Canabalt is credited with jump-starting the endless runner craze, but while others have expanded upon the concept and taken it into 3D, there’s nothing quite like this simple and satisfying classic. Sprinting along rooftops as an alien invasion rages on in the background, you’ll time your taps to leap across chasms, jump into skyscraper windows, and dodge the massive obstacles that fall into view.
The grey-centric aesthetic is still much prettier than expected, thanks to great animations throughout, and the pulsing soundtrack amps up the tension. Not that the game needs the latter assist: Canabalt HD remains one of the purist expressions of the genre, tossing you into the mayhem, testing your reactions, and then tempting you to do it all over again.
Canabalt HD ($3)