Endless running games

Run until you die in these endless running games.


The concept of an endless runner is simple. You run until you die. Despite their simplicity, endless running games are among the most ubiquitous and popular games in the App Store. This AppGuide looks not only at "runners" in the strictest sense, but also at games which capture the spirit of the endless runner. These include games with other types of endless motion, as well as endlessness in dimensions other than the horizontal.

Essential Apps

  • Free

    Jetpack Joyride

    by Halfbrick Studios

    Jetpack Joyride, starring the versatile Barry Steakfries, is one of the most popular games around, and it has been for some time. The game was already among the best of its kind, but it refuses to sit on its laurels. Recent updates have brought interesting gizmos and gadgets into the game. What makes the game so good is that it is simple in its gameplay, yet also diverse. Power-ups make the game interesting. Missions keep the game challenging. Unlocking all the available content? Well, it's addicting.

  • Free

    Temple Run 2

    by Imangi Studios, LLC

    Following its predecessor Temple Run, Temple Run 2 was a success as soon as it entered the App Store. In just eight hours, the game made its way to the number one spot in the Top Free Apps. If you are a fan of the original Temple Run, then you are in for a treat. This sequel delivers with better graphics and more challenging gameplay. Powerups, utilities, and controls remain the same. A handful of the characters are back as well. If you haven't grabbed this game yet, then you're missing out.

  • Free

    Subway Surfers

    by Kiloo

    Subway Surfers combines some of the best elements of both Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride. Like Temple Run, it is a delightful 3-D runner with excellent graphics and tight swipe control. It also borrows from Jetpack Joyride's model and lists three missions at a time. The game is highly enjoyable and also free.

  • Free

    Sonic Dash

    by SEGA

    Sonic the Hedgehog has always been a favorite in video-gaming so it made plenty of sense to create an endless running game for him. I mean, in the original Sega games he was constantly running. Sonic Dash has everything that will have you reminiscing about those Sega days. The graphics are perfect, the sound effects are on par, and the game itself is just a natural endless running game.

Notable Apps

  • Free

    Despicable Me: Minion Rush

    by Gameloft

    Those small, yellow guys are back and here to make you laugh more than ever in Despicable Me: Minion Rush. In this game, you are one of Gru's famous minions and your goal is to collect fruit to make jelly. Watch out, though! You'll have to face Vector, El Macho, and villains created exclusively for this game.

  • Free

    Giant Boulder of Death

    by [adult swim]

    Giant Boulder of Death takes a completely different approach to the endless running category. You are a giant stone boulder and your goal is to wreak havoc down the hillside. It's fun to cause such disaster, but it isn't that easy. You'll have to avoid traps that can easily turn you into pebbles and put an end to your reign of terror.

  • Free

    Agent Dash

    by Full Fat

    If you love Temple Run but want a change of scenery, then I suggest you download Agent Dash. The game operates similarly to Temple Run with swipe and tilt controls. Jump over and slide under obstacles that include barrels of toxic water, laser beams, and trees. And don't forget to cling to a random side by tilting your device so that you don't fall into the lava! With the gems you collect, you can unlock gadgets, power ups, and more quirky characters.

  • Free

    One Epic Knight

    by Simutronics Corp

    One Epic Knight's graphics are pleasing and the audio is hilarious. In this endless runner, you barge through the doors of a dungeon and, of course, avoid the obstacles. Those obstacles are anything from traps to goblin enemies. There is even a cube of Jello that can block your path. A unique thing about this game is that it doesn't contain the traditional power ups. There are random shields and swords throughout the dungeon that are made to withstand the obstacle or foe in your way. In order to control your knight, you need to swipe left or right.

  • Free



    Tired of collecting coins and gems? Try your hand at collecting duct tape in TheEndApp instead. This game is similar to Temple Run and Agent Dash yet still very different. The first difference is the setting. TheEndApp seems to take place in a post-apocalyptic world. Your obstacles in this game include fire, lava, and vehicles that are no longer on their wheels. The second difference is that this game offers you the option of playing a mission mode or to go freerunning. And last, but not least, you are given a health bar, allowing you to hit small obstacles without their being fatal.

