Game essentials: Subway Surfers

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Subway Surfers

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Pity the poor Inspector. For years he’s chased Jake, Tricky, and Fresh through countless tunnels and over millions of trains, tallying a lifetime’s worth of bumps and bruises. But try as he might, there’s simply no stopping those Subway Surfers.

Launched in 2012, the endless runner has proven to be one of the most enduring and influential games on the App Store. And with good reason. The breakout hit is a finely tuned package that bursts with color and charisma. Here’s why we keep sliding back to gaming’s fastest subway:

Thanks to simple swipe-based controls, Subway Surfers can be played just about anywhere. Including the subway.

It’s perfectly polished

‣ One of the earliest vertical endless runners, Subway Surfers helped define the genre’s core components: jump, slide and dodge past obstacles, collect goodies and keep it up for as long as possible. But it really hits its stride in its impeccable execution. Swapping lanes and leaping from train to train is never a guess thanks to tight, responsive controls, while bright, colourful graphics make it a fine fit for gamers of all ages.

All that running tiring you out? Grab a technicolour jetpack and soar for a bit.

It’s loaded with character

‣ Graffiti artist Jake might have kicked off the subway surfing, but he’s made quite a few friends over the years. Currently there are more than 50 characters in the game, from go-to’s like Jake’s gal pal Tricky to the golden radio Boombot. Maybe you’ll score Elvis impersonator Rex or Manny the skeleton. And, of course, there are ninjas. And zombies.

Visit Italy and surf the streets as Marco the gondolier.

It loves to travel

Subway Surfers never sits still. Every three or four weeks, the game whisks players to a new stop on a whirlwind World Tour. The crowded streets of Washington DC, the romantic canals of Venice, the busy markets of Marrakesh – you’ll dash past them all. And with each stop comes new goodies to collect and quests to fulfill. Where will it take you next?

    Subway Surfers

    Join the endless running fun!