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17 Great Games Like Canabalt

These are hand-picked games similar to Canabalt. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Canabalt. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Canabalt. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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:

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Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/08/2009

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Costs: Purchase cost

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/11/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @Bfod

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Mirror’s Edge (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Developer: @EA_DICE

Players: This is a single player game

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...

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Gris

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/10/2019

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @NomadaStudiobcn

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Geometry Dash

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @RobTopGames

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping and dashing game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a small cube, which you can customize, that attempts to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube....

Super Mario Run

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play this with 1 player online

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...

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Qomp

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 15/11/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @WombatStuff

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Limbo

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

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

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Playdead

Players: This is a single player game

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...

The Artful Escape

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @A_i

Players: This is a single player game

The Artful Escape is a running and jumping game that combines this platform action with music-playing. You play as Francis Vendetti as he traverses the universe, jamming on his guitar and harmonising with the various bizarre creatures he encounters on...

LocoRoco

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/06/2006

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Platform

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Inside

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Price: Free-to-start

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Developer: @Playdead

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Bubbles The Cat

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/04/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform

Developer: @TeamCatsNBears

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Jet Lancer

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Jump King

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/05/2019

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @NexileGames

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Zombie Run

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 27/02/2012, updated in 2019

Price: Free-to-start

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Physically Active

Developer: @SixToStart

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Race the Sun

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 19/08/2013

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: @Flippfly

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Wunderling

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @RetroidOfficial

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Jetpack Joyride

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/09/2011

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @HalfBrick

Players: This is a single player game

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.

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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Horace

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Hades

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Qomp

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Ord

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QWOP

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Rust

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PEGI Rating 18+ for RustESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Rust
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DayZ

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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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