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"Canabalt is pure genius." -necessarygames.com
"It's going to be quite some time before you find something so simple so thrilling again." -Offworld
"I bought it last night, and next to Eliss and iDracula it's the best iPhone game I've yet played. The fast pace and one-button gameplay translate perfectly to Apple's ubiquitous little mobile device." -Rev. Burch, Destructoid
"Canabalt is a fun diversion and sports slick, black and white pixel graphics." -IGN
"This "daring escape" platformer is simply beautiful and beautifully simple." -Kotaku
"Canabalt is actually much more intense than you'd assume of a game which requires a single finger to play." -GameSpy
"It's all very lovely and full of poignant subtext. And awesomeness. Canabalt is a prime example of a simple idea executed extremely well." -JayIsGames
"I have never seen a concept so richly and successfully realized in such a simple yet stunningly complete form. Canabalt represents the power and potential of small independent games." -gameinmind.com
"Music is another component that is just perfect - it enhances the strange and unsettling setting of the game and also gives a sense of speed with a hint of hope that quick feet might be the salvation to the horror." -bartsnews.net
"Fast load times combined with short (yet exciting) game sessions really make for an attractive game to play on a mobile device." -TouchArcade
"Fantastic new ... iPhone game. Super-simple, pixel-perfect, great music and sound." - daringfireball.net
What's New in Version 1.7
- Sound effects work great in iOS5 (finally!)
- Support for over a dozen fan-translated language localizations!
Still a great game
When I purchased canabalt, it was during its beta phase. I greatly enjoyed its smooth gameplay, immersive experience (Doppler-effect audio, the phone vibrates with crashing buildings, so on) and surprising amount of storyline. Yes, there's a storyline; whoever you are, you're running (not away or towards) through a cataclysmic event in a metropolitan city; massive robots destroy buildings in the distance, ships fly overhead and drop bombs on the ground, massive... Things turn huge structures to rubble. What is the canabalt company, and how is it that they own everything in this city? What are the claw marks on the buildings from?
The game provides you with two advertisements, for their new game. That's all. I haven't played it, but it seems interesting.
The music is very thematic and exciting, and helps maintain the pacing. Danny baranowski is a great composer, and I recommend doing the hour or so of searching to find some of the other pieces he's written.
I'm getting ahead of myself, though...
The point is this: I bought canabalt when it had just been released. A few years later, it is still the great game I chose to play then and now.
I've reviewed this one before, but it seems that my review vanished. But I love this game so much that I'm going to take time away from sleeping to do it again!
Canabalt isn't amazing because of it's simple pick up and play premise. It's not because of it's pulse pounding soundtrack and eerily engrossing sound effects. It's not the druglike addictiveness of the gameplay or the beautifully doomsaying graphics.
Canabalt derives it's genius from the mystery of it all. It's obvious you're trying to escape the giant automatons destroying the city in the background. But what are they? Aliens? Machines that have become self aware? An evil genius and his attempt to take over the world? (Of course!) This is for you, the player, to the decide. Canabalt is amazing because there is no clearly drawn storyline. SSS gives you some clues and leaves you to the fill in the blanks.
This is why Canabalt is incredible. It isnt just a game. It's a captivating experience, which is leaps and bounds more than most other games from the AppStore can offer. If you're too stupid to get this brilliance, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Not a bad game, just expensive.
Canabalt is a very simple, yet satisfying game for your iOS devices. It involves you to take control of the main protagonist in escaping from....well, from what and why he's escaping is entirely up to you to imagine.
My gripe with this app is that it is quite expensive for the severe lack of depth in the story of the game. It's great for wasting time if your in a doctors office waiting or a restaurant waiting for a table, $1.99 is just too much for what you're getting (and you get ads on top of that).
I would recommend playing the flash version online for free! It's exactly the same minus the music I think.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Dec 20, 2011
- Version: 1.7
- Size: 15.0 MB
- Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish
- Seller: Semi Secret Software, LLC
- © 2009 Semi Secret Software
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.