It's no wonder that the endless runner genre has flourished on the iPhone: simple concepts and control schemes tend to work best on touch devices, and running for your life is about as basic a game premise as you can get. Luckily, thanks to inventive developers, we haven't tired of this fast-paced template, as there's a wealth of variations on the theme in the App Store with many even available for free. Need a getaway game that can send you vaulting up the leaderboards while you're actually just sitting around? Here are our picks for the 10 best endless runner games available today for iPhone.
While there are plenty of Canabalt and Jetpack Joyride copycats on the App Store, Punch Quest is part of a rarer breed. Managing to bring a new twist to the auto-runner genre, Rocketcat Games has created an addicting title that blends old-school adventuring with the age-old thrill of punching things in the face. Some nagging control issues aside, Punch Quest may be your next go-to iOS game.
When it first came out, Tiny Wings seemed to be the heir apparent to Angry Birds in the App Store. The game won over thousands of fans with its adorable concept and engaging gameplay. Well, those fires have cooled by now. Tiny Wings rarely peaks into the iTunes Top 10 lists anymore, but it's no less wonderful.
Canabalt has been an addicting Flash browser-based game for some time, but the iPhone and iPad version of the game changed where we could play this game. Now, thanks to the Indie iPhone Holiday Sale, the developers have been able to give 1/3 of the profits from the game to charity this holiday season.
Welcome to our brand new regular weekly column. Every Tuesday, we march through the mediocre multiplayers, sift through the sordid sporting titles, and pound through the petty platformers to find the best, most interesting iOS gaming gems.
This week, we added a new featured called the Editor’s High Score. Just try and beat us.