Mobile games have really hit their stride lately, haven’t they? Some of the gameplay and experiences that we can find on Android and iOS devices are what we might given high praise had we found them on a console only years ago. Subway Surfers is one of those games that’s taking app stores by storm, and today, Appamatix is here with a list of 10 best Subway Surfers tips, “hacks,” and secrets that you can use to push yourself faster, further, and higher on the scoreboards than you’ve ever been, yet.
Maybe it’s a tiny bit disappointing that we don’t have our Back to the Future-esque hoverboards, even though it’s already 2016. The closest thing we have are wheel-locked fire hazards that are banned by major airlines, or rock-solid gaming experiences that allow you to virtually enjoy the aerial acrobatics that we all want to partake in. Given a choice between the two, I know where I’ll place my money.
Subway Surfers is part racing game, part obstacle course, part homage to old-school arcade titles that focused on dexterity, attention-to-detail, and an ever-present need to get a higher and higher score. If you’ve ever shelled out a pocketful of quarters at an arcade cabinet, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
You won’t exactly be Marty McFly, but you will have a great time. Fortunately, the cost of entry is zero as well, since Subway Surfers is a freemium game that earns its profits through in-app purchases. Can you spend a bunch of money on this game? Absolutely. Do you have to? Hell no, and among many other tips that we have for you today, we’ll show you why it’s a bad idea to be overly willing to hand over your hard-earned money when you don’t have to.
Embrace the Learning Curve
Here’s a difference that I’ve noticed between contemporary gamers, and those who’ve been doing it for a couple decades or more: new gamers abhor the learning curve, while gamers of the old-school expect it. Some even enjoy the learning curve, which makes it an integral part of their fun in a game.
Subway Surfers may be cute, flashy, and fast, but it definitely has a learning curve. If you want to be a high scorer, you’re going to need to put in the requisite time to learn the game and master all of its features. Movement, powerups, and more all need to be back-of-your-hand type knowledge before you’re going to be able to compete with some of the people streaming their gameplay online.
Therefore, don’t beat yourself up if you suck right away! Everyone sucks at a game when they first start playing it. Give it time, give it effort, and you’ll get better. Give it more than that, and you can be a master–but you won’t get there without some willingness to let the game toss you around a little bit. (And you definitely won’t get there by throwing money at the cash shop.)
Powerups are Your Life Now
The various powerups available in Subway Surfers provide some of the most impacting effects on your gameplay. Not only do you need to know what each one of them does, you also need to know when to use them.
- Jet Packs
- Coin Magnets
- Super Sneakers
- Score Multipliers
Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, and you’ll pick them up while you’re playing (and subsequently upgrade them as you progress through the game.)
Hoverboards Safety Course
Hoverboards save lives. Okay, in the real world, all that they do is catch on fire and burn down buildings, but in Subway Surfers, hoverboards are the rare commodity that can save you from an untimely crash with a couple of quick taps. Focus close on that rare commodity part because the game isn’t going to burden you with an abundance of hoverboards while you’re playing it normally.
A double-tap on the screen can get your character safely above any incoming, unavoidable danger by using one of your hoverboard items. Once used, that hoverboard will be gone. Getting more is going to take time, so use them wisely, and wait until you’ve made some serious progress in the game before you consider hoverboarding yourself to safety.
Move Like You Mean It
It might seem like another self-explanatory element of the game, but there are certain button combinations that can allow you to perform quick, accurate moves while in midair. Since accuracy and speed are what Subway Surfers is all about, it’s of interest to you to practice these moves early and often:
- Jump + Roll = Cancels your jump, and instantly allows you to roll.
- Roll + Jump = Cancels your roll, and instantly allows you to jump.
- Jump + Left = Perform a midair dash to the left.
- Jump + Right = Perform a midair dash to the right.
Simple stuff, right? When you’re getting some good verticality, use these to dodge and maneuver around obstacles that you might not otherwise be able to escape!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when it comes to “freemium” games, your success isn’t going to be determined by how much you spend in a game’s cash shop. Sure, it might allow you to unlock things a little bit faster, but by and large, you’re going to be cheating yourself out of the learning curve that I mentioned before.
