The mobile game that has set the record of the fastest growth in popularity is still demanded. The first Temple Run game was a hit, but the sequel has outrun it by all parameters: gameplay, graphics, charisma. Though the game is not new, in 2016 Temple Run 2 remains the most actual. The Imangi Studio has announced that they have no intention of releasing ...
Temple Run 2
The mobile game that has set the record of the fastest growth in popularity is still demanded. The first Temple Run game was a hit, but the sequel has outrun it by all parameters: gameplay, graphics, charisma.
Though the game is not new, in 2016 Temple Run 2 remains the most actual. The Imangi Studio has announced that they have no intention of releasing the threequel, so they will focus on supporting Temple Run 2 instead.
So the game still gains a lot of attention due to its quality and constant updates and upgrades. Temple Run has become a living classics of mobile games. The only reason why it hasn’t been turned into a movie (like Angry Birds or Warcraft) is the fact that the original game is obviously inspired by Indiana Jones adventures.
The app is available not only for iOS and Android, but even for Windows Phone. And it has over 100 million downloads on Android platform only.
A complete 3D experience seems obligatory in today's runner; but as the game has been released about four years ago (January 16, 2013), for that time it was impressing. The mountains and the waterfalls, wheels and abysses, rivers and forests, endless sky and narrow caves; the designers have combined it all in a simple game.
As we have mentioned, the game is mightily inspired by Indiana Jones movies. The designers never try to hide the source of the inspiration. On the contrary, they highlight this homage by small but noticeable elements, like yellow-to-red gradient letters or a character named Montana Smith.
Sometimes the game gets redesigned a bit. For example, October 2016 turned the game into a Halloween scene, with dark adventures and smiling pumpkins on fire.
The graphics quality is excellent, it looks equally great on a tablet or on a phone, no matter what its display definition is.
The only thing it lacks to some blasé minds is a full VR version. An existing Temple Run VR looks like a promo, and it’s officially compatible with Samsung VR device only. And we think that such an elaborate virtual world of all Temple Run Games deserves a door to enter it through.
Run! That is the word. But, unlike Forrest Gump, you run for your life. Your character looks like Indiana Jones in the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, right after stealing the idol from the ancient temple. Now you are followed by an enormous beast, much more dangerous than that famous stone sphere. And you have to run, run, run for your life!
On your way, you’ll see a lot of new challenges and adventures. The road high in the mountains sometimes turns into a river filled with some strange liquid, so you have to swim through it. Another scene of the game is a complicated web of tunnels, inspired by another classic Indiana Jones movie, The Temple of Doom.
The cart race is recreated really close to the original. The track never repeats itself: each time you start your run the track, the scheme is generated anew.
During your escape you should collect the diamonds and the bonuses hanging in the air. Select the right track for diamonds, select the right time to jump up for bonuses. There may be a shield that makes you invincible for some time, an accelerator, a coin magnet, a gem or an artifact into your collection. All the power-ups are temporary, but you can upgrade them for some coins and make them last longer.
If you wish, you can change your character, his/her appearance and name. Sometimes the developers inject temporarily available characters, so you have to take the moment and gain all the coins you need to purchase another virtual doll for your collection.
Yes, you can play Temple Run 2 for free, but, like in most runners, your resurrection after a fatal mistake is usually paid. But the first time you have made the wrong move you have an option: you spend one green gem on your new life or watch a video ad.
We think you better not neglect these ads as sometimes there are really interesting games behind them; though, sometimes you may run into a Facebook promo, as if you haven’t installed its app already. Anyway, after a second mistake this option isn’t available. And this option becomes a fiction after you run out of video clips.
While running games are usually limited in controls and use one of the possible ways of controlling your character (swiping or tilting), Temple Run uses both simultaneously. You have to swipe up or down top jump over an obstacle or duck down under it. But tilts and swipes have different missions. As the road is wide, tilting is used for selecting the right track on the road.
And, as sometimes you run into turns or crossroads, horizontal swipe is used to change your character’s direction. If you have got used to running games with selectable controls, it would be hard for you to start mastering the combined controls system. But soon you will.
The controls usage depends on the situation. For example, you can’t jump up while in the river, but still you can dive.
Replay Value 10/10
It may even be a special kind of fun to give up all your achievements and start the game anew. The monotonous gameplay turns the other side; even in the new beginning, you don’t miss the features of later levels.
Anyway, if the game hasn’t lost its charm after all these years, its replay value must be high, right?
The Bottom Line
While running games have been in a coma for last two or three years, Temple Run seems not to have noticed this. The game enjoys its cult status, so do its fans. The developers constantly update and upgrade the game with a new location, new characters, achievements and design elements.
It seems now that the only rival to Temple Run 2 is Subway Surfers, another running game with such a detailed world and constant support.Collapse
A must-have game for any running games freak; and if you have already played this game and left it for some time, you may return to a completely new universe with new missions and the same running action.
Pros : Unstoppable 3D action;
Carefully reinvented Indiana Jones style;
Living classics status;
Constant updates and new challenges.
Cons : Donations required for great achievements;
No Google Cardboard support.
Replay Value 5.0
Average : 5.0