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Endless runners were always a popular mobile game genre. Pioneered by the likes of Temple Run, this niche was quickly populated with different kinds of games. Some were great, some not quite. Luckily, Subway Surfers is of the former.
In this runner, you pick a role of a young street artist who must run away from cops (because he was caught painting on some public property). So, you are kinda bad guy. But who cares as long as it is fun?
The farther you run away, the harder the game becomes, though, and let me tell you that it can become quite unmanageable later on. So, needless to say, it is almost impossible to beat someone else's score without some inside knowledge, no matter how skillful your tricky fingers are.
Which is the exact purpose of this long, feature-packed guide. Read it, and you can easily get to the heights you could only dream of before.
As an additional (totally optional) read, check out this extensive cheats guide on unofficial (but thorough!) wiki.
This is going to be a long one. Brace yourself and let's dive right in.
This is pretty self-explanatory. But still - running with a purpose brings more points to the table. During each mission you will receive some tasks like "collect 100 coins" or "jump x times", each of this will net you an added bonus. So it is a waste not to complete these.
These challenges are the easiest way to boost your coins income. Challenge is basically a word-filling game. You are given a word, when you complete a mission you are awarded a letter. Fill up the whole word and you get a hefty bonus in coins. Each mystery box (given to you after you fill a word) contains up to 100 000 coins. Not bad, if you ask me.
It is really easy to do. You are not giving away your personal info. Your wall is safe. No harm to your account. So, all in all, pretty harmless, but effective. By connecting, you are receiving hefty coins bonus, bunch of keys, hoverboards, and so on.
During the tutorial you are shown some fancy moves. But these are not all you can do, there is more. By jumping, then swiping left, you are doing mid-air dash which is super useful. You also can cancel the jump by rolling, this is especially useful with Super Sneakers.
The farther you roll the more stuff will be thrown at you, so it is prudent to keep your eyes open at all times. Sometimes objects come in so fast that you have less than half a second to dodge. If you watching on ahead, you can deal with nasty surprises more easily.
While you will mostly run on the surface, you should literally aim for the stars. And while you can't run on those, you can satisfy your curiosity but running on some trains instead. This will prevent you from meeting with another trains and road blocks head-on.
If you're playing on large devices, the game will probably set you on a landscape mode, which is fancy and all that. But what you really need is to play on Portrait mode, since this one gives you a much better field of view.
Hoverboards are nice things if you manage to stay put, avoiding hits (else they will drop off you). Since they last only measly 30 seconds, it is nice to study them beforehand, or at least study the most common ones like Big Kahuna Bouncer, Daredevil and so on. Here is the link to the full list of these boards.
It is also good to know what power ups are there in the game and what they do. Jetpack will give you the flying ability, Sneakers will make you run like a train, coin magnet will attract all coins like bees to the honey. Finally, 2x multiplier will double your score while it is active. If you only starting the game, you probably want to focus on the Coin Magnet and Jetpack, since coins are the most important early and Jetpack will help you to get out of the harm's way.
To get some limited edition secret characters, just go to your Phone or Tablet settings, then to Date setup and enter the following:
October 3, 2012 to get Zombie Jake.
December 1, 2012 to get Elf Tricky and Starboard.
January 5, 2013 to get Tony and Liberty.
January 30, 2013 to get Carmen and Toucan.
February 28, 2013 to get Roberto and Kick-Off.
March 1, 2013 to get Egg Hunt to get the Chicky Hoverboard.
April 5, 2013 to get Kim and Outback.
May 4, 2013 to get Harumi and Fortune.
May 27, 2013 to get the Cherry Hoverboard.
May 30, 2013 to get Nick and Flamingo