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Just to promote some discussion for the fun of it, I thought I'd do a series of forum posts based on the 53 genres listed in VGG.* Here's a GeekList of all 53 threads.

This thread's genre: Endless Runner

Listed below are the top-ranked games in this genre. How does the list fit with your experience?


Have you played any of these games? Which ones? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? How would you rank the games listed? Are there other games in the genre that you think should be in the top ranks?

And by the way, what do you think of this genre in general?

River Raid
Tiny Wings
Time Pilot
BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Rayman Jungle Run
Rally-X
Moon Patrol
Bit.Trip Runner
Canabalt
Robot Unicorn Attack


*In case you don't know how to find the VGG genres and rankings, hover over Browse at the top of the screen, then click Genres. Click a genre, and scroll down to Linked Items. Click the Sort window, and sort by Rank.
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A genre I never heard of.
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Canabalt is quite good. I used to play it on my phone. Very tough though.

One I would really recommend is 10000000, and also its sequel You Must Build A Boat. Match-3 endless runners.
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
A genre I never heard of.
Most of them are simple 2D platformers where you run from left to right and can't stop. Usually endless, where you play to see how far you can get before you miss a jump or hit an obstacle. Some of them are 3rd person from behind where you run forward and have to jump and dodge stuff by moving left and right. Some are a bit more involved, like the Rayman Run/Adventure games where you can actually change directions, making the game basically just a platformer with an auto-run control scheme.

Canabalt is simple fun. Also Robot Unicorn Attack with its surprisingly catchy music. The Rayman Run and Rayman Adventures games are great, and nearly as involved as the full Rayman PC/console releases, except that they have microtransactions and wait-based mechanics, which is too bad.

Runner 2 is also really good, a lot better than the vast majority of endless runners. Runner 2 isn't endless, though. Maybe the genre should be called 'auto-runner'?
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