The endless runner concept is simple: stay alive as long as you can. The execution though, is varied enough to leave elbow room for new entries. Jetpack Joyride, Temple Run, and Tiny Wings now have competition in the form of Eye Interactive's Tap Rocket.
All of the genre hallmarks are in place. The map speeds up throughout play, collected coins empower purchase of upgrades, and power ups dot the landscape. The astronaut player character can jump and double jump, but the cleverness of the game is in its use of precious fuel. Holding a finger on the screen makes the little figure take flight to gather coins and avoid chasms.
Tap Rocket stands out because of its 50s sci-fi movie aesthetic and catchy electronic music. The landscape becomes more perilous as time goes on, and the fuel-sucking UFO is never a welcome site.
Tap Rocket is available today on the App Store for $.99. There are in-app purchases, but they are entirely optional. The title also supports P4RC Points, which can be traded in on the company's website for vouchers good for use at Cafe' Press, Best Buy, Amazon, and more.