I was sort of blown away last month when Semi Secret's seminal endless runner Canabalt [$2.99] received a substantial update for the first time in nearly three years, but apparently that was just a warmup. Today Canabalt version 2.0 has hit the App Store and it adds in all the additional modes and local multiplayer functionality that Android and Ouya players have been enjoying for the past couple of years, and which were hinted at for iOS players way back in 2012. The additional modes consist of eight variations of the original mode, which is now dubbed Origin, and they all focus on a single element of the Canabalt gameplay.

For example, Box Tripper is (frustratingly) littered with far more boxes than usual, Invasion features an inordinate amount of giant, scary, death spike platforms falling from the sky, and Fractured has you running across mostly slowly-crumbling buildings. (You're going to want to go into the game's options in the Settings app and switch off vibration if you plan on playing Fractured a lot. You'll thank me later.) All of the new modes feature their own leaderboards and achievements for both single and multiplayer.



Yes, local multiplayer is the other major addition in Canabalt 2.0. Every mode can be played with two players, who both run on the screen at the same. Each half of the screen represents the controls for each player, but to be honest, the "two-player" is a whole lot of fun played by yourself too. Trying to control two avatars at the same time is a serious exercise in dexterity.

Pretty much the only thing not included from the Android and Ouya version of the game are the 2.5D graphics that denote those versions' title of Canabalt HD. I prefer the original pixel graphics anyway, so no big loss, but it would have been a neat inclusion. Canabalt is known for being ultra-minimal, and it's really impressive how their can be nine total variations of the gameplay now that feel different enough from each other.

If you somehow don't already own the grandaddy of endless runners, this latest version of Canabalt is the most substantial to date and should be a staple on any iOS device.

  • Smurgendorf

    Panic is the mode where you run much faster than normal. I think you meant Fractured. That's the mode with a ton of falling buildings.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Yes, you're right. Thanks!

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  • your personal robot

    Not a big fan of those game modes, they take away from the spot on minimistic aproach of the original. If there were different cities or parts of the city, it might have been really interesting... but like this it's just as if you take a perfectly balanced movie, and have some special edits that don't make too much sense and add no value, like action scenes only, conversations only, outside shots only and so on. The most ridiculous "mode" is the one with no buildings. I would love to see a pure version as seperate app in the store.

    But: Yay, finally the smoke columns graphics bug is fixed!!!

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    Just sweet for a unique game as Canabalt

  • Ubisububi

    The 2-player mode is a fantastic addition, and although I prefer the "pure" mode, the other modes are great for keeping things fresh. Most importantly , however, they fixed the audio bug that prevented players from decreasing the music volume. Now I can actually hear the audio cues without headphones. The original endless runner and still the best. No coins, no power-ups, no IAPs. Just sweet, sweet gaming goodness.

    • Catacul

      You'll love Boson X.

  • Goggles789

    This is a worthy update.

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    now I want to pay for this flash game

  • dylanmannen

    He added achivements! Holy shit, 😀

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