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canabalt hd androidYou’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. Birds scatter as you run faster and faster, leaping from rooftop to crumbling rooftop, running over girders and billboards as you see smoke and war machines in the distance. An airship whizzes by, disorienting you, and suddenly a missile falls from the sky and lands in front of you. You try to jump, but it’s too late – you didn’t make it.

You’re playing Canabalt HD, an enhanced version of the popular flash game Canabalt. Don’t feel bad – all Canabalt play sessions end with some sort of mistake.

We’re focusing on the $2.99 Android version here, but Canabalt is available for iOS, too. You can also play the original flash version for free on your PC or install it from the Chrome Web Store. If you purchased the second Humble Bundle for Android The Humble Indie Bundle #2 Goes Live [News] The Humble Indie Bundle #2 Goes Live [News] Read More  when it was available, you already have Canabalt HD.


Canabalt HD loads fast and sessions are quick, so it’s the perfect game to play on a smartphone when you have a moment for gaming. Unlike a lot of mobile games, there are no microtransactions Is Free-To-Play Killing Competitive Online Gaming? [MUO Gaming] Is Free-To-Play Killing Competitive Online Gaming? [MUO Gaming] Who in their right mind would actually complain about something being free, right? That's a hard question to pin an answer on, but I'll bet that there are some very high-skilled online gamers who would... Read More or ads to tarnish the experience. The one-button controls that felt a bit simplified for a browser game are at home on a touch-screen phone.

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Your character runs on his own. All you can do is tap the screen to jump. You’ll have to jump from rooftop to other rooftops, girders, and billboards. Some buildings will start to collapse as you land on them. Sometimes you’ll find yourself under sudden attack when a missile lands in front of you.


The simple controls may make this sound easy, but it isn’t. As you run, you’ll speed up. If you’re running slowly, you’ll have to leap from the edge of a roof. If you’re running quickly, you may need to jump from the middle of a rooftop to land on the next rooftop. Sometimes you’ll have to jump into the window of a building at a specific height, which necessitates a quick decision based on how fast you’re running and how high the window is.

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Smaller obstacles, such as boxes and chairs, just slow you down when you hit them. You can use these objects strategically to slow yourself down if you start going too fast. Of course, hit too many boxes and you’ll start moving so slowly that you can’t make jumps, resulting in you plummeting from the rooftops. Running faster allows you to travel more distance in a shorter time, too, increasing your score. It’s a balancing act.

The point of the game is to run as far as possible before you fall. If you’re the competitive type, you can compete against other players The 5 Best Places To Watch Competitive Gaming Online The 5 Best Places To Watch Competitive Gaming Online Competitive gaming seems to be hitting its stride. Finding out where to watch professionals compete can still be a problem, however. For all their effort, a lot of the sites dedicated to pro gaming are... Read More on the scoreboards for the best runs today, this week, this month, or of all time.

Graphics and Sound

The mobile version, Canabalt HD, has enhanced graphics not found in the original flash version you can play online. Buildings appear in 3D and everything is generally more detailed. You can toggle the HD graphics off in the menu if you prefer the flat, 2D graphics. The monochrome, stylized graphics make it easy to see what’s going on.

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The developers haven’t skimped on the music – the default music is amazingly catchy and fits the game well, encouraging you to sprint. Sounds, especially the rumble of a collapsing building, the noise of an airship flying by, or the sound of a glass window shattering as you fly through it, are done well. The game recommends playing with headphones 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 5 Quality Headphones That Cost Less Than $50 Owning a quality pair of headphones is very important for anyone who wants or needs to listen to music by themselves on a regular basis. In fact, they're more important than the device actually playing... Read More and it’s a good idea because the sound helps suck you in.

canabalt hd android

For more great games, be sure to check out our best Android games list – which includes Canabalt HD. If you’re an iPhone user, consult our list of the best iPhone games. If you’re playing in your browser, we have a list of awesome games you can install from the Chrome Web Store 10 Really Cool Games From The Google Chrome Store [MUO Gaming] 10 Really Cool Games From The Google Chrome Store [MUO Gaming] The Chrome Web Store contains thousands of games - we've dug through them for you and unearthed some gems. Whether you're looking for casual fun, Zen puzzles, rich 3D graphics, arcade-style multiplayer action or interesting... Read More .

Are there any other Canabalt HD fans out there? Let us know what you think of the game in the comments!

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  1. Douglas Mutay
    December 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Laughs...this game is awesome and quite thrilling! I have just checked it and it's look great in the browser version. I will see if I can play it on my Playbook browser since it support flash. Thank you very much for sharing this!

    • Din One
      December 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Haha i hope you test it and sharing the experienca... :P

      • Douglas Mutay
        December 5, 2012 at 6:49 am

        :-( couldn't play it on my Playbook. The HD version loaded very well but to start play you need to press X or C in your keyboard and for some reason the virtual keyboard of the playbook is not responsive within the game...anyway, playing it in the pc was still great! ;-)