  • $0.99

    Ski Safari

    by Defiant Development

    The running in this game is done by the yetis you chase down. You yourself don't run. You ski, while outpacing an avalanche and chasing down a variety of creatures, including the aforementioned yeti. You ride animals, perform backflips, and collect as many coins as you can. The game is a lot of fun.

  • Free


    by Activision Publishing, Inc.

    If you remember the Atari, then you more than likely remember the hit game Pitfall! Activision has been kind enough to bring this title back from the past as an endless running game. The gameplay is nothing different from all the other typical endless running games mentioned, but the graphics give you a retro feeling. This is neat because it seems to pay homage to the original Atari game. The camera angles also tend to shift from the over-the-shoulder view to a landscape view much like Jetpack Joyride.

  • Free

    Rail Rush

    by Miniclip.com

    Ready for a treasure hunt? Load up Rail Rush and hop into a cart to begin your journey. You'll have fun riding through caves and abandoned mines at fast speeds, collecting gold and gems. There are a ton of different environment settings to explore and even more power-ups for your cart. The possibilities seem endless in this game.

Decent Apps

  • Free

    Into the Dead

    by Prodigy Design Limited T/A Sidhe Interactive

    Into The Dead is a game that forces you to do just that: run into the dead. While intricate zombie games are well-loved, a simple one like this can be just as intense and satisfying. The game begins with your character looking at a helicopter crash only to quickly turn around and start running. The graphics are realistic and the sound effects are hair-raising. You can easily change the controls in options. Choose between tilt-control, left and right touch, and a thumbstick on either side of your screen. The missions and mini goals are aplenty and you can also challenge your friends to beat your high score.

  • $2.99


    by Semi Secret Software, LLC

    Canabalt has that classic retro look and feel. It's about as stripped down as an endless runner can be. There are no coins, power-ups, or missions. It's all about the running and jumping. It's a nice palate cleanser after the visual spectacle represented in the other games. Endless runners are a fairly simple class of game to begin with. This one is the simplest of all. I like it. It has a certain charm.

  • Free

    Monster Dash

    by Halfbrick Studios

    This is another game that stars the versatile Barry Steakfries. The game is not as deep as Jetpack Joyride, but it still offers a good amount of endless running fun. One thing it has, which Jetpack Joyride doesn't, is the ability to fight the supernatural. Instead of flying around obstacles, your purpose here is to kill vampires, mummies, and other monsters. If you love Jetpack Joyride, you may like this game as well.

We're Flying

  • $0.99

    Tiny Wings

    by Andreas Illiger

    Tiny Wings is another app bestseller. It is in its own category because it may not immediately come to mind as an endless runner. There is no need to elaborate on the virtues of the game, as thousands of people have already done so. I will say that I personally get a different vibe when I play Tiny Wings versus other endless games. While I generally play endless runners for their excitement, Tiny Wings is more like the app equivalent of a day spa for me. It's relaxing.

  • Free

    Whale Trail

    by ustwo™

    Whale Trail is unique among all the games on this list in the sense that it features no concept of ground at all; even the bird in Tiny Wings needs to touch down once in awhile. Whale Trail is a pure example of an "endless flyer," which is an interesting concept, given that the subject is a giant whale.

Endlessly Vertical

  • $2.99

    Doodle Jump HD

    by Lima Sky

    In terms of representatives for endless climbers, I went with a modern classic. There's not much to the game other than jumping higher and higher, while avoiding obstacles. That's the appeal of the game. As the saying goes, there is beauty in its simplicity. There's also a good amount of charm.

  • $2.99

    Sonic Jump™

    by SEGA

    Joining the group of the endlessly vertical category is Sonic Jump. Yes, Sonic the popular Sega character. This game is very similar to Doodle Jump except it's Sonic. Can't go wrong there, right? Collect the rings, avoid the wasps, and stay away from the spiked platforms! This game includes multiple characters with their own abilities, different worlds, story mode, arcade mode, boss battles, and more.

Other Versions Of Mentioned Apps

  • $1.99

    Temple Run: Brave

    by Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

    This game has the same concept and feel of the Temple Run games, but with characters from Disney's Brave.

  • $1.99

    Temple Run: Oz

    by Disney

    This game is pretty much like Temple Run 2, but with Oz characters.

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