If you haven't played Runbow in a while then now's a great time to boot it up again. With plenty of fresh DLC and some free content recently available, you should lace up your running shoes and get ready for a whole new racing season.
Satura's Space Adventure
This is obviously the most significant portion of Runbow's new wave of content. Purchasing it allows you to work through an entire campaign that's composed of dozens of levels. Basically, an alien rips up Satura's poster so she ventures up to space to collect all of the scraps so she can piece it back together again. Just like in the main game, this campaign allows you to choose which level to play next on a grid selection screen. What's neat is that the pieces of paper are scattered around the map so trying to get them as efficiently as possible is a lot of fun. Upon reaching the end, there's quite an epic boss battle, too. On top of the campaign, this pack also contains a bunch of Run, Arena, and King of the Hill levels, space costumes, and three songs.
One of the best parts of this DLC pack is that it incorporates many exciting gameplay mechanics. Most of them make the gameplay more puzzle oriented which is awesome in the campaign but I found that they didn't really translate to multiplayer matches very well. I'm used to hectic races where your reactions are key to success while these new elements made playing with friends feel a bit too unfair. That being said, the variety of mechanics is incredible. You'll come across colour-coded warps, timed switches that activate necessary colour patches, levels where gravity changes in certain areas, fields that make you hover, enemies that you have to jump on at the right moment to progress, and many new hazards. It's all great fun, especially while playing through the campaign.
Extra Val-Hue Bundle
This bundle includes Satura's Space Adventure as well as these content packs (which are also available to purchase separately):
- Winter Pack (Arctic and Snow Sport costumes and a song called "You Sleigh Me!")
- Professionals Pack (Doctor and Detective costumes)
- Anime Pack (a Magical Girl costume and a song called "Anime")
- Steampunk Pack (a Steampunk costume and a song called "Runbow Rave")
If you purchase Satura's Space Adventure first then decide that you want all of this DLC, too, then you're in luck because you can buy these four packs together in the "New Costumes and Music Bundle". Anyway, besides the paid content, anyone can download the free playable character Lilac who's from the runner-up on my Top 10 Wii U eShop Exclusives list: Freedom Planet!
I must admit, the new songs are awesome. However, with so many indie characters already available, the costumes aren't really necessary. They definitely look cool but unless you're a huge fan of playing dress-up, you'll find them to be completely superficial. The music tracks are as well, but they also add a lot of fun to the equation seeing how upbeat they are. One aspect that I was hoping they'd improve on with this DLC is the variety of environments. The base game was underwhelming when it came to stage features and this content is a step in the right direction as it features the odd spaceship and sci-fi prop but that just isn't enough.
If you're a huge Runbow fan then you surely won't regret buying the whole Extra Val-Hue Bundle. On the other hand, those who simply want more gameplay will be better off with just downloading Satura's Space Adventure. Even if you don't feel like spending a penny, you'd be silly not to at least invite Lilac to the party!
- + Satura's Space Adventure is a whole new campaign with dozens of levels
- + Fantastic fresh gameplay mechanics
- + The delightful Lilac is completely free
- - New gameplay elements don't adapt seamlessly to multiplayer matches
- - Additional content is mostly superficial
- - Environments are almost as plain as ever