Subway Surfers

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Bright, entertaining take on endless-runner genre.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Subway Surfers wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The game takes the now familiar controls from the endless-runner genre and simplifies them, making the game easier to play. 

Violence

Players dodge obstacles in a train yard and can be hit by trains, but no blood or gore is shown. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

In-game coins can be purchased using real world money, but the option is not thrust upon players. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Subway Surfers is an endless-runner game, much like Temple Run, but one that is much more lighthearted. Set in a train yard, players can run into oncoming trains, but no blood or gore is shown -- and collisions with obstacles just results in you being caught by the guard. While in-app purchases are available, they're not thrust upon players and aren't really necessary, since earning coins is easy in the game. Players on iOS devices can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byspankakes September 20, 2013

It's not my favorite.

Its simplicity is geared for kids, but the theme is not. While relatively harmless and kids clearly love it, I question the premise of dodging police and trying... Continue reading
Adult Written byLynda K. April 15, 2017

Funny and Fun Game

I think this game is fun and helps with reflexes and the violence is bloodless and funny because the characters go bup or some other funny noise when the get hi... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 1, 2013

Go, Subway Surfers! :-)

This is a fun game for all ages! There's not really any violence, but you're spray painting on a train illegally. You can connect to Game Center, but... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJusticeSB January 26, 2017

Inappropriate Add popups

Recently there have been many inappropriate adds poping up in this game. When adds like these pop up you have no controle over it, you see it. One of these adds... Continue reading

What's it about?

Like most endless runner games, there's a threadbare plot to Subway Surfers. You run, trying to dodge capture and obstacles, swiping up to jump or down to slide. Swiping side to side lets you switch tracks as you run. Along the way, players collect coins, which can be used for power-ups, but those same power-ups are also sprinkled along the tracks.

Is it any good?

There's really nothing particularly new about Subway Surfers. Like Temple Run, the point is to run endlessly to avoid capture. But it's still an immensely entertaining game. That might be because of the bright setting and happy characters. It could be due to the dense number of power-ups you encounter as you run. It could be the streamlined control scheme that takes the best from other games and leaves out the complicated parts.

Ultimately, it doesn't matter why the game is so fun. You'll be too busy playing, then playing again -- and again -- to overthink it. It expands on a formula that was in danger of becoming stale and makes it fun all over again. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 28, 2013
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 39.80 MB
  • Publisher: Kiloo
  • Version: 1.8.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
  • Last updated: August 18, 2016

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