Yeah, it's a "runner" game. You control a character that's perpetually moving forward, and all you have to do is move them left to right and sometimes roll or jump as well. And yeah, it's a "freemium" game, something I will likely never really embrace.

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But man, I'm enjoying Subway Surfers all the same.

The key is that not only is it fun to play for free (stages are generated randomly, so you never hit a "wall"), but it's got real style, with a bubbly look that should be coming off as ridiculous but instead feels like a Nickelodeon tribute to the early 90s.

In terms of how it plays, like say, Temple Run, you're in command of a character constantly running away from the screen, with swipes of your device either moving them between "paths" or over/under obstacles. You can collect coins in missions to unlock items, or, of course, you can buy those items right away with real cash.

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If you've got multiple devices or platforms, the iPad version is probably the best (especially if you've got a retina display), as the dedicated visuals really pop.


Subway Surfers

  • Genre: Runner
  • Developer: Kiloo
  • Platform: iOS, Android
  • Price: Free

Get Subway Surfers on iTunes | Get Subway Surfers on Google Play