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The Best Side-Scrollers to Play like Super Mario Run on Android

Download and play our picks for the best side-scrollers on Android that offer the same engaging, endless action as Super Mario Run on Android.

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Who doesn't want to save the princess? In Super Mario Run, the popular side-scrolling, endless running game on Android,more

Who doesn't want to save the princess? In Super Mario Run, the popular side-scrolling, endless running game on Android, you play through six worlds on your way to Princess Peach. Unlocking every world costs $9.99, however, so if you're looking for a free side-scroller or something a little grittier than the noble task of saving a princess, here are our picks for the best side-scroller games on Android, if you like Super Mario Run.

The Best Side-Scrollers on Android When You Want to Take a Break from Super Mario Run

Here are our picks for the best side-scrollers on Android that offer the same engaging, endless action as Super Mario Run on Android.

Alto’s Adventure

Alto’s Adventure

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In this charming endless runner, gather your loose llamas as you glide down a slope, performing snowboarding tricks. The basics are simple to master -- tap and hold to perform snowboarding aerials or maneuvers -- but the game is endlessly fun as you grind, bounce, and flip down the mountainside to earn coins and unlock additional characters, snowboarding through a variety of beautiful landscapes shown in muted, 2D colors and shapes. The game is free to play, and you can remove ads by buying the game for $4.99. While the cost to unlock the game is a bit higher than what other games typically charge, after you pay, the game doesn't keep hitting you up for additional micropayments to upgrade items or unlock levels, like other games do.

Canabalt

Canabalt

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Leap and tumble across rooftops as you try to stay ahead of the urban destruction in this classic infinite runner. Navigate the game with one finger to time your jumps over obstacles and across alleys to escape the city. The game and soundtrack have a gritty look and feel. Although the game has no free version, for $2.99 you can gain access to a striped-down cityscape that offers endless maps to run through.

Geometry Dash

Geometry Dash

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As with Canabalt, Geometry Dash looks simple but offers a surprising depth of enjoyment, as you jump, dodge, and fly past obstacles. This engaging, and sometimes maddening platformer for Android provides 13 levels for free, which is enough to keep you busy for a while. For $1.99, you can unlock eight more game levels. And mercifully, the game has a practice mode that lets you master obstacles and courses without returning to the start of the game every time you fail.


Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride

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An enticing cocktail mix of side-scroller, endless-runner, and adventure genres, Jetpack Joyride lets you guide your character -- the handsome Barry Steakfries -- out of a top-secret laboratory with a stolen jet pack. Your goal is to keeping traveling, collecting coins, and avoiding danger as you fly one-handed through your escape route. The game is free to play, and you can upgrade your gadgets through coins you earn. If you aren't earning coins fast enough, you can purchase them, too.


Rayman Jungle Run

Rayman Jungle Run

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A colorful and cartoonish one-touch platformer, Rayman Jungle Run brings the popular Rayman Origins video platform game to Android. For $2.99, you can play through 70 levels as you jump, dodge, and crash through obstacles and collect insect-like lums.


Sonic Dash

Sonic Dash

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Guide Sonic the Hedgehog over 3D environments in this frenetic endless running game. Your character runs and jumps its way over courses in this free-to-play game, collecting rings that you can then use to purchase or upgrade items in the game. For the impatient, you can purchase items via microtransactions.

Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers

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Here's your chance to express your inner vandal in Subway Surfers. In this endless platformer, after you tag a subway car, the inspector with his dog starts to track you down. Jump, dodge, and duck trains and obstacles, staying ahead of the inspector. To keep things interesting, the game setting periodically moves to different cities, including New York, Rome, Tokyo, and currently, Chicago. The fast-paced game is free-to-play, and you can upgrade or purchase items with the coins you collect as you avoid capture. Of course, you can also purchase coins, a starter pack, and other items with your real coins.