Best endless runners?

Discussion in 'General Game Discussion and Questions' started by Elixir, May 1, 2013.

  1. Elixir

    Elixir Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Or endless variety?

    I have already tried tr, tr2, jetpack joyride, sonic dash, subway surfers, verticus, one epic knight and iron man 3

    Tr2 is too easy in my opinion, especially after level 9 when you get 2 gems per special. You can play for an hour without dying. Tr is better, but also no challenge for me anymore. Jetpack joyride is great, and will stay on my phone but I unlocked everything. Sonic dash is just plain horrible. Subway surfers is similar to tr2 in that you can run for hours because of hoverboards. I'm trying ironman 3, but are there any other great runners out there? Namely the new teenage mutant nt and the 2 paid temple run games. I need a game with a good mixture of challenge but doesn't force you to die after a while (jetpack joyride).
  2. kioshi

    kioshi Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    I like TheEndApp after you pay the 2.99 to get the premium version. Ronin is very good too, and people like Agent Dash althought it didn't click with me.

    My personal favorite is not exactly a runner, but I do love it to death despite not being perfect in gameplay: God of Blades. Also, Tiny Wings HD, great for same device multiplayer.

    Edit: I also love Mirrors Edge for iPad but its kinda of a platformer runner.
  3. #3 dariusjr98, May 2, 2013
    Last edited: May 2, 2013
    Try Blood Roofs, it's very unique.

    Also try PITFALL!, for a person that's not really of fan of endless runners, I liked this one quite a bit.

    Also try Into the Dead. My second favorite endless runner, behind Jetpack Joyride.

    HeadshotsAlley is an endless...headshooter? Hard to explain, but this is pure arcade — no upgrades, no special abilities, just pure skill and a leaderboard.

    The Blocks Cometh is like an endless platformer, you shoot and avoid blocks trying to crush you. It's simple, but very well polished.
  4. iamseamonster

    iamseamonster Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2010
  5. Baron Cappuccino

    Baron Cappuccino Well-Known Member
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    Aug 1, 2011
    Member-Owner Steampunk Cafe, LLC
    Plainfield, CT
    Panic Springs is my favorite endless.
  6. Enriana

    Enriana Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    East Coast, US
    Le Vamp and Robot Unicorn Attack 2 are my top favorites right now.
  7. Bronxsta

    Bronxsta Well-Known Member

  8. smegly

    smegly Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    NY, NY
    Canabalt, God of Blades, Mini Ninjas, Punch-Quest, Robot Unicorn Attack 2, Run n' Gun and Whale Trail. Those are what I'm playing besides what was mentioned initially.

    The difficulty of a game with no ending has more to do with how good the other people playing it are than how quickly you're expected to die in it though. If the top scorer can only survive for a minute in a given game, I'd just call it short before I'd call it hard.
  9. slamraman

    slamraman Well-Known Member
    Patreon Gold

    Aug 27, 2011
  10. This sounds like a question for Exact Pscience.

    I like arcade hdmi tv endless runners like

    Catch the ark
    Iron man 3
    Bloof roofs

    Cool themed
    Whale tail
    Jetpack joyride
    Banana kong
  11. Exact-Psience

    Exact-Psience Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2012
    The Work-At-Home Guy
    Ahahahah! Not really... We're a community, and i can see most of the good runners have been mentioned already.
  12. Jazzpha

    Jazzpha Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2012
    I loved this line if only because it made the Superman theme start playing in my head.
  13. MidianGTX

    MidianGTX Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Sonic Dash. Don't care what the op says :D
  14. EventHorizon

    EventHorizon Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    solipskier is best endless runner imo, very nice skill based game
  15. TheFrost

    TheFrost Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2010
    Veeery difficult to say, but here are some recent great ones...

    Worm Run
    Le Vamp
    Banana Kong
    Time Surfer
    Robot Unicorn Attack 2
  16. bossepy

    bossepy Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2012
    Stylish Sprint, the one and only endless runner that I've enjoyed so far.
  17. Exact-Psience

    Exact-Psience Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2012
    The Work-At-Home Guy
    Cant... Resist... Must... Post... :)

    Behind-the-back Runners (w/ Tilt):

    Temple Run Oz - best TR title hands-down. Things a bit more balanced coinage wise. The only negative i can find in this game is that the leaderboards can be bought with IAP, but it can get VERY expensive to do so. Definitely one of the best titles in the genre.

