1
Super Mario Run

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Platform

Super Mario Run
A Mario platformer where you don’t have any directional control over Mario himself might sound like heresy, but Nintendo has found a way to work layers of depth into Super Mario Run.

2
Alto’s Odyssey

Publisher: Snowman

Genre: Endless running

Alto's Odyssey
Alto’s Odyssey is a stunning endless skier that has you leaping and flipping down a vast mountain. There’s nothing original about it, but auto-runners don’t come any more polished or satisfying than this.

3
Badland 2

Publisher: Frogmind Games

Genre: Casual

Badland 2
Badland helped put the tap-to-fly mechanic on the mobile map, and this sequel improves upon it in every way. Few other auto-runners can match the silhouetted majesty of its fantasy world.

4
Rayman Fiesta Run

Publisher: Ubisoft

Genre: Arcade, Endless running, Platform, Retro

Rayman Fiesta Run
Rayman’s mobile games have given a huge jolt to the auto-runner genre, showing that simple gameplay needn’t preclude console-standard refinement.

5
Chameleon Run

Publisher: Noodlecake Games

Genre: Platform

Chameleon Run
Chameleon Run combines slick 2D auto-runner gameplay with chunky 3D graphics, resulting in a truly tactile experience.

6
ALONE

Publisher: Laser Dog

Genre: Action, Arcade

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ALONE
Alone is a super-stylish endless flier that sees your doomed space shuttle crashing through a crumbling cave system. It’s pretty brutal.

7
Punch Quest

Developer: RocketCat Games

Genre: Arcade, Fighting

Punch Quest
Punch Quest takes the traditional auto-runner and then mixes in some retro scrolling beat-’em-up magic. It’s a wonderful combination.

8
Bubbles the Cat

Bubbles the Cat
Classy one-tap platforming with sharp retro visuals and a number of clever twists on the familiar formula.

9
Spicy Piggy

Publisher: Nitrome

Genre: Action, Arcade

Spicy Piggy
Nitrome takes the auto-runner and does what Nitrome does with things – makes them tighter, more colourful, and more challenging than normal.

10
Boson X

Publisher: Mu and Heyo

Genre: Endless running

Boson X
A brilliant, twitchy arcade masterpiece that takes the 3D endless runner to new heights.

11
Rest in Pieces

Publisher: Itatake

Genre: Endless running

Rest in Pieces
A decidedly unusual 3D auto-runner that adds a schlocky horror vibe to this typically chirpy genre. There’s a swing-based control system that lifts the game a further notch above the ordinary.

12
Ava Airborne

Publisher: Laser Dog

Genre: Endless running

Ava Airborne
Ava Airborne attempts to give you everything in one auto runner package – and pretty much succeeds. Packed full of content, it’s very difficult indeed to grow bored of Ava Airborne.

13
Jetpack Joyride

Genre: Action, Arcade, Endless running

Jetpack Joyride (previously Machine Gun Jetpack)
An undisputed endless runner classic from the early days of the Google Play Store. Jetpack Joyride’s tactile, surprisingly varied gameplay is still going strong.

14
Pac-Man 256

Developer: Hipster Whale

Publisher: Bandai Namco

Genre: Arcade, Endless running

Pac-Man 256
A game that ingeniously takes the familiar maze-running premise of Pac-Man and applies it to a modern endless runner framework.

15
Into the Dead 2

Into the Dead 2
Into The Dead 2 pulls the auto-runner genre kicking and screaming into first person, as you run for your life through fields of the undead. Eek!

16
Glitch Dash

Developer: David Marquardt

Genre: Endless running

Glitch Dash
Glitch Dash is a first person auto-runner with finely crafted, devilishly challenging levels and a slick abstract art style.

17
Ski Safari

Developer: Brendan Watts & Shawn Eustace

Publisher: Defiant Development

Genre: Casual, Endless running

Ski Safari
Think of Ski Safari as a brighter, bouncier, sillier Alto’s Adventure. No, it’s not as good. But any game that lets you ski on the back of a penguin is alright with us.

18
FOTONICA

Developer: Santa Ragione

Genre: Endless running, Platform

FOTONICA
This starkly minimalist first person auto-runner has you dashing and bounding through wireframe landscapes. It’s stomach-lurchingly immersive.

19
Hyperburner

Hyperburner
Hyperburner is an auto-runner that stirs in elements of sci-fi flight sims and futuristic racers. It feels pretty darned epic, all in all.

20
Crossy Road

Developer: Hipster Whale

Genre: Arcade, Platform

Crossy Road
The game that kicked off a new kind of auto-runner, Crossy Road combines tappy gameplay with adorably blocky graphics and loads of unlockable characters.

21
Race the Sun

Developer: Flippfly

Genre: Arcade, Endless running, Racing

Race the Sun
Combining elements of the auto-runner with a futuristic racer, Race The Sun offers a strikingly beautiful art style and an exhilarating sensation of speed.

22
Dragon Hills 2

Dragon Hills 2
Dragon Hills 2 is like an inverse Tiny Wings, but with oodles of gleeful destruction. One of the most empowering auto-runners on the App Store.

23
Agent Dash!

Developer: Full Fat

Publisher: Full Fat

Genre: Action, Arcade, Endless running

Agent Dash!
Plenty of games have copied Temple Run’s 3D auto-runner gameplay, but few have pulled it off with as much style and polish as Agent Dash.

24
Temple Run 2

Developer: Imangi Studios

Genre: Endless running

Temple Run 2
The sequel to the daddy of 3D auto-runners isn’t as fresh or as game-changing as the original – how could it be? – but it is a very polished example of the format.

25
Canabalt (Smartphone)

Developer: Semi Secret Software

Publisher: Semi Secret Software

Genre: Arcade, Racing, Retro

Canabalt (Smartphone)

Canabalt is arguably the game that kicked off the whole auto-runner craze – at least on mobile. It’s still a smooth mover today.



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