Endless runner games have become quite popular in recent years. For those who don’t know, endless runner games don’t end. You continuously “run” through the game until an obstacle stops you with the point being to achieve the highest possible score. Their quick play, addicting nature, and simple controls make them an accessible genre that virtually anyone can pick up and play. Everyone knows about the big infinite runner hits like Temple Run, so let’s take a look at the other best endless runner games for Android!
Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey are two excellent 2D side-scrolling runner games. You ski down mountains, make seriously huge jumps, avoid obstacles, and collect items. Both of them also feature simple graphics that manage to look much better than they really are and that’s a good thing. Alto’s Adventure basically stops there. Alto’s Odyssey, the newer game, also features dynamic weather, unlockable characters, a zen mode, and even a screenshot feature in the game’s menu. Both of them are freemium, but frankly you don’t need to buy anything to enjoy these. They are truly great endless runner games.
Bendy in Nightmare Run is a charming runner with a retro flair to it. You play as Bendy and you take on a bunch of bullies. It has a 1930’s animation style and that makes it feel a little different from your usual endless runner games. Most of the game play features are pretty standard runner stuff, though. You run forever, avoid obstacles, defeat bosses, and collect items to unlock various things. The freemium element is for stuff like weapon skins. There really isn’t a pay-to-win element here. It’s something a little bit different in a genre that is filled with bold colors and busy design elements.
Crossy Road is one of the most popular infinite runners of all time. It plays a lot like the classic game Frogger. You move forward by crossing streets and streams. Players avoid being hit by cars or falling into the water in order to proceed. The game features a host of unlockable characters, online and local multiplayer, Android TV support, and Google Play Games cloud saves and achievements. The simple, smooth game play with the extra features make it hard to find any actual flaws with this game. It’s family friendly, easy to play, and you can play it for ten minutes or over an hour if you want to. It’s a freemium game, but the in-app purchases are for continues and character unlocks. That’s not too bad to us.
Into the Dead 2 is one of the newer endless runner games. It also has survival elements. You run through the zombie horde forever to stay alive. The game includes pretty decent graphics, dog companions, a variety of weapons to collect and upgrade, multiple endings, and daily events and bonuses. There are also tower defense elements as well as some other varied game play. It’s definitely better than the first one and the first one was on this list from day one. Like its predecessor, this one is a freemium game like most endless runner style games.
Jetpack Joyride is by the same developer who did Fruit Ninja. This is a 2D, side-scrolling infininte runner where you play as a guy with a jetpack. Your primary objective is avoiding obstacles. Additionally, you’ll collect coins, upgrades, and power ups to help out. It’s a solid overall effort that hits all of the right buttons. It also comes with achievements, leaderboards, and there is even some character customization. In terms of mechanics, it plays like most endless runner games.
Mars: Mars is one of the more unique endless runners. Usually your goal is to run along a track. In Mars: Mars, your goal is to jump from platform to platform. Missing the platform causes a rapid unscheduled deconstruction. In other words, you blow up. The end goal is to get as long of a streak as possible. You can also take selfies with your character and share them. It’s not a huge game. However, at the time of this writing, it’s completely free to play. You’ll just have to deal with the occasional advertisement.
Sky Rusher is a super simple endless runner. You steer your ship through a high-speed tunnel and avoid obstacles. That’s about it. However, we really enjoyed the look and feel of the game. The controls are simple as you would expect for a game in this genre. It reminds us a lot of Smash Hit or PinOut where the muted colors and style give it an almost relaxing, but still very challenging feel. The free version of this game has tons of advertising and frankly, we don’t recommend it. Thankfully, the premium version is only $2.49 and it contains no ads. It’s nice to see the occasional pay-once runner on Google Play.
Sonic Dash 1 and 2 are two endless runner games by SEGA. Thankfully, Sonic Dash is a competently done infinite runner. Both games have your basic runner mechanics. The second one allows you to switch out characters on the fly. The objective is to get the highest possible score. They also feature boss fights, familiar characters from the series, and ring collecting of course. The extra stuff makes it more fun, even if the basic mechanics are relatively unchanged from other infinite runner games.
Subway Surfers is one of the classic endless runner games. In traditional fashion, you’re being chased down and you must dodge obstacles, use power ups, and avoid being hit so you can stay ahead and keep from being caught. This one features leaderboards so you can challenge the scores of your friends along with more acrobatic mechanics than normal. You’ll be jumping on and off of trains, subways, and even power lines. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard offering with a rock solid foundation.
Yodo1 Games is a developer on Google Play. They have either published or developed a handful of decent infinite runners. Crossy Road used to be listed as a Yodo1 game until it split off. They currently still boast Rodeo Stampede and Rooms of Doom. Both games are excellent infinite runners with simple mechanics, colorful graphics, and some extra game play features. Some more games in this style include Shooty Skies and Pac-Man 256. You really can’t go wrong either way. We like Rodeo Stampede especially. It’s simple, fun, and there are more things to do than just run forever. Plus, all of these games are family friendly.
If we missed any great endless runner games for Android, tell us about them in the comments!