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Favorite 4: Endless Runner Games

Appropriately enough, there’s a practically endless supply of Endless Runners to choose from across the App Store. Which ones are the best and most worthy of your attention, though? We took a look at our favorite 4 in recent times and explain just why they’re worth diving into.

Solipskier
Solipskier has been quite a hit both commercially and amongst the developer crowd. It’s not strictly an Endless ‘Runner’, instead focusing on skiing but it is fantastic fun. Players must draw the ski slopes while picking up speed and completing some impressive jumps and tricks. It also offers some innovative and memorable music thanks to a feature that means music ‘pops out’ when skiing fast, adding to the sense of speed as you solely hear the sound effects rather than soundtrack for a time.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-08-12 :: Category: Games

Tiny Wings
Yes, it’s nearly as huge as Angry Birds (and continues the bird theme well) but it’d be impossible to not mention Tiny Wings when rounding up the best Endless Runners. All about flying endlessly, players control a cute bird as they bounce across many hills. One tap is all that’s needed to control momentum with numerous challenges encouraging players to improve for next time. The latest update included an extra mode for even more fun. It’s a wonderfully calming yet gripping experience.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-02-18 :: Category: Games

One Epic Knight
One of the more recent entries to the genre, One Epic Knight combines dungeon crawling with endless running, pitting a knight against a never ending dungeon as he attempts to collect up all the loot, clear the evil creatures and dodge some fearsome traps. Swipe controls ensure none of this feels too complicated and it’s a great change of pace for a normally predictable genre.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-08-23 :: Category: Games

Ski Safari
Many games have included avalanche chases, Ski Safari focuses solely on this big problem with Sven the skier desperately trying to escape the cavalcade of snow while using animals to help his escape. Each animal offers a different ability to speed Sven up plus a selection of objectives add extra purpose to the game. It’s adorable and addictive in equal measures.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-26 :: Category: Games

We had the chance to sit down with Adam Saltsman last week at GDC to ostensibly talk about The Hunger Games, the upcoming movie tie in game from Semi Secret Software`, the folks that brought us indie darling and commercial hit, Canabalt as well as Gravity Hook.

It didn’t quite work out that way.

Lucky for us, Adam may be the nicest crazy-smart person around. He seemed genuinely upset that he wasn’t able to talk The Hunger Games (maybe next week, he promised us), but also equally enthusiastic about the game he’s currently developing with Greg Wohlwend, the developer behind Solipskier, another critical darling of the iOS gaming scene.

Currently named Hundreds, the game app is a mathematical, physics, puzzle…er…thing. It’s beautifully designed with lots of red and white, with levels chosen by swiping a finger across a matrix of white dots.

Once inside the chosen level, the player must figure out how to grow the number circles to add up to 100, without touching each other, obstacles, or more vicious extra pieces. Each level is a mini-education in itself, as Saltsman spends an inordinate amount of time creating each level so that it can be figured out without a tutorial or instructions. This has got to be difficult, especially when we’re talking about the hundred levels or so included in the game.

We played a few levels with Adam looking over our shoulder, and I remain impressed with the advanced level design and brilliant unspoken, unwritten pedagogy built into each one. Saltsman showed us his notebook full of illustrations and written notes about the levels to be included in Hundreds–this is a man who is at the top of his design game, and it shows.

While we learned nothing about The Hunger Games app on our visit, we came away with a new appreciation for game design and this genuine, kind human being with a notebook full of awesome and a new baby. Thanks again, Adam, for a lovely chat.

Solipskier Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Solipskier is blends high speed skiing with hard rock and rainbows to create the most original game I've played since Fastar.

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