is a 2D side-scroller where you control a gentleman continuously running across rooftops and cranes, gradually building up speed while avoiding various objects which will either slow down or kill him. Rather than "score" or "points," developer Semi Secret Software measures your success by the distance you manage to cross, even allowing for instant bragging via Twitter in-game. It's a simple premise with a surprising amount of depth.
And it's exactly the kind of game I want to pick up and play on my iPhone. Canabalt
is perfect for the device: the gameplay comes in short, addictive bursts, it loads up quickly, and it employs the touchscreen in an intuitive way. Though a vast wealth of quick
and addictive games
now reside on my phone, I find myself constantly returning to Canabalt
's rooftops and blaring techno music whenever I have a spare moment.