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42 Great Games Like Canabalt

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Canabalt and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, Canabalt is not available on Mac, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PSP and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Semisecret (@Semisecret)

Players: 1-2

Costs: Purchase cost

28 Hand Picked Video Games Like Canabalt

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Canabalt. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Canabalt. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

OCO

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Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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Mirror's Edge (Series)

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Mirror's Edge and the follow up, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst are free-running games where you traverse a futuristic city using aspects of urban exploration and parkour movements to complete missions and evade or fight enemies. The focus is on this...

Inside

Release Date: 29/06/2016, updated in 2018

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Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.

Gris

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/10/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

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Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

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LocoRoco

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2006

Platforms: PS Vita, PS4 and PSP

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Limbo

Release Date: 05/06/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

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Jump King

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Jump King is a high stakes jumping game, where you control a character ascending a series of increasingly spread out platforms. You can control how high each jump is by the length of your button press. This enables you to judge difficult and long jumps...

Super Mario Run

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. Your character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly...

Wunderling

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

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Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

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Doodle Jump (Series)

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/04/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Xbox 360 and iOS

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Jet Lancer

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Zombie Run is a combination of fitness app, radio play and zombie game. You choose the distance on the app, run in the real world and the narrative plays in your headphones.

Night Skate

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Night Skate is a one-button skating and jumping game where you play a skateboarder endlessly trundling and tricking their way through the world at night. You use a single button to jump, float and land. In this way you can build up combos and tricks to...

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Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/09/2011

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Oddworld Soulstorm (Series)

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

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Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and iOS

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Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/04/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

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Shadow Frog

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Platforms: iOS

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#Drive

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/02/2021

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Drive is an endless driving game where you pick a car, choose a location, and see how long you can survive for and beat your previous record. Its attraction is in the simplicity and light narrative about old cars finding a new lease of life.

Advent Neon

Release Date: Coming soon

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Get Hi

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/05/2015, updated in 2021

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Get Hi is an action puzzle game where you try and flick a ball up a series of tilting platforms. Touch the screen to tilt them one way, release to tilt them the other. All the platforms move together to keep it simple, but if the ball falls more than a...

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Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2020, updated in 2020

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Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/08/2014, updated in 2017

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16 Video Games Like Canabalt Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Canabalt. This includes games from the Action and Platform genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

2 Easier Video Games than Canabalt

If you like the sound of Canabalt but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

16 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Canabalt

If you like the sound of Canabalt but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Canabalt Accessibility Report.
 

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Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 

One Button Games

The games here can be played with a single button. Although ranging in difficulty they are a good place to start for those needing simpler controls.

It should be noted that many of these games need to be started with more than one button. Some are played by tapping at a fixed point on a touchscreen. We haven't included games that require a motioned-touch.

For those needing alternative access there are many possibilities with an accessibility switch. These "switches" come in many shapes and sizes including jumbo buttons, super-sensitive finger switches and sound sensors. In some cases, the spacebar or a Bluetooth keyboard can work just fine. If the player can activate the control and if it can be connected to the games machine, then one-button play becomes a possibility.

This list was compiled with the help of Barrie Ellis, who runs One Switch. On that site you can find equipment to enable a far wider range of games to be played by accessibility switch users. OneSwitch also supports a range of other accessible gaming solutions.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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