Developer: Tactile Entertainment
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

The Endless Runner genre is far from a barren wasteland of options. There are probably enough options out there that one could try a different game each day for the rest of their life. Good Endless Runners? Now that’s a different thing all together. Skyline Skaters is one of those delightful things. Sure it might not be overly revolutionary, but it adds plenty of gratification to make one come back for more.

skylineskaters6Players control a skater as they travel across rooftops attempting to dodge the rooftop police. Running is done automatically with simple one tap controls controlling jumping. Double-tap to double-jump and, well, that’s about all that needs to be remembered. There are gaps between the roofs to dodge, mines to jump over, missiles to dodge, and plenty of coins to pick up. Oh, plus there are rails to grind along in classic skateboarding style.

It feels like after every run of Skyline Skaters, something is gained. Whether that’s completing one of the many challenges listed, unlocking a new skater or board, or gaining a new power up, it’s enough to give a steady sense of progression. Fun progression at that. Leveling-up skaters as well as their boards should keep one occupied as there’s a fair amount to unlock here. Skyline Skaters‘s consistently vibrant style makes for an endearing mix too, encouraging one to persevere.

skylineskaters3It’s a shame it’s not possible to perform tricks manually with players having to rely on watching their skater do things by themselves, but it doesn’t stop Skyline Skaters from being a highly enjoyable Endless Runner. While it might not add much to the cluttered genre in terms of originality, it’s certainly a heck of a lot of fun to play.


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