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.
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.
Temple Run 2
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.
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.
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.
Despicable Me: Minion Rush
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.
Giant Boulder of Death
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.
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.
One Epic Knight
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Into the Dead
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.
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.
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.