The most played game on my iPad has just been updated. I am, of course, talking about Subway Surfers.

Subway Surfers is Frisbee Forever 2 developer Kiloo Games‘ own take on the genre of gaming pioneered by Temple Run. To be sure, it borrows a lot of gameplay elements from Imangi Studios’ hit game. But, come on, which post-Temple Run behind-the-back endless runner doesn’t?

The good thing is, the result of all that borrowing is something quite exciting and refreshing. So much so, in fact, that Subway Surfers nabbed the AppAdvice App of the Week distinction shortly after its release.

Subway Surfers lets you control a graffiti-loving teenager named Jake as he jumps and rolls across railroad tracks, away from an angry train inspector.

Aside from Jake, you can unlock other characters by collecting special objects from in-game tokens. You need bonnets for Tricky, stereos for Fresh, guitars for Spike, and UFOs for Yutani.

Ninja, one of the five new characters in Subway Surfers.

The new update to Subway Surfers brings five more characters. But instead of amassing collectibles in order to unlock them, you can do so by purchasing them with coins. The new costumed characters, arranged from least to greatest number of coins needed, are Lucy, Ninja, Frank, King, and Frizzy.

If you happen to be short on coins, the update has you covered, at least partially. Just by logging in to Game Center and Facebook, you get rewards of 250 coins and 5,000 coins, respectively.

The update also includes the following:

  • New exclusive trophies to find
  • Unique Game Center achievements
  • Various bug fixes and optimizations, including fixed startup bug, fixed trophy token bug, and GUI redesign

The newly updated Subway Surfers is available as a free universal game in the App Store.

I, for one, can’t wait to assume the role of a subway-surfing ninja. Cowabunga! Oops, wrong kind of ninja.