Subway Surfers Review
Subway Surfers is a 3rd person runner game, in many ways similar to the Temple Run and other games of that kind. Still, this game is unique and definitely isn’t a simple Temple Run copycat. It is in many ways similar to the Temple Run, but Subways Surfers has a unique story, vivid cartoon-like graphics, fantastic gameplay, progression and reward system that keeps you going, different characters, and high addictiveness. As a matter of fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the games of this type in the future being called “Subway Surfers clones”.
The story is quite simple. You control Jake, a graffiti artist who has an irresistible urge to draw his graffiti on subway trains, and subway trains only. The police inspector doesn’t have a lot of understanding for Jake’s artistic needs, so he and his dog are constantly breathing down his neck. The dog spots him in the middle of his work every time, and the endless chase can begin!
Subway Surfers is a very simple, but an incredibly fun game! Jake can move on three different parallel tracks. So basically, you go right-left, and left-right. But that’s not all. You can also duck, or jump. And the best thing is how easy and funny the controls of these actions are. All moves are controlled by short simple swipes. Swipe left/right to move between the three tracks; swipe downward (backward) to duck and slide under or between obstacles; and swipe upward (forward) to jump over obstacles. By quick double-tap, you activate a hoverboard, which makes your run thousand times faster, easier, and more fun. If you hit the obstacle, you will lose some time, so your chaser will come closer to you; and if you do it again, they catch up with you, and you have to go back to the beginning.
Graphics and Sound
Designers did an amazing job. Everything looks clear, with vivid cartoon-like coloring, and the animation runs smoothly. It all looks very nice and appealing. Sound effects are very good and contribute to the overall playing atmosphere. Music is interesting, although if you play for a long time (and you probably will), repeating music might start to get on your nerves (especially when you are not doing well in the game). But to be fair, you cannot expect from an android game to come with 50MB of music.
Challenges and the Unlockables
A concept seen in almost every android game (not only the endless running games); however, the developers somehow managed to make it unique and extremely addictive. You have various tasks and challenges to complete, like collecting certain amount of coins during the day, collecting the letters and completing the word of the day and so on. Coins will enable you to unlock new characters (there are ten, counting Jake), purchase upgrades and other items. While playing, you will find run into some special items, such as the Super Sneakers or the Jetpack; or mystery boxes (required for unlocking some of the characters). You can collect respectable amount of coins and unlock many characters and items without spending real-life money. Still, some of the more expensive upgrades and items will probably require you to purchase credits through Google Apps store.
- Characters and unlockables
- Some items will require purchase (or days of playing)