Semi Secret Software's survival side-scroller Canabalt [$2.99] went universal this afternoon, and while (like most pixel art games) it looked great upscaled on the iPad, Canabalt is even more awesome running at the full 1024x768 resolution.

If this is the first you've heard of Canabalt, check out our review:

Canabalt for the iPhone is a port of the extremely popular flash game of the same name. Absolutely everything has been preserved in the transition, and Canabalt is a perfect for a mobile gaming device. It loads quickly, and the games (unless you're really good) rarely last any more than a couple minutes. ...Read More

Canabalt can be played for free online, and the paid iPhone game is nearly identical aside from the fact that you're clicking your mouse instead of tapping with your finger. I really can't recommend this game enough. We awarded it five stars in our October '09 Best iPhone Games Listing, and it's one of the few games that not only has stayed on my phone since it was released last year, but also a game I play nearly every day.

A word of warning before updating, Canabalt 1.4 does seem to wipe out your local scores when you install it. If you have any insanely high local runs you'd like to immortalize, screen shot them before installing. Also, some forum members have reported frame rate issues with the new update, but so far I've tried it on every device I have access to and don't notice it running any different than before.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    "Absolutely everything has been preserved in the transition…"

    Including the one-tap game mechanism and uh…well…that's all there is, really.

    Amazing! ;)

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    "Absolutely everything has been preserved in the transition…"

    Including the one-tap game mechanism and uh…well…that's all there is, really.

    Amazing! ;)

  • Xexist

    Am I really the only one who deleted this after 2 minutes and/or found it really really boring?

    • Mel Swelneregegegen

      Yes.

      • Dave

        no

    • tsharpfilm

      yes and no

  • Xexist

    Am I really the only one who deleted this after 2 minutes and/or found it really really boring?

    • Mel Swelneregegegen

      Yes.

      • Dave

        no

    • tsharpfilm

      yes and no

  • eev

    no, deleted it too. it's fun game, but high accu drain, connection to the leaderboards server after every run - is not serious.

    • Mel Swelneregegegen

      And no, I don't find it at all suspicious that a post validating your rhetorical question pops up a mere three minutes after you posted your query, Xexist.

      • eev

        well, there is forum account with the same nickname.

      • Xexist

        Kindly request the admin check our IP addresses if you think we are the same people.. Not that I really care. I am not here to bash the game I just find it hard to believe there is so much love for it, because I personally find it boring.

  • eev

    no, deleted it too. it's fun game, but high accu drain, connection to the leaderboards server after every run - is not serious.

    • Mel Swelneregegegen

      And no, I don't find it at all suspicious that a post validating your rhetorical question pops up a mere three minutes after you posted your query, Xexist.

      • eev

        well, there is forum account with the same nickname.

      • Xexist

        Kindly request the admin check our IP addresses if you think we are the same people.. Not that I really care. I am not here to bash the game I just find it hard to believe there is so much love for it, because I personally find it boring.

  • Mel Swelneregegegen

    How soon until the first "this game looks fun, but I still refuse to pay more than .99 for it" post?

    Canabalt is an all-time classic and I'm going to update the app to my iPad right now.

    • markx2

      It's not that it isn't a classic. I have this, got it at launch and I have shown it to friends and over the last few weeks several ipad-owning colleagues. None have any intention of buying it.

      It is about price. They look and see "better" games that offer improved graphics, games that have longevity, games that provide multiple rewards along the way, games that show off their new purchase. They see a monochrome game with no more a goal that "get further". Nothing to unlock, no levels, just the same repeated over and over. They also do not see it in any charts which does not help matters.
      They cannot see why it is worth the $3.

      • Mel Swelneregegegen

        "They" are wrong.

      • markx2

        So are all "they" who cannot see that Zen Bound is completely fantastic and worth every penny to own on both iphone and ipad (which I do).

        It's all relative.

        Having asked one of them to read this and go look they said that they see a few comments here, 18 reviews in the UK store and it's in no charts. So why buy a game that has just 18 people commenting and yet costs the same as Zen Bound, 3x as much as Flight Control / Angry Birds to name but two.

  • Mel Swelneregegegen

    How soon until the first "this game looks fun, but I still refuse to pay more than .99 for it" post?

