installment. Runner combines rhythm games and platformers, making this, at least for me, the gaming equivalent of peanut butter and chocolate. You control Commander Video as he runs through each level. Your goal is to jump, slide, kick, spring and block at the correct times so that Commander Video is able to get through the level. Mess up even one time, and you'll have to go all the way back to the start of the stage, making this one of the more unforgiving games in the series. Optimally, you'll want to collect all of the gold in each level. Doing so unlocks a retro-styled bonus stage. Getting all of the gold in THAT stage allows you to get the highest possible score for the level. However, if you fail during the bonus, you cannot try it again without going through the main stage first, doubling the game's challenge for completionists. Not only is it my favorite WiiWare game, it's one of my favorite games on the system period. It was so good that it was later ported to PC, and is getting a sequel for WiiU later this year.

FATE: This is probably the least music driven of the installments, being more of a combination of a dual-stick shooter that's quite literally on-rails. You control Commander Video as he moves along a rail. You move the Commander left and right using the nunchuck and shoot by pressing the A button, aiming at the screen with the IR sensor. When shooting, the commander moves much more slowly, allowing the player to more precisely slip their way through the relentless barrage of enemy gunfire, but not allowing them to get away quickly if they need to. Various powerup characters can be caught by Commander Video offering him additional firepower, including Meat Boy, a character which sadly never saw the light of day on WiiWare. This is probably the darkest installment, with near-constant killing of pixellated monsters and a dubstep soundtrack, though its more of a light-rock version of dubstep rather than the heavy kind as popularized by artists like Skrillex. Depending on your taste in music, this could either be a very good or very bad thing.

FLUX: The 6th and final installment is nearly exactly the same as BEAT, but with a few new tricks up its sleeve. Now, you hit balls on the right side of the screen as they come in from the left, a reversal from BEAT. In addition, there are also partially invisible bonus beats that you can catch if you're observant and quick enough. Finally, you can never die. If you lose, you'll just keep continuing through the stage as if nothing ever happened. This is meant to be more of a relaxing game, as the player is meant to reflect on the challenges that he/she faced throughout the series. As such, it's probably best to play this one after you've played the others. Being the last game in the series, this is by far the most visually impressive and colorful, and easily one of the best-looking WiiWare games. The ending is pretty satisfying, though it is really slow and overlong.

The Bad
My biggest complaint relates to VOID. The black dots can often times be ridiculously hard to see, since the game likes to pulsate between black and colored backgrounds all of the time. This can be very annoying, and is the reason why I'm not quite as fond of this game as the others.

For the entire series, the games can be fairly short. Most of them can be completed in 2-3 hours, and perfect (or near-perfect) runs will take even less time than that. Keep in mind that ll of these games were forced to fit under a very tiny download size, and as such are extremely short on their own. Of course, taken as a whole, the entire collection will take much more time to complete.

The Bottom Line
Bit.Trip Complete offers several advantages over its download counterpart, so much so that players who downloaded any (or even all) of the games could reasonably consider a double-dip. For starters, each game now has online leaderboards, so you can see how you compare to everyone else in the world, and to see if anyone's perfected any of the games. Next, there is bonus content available: the cutscenes and various other videos can be unlocked as you play, and there are letters from the developers about each game and other materials available for your perusal.

The biggest and most enticing new addition are the challenges. These are short but tough levels that the player has to perfect in order to complete. There are 20 challenges for each game, and completing them unlocks the aforementioned bonus materials. Finally, the game comes with a CD soundtrack for each of the stage songs from each game. You get a lot of bang for your buck with Bit.Trip Complete, and I'd personally like to see more retail releases of WiiWare games if they are to be of this level of quality and completeness.

As for the Bit.Trip series itself, it's easily one of WiiWare's lone shining stars, and something that has made XBLA and PSN fans jealous of the service, if only for a little bit. With it's unique audiovisual aesthetic and wildly varied gameplay, Bit.Trip offers hours of entertainment for retro enthusiasts, rhythm game fans, and just players looking for a challenge in general. The only qualm I have with recommending this package is that it is quite rare, having been released by a small specialty publisher rather than a big name like Nintendo. As such, you're more likely to come across a copy online instead of in the big retailers. Don't let that stop you from checking out one of Wii's best series.

Aug 19th, 2012 · Wii

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Critic reviews added by ResidentHazard, Alsy, ryanbus84, jaXen, Patrick Bregger, Alaka.