While neither Run! [99¢] nor Canabalt [$2.99] truly invented the "run right forever" genre, they did quite a bit to popularize it on the App Store. In the last year tons of these types of games have been released, with recent entries including A Skeleton Story [99¢] and Monster Dash [99¢] among others. Two more came out this week which are worth considering if you can't get enough of running for your life on your iPhone.

Cave Run, $1.99 - As the title would hint, in Cave Run you run, in a cave. Along the way you tap the screen to jump over pits and avoid a few different obstacles such as little patches of lava that send you flying up in the air, puddles of water that speed you up, and rocks to trip on to slow you down.

As you notice from the gameplay video, there are coins littered all over this cave. Unfortunately, right now the coins don't serve any purpose other than being computed in to your final score to bump up your ranking in the OpenFeint online leaderboards. I'd love to see some kind of in-game store where you can use these coins to buy things, even if those things are only cosmetic upgrades as right now the coin system seems like an odd afterthought. Also, Cave Run is a universal app, and it's always nice to be able to play games on any device.


Dead Runner, 99¢ - An interesting take on run forever games which changes things from running right to running straight ahead in a first person perspective. Set in a spooky forest, you tilt your device right or left to avoid trees, running faster and faster, hitting bushes when you need to in order to slow down. The game is simple, but works really well. It also doesn't take long before you're going ridiculously fast, a huge plus in any game like this.

Dead Runner also has a second game mode aside from just running for distance where you go for points. By collecting various colored orbs while running through the game world, you can work up huge multipliers which both increase your speed and award extra points. With OpenFeint leaderboards for both game modes and achievements, Dead Runner is really worth checking out.

  • http://www.nemoidstudio.com NemoidStudio

    Running games seems to be very popular these days and Nemoid Studio is preparing its own!

    It will be called Dino Rush. In this game a little dino is running through the jungle and you have to help him avoid obstacles and eat fruits before he starved to death.

    A first screenshot can be seen on the website: http://www.dinorush.com
    We don't have a release date yet, it is still under developpement.

  • http://www.nemoidstudio.com NemoidStudio

    Running games seems to be very popular these days and Nemoid Studio is preparing its own!

    It will be called Dino Rush. In this game a little dino is running through the jungle and you have to help him avoid obstacles and eat fruits before he starved to death.

    A first screenshot can be seen on the website: http://www.dinorush.com
    We don't have a release date yet, it is still under developpement.

  • http://www.nemoidstudio.com NemoidStudio

    Running games seems to be very popular these days and Nemoid Studio is preparing its own!

    It will be called Dino Rush. In this game a little dino is running through the jungle and you have to help him avoid obstacles and eat fruits before he starved to death.

    A first screenshot can be seen on the website: http://www.dinorush.com
    We don't have a release date yet, it is still under developpement.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    So it's basically Evil Dead: The Mini Game.

    • Josh-kun

      Haha, very astute, Syn. Yeah, it almost seems to have borrowed from that particular franchise.

    • Josh-kun

      Haha, very astute, Syn. Yeah, it almost seems to have borrowed from that particular franchise.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    So it's basically Evil Dead: The Mini Game.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    So it's basically Evil Dead: The Mini Game.

    • Josh-kun

      Haha, very astute, Syn. Yeah, it almost seems to have borrowed from that particular franchise.

  • Chris K.

    Cave Run video: Whoo, 45s to get to actual gameplay in the YouTube vid. Quality. I want to buy now that I know I can adjust the music volume. Not.

  • Chris K.

    Cave Run video: Whoo, 45s to get to actual gameplay in the YouTube vid. Quality. I want to buy now that I know I can adjust the music volume. Not.

  • Chris K.

    Cave Run video: Whoo, 45s to get to actual gameplay in the YouTube vid. Quality. I want to buy now that I know I can adjust the music volume. Not.

  • Googlyhead

    So essentially this is cube runner with trees.
    My first interpretation of the description was that the perspective changes [I]during gameplay[/I]. But then, I guess that's been done with glu's cops and robbers...

