Polygon: "Bit.Trip Runner 2 uses a simple premise, a beautiful universe and a giddy set of songs to conjure an overwhelming sense of happiness. It's a game everyone can play. After completing 100-some stages, I've returned to hop and slide across the landscape with ease. I feel skilled, as if I'm playing an instrument. Each button strikes a harmonic note, each stages composes a lovely song. It's music to my eyes."