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 and uses the Unity game engine. In the game, players take the role of young graffiti artists who, upon being caught in the act of applying graffiti to (“tagging”) a metro railway site, run through the railroad tracks to escape from the inspector and his dog. As they run, they grab gold coins, power-ups and other items along the way while simultaneously dodging collisions with trains and other objects, and can also jump on top of the trains and surf with hoverboards to evade the capture until the character crashes on an obstacle, getting caught by the inspector or getting hit by a train. Special events, such as the Weekly Hunt, can result in in-game rewards and characters.
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 (or four, usually for seasonal holidays) weeks.
In 2017, Subway Surfers was the most downloaded game across the globe.
In March 2018, Subway Surfers became the first game on the Google Play Store to cross the one billion downloads threshold. In May 2018, Subway Surfers crossed the two billion download mark. App Annie reported Subway Surfers as the #2 downloaded game of all time in iOS App Store.
Subway Surfers is an endless runner video game. The game starts by tapping the touchscreen, while Jake (the game’s starter character) or any other character sprays graffiti on a train, and then gets caught in the act by the inspector and his dog, who starts chasing the character. While running, the player can swipe up, down, left, or right to avoid crashing into oncoming obstacles especially moving trains, poles, tunnel walls and barriers. By swiping rapidly as speed increases, more points can be acquired. A crash results in a game over, but the player can continue running by using keys. The player can collect various items such as coins, keys, score multipliers, super sneakers, jetpacks, magnets, mystery boxes and power jumpers. A power jumper provides combustion by launching up the character, while a jetpack has an ability to fly, a coin magnet that attracts all coins on the track, super sneakers that gives the ability to jump higher and a score multiplier that multiplies the score. Items, such as a hoverboard, allows the character to avoid collisions lasting about 30 seconds.
Daily Challenges and Weekly Hunts give rewards for unique movements throughout gameplay. Missions have various tasks measured by player accuracy. Up to 18 characters are unlocked using via coins, keys, in-game purchases, collecting specific items, or connecting to a Facebook account. Most characters have up to 2 different outfits. Meanwhile, up to 17 hoverboards can be unlocked with the same methods; each have different abilities that can assist the player. When the game updates to a new location, a new character and hoverboard will be available temporarily until the next update.
Subway Surfers received decent reviews. Critics praised the game’s visual style and entertaining gameplay, but criticized it for its monotonous world and unresponsive controls. Review aggregator website Metacritic gave the game 71 out of 100 based on 8 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.”
Subway Surfers: The Animated Series
On 1 June 2018, a series of animated shorts debuted on SYBO Games’ YouTube channel. The 10 x 4 minute episodic series is scripted by Brent Friedman and Francesca Marie Smith and produced by Sander Schwartz. Chris Bartleman is supervising director and Michael Hegner is director. Denmark’s WilFilm provides post-production services. The series currently has 11 episodes.
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — “Subway Surfers,” the endless runner phenomenon, has been downloaded more than 1 billion times on Google Play. This makes it the first game ever on the platform to reach the prominent milestone.
Initially launched in May 2012 by SYBO and Kiloo, “Subway Surfers” continues to be among the most popular mobile games around the world. Last year the game broke through its all-time annual download record with more than 400 million mostly organic downloads and was the most downloaded game of 2017 across the globe.
“We are thrilled to be the biggest game in the world on the Google Play platform. Surpassing 1 billion downloads is a historic accomplishment. In this case, history was written by a talented team of developers and a fantastic collaboration between SYBO and Kiloo,” says Jacob Møller, Kiloo CEO.
SYBO Games Chief Executive Officer, Mathias Gredal Noervig, elaborates on the collaboration and future development of the “Subway Surfers” universe:
“We have achieved greatness by combining our strengths at SYBO and Kiloo. The continued growth of the game and brand is our focus, and we are excited about future releases, and the animated short films that are launching later this year. The players will have even more great content to consume.”
ABOUT “SUBWAY SURFERS”
In “Subway Surfers,” players take on the role of the graffiti-tagging main protagonist Jake or one of his many friends. They run from the grumpy inspector and his dog through the subway systems of famous cities around the world while collecting coins and dodging oncoming trains.
The “Subway Surfers” World Tour has visited a well-known destination every month. The World Tour has made 79 visits across six continents! Jake and his chasing guard and dog originally appeared in an animated short movie. Now they are joined by new friendly characters in every update, paying tribute to world cultures and diversity.
The next update will see the World Tour continue in Iceland.
ABOUT SYBO Games
SYBO Games is a unique mobile games studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since its inception by two friends from Animation School in 2007, they’ve been known to create original IPs that delight and enthrall everyone who plays. With a diverse and talented workforce of over 75 people spanning nearly 20 nationalities, they look forward to harnessing their creativity to take the SYBO brand to even greater heights. www.sybogames.com.
Kiloo is a leading mobile game developer and publisher founded in 2000. Our ambition is to create cool, colorful and catchy games that are as fun to play as they are to make. We are a team of over 120 dedicated people with many different backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures. Our headquarters is located in Aarhus, Denmark, and we also have offices in Copenhagen and Budapest. Visit www.kiloo.com.
SOURCE SYBO Games