I had a first glimpse Semi-secret software Canabalt [App Store] back at GDC Austin, I received a preview a few days later, and since then the game has absorbed an extraordinary amount of my free time.
Canabalt has the same appeal as other extremely simple games for the iPhone like Doodle Jump [99Â¢] or the different NimbleBit games such as Shovels [$1.99]. The principle is simple: you play as a guy running on the rooftops trying to escape a sort of alien invasion that is constantly taking place in the backdrop.
Along the way, you will have to jump over boxes, break through windows, jump ruined buildings, and dodge other obstacles. The only control you have in the game is over your character’s jump. Tap anywhere on the screen to jump, and the longer you tap the screen, the higher you jump. What looks like a very simple game quickly turns into a fast-paced reaction game that will have you trying over and over again to take it a step further.
Canabalt for the iPhone is a port of the hugely popular flash game of the same name. Absolutely everything has been preserved in the transition, and Canabalt is perfect for a mobile gaming device. It loads quickly, and games (unless you’re really good at it) rarely last more than a few minutes. Canabalt really needs an online ranking system, which the developer says is coming in the first update.
There is no lite available, but Canabalt (in its full form) is playable online for free at Canabalt.com, and we’ve also integrated the full game here.
Click below to play the full flash game. Click your mouse button to jump.
I strongly encourage you to give it a try, I probably spent more combined hours at Doodle Jump than any other game on my iPhone, and Canabalt has exactly the same appeal. The pixel art graphics are stunning, the soundtrack is phenomenal, and unless there is no online leaderboard, it’s hard to find anything not to like in the game.
App Store link: Canabalt, $ 2.99