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Canabalt

Posted on 29 January 2010 by TBS

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Semi Secret Software
App Store: Canabalt $2.99

I actually played this game before it was released on the iPhone. I was excited when I heard it was going to the iPhone. The entire city is going down in a blaze of glory. Destruction at its finest. You start off in an office building running towards the window. From then on it is jumping from building to building to escape the inevitable. During the jumping and running there are obstacles that will appear; the chairs, crates, crumbling buildings and occasional satellites plummeting from the heavens. The satellites are the hardest. They crash down when least expected. I use the chairs and crates to my advantage to slow me down when the speeds get insane.

This game is as simple as it gets folks. You only need to touch the screen when you need to jump. The character moves automatically at increasing speeds. The jump is processed in three different ways. A light tap will cause a quick and short jump. A medium tap will give it a good distance jump, and the of course the long tap which gives you olympic length jumps with a touch of hang time. Nothing to it. The music is fast paced adding to the overall ambiance of the game. Catchy music.

The UI is extremely simple. Tap anywhere on the screen to jump. If you need to pause the game then the pause button is at the top of the screen. The game is fun and addicting. Definitely a game I turn to when at the theater waiting for a movie. It becomes repetitive after the umpteen time of trying to pass 5000 meters. What would enhance the game is the ability of playing in major cities like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Dubai or Vancouver. The landscape would look different making it less repetitive.

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