Last month, a grade six student named Madeline Messer wrote an article in the Washington Post asking why female characters in free-to-play games usually cost money to unlock versus their default male counterparts. Imangi Studios agreed making girls pay up for representation is a bit unfair, and made the runner Scarlett Fox a free character in Temple Run 2. Update the app to break down her paywall.
Temple Run 2
The sequel to the smash hit phenomenon that took the world by storm!
With over 170 million downloads, Temple Run redefined mobile gaming. Now get more of the exhilarating running, jumping, turning and sliding you love in Temple Run 2!
Developer Imangi Studios has announced that Temple Run 2 reached 50 million downloads in the first 13 days after its release, making it what they call the “fastest growing mobile game” ever. Temple Run 2 is available on iOS, Google Play, and the Amazon Marketplace.
The previous record was set by Angry Birds Space, which hit the 50 million downloads milestone in 35 days. It’s important to note, however, that Angry Birds Space costs $0.99, while Temple Run 2 is free to download.
Temple Run 2 reached six million downloads in the first 24 hours of its release, and then 20 million downloads four days later. Obviously, things are looking good for the game, but it still has a long way to go before it overtakes the original Temple Run, which has been downloaded 170 million times. For more information on Temple Run 2, read our review, and then– if you’re one of the few who hasn’t– download the game yourself.
When a developer makes a game as wildly popular as Temple Run, they usually don’t want to change the formula too much in a sequel. With Temple Run 2, the folks at Imangi Studios have played it fairly safe, but they’ve managed to improve on just about every aspect of the original. Temple Run 2 uses the same basic gameplay, but it’s more beautiful, dynamic, and intense than the original. Best of all, this excellent game doesn’t cost a cent to download.
Just like Temple Run, the sequel starts with you, an intrepid explorer, stealing a golden artifact from a cave. This releases a giant beast that pursues you until it catches you, or you succumb to the deadly environment. All the same controls from the original are back, so you’ll swipe up to jump over pits, down to slide under rocks, and left or right to turn when the path forks.
The graphics are drop-dead gorgeous this time around, with lush, colorful landscapes everywhere you turn. The environments are much more dynamic as well, with straightaways and right angles of the original game supplanted by hills, valleys, creeks, waterfalls, and gentle curves here. The developers have even added zip lines and mine carts to keep the game interesting– and it works wonders. The only issue is the occasional graphical pop-in, but this usually isn’t too distracting.
Once again, you collect coins as you run. You can spend your fortunes on new characters and upgrades between tries. Since this is a freemium game, you can also buy gems that let you keep running after you bite the dust. This makes the leaderboards meaningless, but that’s a small price to pay for getting such an excellent game for free.
We could go on and on about why Temple Run 2 is a blast to play, but you’d be better off downloading it to see for yourself. The game delivers a fantastic blend of addictive action and high-octane intensity that feels both familiar and new. Whether you played the original or not, this sequel definitely deserves a spot on your iOS device.