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

Subway Surfers Review

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.