Subway Surfers Review

Subway Surfers Review

May 7, 2014

When players first encounter Subway Surfers, perhaps the will think that this is just another Temple Run clone. But look closer: this is different enough to stand on its own legs.


In Subway Surfers, players take control of a boy named Jake. Jake is a guy who loves graffiti and trains and really likes to combine those things. When he’s spraying some grafitti on a train, an cop of some sort shows up with his dog. The first thing Jake does is running away and getting away as far as possible from the law enforcer. Because of this little back story, the game has a great concept and a new, fresh look on endless runner genre. Yes, it does look like Temple Run at its core, but it does enough to compete with and disassociate from it.

Jake runs over one of three train tracks. He can switch between them by swiping left or right. But un upward or downward swipe Jake will jump or duck respectively, jumping over and sliding under obstacles. The game reacts really well to the player input, with no mentionable lag. With a quick double tap, Jake jumps on his skateboard, riding even faster then before. This skateboard not only makes the player faster, it also provides a free hit – when players hit obstacles, it loses the game and has to start over. It’s a bit harsh but fair; paying attention is what his game requires from its players.

There are also a lot of ramps where Jake can run into and jump on top of a train. When he’s on one, he can move from train to train, as long as the game allows him to. Sometimes the trains stand still, making it particular easy to find his way. But at other times the trains will ride to the player, making them obstacles to dodge on the ground and moving platforms with increased difficulty when on top of them. It not only increases the difficulty, it also makes the game more fun by presenting players alternate ways to play and changing things up a bit. Subway Surfers provides players with lots of collectible stuff on the road (like Easter eggs and letters) and even power-ups! There is never a dull moment.

Subway Surfers plays great, looks great (those graphics a so slick, it’s incredible), has a great and easy to use control scheme and a lot of unlockables. Players can unlock extra players, boards and upgrades, all by just playing the game and collecting all the coins. While it will take them days to get everything, players can also buy it with real life money – but it is certainly not necessary. Therefore, Subway Surfers is one of the most enjoyable experiences on Android out there.

Subway Surfers Review Rundown

Graphics/Sound - Really impressive graphics. They run very, very smooth.
Control - Easy to use controls, without any lag when swiping.
Gameplay - Leaning on an old concept, but it brings enough new gameplay.
Replay Value - Players collect coins to unlock a lot of stuff. But it is also just a lot of fun to play.
Overall - Subway Surfers is one of those pearls on the Google Play Store.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

Wesley Akkerman
Wesley is a freelance journalist from the Netherlands. He writes passionately about games, movies, series, tech and music for a couple of websites and a magazine. You can always find him on Twitter.
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