Endless runners were one of the first big mobile exclusive genres. Thanks to the unstoppable rise of Canabalt, the genre grew to include the likes of heavy hitters like Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers.
Many copycat endless runners have launched since, and the genre is as burgeoning as ever. To help you wade through them and find your favourite, we thought we’d put together a list of our favourite 25.
Alone is an endless space adventure that challenges you to navigate treacherous environments in a tiny spacecraft on your quest to get a high score.
Alto’s Odyssey is the latest adventure featuring the snowboarding Alto. This time, you’re boarding across desert dunes with a bunch of new tricks to perform.
Bendy in Nightmare Run
Bendy in Nightmare Run is for the horror fans among you. You have to try and survive against a number of different bosses in this stylish runner.
Blades of Brim
Blades of Brim mixes endless runner mechanics and RPGs to provide a unique take on the genre. You have to focus on running and defeating monsters.
Breakneck does what it says on the tin, providing a Wipeout-like fast-paced runner through sci-fi environments.
Canabalt kicked off mobile’s obsession with endless runners, and it’s quite dated by modern standards. It’s still an awful lot of fun though, and a decent history lesson.
Chameleon Run is a combination of endless runner and puzzler. You surf across a variety of coloured levels, tapping to switch colour to match that of the platform you land on.
You’ve probably heard of Crossy Road, as it’s made a huge cultural impact over the past decade – so much so that it even got a Disney cross over.
Into the Dead 2
Into the Dead 2 challenges you to run endlessly through the undead, killing any that get close with a shotgun to the face.
Jetpack Joyride followed Canabalt and helped establish the burgeoning genre, providing a more action-packed take.
Knightmare Tower is like Downwell meets an RPG. You have to travel up a tower, bouncing on the heads of enemies to reach the top.
Lara Croft: Relic Run
Like Tomb Raider? Lara Croft: Relic Run is the endless runner for you. It features our favourite Lara running through tombs in the name of treasure.
Mars: Mars might look simple, but it’s fiercely addictive stuff. You have to hop from planet to planet using a limited amount of jetpack power.
Pac-Man 256 is endless Pac-Man, which is exactly what all of us want.
Punch Quest is like the Streets of Rage of endless runners. Using a series of punches and uppercuts, you’ll battle an endless horde of enemies along the way to your high score.
Race the Sun
Race the Sun is a meditative endless runner that sees you assisting a Wipeout-style racer to not crash.
Rayman Adventures isn’t an endless runner, but it does feature an endless series of levels. Besides, what’s a list of autorunners without Rayman.
Robot Unicorn Attack 2
Fancy something a little different? Adult Swim’s Robot Unicorn Attack 2 will scratch that itch. It’s weird.
Run SackBoy! Run!
Sony threw their effort into the ring with Run SackBoy! Run, an endless runner featuring the protagonist of LittleBigPlanet.
Sonic Dash 2
Of course Sonic features on this list – it makes so much sense. The levels play like Sonic Adventure on steroids.
Subway Surfers is one of the biggest endless runners on mobile, and you’ve probably played it already if you’re a fan of the genre.
Super Mario Run
Super Mario Run, much like Rayman Adventures, isn’t strictly an endless runner, but it does feature many of the same tropes. Besides it’s got Mario in it. What more do you want?
Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2 is another huge endless runner that receives a seemingly endless series of updates. It’s like an Indiana Jones simulator.
Time Surfer plays like Tiny Wings but allows you to rewind time if you make a mistake. It’s by the creators of Bean’s Quest, which is good calibre.
Tiny Wings was another of the original mobile upstarts that helped create this new genre, and this one focused on using physics to build momentum.
Get it on the App Store.