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Call them run-from-the-screen or call them endless runners, games like Temple Run are amazing fun. And while Joel’s covered some of the most fun and frantic runner games for mobile Fun and Frantic: 5 Free Infinite Runner Games For Mobile Devices Fun and Frantic: 5 Free Infinite Runner Games For Mobile Devices Forget Flappy Bird and give these infinite runners a try instead. Read More , there are many you might not even be aware of.

Temple Run was undoubtedly the game that brought this genre into the spotlight, but there are several other games that are well worth your time and money; promising to keep you entertained for a long time without getting repetitive or boring. But instead of giving you a laundry list of titles to try out, we decided to focus on five that we rank as the best of the best.

Giant Boulder Of Death (Free)

Adultswim makes some great games that entertain and offend 5 Games On Adult Swim To Entertain & Offend 5 Games On Adult Swim To Entertain & Offend Adult Swim is an American cable television network aimed primarily at adults with infantile senses of humor. This toilet humor with a slightly risqué edge has also found its way into the games Adult Swim... Read More , and Giant Boulder Of Death is firmly in that category. In this endless runner, you play the titular giant boulder, whose boulder girlfriend was killed by humans. So from the top of a mountain, you start tumbling down with the only objective of crushing everything and everyone in your path. Be wary of spiked walls, incoming boulders and chasms, and keep going as long as you can by tilting your screen. Oh yeah, and fill up the rage meter to turn into a hulking mass of mayhem!

Download: Giant Boulder Of Death for Android | Giant Boulder Of Death for iOS

Runbot (Free)

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As the trailer shows, Runbot is played from a side-on 3D perspective, different from most runner games. While that takes some getting used to, once you figure out the controls, Runbot is among the best games you will play, not just the best runner games. It’s got fantastic graphics with cool parkour moves that are are enhanced by pitch-perfect sound effects, but the real winner here is the gameplay. Slide and jump is well and good, but the game really picks up when you have to fly to through the air or tilt your phone to guide Runbot as he drops down a massive chute. Oh yeah, you’ll also be shooting things once in a while. If it’s the diversity in the gameplay that makes Runbot a hit, the fact that it’s free is what makes it a must-download.

Download: Runbot for Android | Runbot for iOS

Canabalt ($2.99)

To me, Canabalt is the original endless runner, from back when it debuted as a Flash game, and something I still go back to because of how addictive it is. It’s played as a side-scrolling game, where you are a man in a suit running as fast as you can, leaping from rooftop to rooftop and avoiding obstacles. The only thing you have to do is tap the screen to jump — it all comes down to how well you can time those jumps! Canabalt uses a monochromatic colour scheme that makes it endearing and unlike the Flash version, it has detailed 3D graphics on mobile screens. Best played with earphones on and the volume cranked up! Start it up and run for your life Run For Your Life With Canabalt HD [Android] Run For Your Life With Canabalt HD [Android] You’re in your office when the city is attacked. You start running, leaping over a chair and out the window of a skyscraper, landing on the roof of a nearby building. An airship whizzes by,... Read More .

Download: Canabalt for Android | Canabalt for iOS

Small Fry (Free)

Small Fry will catch you by surprise when you play it. It seems like a simple runner — well, swimmer in this case — at first, but it actually has some great depth to it Small Fry Takes The Endless Runner Underwater On Android & iOS Small Fry Takes The Endless Runner Underwater On Android & iOS Small Fry keeps the gameplay simple yet addictive while adding some oomph in the graphics department. Read More . You play as a clownfish trying to escape from a shark, so you simply swim in the water. Tap the screen and you swim upwards otherwise you’ll start dropping. That’s simple enough, but the game gets really interesting with your ability to jump out of the water, where there are water bubbles floating up. Bounce on enough of them and you can go into space! The physics engine of Small Fry is flawless so you get different types of gameplay in the same game, keeping things interesting all along.

Download: Small Fry for Android | Small Fry for iOS

Boson X ($0.99)

In all of the other games featured here, you are controlling a character. In Boson X, it’s the world around the character that you need to control. You play as an intrepid scientist in search of the elusive n all of the other games featured here, you are controlling a character. In Boson X, it’s the world around the character that you need to control. You play as an intrepid scientist in quest of the elusive Higgs-Boson particle, but the storyline isn’t what matters. What matters is that you are running at breakneck speed in a hexagonal pipe where some parts are broken. So when you come across a broken part, you need to rotate the pipe in order for your scientist to keep running. Sure, you can jump at times, but it’s really the rotation that’s key. And if that wasn’t enough, your speed keeps increasing as you run, so you need to look for red tiles to slow you down — and beware, hopping on a green tile boosts your speed further. No other game gives you the sense of sheer speed that Boson X does with its frantic energy!

Download: Boson X for Android | Boson X for iOS

Five Of Your Own

So this is our list of five of the best endless runners you can play, keeping aside mega-hits like Temple Run, Jetpack Joyride and Subway Surfers. But that doesn’t mean this is an exhaustive list. So we’re asking you: what are your picks for the five best endless runners apart from the big titles?

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  1. Sanjay Jadhav
    February 2, 2016 at 6:20 am

    I am a gamer,I try new running games which make me refresh, I play all popular running games ,For India I love krishna run Great game....try it hyperurl.co/Krishnarun

  2. avatar
    December 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    theres also Temple Outrun Lava check it out.

  3. Howard B
    May 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    What about Iron Man 3: The Official Game (which does have a few "stop and shoot" battles, including the level bosses); Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and (I haven't tried it yet), TMNT: Rooftop Run?

  4. Vipul J
    May 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    You already named one of mine, Canabalt.
    Vector & Voxel Rush are my 2 other favorites.
    Vector includes parkour styles and Voxel rush has a lot of mid game events like earthquakes, inversions, blackout and much more!

    I'll try the boulder one, looks fun!

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