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|Developer(s)||Kiloo and SYBO Games|
|Release||24 May 2012|
Subway Surfers is an endless runner mobile game co-developed by Kiloo, and SYBO Games, private companies based in Denmark. It is available on Android, iOS, Kindle, and Windows Phone platforms. Players of the game take the role of teenage hooligans who, upon being caught in the act of applying graffiti to (tagging) a metro railway site, run down the tracks to escape the Inspector and his dog. As the hooligans run, they grab gold coins out of the air while simultaneously dodging collisions with railway cars and other objects, and can also jump on top of the trains to evade capture. Special events, such as the Weekly Hunt, can result in in-game rewards.
Subway Surfers was released on 24 May 2012 with updates based on seasonal holidays. Since January 2013, updates have been based on a "World Tour" theme, which updates the setting of the game every three weeks.
Jake is the default Subway Surfers character and the mascot of Kiloo, who appears in game icons. All other characters must be "unlocked", which is done in one of two ways. Some characters are unlocked via the collection of character attributes in the course of the game. An attribute may be an article of clothing (such as a hat) or a prop (such as a stereo). Other characters are available by spending coins in-game.
The Inspector and his Dog chase the characters. While they are always the same character, his uniform changes according to the location. During the New Orleans edition, the Inspector was replaced by Frankenstein with a skeleton dog. During the second London, North Pole and Winter Holiday editions, he was dressed as Santa Claus. During the second Rome edition and third Paris edition, he was dressed as the Easter Bunny. During the Prague edition, he was dressed as the Knight.
Subway Surfers received mixed reviews. Critics praised the game's visual style, intuitive controls, and entertaining gameplay, but criticized it for its monotonous world and unresponsive controls. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic respectively gave the game 71% based on 8 reviews and 72/100 based on 6 reviews.
Gamezebo’s Dant Rambo scored the game 3.5 out of 5, writing "It makes little attempt to stand out from other endless runners, but it’s hard not to appreciate the polish of Subway Surfers. The controls are responsive, the gameplay is addictive, and it doesn’t try and force you into spending cash on in-game items.”
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