Subway Surfers is an "endless running" mobile game co-developed by Kiloo, a private company based in Denmark and SYBO Games. It is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms. Players of the game take the role of youthful hooligans who, upon being caught in the act of applying graffiti to a metro railway site, take off down the tracks to escape the inspector and his dog. As the hooligan avatars run, they grab gold coins out of the air while simultaneously dodging collisions with railway cars and other objects.
The object of the game is to run one's hooligan character as far as possible through an endless game world by avoiding randomly generated obstacles that require the player to either jump (slide finger forward), duck (slide finger backwards) and/or dodge the oncoming trains (slide finger laterally) in a precise manner with the help of occasional power-ups. Gameplay takes place in graphical 3D Perspective (graphical). Player characters collect coins as they run; occasionally they surf on hoverboards, jump over or roll under objects, soar over the train tracks, and even run along overhead wires. Special missions reward players with bonuses for accomplishing precise tasks. Upon a wipeout, characters occasionally appear to smash into the screen. It is very effective. Since January 2013 the game's monthly update features a new city as a setting. The differences are mainly graphic, as the gameplay remains much the same. Weekly city-themed "treasure hunts" earn special bonuses. Each new city introduces a new character who is native to the locale, and a new hoverboard bearing a design suggestive of the local culture. Both items are made available for in-game "purchase" with harvested gold coins for only a limited time, but they remain as permanent items in the player's collection. The game makes whimsical use of tourist stereotypes. The current version, Tokyo for example, introduced a character, Harumi, a Japenese schoolgirl, a Windglider hoverboard based on the beautiful art, calligraphy and treasure hunts for Russian dolls.
CharactersFor use as avatars, Subway Surfers offers regular characters (available for acquisition at any time) and special characters (available only for a limited time). All characters are rendered in vector graphics as stylized cartoons with large heads and diminutive bodies. The miscreants appear to range in age from pre-teen through teen years, though their fashions suggest a variety of time periods.
Jake is the default Subway Surfers character and the face of the franchise. Jake appears in game icons and greets newcomers. All other characters must be "unlocked". This is done in either of two ways. Some characters are unlocked via the collection of character attributes in the course of the game. An attribute may be an article of clothing (such as a hat) or a prop (such as a boom box) like Tricky is unlocked by her Hat, Fresh is unlocked by his Stereo, Spike is unlocked by his Guitar and Yutani is unlocked by her UFO which are found in Mystery Box and Super Mystery Box . Other characters may be unlocked at any time through payment of virtual currency like Lucy, Tagbot, Ninja, Tasha, Frank, King, Zoe, Frizzy, Brody and Prince K. All special characters are unlocked in this way, as are additional outfits for some of the more widely used characters.