With so many endless runners you would think they would all be essentially the same by now. Endless Road is a new variation that has you driving for as long as you can, but there are so many subtleties on top of the simple idea. The biggest challenge in the game is that you need to keep your car going at least 80 MPH to stay ahead of the road which is collapsing behind you. It’s tough to stay at that speed with all kinds of traffic to swerve through, and any collision slows you down considerably. You can regain your speed with boost arrows on the road, but there are also slow down arrows to avoid.
The speed challenge adds a whole new element to the endless genre, and it makes for a nice and intense challenge. There are three lanes to drive in, and you simply tap on the left or right side of the screen to change lanes. The simple mechanic allows you to focus on all of the action. Not only is the traffic usually going slower than you, but there are also cop cars, and shifting environments with blockades in the road. The endless style has missions to complete for bonus coins, as you would expect, and they allow for upgrades and power-ups.
The game is endless, but it’s more like a classic arcade racer in that there are forking paths to switch things up. At the end of each stage, you can go either left or right, and that decision leads to all new environments with unique challenges. Endless Road has a great feature set, and it also nails that “one more time” replay factor. Once you start, it’s easy to just keep restarting to take a new path, shoot for objectives, and simply beat your last score. Through all of this, there’s also a beautiful minimalistic isometric design with clean solid colors and a cubed environment.
Endless Road ($0.99, Universal) livens up the endless genre with all new dynamics to make for a highly entertaining endless treat that is a should buy.