Temple Run is a 3D endless running video game developed and published by Imangi Studios. The player controls an explorer who has obtained an ancient relic and is running from evil demon monkeys who are chasing him. The game was initially released for iOS devices on August 4, 2011, and later ported to Android systems and Windows Phone 8.
The game was a commercial success with positive reviews from critics. The success of the game led to a sequel Temple Run 2. Collaborations with Disney to create Temple Run: Brave and Temple Run: Oz, and a third spin-off in development by Scopely titled, Temple Run: Treasure Hunters as a match-three video game. Temple Run also received activity books and a board game, with Warner Bros. Studios talking with Imangi Studios of a possible film adaptation. The success of the game also inspired many similar games that take their own twist but also copycat games that copy the exact gameplay and iconic brand of the original.
In Temple Run, the player controls either Guy Dangerous, an explorer, Scarlett Fox, an escape artist, Barry Bones, a city cop, Karma Lee, the fastest runner in the Far East, Montana Smith, the “second greatest explorer ever” (referring to Indiana Jones being the greatest explorer), Francisco Montoya, a Spanish conquistador, or Zack Wonder, a football star. The character chosen will embark on an adventure to seek an ancient and valuable golden idol from an Aztec temple. They will not realize that the temple is inhabited by a family of demonic monkeys who want to devour them. As the game is an endless running game, there is no end to the temple; the player plays until the character collides into a large obstacle, falls into the water or is overtaken by the demon monkeys.
While the character is running, the player can swipe left or right to move the character to either side of the screen to collect coins and/or avoid obstacles. There are three types of coins to be found while the character is running: gold, red, and blue. A gold coin will only add one coin to the player’s total number of coins. Red coins are worth two coins, while blue coins are worth three. The coins can be used to buy and then upgrade power-ups and/or other characters. Coins can also be bought by the player through in-app purchases with payments of actual money. When the player needs to turn left or right, the touchscreen can be swiped in the corresponding direction. If the player wishes to jump over an object, the screen can be swiped upwards; if the player wishes to slide under an object, the screen can be swiped downwards.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Temple Run players run in an endless (and ultimately fruitless) attempt to escape angry monkey-creatures. Swiping the screen from side to side turns corners, while swiping backward or forward causes your character to jump or slide under obstacles. It’s not an advanced game, but rather one that tests the player’s reflexes.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
There’s not much to TEMPLE RUN, but it’s very good at what it does. The game is a fast-paced racer and it does a good job of relaying that urgency. While there’s not really a story, there’s no need for one, as it’s a reflex game that keeps players on their toes. That means you’ll die a lot, but it’s never an incredibly frustrating experience.
The game does offer in-app purchases for upgrades and new characters, but doesn’t force them down your throat like so many other apps do, which is refreshing. It’s possible to earn the credits for those items, but it will take a bit of time — though since the game is so addictive, that might not be the chore it sounds like.
★ “Most thrilling and fun running game in a while, possibly ever.” – TheAppera.com
★ “A fast and frenzied experience.” – IGN.com
★ “Very addicting… definitely a very different running game.” – Appolicious.com
★ Voted by TouchArcade Forums as Game of the Week
★ One of TouchArcade’s Best Games of the Month
★ Over 50 MILLION players worldwide!COLLAPSE