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Best Runner Games Like Subway Surfers for Android

Collect lost llamas, run through temples, dodge oncoming trains -- your average Tuesday.

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Subway Surfers is a very popular endless runner game, a genre that awards you points according to how far you get through a never-ending obstacle course. Subway Surfers distinguishes itself throughmore

Subway Surfers is a very popular endless runner game, a genre that awards you points according to how far you get through a never-ending obstacle course. Subway Surfers distinguishes itself through a variety of power-ups that you can pick up during the run, upgrades to your runner's equipment, periodic challenges, and the ability to progress without having to pour in a lot of money. But if you want some good alternatives, it can be difficult to sift through the app store and find worthy competitors. We've done the legwork for you and narrowed it down to five of the best games like Subway Surfers.

Best Runner Games Like Subway Surfers for Android

Alto's Adventure

Alto's Adventure

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This game is a fine example of the side-scrolling 2D style of an endless runner. In it, you play Alto, a snowboarder who must collect his escaped llamas who are now running down the mountainside. You'll need to hop over rocks, take ramps across chasms, and complete a series of increasingly challenging objectives. Along the way, you'll collect coins and perform snowboard tricks to increase your score. But despite being an endless runner, the vibe is relatively relaxed, with gentle piano music and background winter forest sounds. The increase in difficulty is gradual and predictable.

The game is free to play with optional ads, which you can remove permanently for $4.99, which also gives you a sizeable amount of in-game currency. You cannot buy the currency itself, but you can pay $3.99 for a permanent in-game item that earns you a total of two coins for each coin that you collect. You can spend these coins on a couple permanent boosts, such as a wingsuit that lets you extend your jumps, or on permanent duration upgrades to coin magnets and hoverboards that you might encounter in-game.

Crossy Road

Crossy Road

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It's hard to talk about runner games without talking about Crossy Road, which skillfully combines running with Frogger-style road traffic avoidance and retro pixel graphics. And you can actually pause to consider your next move, though the screen will keep advancing slowly, so you can't stop for more than a few seconds.

Along the way, you'll hop on floating logs, dodge cars and trains, and attempt to pick up coins that you can use to buy loot boxes, which can contain coins or additional characters. Some characters are only available by collecting them in-game, when certain conditions are met. Most can be bought for 99 cents each. Their differences are only cosmetic, though the more special characters will change the look of the game world itself, and most of them have unique sound effects. The game itself is free, making it a great way to kill some time.

Flipping Legend

Flipping Legend

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Flipping Legend takes the endless runner design and adds a few important twists: for one, it's not endless, which appeals to players who want a more concrete sense of accomplishment; two, it dials down the in-app purchases that are common with free-to-play games, which almost all endless runners are; and three, it uses a diagonal movement style that can make it feel like an energetic game of checkers. The throwback pixel art is also well done.

Flipping Legend is free to play, with in-app purchases and optional ads. You get a free loot chest periodically, which you can unlock by watching an ad; the chest may contain cosmetics, experience point boosts, or coins. You can pay $4 to remove ads completely, so you can skip them when opening the free chests.. There's a set of characters with different abilities, but none of them can be purchased -- they must be unlocked by completing various challenges, or with in-game currency, which cannot be bought with real money. Overall, Flipping Legend does a good job of balancing commerce and content.

Hill Climb Racing 2

Hill Climb Racing 2

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This popular side-scrolling game has both endless running and conventional racing, with an emphasis on controlling your vehicle's angle of descent when it's in mid-air, which happens constantly. If you crash, you have to restart. You start out with the races, which are short, taking maybe a minute to complete. There are several races in each cup, and you earn points based on placement. So you could come in last in the first race but still win overall if you get first place in the remaining races in the cup. The endless running is contained in an "Adventure" mode, where you can earn loot chests based on how far you can get without crashing.

The game itself is free. You pick up coins during the race, which you use to buy vehicle upgrades and additional endless runner courses. You can't buy coins directly, but you can buy gems, which you can trade for coins and loot chests. Loot chests contain things like cosmetics, consumables, a few gems, and special vehicle upgrades. There's also a periodic free chest. Occasional challenges will pop up, which give you enhanced rewards. If you crash during a challenge, though, you have to spend a gem to retry.

Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

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This game is the most like Subway Surfers, with a couple important differences, aside from its Indiana Jones vibe. One, there are occasional right-angle turns you have to watch out for. Two, you'll be titling your phone or tablet left and right to lean away from certain obstacles, or toward a string of coins. Coins can be used to upgrade your character's abilities, like extending the duration of a shield or a coin magnet. You can also buy coins with real money and gems. Gems are used to unlock additional obstacle courses. You get a free loot chest every four hours. These can contain gems and coins. Chests cannot be bought directly, but you can sometimes find them in an obstacle course.

Also, the Google Play Store has piles of copycats, but Imangi has made only two official Temple Run games. So when you go to the download page, make sure they're listed as the publisher before you install anything.