Apple Arcade's Populus Run is a twist on the endless runner genre

Populus Run Screenshot
Populus Run Screenshot (Image credit: FIFTYTWO)

What you need to know

  • Populus Run is the latest game to land on Apple Arcade.

The latest arrival on Apple Arcade, Populus Run by FIFTYTWO, is a strange twist on the popular endless runner genre. Gamers must try to traverse a course while avoiding obstacles, but there's a twist – instead of controlling one person, they'll have to control a whole bunch of them.

To win, gamers simply need to have at least one of their people left when they reach the end of the course. But they'll need to avoid flying food and all sorts of obstacles to do it.

In this unconventional running game, players control a group of people confronting crazy obstacles with the objective of finishing the course with at least one runner. Players can collect additional people who stand in their way as they dash towards the finish line but they'll have to dodge giant fast food, slide down waterpark pipes and battle rapper bosses to claim victory.

Populus Run is free for all Apple Arcade subscribers. A subscription runs at $4.99 per month unless you're an Apple One subscriber, in which case it's included in your bundle.

You can download Populus Run from the App Store now.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.