DEVELOPER: Semi Secret Software
Progress: 5683km (so far)
Every now and then a game comes along that really gets under your skin. You hear the music and find yourself reliving the moments in your head. You run back to play it every chance you get — not so much to advance or improve but rather, just to get your fix.

Canabalt is one of those games. This truly casual game, which anyone could get into, has graphics that consist of simple game sprites and even simpler backgrounds with only one thing the player needs to do: jump. One button control is all that’s needed to play and in some cases it is as simple as just tapping the screen. As the game’s tag line says “Outrun the demolition of your city with just one button!”. This is a survival game, meaning: try not to fall and you can keep going. Your character simply runs from roof-top to roof-top, hurtling through the air. The only control is the jump button which is sensitive allowing you to choose a lighter jump rather than a longer jump.

Designed and coded by Adam Atomic and his friends. This game began as a experiment for gameplay and in just a few weekends (about 5 days spread out across most of August 2010). Canabalt was made with Flash using the Fixel actionscript library of code. The game was released on the web September 1st, 2010. It has since been ported to the iPad and iPhone.

The music is repetitive but enjoyable (it was done over night). It’s an eerie sound that becomes increasingly fast in tempo. The beats combined with stark, black and white graphics set a (seemingly) serious tone. There are some cute sound effects as well.  Listen for my favorites, including the pitter patter of your feet running as fast they can and the sudden thud as you miss your window jump and slam against the side of a building.
Canabalt is available for free a few different places online like and here at Not Doppler. App versions are available for both the iPhone and the iPad for a minimal cost. I’ve been playing myself on my recently acquired iPad and so far it is my go-to game. So, much like Neo just make that first roof jump yourself and you will be hooked looking your Carabalt fix too.
Tap tap tap d’oh!

1 Comment

  1. Now that’s some fun stuff right there.

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