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Video Game / Subway Surfers

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Most of the game actually takes place above ground. Though there is a gratuitous amount of train surfing nonetheless. note 

Subway Surfersnote  is a game made by Kiloo & SYBO Games for the iOS and Android, released in 2012. In it, you play a young delinquent caught vandalizing, and you must evade the Inspector and his dog using Le Parkour as they chase you through the train tracks of your city. In 2013 the game was updated to go on World Tour, traveling to various world locations.


Tropes applying to the game include:

  • Acrofatic: The Inspector who chases you throughout the game. He is very fat, but will always be right on your tail, especially if you bump into something.
  • Action Girl: The female protagonists are just as good at evading obstacles as the male ones. Noon Deserves special mention as she is a Thai Kickboxer.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Though what actually occurs in the game is generic train surfing (since there are no below-ground trains in the game), the name "Subway Surfers" just rolls off the tongue better than "Train Surfers".
  • Circling Birdies: If you slightly get hit by something (barely dodging an obstacle, for example), your character briefly gets these and you catch up with the Inspector. If you get hit again, however, the game ends.
  • Death Is Cheap: Since the introduction of Keys.
  • Halloween Episode: The Halloween and New Orleans Update.
  • Free-Range Children: Most of the characters appear are in their early teens, yet they spend most of their time at the train tracks.
  • Hover Board: Several can be purchased in the Shop. It functions as limited crash protection.
  • Land Downunder: Visited Sydney in April 2013 and returned in July-August of 2015
  • Le Parkour: Essentially what you get up to while trying to evade the Inspector, what with your fancy flips and jumps, your avoiding getting hit by trains and other obstacles, and your special equipment.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters There is 39 playable characters (Including Jake, the token characters, purchasable characters and the limited characters) that's a lot for this type of game
  • Luck-Based Mission:
    • Any "Collect X number of items in a single run" mission depends on the item actually showing up during the course of your game.
    • The "Get 60,000 points without jumping or rolling" mission. Most of the time, you're going to run into obstacles that force you to do one or the other in a playthrough. Same with the "Get X points without changing lines" mission.
  • National Stereotypes: Each Limited Character is a icon of whatever is associate with a certain country. Notable examples include...
    • Carmen is a Carnival Dancer from Rio.
    • Roberto is a Scooter Boy and a fan of Soccer from Rome.
    • Coco is a Mime.
    • Alex does Russian Squat Dances.
    • Rex is an Elvis Impersonator from Vegas.
    • Marco is an Gondola rower from Venice.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The game takes place largely above ground rather than in a subway. The "surfing" part is this for those who have not heard of train surfing.
  • Palette Swap:
    • None of the Surfers has special abilities to differentiate themselves.
    • The Surfers later gain outfits, which is essentially a palette swap.
    • The Boards mostly played this straight. However, Its averted with the ones that has abilities. Later, said boards gain abilities as well.
  • Power-Up Magnet: The magnet draws all coins towards you.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Almost all of the playable characters. Spike, Zoe and The Inspector are the only aversions.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Most of the black and Asian characters.
  • Score Multiplier: It increases the more missions sets you complete. There's also an in-game powerup that doubles your score.
  • Shout Out:
    • Wayne seems to be a John Wayne reference, with his cowboy getup.
    • Yutani is named after something from Aliens.
  • Shown Their Work: All but the earliest World Tour editions apply their respective cities' subway train liveries to the trains in the game. The Miami edition even includes the Miami Metrorail logo. Strangely, the Los Angeles edition does not use the city's actual train liveries and instead uses a generic design.
  • Stern Chase: The Inspector will not give up chasing you, and the game ends when you slip up and he catches you (or, alternatively, if both you and him collide with an incoming train).
  • Taking You with Me: If you lose by bumping into an obstacle, the Inspector is thrown along with you.
  • Temporary Online Content: Any limited character and board after the deadline. Unless they decide to return to that location.
  • The Bus Came Back: Updates returned to New York, Rome, Tokyo, New Orleans, Paris, Beijing, Seoul, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Rio. This allowed for Tony, Roberto, Harumi, Eddy, Coco, Sun, Mina, Jay, Wayne, and Carmen. to be purchased again.
  • Vague Age: All Player characters.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: The location of the January 2015 update.
  • World Tour: Since the third update. The characters visit (and break the law in) several major world cities, with the background and train liveries changing to match. Limited-edition characters also pop up with each new city.


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