    Canabalt is an all-time classic and I'm going to update the app to my iPad right now.

    • markx2

      It's not that it isn't a classic. I have this, got it at launch and I have shown it to friends and over the last few weeks several ipad-owning colleagues. None have any intention of buying it.

      It is about price. They look and see "better" games that offer improved graphics, games that have longevity, games that provide multiple rewards along the way, games that show off their new purchase. They see a monochrome game with no more a goal that "get further". Nothing to unlock, no levels, just the same repeated over and over. They also do not see it in any charts which does not help matters.
      They cannot see why it is worth the $3.

      • Mel Swelneregegegen

        "They" are wrong.

      • markx2

        So are all "they" who cannot see that Zen Bound is completely fantastic and worth every penny to own on both iphone and ipad (which I do).

        It's all relative.

        Having asked one of them to read this and go look they said that they see a few comments here, 18 reviews in the UK store and it's in no charts. So why buy a game that has just 18 people commenting and yet costs the same as Zen Bound, 3x as much as Flight Control / Angry Birds to name but two.

  • yerro

    Finally! Been waiting for this as well as iOS 4.0 support. Now back to jumping buildings..

  • yerro

    Finally! Been waiting for this as well as iOS 4.0 support. Now back to jumping buildings..

  • http://twitter.com/charlwaynes Acai Max Cleanse

    Great..I want to download it on my iPhone.i hope my phone support it.

  • http://twitter.com/charlwaynes Acai Max Cleanse

    Great..I want to download it on my iPhone.i hope my phone support it.

  • Chris

    This update cleared my local highscores. :O

  • Chris

    This update cleared my local highscores. :O

  • http://thestoppableforce.net/ Stop

    One thing I noted is that the universal version seems to include a third song ("Mach Runner," also by Danny Baranowski, in addition to the original version's "Run" and "Daring Escape").

  • http://thestoppableforce.net/ Stop

    One thing I noted is that the universal version seems to include a third song ("Mach Runner," also by Danny Baranowski, in addition to the original version's "Run" and "Daring Escape").

  • Vanamonde

    It may work in 4.0, but it doesn't work with task switching.

    If you pause the game and then use another program, when you switch back it goes to the headphone screen.

  • Vanamonde

    It may work in 4.0, but it doesn't work with task switching.

    If you pause the game and then use another program, when you switch back it goes to the headphone screen.

  • pszego

    I've been loving this game, but it does have framerate issues on my 2nd gen Touch. Otherwise, it's a must-buy!

  • pszego

    I've been loving this game, but it does have framerate issues on my 2nd gen Touch. Otherwise, it's a must-buy!

  • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

    hey dudes, we're looking into the high scores transition problem - we think it's related to having a whole bunch of local high scores saved under the old system, and we're checking it out now. I don't think it's actually wiping your scores, it just hasn't finished migrating them - we'll def keep you posted. thanks!

    • Ouisch

      Any info on the frame rate issues for 3GS users?

      It's litereally running at about 1/2 the frame rate it used to be in version 1.3

    • Ouisch

      Any info on the frame rate issues for 3GS users?

      It's literally running at about 1/2 the frame rate it used to be in version 1.3

      • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

        we think its connected the high scores issue, should know whats up soon!

  • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

    hey dudes, we're looking into the high scores transition problem - we think it's related to having a whole bunch of local high scores saved under the old system, and we're checking it out now. I don't think it's actually wiping your scores, it just hasn't finished migrating them - we'll def keep you posted. thanks!

    • Ouisch

      Any info on the frame rate issues for 3GS users?

      It's litereally running at about 1/2 the frame rate it used to be in version 1.3

    • Ouisch

      Any info on the frame rate issues for 3GS users?

      It's literally running at about 1/2 the frame rate it used to be in version 1.3

      • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

        we think its connected the high scores issue, should know whats up soon!

  • himanshu

    There is a game called Jailbreaker which comes as a part of All-In-One Gamebox which is much more entertaining than canabalt. That's much more value for money.

  • himanshu

    There is a game called Jailbreaker which comes as a part of All-In-One Gamebox which is much more entertaining than canabalt. That's much more value for money.