Best Endless Runner Games for 2021

Endless runner games have surged in popularity over the past few years! Endless runner games are a type of game where the player runs infinitely until they hit an obstacle. Gamers compete to see who can reach the highest score on the leaderboard. Because these mobile games are easy to learn, anyone can download them and start playing right away. Most casual mobile gamers know about popular endless runners like Subway Surfers and Temple Run. Here is our list of the best endless runner games for Android:

Temple Run

Temple Run

Temple Run by Imangi Studios is an adventure style runner game for iOS and Android. Thought by many to be one of the first endless runners to hit the App Store, this fun, action packed running game is loaded with awesome visuals that make you feel like you are running through an actual adventure movie. Run as long as you can as you try to outrace a monster monkey that is chasing you after you took the gold idol. It uses simple accelerometer controls to move the character left and right and swipe controls for corners, jumping and sliding. Purchase new characters and power-ups with the coins you collect in the game.

Features:
  • Endless Gameplay as you race through the temple ruins
  • Gorgeous Adventure Style Graphics
  • Purchase new Characters and Power-Ups with Coins
  • Simple Accelerometer and Swipe Controls
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases


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Talking Tom Gold Run

Talking Tom Gold Run

Talking Tom Gold Run is a fresh endless runner game by Outfit7 for iOS and Android. This 3-Track runner adds tons of new gameplay features not seen in traditional runner games. In addition to running, you can skateboard and even glide as you chase after the burgurlar who took your gold. As you collect gold and diamonds upgrade your characters abilities. You can even update their houses to get additional score multipliers. Best of all the game is easy to play using simple swipe controls for jumping, sliding and switching lanes.

Features:
  • Run through tons of different environments including the beach and desert
  • Simple swipe controls to play
  • Many characters to run with
  • Upgrade your Vehicles and Power-Ups
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases


Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers is an incredibly popular runner game by Kiloo and Sybo Games for virtually all iOS and Android devices. As of today, Subway Surfers is the most highly downloaded runner game in the world. This is due to its catchy visuals and super smooth touch controls. The game is simple, outrun the Inspector and his dog as long as you can and try to get the high score on the leaderboard. Purchases new surfers and boards in the shop with the coins you collect as you run. You can even upgrade the duration of the power-ups to give you an extra edge. This game is updated every month, so there is always a new place to explore and play in.

Features:
  • Run Through a Variety of different environments
  • Upgrade power-ups and boards with coins you collect
  • Tons of characters and boards to purchase
  • Easy to use swipe controls
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases


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Smash Hit

Smash Hit

Smash Hit is an innovative take on the endless runner genre for iOS and Android by Mediocre. In this game the objective is switched. Instead of trying to dodge obstacles, you simply destroy them by throwing these metallic spheres. Be careful though, because you only get so many and once you hit an obstacle it is game over. The controls are super simple: tap to throw a ball in that direction. Enjoy smashing things as you travel through a highly modern landscape of glass.

Features:
  • Gorgeous environments made of glass
  • Super simple touch control to play
  • New take on the endless runner genre
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases

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Alto's Odyssey

Alto's Odyssey

Alto's Odyssey is a beautifully designed 2D infinite runner by Snowman for iOS and Android. What makes this game so unique? In this runner, instead of running you sand board over gorgeous landscapes with transitioning skies to match the time of day. To play this game you simply tap to make your character jump over obstacles and across dangerous chasms. Collect gold coins and complete missions to purchase new characters and upgrades.

Features:
  • Beautifully designed environments to play in
  • Peaceful soundtrack to play with
  • Simple touch controls to play
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases

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Sonic Dash

Sonic Dash

Sonic Dash is a classic 3-track endless runner by SEGA for iOS and Android. One of the originals, Sonic Dash uses simple swipe controls to make sonic and his friends dodge obstacles and and collect gold rings. One unique feature about this game is the ability to spin to destroy bad guys positioned along the tracks. Like other runners upgrades and boosters can be purchased in the shop to give you an extra edge when trying to rack up high scores. And of course like other Sonic titles you get to run through tons of different worlds related to the Sonic franchise.