    TheEndApp - great variety in background segments, and probably the most balanced "in-game-currency" balance in all those that have consumable IAP. It's technically a premium with the full unlock in terms of balance in gaining "duct tapes", but there is optional consumable IAP.

    Blood Roofs - one of the most unique take on btb runners, and a personal favorite. Also, this is the ONLY runner with a progressive story line (story mode unlocks a bit the more you play it, but you have to reach a certain point each time to unlock a bit of the story), which makes it worth more than a few runs which makes it so much better than just simple grinding like in most runners. Bosses that are as huge as buildings... Just epic. One of the best runners, no doubt.

    Run N Gun - unique in its theme and the way you gain coins, and it just controls perfectly. Great balance in coinage as well makes this a great freemium title.

    Pitfall! - Despite being a TR clone, it did introduce some minor features which were adapted by later TR titles. Also, the view shifts make this a very unique experience for a btb runner.

    Indiana Stone - beautiful voxel graphics, great unique and varied mechanics, and totally NO IAPs, makes this one of the best runners to date. Also, what could be more fun to be the chaser rather than the chasee? You also get to squish anything in your way.

    Behind-the-back Runners (No-Tilt):

    Subway Surfers - One of the most updated runners. Also, one of the best no-tilt controls on a btb runner EVER. These things makes it a worthy time-investment in grinding. On the other hand, if you cant dedicate to it, it is one of the most grindy freemium games ever.

    Agent Dash - Like Subway Surfers, this is getting a lot of updates too. One of the more recent updates kinda made the game suck a bit, but the latest updates brought it back up to be a good contender in no-tilt brb runner list.

    One Epic Knight - one of the few runners with non-stop blabbering from the main character which makes the game very entertaining. The one-liners are pretty funny too which add to the enjoyment. Also, this sports a better balance in coinage as the grinding isnt that hard as compared to Subway Surfers or Agent Dash.

    Ninja Slash - This one is one of the most satisfying runners that involve killing things. Also has mechanics never found in any other btb runner. Unfortunately, i believe it's still a paid game (only a buck though), and the game's a bit on the grindy side. There are hidden mechanics like gaining more coins by making big combos, but it's still a bit grindy. If you decide to pick it up though, im sure you wont be disappointed.

    Side Scrolling:

    Rayman Jungle Run - Not endless, but definitely one of the best side scrolling runners on the market. Unique mechanics on each of the chapters, great and varied puzzle-like layout that makes everything feel like an adventure as opposed to the general grind-ish nature of the runner genre. No IAPs.

    Ronin - A personal favorite. A very deceptive title as it looks simple, but it actually is one of the deepest runners on iOS as it sports a unique scoring mechanic that improves when you sacrifice some skills that actually help you through your runs. This became one of the best runner titles since the update that made it a total must-have. Everything in the game is just executed so well. No IAPs.

    Polara - If you like skill based runner games, this one is a must-have. Totally unique in its offerings, and introduces a massive variety in terms of obstacles and traps. Just... GET IT. Definitely one of my favorites EVER, and im glad to be one of those who TOFTT for it and invited a lot of praise for the game from the community. No IAPs

    Infinite Warrior - this is pretty unique in terms of its controls. No buttons, but you swipe in the indicated directions. Best looking side-scrolling runner that feels like a hack and slash game more than it is a runner. Each kill is just very satisfying with it's great looking motion-captured animation, and blood splatters. All this makes up for a simpler mechanic as opposed to the runner norm, but the aesthetics are just through the roof. Also, one of the most updated games on the appstore, and once you start rolling, you will realize, with the latest version, IAP is just too optional, that it's funny it even exists. Also a personal favorite.

    Punch Quest - Take a simple runner formula, feed it cocaine, and you get Punch Quest. One of the most satisfying games I have played, but if played carelessly, can end up being too grindy. Personally, i didnt feel it was too grindy, but a few friends said they found it so.

    God of Blades - Like Infinite Warrior, this game was at first more on the aesthetics rather than mechanics. Until one of the latest updates that added new game modes that made the game a bit of an RPG, and made it so that the new mode (Revenant mode i think it was called iirc) felt like an entirely new game. Still a bit more on the aesthetics, but i personally love this game. The mechanics may seem simple though, but the sounds, visuals and the gameplay style more than makes up for it.

