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13AM Games

Developer: 13AM Games (based in Toronto)
Genre: Party / Action / Platformer
Release Date: 2015
Platform: Wii U/Nintendo eShop
Players: 1-9 local
ESRB: E (Predicted)
Price: TBD

Runbow is a fast-paced, action party game with a never-before seen color mechanic: Up-to nine players race against each other as platforms and obstacles appear and disappear when the background changes vibrant colors. Players can sprint against each other in Run, or go head-to-head in one of Runbow’s six additional modes, including Arena, King of the Hill, ColourMaster and The Bowhemoth.

· Local Nine-player Multiplayer – The biggest couch-multiplayer experience to come to Wii U, ever!
· If You Can’t See It, It Doesn’t Exist! – Players must think fast as obstacles appear and disappear with the changing backgrounds.
· ‘60s Poster Art Aesthetic – Using the unique art style of Saul Bass and the Czechoslovakian New Wave, Runbow is not only fun to play, it’s fun to look at.
· Hundreds of Challenges – Runbow’s packed to the brim with challenging levels and endless permutations of color transitions and obstacles!
· Seven Great Game Modes – Challenge friends in King of the Hill, Arena, Run, Online, Bowhemoth, Adventure or become the ColourMaster and dominate Runbow’s colorful world.
· One Master to Rule Them All – Play against friends in ColourMaster mode, where challengers race against one malevolent ColourMaster who controls the colors and obstacles in the level.
· Master The Bowhemoth – Runbow’s toughest game mode, The Bowhemoth, has racers tackle more than 30 minutes of platforming challenges that will put the patience and skill of even the toughest players to the test.
· Tons of Unlockable Costumes – From Pirate to Zombie to Ninja, players can pick the runner that’s right for them.
· Challenges, Achievements, and More – Hours of replayability and unlockable content will keep gamers running back for more.
· Special Guests! (Announcing Soon) – What special guest characters will challenge Hue and Val in a race for glory? Find out next time on Runbow!

Runbow footage

Posted on 8 years ago by (@NE_Brian) in Videos, Wii U eShop | 0 comments

This is another Twitch recording, meaning you’ll need to head past the break for the video. Darn you, auto-play!

Runbow is probably going to end up supporting a whole bunch of control inputs. On Twitter, developer 13AM Games stated that the team intends to “use every kind of controller we can get the API for.” That could even mean support for GameCube controllers!


Runbow could have ended up on any platform, but 13AM eventually settled on Wii U. Wondering how the studio settled on that decision? It all came down to the Wii U’s ability to handle a wide array of control schemes.

13AM co-founder Tom McCall told Gamasutra:

“We looked at Xbox, PlayStation, PC, all those things, and we just kind of did a tally of how many controllers we could link up. And when we got to Wii, we found out… We found out that if you tether a Wii Remote to a Wii controller four times, and then add in the Wii U tablet controller on top of it, you can get up to nine players. We’d never seen anything like that before.”

McCall also mentioned that he and other members of the team had a good relationship with Nintendo, as one of them started communicating with the company as part of his thesis project.

“There was never a giant pitch; we just kept them in the loop from day one and they’ve been very supportive the whole way. I guess we’ve been very lucky!”


Developer 13AM Games (based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Genre Action Platform Racer
Release Date June 2015
Platforms Wii U (Nintendo eShop)
Players 1-9 local and online


Runbow is a platform racer with a unique art style and a never-before seen colour mechanic that will keep you running back for more. Up to nine players can race their way to victory, online or locally. Platforms and obstacles appear and disappear as the background colour changes, so if you can’t see something, it doesn’t exist. Whether you’re playing alone or with friends, Runbow is fast, frantic, and a lot of fun.

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