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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Canabalt is a side-on running game where you press jump at the right time to keep a small character from falling off buildings or crashing into things. With minimalist visuals, you play the small suited man fleeing from an unknown threat. As the game begins, the player character jumps from the window of an office building onto the roof of a neighbouring building.

His running is automatic which just leaves it down to you to jump. As the game speeds up this gets increasingly difficult and relies on quick reflexes. There are no stages, so this is just a challenge for how long you can stay alive.

In 2013 the game was updated to include a female player character and the ability to compete with another player by tapping different sides of the screen.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PSP and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Semisecret (@Semisecret)



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Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round of this game. It's possible to die almost straight away, but as you improve runs last longer.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very Mild Violence.

Skill Rating

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have fast reactions and good observations. Provided they don't mind losing and trying again, even the very young can have fun with this. A good game to compete at a high score in the family.


Canabalt usually costs £1.99.


Steam Store PC £1.99
Steam Store Mac £1.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Canabalt Accessibility Report documents 11 accessibility features:
This is a hard game, although it does start quite slow. There are no difficulty settings. There is no reading required apart from the description of how you die. You can play the game with a single tap anywhere on the screen. Navigating menus requires tapping on specific parts of the screen. There are audio cues to warn of upcoming dangers that don't have matching visual counterparts.

You can remap keys and adjust audio levels on PC version.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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