It takes a lot to be excited about an endless runner, but Subway Surfers is a brand new entry from the makers of Frisbee Forever & Bullet Time that delivers a lot. A few weeks back I postulated that endless runners had run their course simply because they all blended together, and it would take a truly new idea to reinvigorate interest in the genre. It seems that it didn’t have to be a completely new idea, as Subway Surfers is familiar, but it adds a whole bunch to the table. It’s a 3D endless runner set in a train yard with swipe controls to move side to side, jump, and slide.
It definitely sounds a lot like Temple Run on the surface, but the big difference is that there are three columns to run on. The means you start in the middle, and can swipe to run on the left, right, or back in the middle. You can keep jumping between the columns to dodge trains and collect coins. It makes for a much more action packed and engaging game that feels completely new on iOS. As you’re running along, the trains begin to move, and you can jump up on top of, and between the roofs of trains. There’s never a dull moment as you’re given more to do, and the environment is always changing which requires quick thinking and action to run through, above, and around.
To improve the experience the 3D graphics are superb, and the animations are silky smooth. The game is still endless like so many others, and you do end up starting at the same point each time, but there’s always randomly generated levels. I can only imagine how great this would be if there were checkpoints, or even levels like a full on platformer. Still though, this may be the best endless runner I’ve come across, and it does a great job of providing that one more time feel. There are challenging objectives, unlockable characters, and great power-ups as well to further add to the replay factor.
Subway Surfers (Free, Universal) is a must have on your device that is free with extremely optional in-app purchases. The gameplay balance is nearly perfect, and it’s such an engaging endless runner with the three columns, moving trains, and rooftop jumping. Subway Surfers officially revitalized the endless genre, so jump on board because the train’s leaving the station.