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  • Summary: "Canabalt is pure genius." -necessarygames.com

    "It's going to be quite some time before you find something so simple so thrilling again." -Offworld

    "I bought it last night, and next to Eliss and iDracula it's the best iPhone game I've yet played. The fast
    pace and one-button gameplay translate perfectly to Apple's ubiquitous little mobile device." -Rev. Burch, Destructoid

    "Canabalt is a fun diversion and sports slick, black and white pixel graphics." -IGN

    "This "daring escape" platformer is simply beautiful and beautifully simple." -Kotaku

    "Canabalt is actually much more intense than you'd assume of a game which requires a single finger to play." -GameSpy

    "It's all very lovely and full of poignant subtext. And awesomeness. Canabalt is a prime example of a simple idea executed extremely well." -JayIsGames

    "I have never seen a concept so richly and successfully realized in such a simple yet stunningly complete form. Canabalt represents the power and potential of small independent games." -gameinmind.com

    "Music is another component that is just perfect - it enhances the strange and unsettling setting of the game and also gives a sense of speed with a hint of hope that quick feet might be the salvation to the horror." -bartsnews.net

    "Fast load times combined with short (yet exciting) game sessions really make for an attractive game to play on a mobile device." -TouchArcade

    NOTE: We had a final quote here that was a kind of indie game developer in-joke, that we thought lent our collection of hyperbolic praise a humble, human touch, but apparently some of our reviewers have absolutely no sense of humor, so it has been removed!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 5, 2011
    100
    There are more complex games out there, but there aren't many more exciting games on the iPhone and iPod than Canabalt. Its simplicity is an asset that takes advantage of the system like few other games other have.
  2. Mar 2, 2011
    90
    Canabalt is my most-played iPad game by far. Its simple, fun concept distills platforming down to its bare essence of running and jumping.
  3. Feb 5, 2011
    80
    The beautifully animated black-and-white game has recently been updated to universally function on both the iPad and the iPhone, with another selectable soundtrack from the always-excellent Danny Baranowsky added to the iPad package, making the game's HD debut that much sweeter.
  4. Feb 5, 2011
    80
    For three dollars, Canabalt is a steal. While its push-button gameplay may not please everyone, its fast pacing, astounding presentation and undeniable replay value will give you a proverbial run for your money.
  5. Feb 5, 2011
    75
    We wouldn't normally recommend a few dollars for a few minutes of content, but Canabalt is a great exception.
  6. Feb 5, 2011
    70
    Part timing, part luck, Canabalt is the kind of quick-fix that has the potential to become a phenomenon, the game's free-running fix giving players a new kind of high score to chase.
  7. Apr 20, 2012
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 19, 2012
    9
    The beauty of Canabalt lies in both the simplicity of it's interface and its polish. You only have to touch the screen to jump. Ready? Go! A monochrome city under attack by what appears to be aliens is the setting for this game as you make your way through your first window. Dramatic music by the illustrious Danny B looms overhead as you hurtle through empty space, as you land, roll and recover when landing on a structure. Eventually you will learn the audio cues for falling spacecraft, the finesse required to jump through a window, and that other peoples scores make it look like you suck at this game. Sure, you may feel cheated at times, as you hit a wall and tumble to your death. But like the good book says, "All is fair in love and parkour."

    Have fun.
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