Features:
  • Play in the 3D versions of all the Sonic Worlds
  • Many Upgrades and boosters
  • Choose from a variety of original sonic characters
  • Easy to use swipe controls
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases

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Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2 is the much anticipated sequel to the hit Temple Run runner game by Imangi Studios for iOS and Android. Like the original, you took the golden idol and now you must run for your life to escape the evil monkey guardian guarding the temple. However this time around there is a ton on new gameplay elements like zip-lining and water sliding. There is also a brand new shop packed with power-ups, upgrades and new characters that you can purchase with the coins you collect in the game. 

Features:
  • Amazing worlds to play in
  • Procedurally generated obstacle tracks for unique gameplay
  • Many characters to choose from
  • Access Upgrades and Power-Ups in the game
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases
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Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride is one of the most iconic 2D, endless runners to hit the store for iOS and Android. Its super simple to play this game because there is only one control: tap to fly! Using dozens of different jetpacks you must fly as far as you can while dodging all kinds of wacky obstacles. Of course the fun doesn't stop there. You can also use several vehicles that each have their own unique behaviors and abilities. And of course you can buy upgrades with all the coins you collect on your run. You can also earn coins by completing their wide variety of mission sets.

Features:
  • Equip dozens of different jetpacks to play in
  • Access several unique vehicles in the game
  • Wonderful 2D graphics
  • Easy to use 1 tap control
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases

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Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

Sonic Dash 2 is the highly anticipated sequels to the original Sonic Dash Endless Runner. In this runner you can race as Sonic or one of his many friends. What makes this game unique is that it introduces some new gameplay elements like the ability to grind on rails and swing from electrical ropes. The game itself is also remade with several new obstacles and worlds to play in. You can also upgrade the abilities of your runners to get higher scores.

Features:
  • Play as Iconic Sonic Characters
  • Stunning 3D Worlds to Explore
  • Brand new Gameplay Elements Like Swinging and Grinding
  • Upgradeable Runners
  • Players have unique abilities
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases

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Crossy Road

Crossy Road

Crossy Road is a fun endless hopper game by Hipster Whale for iOS and Android. In this fun game you tap on the screen to make your character hop forward. You can also swipe left and right to make your character hop left and right. As you hop along dodging cars, you have to make sure you keep moving forward or else and eagle will snatch you up! In the game you can collect coins which allow you to activate a toy machine that gives you a free character from the shop.

Features:
  • High Quality Voxel Graphics
  • Tons of Weapons and Accessories
  • Online Multiplayer Mode
  • Daily Leaderboards
  • Full Controller Support
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases

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Tiny Wings

Tiny Wings

Tiny Wings is one of the original endless runner games by Andreas Illiger. Unlike the other this game is only available for iOS and tvOS devices. In this simple game you have a single control: tap any where on the screen to make the bird dive. To gain momentum you time your dives to make the bird speed up and fly further. There is a super calm soundtrack and colorful visuals that compliment the game very nicely. 

Features:
  • Procedural Graphics for a new unique gameplay
  • Highly rated soundtrack
  • Simple 1 Tap Control
  • Game Center Integration
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: $1.99

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Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is a new endless runner mobile game developed by King the maker of Candy Crush. Technically Crash Bandicoot is considered an endless runner even though it is level based. They are always updating the game so you never run out of levels to play. One of the coolest things about this game is that it looks and feels like the original Crash Bandicoot games on Playstation except it is adapted for mobile. Having said that, all the characters and bad guys you know and love are in the game. It is similar to Sonic Dash because you have the ability to smash certain obstacles and bad guys adding some extra gameplay to the runner.

Features:
  • Gorgeous Console Style 3D Graphics
  • All the Game Elements of the Original in Mobile Form
  • Simple Swipe Controls can be played with one hand
  • Hundreds of Levels to Play with More added every month
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases
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Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run is a fun endless runner mobile game created by Nintendo the creators of the original Super Mario. This new spin on the Mario franchise turns the traditional platformer into a mobile game that can be played with one hand as opposed to playing with a controller. In the game you can battle all the bad guys you remember from the previous titles as you try to save the princess from Bowser. You can play the first couple of levels for free but there is a one time charge to get the rest.

Features:
  • Stunning 3D Graphics
  • Play Super Mario with a Single Hand
  • Responsive Gameplay
  • Tons of Levels to Play
Supported Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play with In-App Purchases

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