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Subway Surfers (2012) is a super simple running, jumping, and dodging game where you switch between three lanes to avoid obstacles. It starts easy but as hazards increase you need quick thinking and reflexes to succeed. The straightforward, run-til-you-crash-then-try-again gameplay and ease of play, along with regular updates that continually add new content, have made it hugely popular and stand the test of time.

You play a young teen caught doing graffiti on the rail tracks who runs away from the security guard. You escape down the railway, switching between the three lanes to avoid obstacles and oncoming trains. You can also slide under, and jump over, certain blockades, and run on top of the trains. When you hit an obstacle, your run ends, and you start again, aiming for a new high score and best distance.

Power-ups collected as you run can give you special boosts like the ability to jump higher for a time or fly through the sky and collect coins, which are also scattered in lines along the tracks and on top of trains. You can use them to upgrade the power-ups and buy mystery boxes, which yield random items and cosmetics.

The game is regularly updated with new events to mark cultural events like Halloween and Christmas, with new cosmetic items and map decorations, and regular updates take you to new real-world locations, like Iceland, Greece, Denmark, and the United States, where you can unlock extra runners, outfits, and items inspired by that location's culture.

The result is a unique challenge that provides a simple premise but demands precise movements and quick reactions as you continually improve your skill and score.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Subway Surfers 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Platform elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 15 hours to play a round of this game. You can keep running forever, but a typical run lasts about 5 minutes.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild violence. The game has a cartoon-like style and includes running on top of trains and trying to avoid road blockades and barriers. When the character accidentally runs into an obstacle, a security guard grabs the character by his clothes and the game ends. He does not appear to hurt the boy.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G).
Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The simple controls and repetitive gameplay where you aim for a new high score make it appeal to young children, teens, and adults alike.


Subway Surfers

Android Store Android Free
App Store iOS Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
You can buy in-game currency and keys, which allow you to open loot boxes which contain random items. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/05/2012, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Traversal and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Grid

Developer: Kiloo Games (@KilooGames)

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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