Canabalt HD has been given a makeover for Android devices, making some significant changes to one of the most influential mobile games ever.
Keeping the simplistic concept of a one-button endless runner, Canabalt has added its first new levels since its initial launch on iOS – one of which even comes with invisible running surfaces.
If you’ve grown attached to the anonymous urban skylines of the original game, don’t fret, Canabalt is still very much based around jumping from roof to roof like parkour never went out of fashion. Phew!
The Canabalt updates don’t stop there either, there’s now a two-player game that lets you play with a friend by tapping opposite sides of the screen. While this might be a little fiddly on some of the smaller Android smartphones, it’s a neat concept – especially for tablet users who can make the most of their device’s wider screen.
This is not the first time we’ve seen two-player Canabalt – it exists in some arcade machines and in the newly launched Ouya version – but it’s a first for mobile gaming which is the app’s most popular format.
The final major change to Canabalt’s new Android game is the addition of a female runner. You are now randomly assigned either a male or female runner when you begin each game, which may seem like a small addition, but it’s exactly details like this which are sorely lacking in the male-focussed games industry. Bravo guys and gals.
Canabalt’s popularity on smartphones has been credited for the flood of endless runner apps in recent years, and the game was even inducted into the Museum of Modern Art alongside titles like Pac-Man, Portal and Myst.
What do you think of the new-look Android version of Canabalt? Download it now from Google Play and let us know!