Get there fast with these great runner games

Last updated: November 7, 2018

Runners usually present players with a single goal — run as far as possible! — but game developers are constantly finding new ways to liven things up. Take these entertaining runners out for a sprint and see how far you can get.
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Glitch Dash

3,383
500,000
Contains ads
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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Quick-thinking gamers looking to test their reflexes will love the challenge of this futuristic runner
  2. 2Surreal, almost alien landscapes form a beautiful (and sometimes distracting!) backdrop
  3. 3Groove while you move to a beat-driven electronic soundtrack
As you move through vividly colored valleys and amongst sandy dunes, tiled paths will form before you in mid-air — laden with obstacles like lasers and giant hammers. The premium upgrade is very reasonably priced, though you can also temporarily unlock harder levels by watching an ad.

Alto's Adventure

557,042
10,000,000
Contains ads
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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1This minimalist, alpine-themed classic’s fluid gameplay makes it a joy to pick up and play immediately
  2. 2Just want to chill? Unwind with the no-death Zen Mode and its relaxing, dreamy soundtrack
  3. 3Unlock multiple snowboarders — including a llama!
As you snowboard down a mountain in pursuit of your escaped llamas, you’ll dodge rocks, chasms, and angry villagers, and collect coins to purchase gameplay upgrades. Slopes, obstacles, and weather conditions are generated on the fly, so it feels different each time you play.

Snail Ride

14,335
500,000
Contains ads
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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1With quick, easy-to-play sessions, this is the speediest game about a snail you’ll ever play
  2. 2No cash needed: Earn new snails — such as snails with cookie- or doughnut-patterned shells — simply by playing
  3. 3Small details, such as changing backgrounds and the occasional bout of rain, accentuate the experience
As your snail gloops happily along, you’ll tap to switch from side-to-side on a constantly twisting stem, dodging thorns and angry ladybugs while collecting drops of dew. This sole, simple mechanic (plus a collection of incredibly endearing custom snails) makes Snail Ride the easiest game to return to for “one more try.”

Hello Yogurt

33,752
1,000,000
Contains ads
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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1This adorable, educational runner unfurls in the unlikeliest of places: the human digestive system
  2. 2Gut bacteria and body parts are lovingly animated — who knew intestinal villi were so full of personality?
  3. 3Scholarly gamers will enjoy “journals” inspired by the research of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Ilya Mechnikov
Learn about good and bad bacteria in this quirky endless runner (or should that be “jumper”?). The free-to-play model can be a bit unforgiving — you’ll need to spend a “skip ticket” to avoid playing the entire digestive system from the beginning each time — but overall, we find this journey to the colon inexplicably charming.
Why we love this
  1. 1Experienced gamers will love this challenging, futuristic endless runner’s multiple gameplay modes
  2. 2It’s all about your reflexes: Rote memorization won’t work here, as levels and skills are randomized each run
  3. 3Racing through this dystopia is an unexpected joy, thanks to beautifully detailed, atmospheric pixel art
Randomized skills, such as laser-disabling pulses and an ion cannon, will get you across dilapidated rooftops in this challenging runner; you’ll need quick fingers (or some patience). Take on intel-gathering challenge runs, compete in a daily global tournament, or simply test your chemical-carrying catdog’s endurance.
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