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15 Games Like Canabalt

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. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS.

Genres: Action and Platform.

 

 

Qomp

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 2 and a half hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Qomp is a bat and ball game with a difference. You control the ball rather than the bat. Trapped in between paddles for decades, you finally escape and start an adventure through a maze of dungeons.


LocoRoco

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Platform

Duration: Between 6 hours and 24 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This creates a world of plants and creatures to investigate. The novelty, besides the character’s singing and cute aesthetic, is that you control the game with just two buttons, tilting and bumping your characters through each level.


Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 6 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Wunderling

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Wunderling is a jumping game controlled by just two buttons: jumping and boost. The levels scroll automatically so you have to think ahead to decide how to get past each section. It's a combination of time reactions and forward planning.


Super Mario Run

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 1 player online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. You 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...


Bubbles The Cat

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Bubbles The Cat is a platform game you play by tapping a single button to jump. Through hundreds of levels and six worlds, you automatically run forwards bu must tap at the right time to survive.


Jump King

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Race the Sun

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Race the Sun is an arcade-inspired racing game where you helm a solar-powered craft. Your objective is simple, hurdle towards the sun dodging obstacles for as long as possible before the sun sets.


Gris

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...


Jetpack Joyride

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Jetpack Joyride is a running, jumping and shooting game you play by just tapping the screen or button at the right time to control your jetpack. Your play a scientist who runs through each of the levels and must survive and get to the end.


Jet Lancer

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Jet Lancer is a high-speed air combat game, similar to Luftrausers (and much older inertia shooting games like Virus/Zarch), where you pilot giant robots to deal with Sky Pirates. The novelty here is the nuanced and instinctive control of the craft. The...


Zombies Run

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Physically Active

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Zombies 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.


Limbo

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...


Mirror’s Edge (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 8 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Inside is from the same developer as Limbo. As such, you play another boy in a dark dream-light and horrific world. Here though, it's more modern-day and realistic.


 
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Canabalt is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Canabalt in the following lists:

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 Collosus 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.
 
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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.

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.
 
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