Oct 12, 2012
A lot of running games for Android try too hard to imitate Temple Run — some succeed and others do not. Subway Surfers, however, tries to hold its own ground while sharing a concept with its more popular predecessor. While most rules are the same, the difference lies in the approach and feel. If Temple Run is a way to relive Indiana Jones, Subway Surfers is a way to relive your childhood adventures (or fantasies).
The object of the game is not as much as unlocking new levels, but beating a high score by going as far as one can go. It’s a nice combination of cuteness and wit, where the hero needs to flee from the hands of the scary train inspector and his dog by zipping through railways while collecting coins and special items along the way. The default character is a boy named Jake, but more colorful characters are available for purchase at the store. The hero needs to dodge oncoming trains, otherwise he gets run over and caught by the train inspector.
Normally, the hero can run, jump and glide, but certain items along the rails provide boosts for faster running. A special shoe enables the hero to bounce with each step, allowing for longer strides. Jetpacks can also be lying on the tracks, and these makes the hero fly over the trains for a few seconds before it expires.
Although there are in-game purchases for more coins, one doesn’t really need it to enjoy the game. Coins may take a bit longer to accumulate without buying them, but it’s not entirely impossible to arrive to a decent amount. What I like about this game is its ability to hook me into it no matter how many times I’ve tried after a failed round. It usually hurts to start over, but with Subway Surfers, it doesn’t feel like a bad thing.
Another thing I like in this game is the superb quality of animation and graphics. For a free game, it’s pretty impressive. Subway Surfers is one of the few free games that is able to provide brilliant graphics, clever character designs and hip sound effects. Although the game is ad-supported, it doesn’t really make a huge distraction when playing. This is also a social game, allowing for sharing stats and achievements in Facebook. Invite friends, or challenge those who already play the game.
Game controls are very similar to that of other running games: using swiping motions up, down or sideways. However, there are times when I could have sworn I’ve swiped on time but the game didn’t respond as quickly, causing me to lose that round. It does come to a point when one can’t help but think it’s a game of luck and not of skill.
Given its very few glitches, Subway Surfers is still a great game to try. Because of its light-hearted nature, this game may appeal more to young children. That’s not to say adults won’t enjoy playing the game too. With excellent graphics and fun story line, this game is a must-try.