    Robot Unicorn Attacks - great controls, great visuals, and a badass (or otherwise) theme make this a great runner title and a blast to play. Also, this sports a great sense of speed which is surprisingly quite uncommon for the sidescrolling variety, unless you've reached great distances

    Totem Runner - Not endless, but not a slouch either. Great visuals, great morphing mechanics that add to the game's variety and uniqueness, and a satisfying romp through its beautiful world. It's one great runner title

    Vector - I usually love one-tap-touch controls, and this is one of those that come out on top of the list for me. Like Rayman Jungle Run, it isnt endless, but the runs are very satisfying with its fluid and realistic animations done silhouette style

    Time Surfer - Many agreed that this was Tiny Wings on crack, and they are spot-on in that notion. Tiny Wings was great even with simplistic gameplay and aesthetics, and Time Surfer just improved on what Tiny Wings has offered. Great controls, and a great time-rewind mechanic makes for a fast and furious side-scrolling runner

    Stylish Sprint - One of the first runners i played that contributed to me liking the genre very much. It's mechanics was quite unique back then with its jump+dash combos, and it birthed some of the better runners nowadays like Outland Games and Darkness Rush

    Darkness Rush - take the Stylish Sprint mechanics, add in a Castlevania vibe, and you have one hell of a runner title that deserves to be played a lot

    Necrorun - Also one of the first runners ive played and totally loved. A unique "aim" mechanic on top of glorious pixel graphics and jousting boss-ish fights, this game, despite being aged, is still one of the best runner games i have played

    Zombie Tsunami - So here, you control a zombie... No, 2 zombies... No, 4. Well, you controls a bunch of them it fills the screen with zombies. One of the most fun times ive had on my iphone. Great one-tap touch controls, funny antics, great gameplay and wacky aesthetics makes this one a must-play

    Run Roo Run - Great controls, brutal pixel-perfect-timing mechanic, and great visuals and sounds makes this one of my personal favorites. Add that to the fact that this has TONS of levels, and you get a great game in terms of mechanics and content. Not endless


    Into the Dead - First person runner. One of the most atmospheric runners ever made. great visuals, mood and totally satisfying experience. Definitely a favorite. It's quite unique for being a first person runner, and there's only a few of it i know of, and this is definitely the best among those.

    Iron Man 3 - Third person-action flyer. Probably the MOST grindy of all the titles here. Also, it feels a bit like an action shooter similar to After Burner which makes it a unique runner title. Other than it's obvious grind-or-IAP scheme, this title sports some of the best visuals for a runner game, most unique runner mechanics, and even more unique controls for the genre.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh - Free faller oozing with style. Great visuals, tons of content, great sound effects, and definitely awesome. Not endless though. This probably can get the most stylish runner-type game ever.

    Super Mole Escape - Vertical runner. Great gameplay mechanics, well balanced coinage, great variety between avatars, and an overall satisfying game.

    Captain Antarctica - Vertical Runner. Think Super Mole Escape, then add story mode, and boss fights, on top of the endless mode, and you have one of the most enjoyable runners. Since the Endless Mode update, this became better than SME.

    Badland - Sure it's side-scrolling, but it's also a different set of things. It's a runner, it's a physics platformer, it's a puzzler, it's an adventure game. Yup. And for each of those genres it touches, it does it so well that this is one of the best games on the appstore, runner or otherwise.

    Mr. Ninja - Ponos makes some of the most unique hi-score chasing games and this one is of the runner variety. it's not exactly an auto-runner, and that is what makes it a part of this list. Totally great game, great score mechanics, totally charming take on a unique formula.
  18. Elixir

    Elixir Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Exact, I kniw this is tough, but if you could give the aforementioned list an gold medal, silver and bronze medal, which ones would you give the medals to?
  19. #19 Connector, May 5, 2013
    Last edited: May 5, 2013
    Ha! I predicted it way back... Thanks EP

    Edit: added that post of yours to the chatroom and hdmi threads toc (table of contents), check it out, you are even now more semi-famous!

    And thanks for you comments in the hdmi thread.
  20. Well, I don't think I should do my opinion after Exact-Psience

    My favourite ones are Temple Run Oz (best TR), Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride, Into The Dead, Super Mole Escape, Pitfall, Robot Unicorn Attack (all) Punch Quest and Ski Safari

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