Instead of dropping your hard-earned money on in-app purchases, accrue the resources to unlock stuff as part of your natural progression through the game’s difficulty.
Instead of spending money on in-app purchases, turn to the daily challenges that you’re given in the game. They may not reward you much, but they never take particularly long to complete, and if you’re consistent about doing them, you’ll definitely get some major help in unlocking the features that you want.
You can see your available missions from their designated menu, or while pausing your gameplay. They can result in all sorts of cool stuff. If it comes in a mystery box, you can get it from your daily challenges.
You Time Traveler, You
Okay, I don’t normally condone “hacks” in app-based, online games. First, cheating is pretty stupid when it comes to score-based games with an actual leaderboard. Second, it can get you in trouble (and banned from the game.) Third, downloadable hacks tend to be filled to the brim with malicious code that would love nothing more than to eat your hardware alive (or worse.)
However, you can unlock some pretty nifty stuff in Subway Surfers just by changing the date on your mobile device. According to the Wikia page for Subway Surfers, these characters will unlock as soon as you boot up the game with an altered date. Do note that you should always restore your date to its normal time after making these changes, and never leave it to a previous date for any prolonged amount of time.
- Oct. 3, 2012 – Zombie Jake
- Dec. 1, 2012 – Elf Tricky and Starboard
- Jan. 30, 2013 – Carmen and Toucan
- Apr. 5, 2013 – Kim and Outback
- Aug. 3, 2013 – Sun and Panda
- Sep. 9, 2013 – Alex and Teddy
- Oct. 31, 2013 – Eddy and Pumpkin
- Dec. 28, 2013 – Jamie and Snowflake
- Jan. 2, 2014 – Jay and Bengal
- Jan. 17, 2014 – Nick and Flamingo
- Feb. 10, 2014 – Mina and Bubblegum
- Feb. 20, 2014 – Tony and Liberty
- Apr. 1, 2014 – Rosa and Prickly
- Apr. 5, 2014 – Roberto and Kick-Off
- May 8, 2014 – Olivia and Moose
- May 24, 2014 – Harumi and Fortune
- Jun. 4, 2014 – Edison and Banana
- Jun. 26, 2014 – Coco and Rose
Whew! That’s a hefty list, so don’t feel back if you end up not wanting to tackle them all in one go!
Prioritize the Coins
As you get more comfortable with the movement systems in the game, there’s a good chance that you’re going to find it easier and more feasible to start collecting more coins on each of your missions. This is understandable, and encouraged!
When you’re first starting out, going after coins incessantly can end with you getting wrecked more than you otherwise would, but once you’ve mastered some of the above movement dynamics, feel free to start chasing coins every time that you can get ’em.
Like many dexterity-based mobile games, Subway Surfers is designed to make you frustrated. Especially as the game ratchets up in difficulty, you’re going to reach a point where it’s probably tempting to toss your phone across the room.
Rather than venting any frustration on your innocent electronics, give yourself a few hours away from Subway Surfers, instead. Games like this were never meant to be binged for hours on end, and attempting to do so can result in a maddening, futile test against a person’s patience.
Oh, and your fingers are probably going to get sore, too. Break, and break often!
Watch the Pros
Oh, the wonders of the internet. The online streaming community has done wonderful things for the gaming community at large, and now, it’s possible to head to YouTube or Twitch and find somebody who’s kicking some severe ass at practically any game that you’re interested in.
One of the best ways to learn new tricks, techniques, strategies, or anything at all game-related is to keep an eye on what hardcore gamers are doing. And if you have any doubt that hardcore gamers are heavily invested in mobile gaming, just take my word for it and watch some Subway Surfers videos!
There you have it! 10 of the best-recommended tips, secrets, and “hacks” that can help to turn your Subway Surfers game up to 11! If you have any questions about these techniques (or want to offer your own) chime in through the comments below!