    • Googlyhead

      Hmm. bb code doesn't work here. :-/

    • Googlyhead

      Hmm. bb code doesn't work here. :-/

  • Googlyhead

    So essentially this is cube runner with trees.
    My first interpretation of the description was that the perspective changes [I]during gameplay[/I]. But then, I guess that's been done with glu's cops and robbers...

  • Googlyhead

    So essentially this is cube runner with trees.
    My first interpretation of the description was that the perspective changes [I]during gameplay[/I]. But then, I guess that's been done with glu's cops and robbers...

    • Googlyhead

      Hmm. bb code doesn't work here. :-/

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Chris

    If you guys are interested, Running With Scissors: Pre-Season is a game we at Sleek Games made that came out dec 2009, it didn't get much press but it's pretty awesome :)

    It's more tactical than these run-infinitely-forever games, with obstacle placements, and also has rpg elements too!

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Chris

    If you guys are interested, Running With Scissors: Pre-Season is a game we at Sleek Games made that came out dec 2009, it didn't get much press but it's pretty awesome :)

    It's more tactical than these run-infinitely-forever games, with obstacle placements, and also has rpg elements too!

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Chris

    If you guys are interested, Running With Scissors: Pre-Season is a game we at Sleek Games made that came out dec 2009, it didn't get much press but it's pretty awesome :)

    It's more tactical than these run-infinitely-forever games, with obstacle placements, and also has rpg elements too!

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    That Dead Runner trailer plus the price has me really tempted.

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    That Dead Runner trailer plus the price has me really tempted.

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    That Dead Runner trailer plus the price has me really tempted.

  • araczynski

    can't stand running games, but i absolutely love the art/style/mood/setting/whatever in this trailer, would love to see that used as a backdrop in a different style of game.

  • araczynski

    can't stand running games, but i absolutely love the art/style/mood/setting/whatever in this trailer, would love to see that used as a backdrop in a different style of game.

  • araczynski

    can't stand running games, but i absolutely love the art/style/mood/setting/whatever in this trailer, would love to see that used as a backdrop in a different style of game.

  • cj

    lol basically and more detailed version of cube runner

  • cj

    lol basically and more detailed version of cube runner

  • cj

    lol basically and more detailed version of cube runner

  • http://www.farango.com/ r4

    In this game a little dinosaur that runs through the jungle and we must help him avoid obstacles and to eat fruit before he died of starvation.

  • http://www.farango.com/ r4

    In this game a little dinosaur that runs through the jungle and we must help him avoid obstacles and to eat fruit before he died of starvation.

  • Anonymous

    Using Simpsons pics for humorous effect is so 90's.

  • Anonymous

    Using Simpsons pics for humorous effect is so 90's.

  • Yrogerg212

    Dead Runner has the best Open Feint implementation ever... It never prompts you to sign in or anything. You have to actually hit the OF button to start the process. I love it.

  • Yrogerg212

    Dead Runner has the best Open Feint implementation ever... It never prompts you to sign in or anything. You have to actually hit the OF button to start the process. I love it.

  • EP

    guys, just buy cannabalt and get it over with. i'm starting to wonder why shitty games get good reviews here

    • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

      this is isn't anything like canabalt

  • EP

    guys, just buy cannabalt and get it over with. i'm starting to wonder why shitty games get good reviews here

    • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

      this is isn't anything like canabalt

  • Rowan

    Not happy with devs invading comment sections with unrelated, _unrelated_ comments about their own games. Go away, there is a forum section for your game promos, use it.

    Perfectly happy with you speaking up if you believe your existing game was copied to make the mentioned one etc, or any other suitable reason.

  • Rowan

    Not happy with devs invading comment sections with unrelated, _unrelated_ comments about their own games. Go away, there is a forum section for your game promos, use it.

    Perfectly happy with you speaking up if you believe your existing game was copied to make the mentioned one etc, or any other suitable reason.

  • my name

    this is also known as "The Sonny Bono Experience"

  • my name

    this is also known as "The Sonny Bono Experience"