If you’re not currently playing a puzzle game, a “flappy” game, or a multiplayer social game, you’re probably playing an endless runner type game. These are the games where you compete against yourself and others to see who can get the farthest and with the most points. I’m always checking new ones out though as I get bored playing the same ones over and over again so the newest one I’m looking at is Skyline Skaters by Tactile Entertainment. This is a side-scrolling “endless runner” where you are trying to outrun the cops by skateboarding on the rooftops of buildings.
Like most endless runners, Skyline Skaters follows a familiar formula. Like others, you want to see how far you can get and how many coins you can collect without hitting or falling down any of the obstacles. The difference here is presentation. Skyline Skaters uses a skateboarding theme so your available move set consists of ollies to avoid gaps and objects and rail slides for grinding rails. You can’t perform tricks manually, though your skater does perform them automatically for a bit of flair so it’s not just skating in a straight line. There are even power ups and bonus items you can collect to gain and advantage. You can also upgrade your skaters.
Graphically, it’s a good looking game. The art in it is very well done with lots of colorful assets. There’s an interesting mix of characters you can choose from, though you’ll have to unlock most of them. On top of the great art and animations, the background environment also looks very good and detailed. I’d say that Skyline Skaters is actually one of the better looking endless runner games out there.
Overall, Skyline Skaters is a fun addition to the endless runners. It doesn’t really add anything new or unique, but it’s a fresh coat of paint on an already established genre. It’s a solid game with much to like and like with most of the good freemium games, you don’t really have to spend a dime of real money to enjoy it as you can get by with simple grinding. You’ll probably do that anyways as games like this hook you into trying to beat your previous run over and over again and since this is a fun game, you won’t mind doing that.
App Store Link: Skyline Skaters
Developer: Tactile Entertainment
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), and iPod touch (5th generation). This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Skate across the rooftops of the world!
Join the awesome Skyline Skaters in their flight from the authorities. Perform hazardous jumps from building to building with only your skateboard to save you!
Choose between daring Skaters, each with their own unique abilities and tricks! Ollie off ramps as you avoid pitfalls and obstacles strewn about the rooftops!
The vigilant rooftop police are always on your tail in their chopper and will stop at nothing to nab you, get as far as you can before they catch you!
Compete against your friends to get the best high score. Unlock and upgrade new boards to give you new advantages and ways to beat the high scores of the competition.
Get out of the subway and feel the joy of Skyline Skating!
• Action packed adrenalin runner with easy tap controls!
• Escape the Rooftop Police across the Skylines of the World!
• Unlock new cool Skaters with their own unique tricks!
• Compete against friends across platforms: iPhone, iPod and iPad!
• Get special top tuned Boards and blast past the competition!
[via App Store]