Steal a sacred artifact in TEMPLE RUN by Imangi Studios and get chased to death by a horde of mutant monkeys in return. Fair enough. Though quite an absurd plot idea, it serves its basic purpose in setting the stage for one of the most addictive iOS games ever. This is one game that will keep you on your toes, and constantly challenge your reaction skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
In Temple Run, players control a klutz of an archeologist who decides to explore a sacred temple. The protagonist decides to make off with some hidden treasure sealed within the compound and is met with angry demons bent on claiming his life. Players control the archeologist with well-timed swipes on their device screens where swipes in different directions will allow the hero to jump, change directions, or slide under obstacles. The main objective of the game is to run, as far as you can away from those nasty monkeys that look like a cross between a regular ape and Venom from Spiderman.
On a side note, the seemingly endless stamina of our hero in this game is very impressive.
The learning curve of Temple Run should not bother new players. Each new game starts off slow, with the speed and tempo of the game increasing gradually over time. This allows first timers to try their hands on mastering the controls of the game. A tutorial also enhances the experience with the detailed description on navigation it provides.
Temple Run also includes a slew of objectives and rewards to unlock. Each objective requires players to fulfill a certain task and when unlocked, boosts the score multiplier in game. In each game, players are to collect coins to boost their scores. These coins can also be used to purchase power ups and additional characters, as well as wallpapers to accessorize your device. These extra perks give players something to look forward to, rather than run of the mill game centre achievements.
As a free app, Temple Run is a must to download. Another nice feature is Twitter integration, so players may boast of their high scores to the world. This is definitely one of the best apps yet on the app store.
- Simple learning curve
- Unlockable Achievements and Rewards
- Progressive difficulty
- Simplistic gameplay system for mindless fun
- New updates take quite long