No one foresaw Temple Run ‘s meteoric rise when it debuted in the Apple App Store in 2011 (Google Play received the game in 2012). Imangi Studios’ endless running-and-coin-collecting game struck a cord with gamers to the tune of over 150 million downloads. It was a very big deal.
Now, two years later, Temple Run returns with a few tweaks as Temple Run 2. The graphics are improved, purchasing alternate player-characters grant unique abilities to help you conquer courses, and new obstacles block your path. If you had any type of affection for the original Temple Run, you’ll dig Temple Run 2—just don’t expect a radically different game.
Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It
Your play as Guy Dangerous, a redheaded Indiana Jones-type who apparently used his collected (stolen?) money to ditch his original ripped threads and barefoot look for a Doc Savage-worthy outfit. Guy, clutching a valuable artifact, flees Giant Demon Monkeys in interior and exterior levels as you tilt the iPad left and right to turn, swipe up to leap chasms, or swipe down to slide under fallen trees. Appearing in Temple Run 2 are cart levels that add nothing new to the gameplay.
That said, Temple Run 2′s constant movement and sense of speed makes it far more engaging than the likes of Angry Birds or Cut the Rope as there’s a continuous action flow that doesn’t let up until you run face-first into a log or plunge over the side of a cliff. The randomly generated levels lack a definite end—they continue until you end it by making a mistake. This is a welcome touch as it gives you the opportunity to rack up as many points as possible. Points that you can brag about to your friends by sharing scores on Facebook and Twitter.
You’ll collect coins during your sprint that lets you purchase power-ups (such as longer-lasting shields or faster foot speed), but a handful of them only become available after you unlock the extra characters. You can also purchase new abilities such as Coin Magnet, which draws coins to you as you blaze through levels.
Coins aren’t the objects you’ll find in your run. Keep an eye open for gems, which are used to increase your power-ups’ potencies. If you’d rather not devote your life to the game you can buy coins with real-world moolah: prices range from 99 cents (5 gems or a 5,000 coin pack) to $19.99 (500 gems or a 400,000 coin pack).
The Finish Line
Temple Run 2 isn’t radically different from the original—it feels very much like a 1.5 release—but it’s hard not to recommend the title to fans of the original. It’s fast, frantic, and free, which are the elements that are sure to make Temple Run 2 another smash success as it doesn’t deviate from Imangi Studios’ highly addictive formula.
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