Outrun the train yard inspector in an endless runner type of game.
Earn power-ups along the tracks to give you momentary boosts along the game.
Purchase boosters or special boards to get you some leverage early in the game.
Subway Surfers is a free-to-play endless runner type of game where it pitches you into the role of a kid surfer, trying to outrun a train yard inspector – as the inspector catches you laying graffiti on one of the train cars. The idea is simple, take on to the chase, jump over the trains or try to avoid them, switch lanes, all while trying to collect boosters and coins along the way in an endless runner type of game. With all the coins to fetch in your pretty much tag-like game, you get to purchase additional power-ups and special boards to help you go farther and gain a higher score on your next run.
At the onset, you get to pick one kid as your character in the game (one of three, with the other two available for purchase) -- who puts you in the scenario laying down some graffiti over one of the train cars in the train yard. As the inspector and his faithful pitbull catches you, you’d scramble your way out and take off. Alas, this ultimately sets the chase to get you doing pretty much everything you have to play in the game -- you jump, roll, and dodge left and right around trains (both moving and stationary) and obstacles throughout the train yard.
That is pretty much the game and its entirety. There are of course a ton of special boards to try out, and a dozen of power-ups and boosters to get you easy-breezy over the given challenge. In his game, there are no other stages, though the given track gets a random arrangement of stuff every single time you try. Also, the obstacles and layout of everything gets randomly generated as you go – resulting to a varied experience each time you get your trial run.
Add-ons to your chase are provided as items for purchase that lends you some leverage into your game. Such is the magnet which attracts coins, the different types of boards with different effects (e.g. the hoverboard to get you hovering on mid-air and do spectacular stunts, or the spray paint-powered jetpack which carries you high above the train yard with its own new wonders and challenges.
And though published for the mobile platform, the game controls are thankfully NOT dependent on your built-in gyros (using tilts on the actual device), unlike the similarly-styled games from other developers. The controls in the game instead are relying strictly on swipes to your screen to do the lane switches (swiping leftwards and rightwards), upwards to jump, and downwards to do a roll. And though they do work well almost all of the time, there are frantic instances in the game where the swipes don’t seem to register quickly enough to get you through the obstacles -- making the difference between continuing on and starting all over.
All-in-all, Subway Surfers gives you a perfect little challenge to kill much of your time with tons of fun and enjoyment while you’re at it. It pretty much is loaded with all the gleams of spectacle – from the full 3D graphics, the frantic challenge, the variety, plus the cute little power-ups on the side. A great game for the mobile devices – everyone must give a try.