Temple Run

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Temple Run is a game from , originally released 31st December, 1969

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Temple Run Celebrates First Birthday and 100 Million Downloads

We’ve been running like hell for a year and one day. On August 2, Imagni Studios distributed a press release announcing the one-year anniversary of Temple Run. What milestones has the endless runner achieved during its first year of life? Oh, just a paltry 100 million downloads across several devices. No big.

Temple Run has been imitated over and over again, and even the original game has received official spin-offs like Temple Run: Brave. But it’s the original game that remains lodged on our hearts like so many shadowy monster claws. Temple Run has been downloaded over 68 million times on iOS, and over 32 million times on Android.

‘We never imagined that the game we were making and loved would be so well received around the world,’ said Imangi’s co-founder, Keith Shepherd. ‘The last year has been incredible for us, and we are grateful to fans of the game. We hope to be able to provide them with more entertainment from the brand for years to come.’

Did you know that 10 billion sessions of Temple Run have been played, and that 13% of the United States’ population has downloaded the game? For more cool stats, check out this Temple Run infographic that Imangi released to celebrate the game’s big zero-one.

But the party doesn’t stop there. Temple Run’s latest iOS update now allows for retina support, more achievements, and the ability to enable or disable specific powers. Moreover, Imangi making its pre-Temple Run library free for a limited time.

You’ve run all day and run all night for a solid year, right? May as well go for another.

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Temple Run Review

In pretty much every treasure hunting adventure movie there’s one specific scene in which the plucky hero finally gets his hands on the treasure but then has to navigate a maze of booby traps in order to get out alive. Temple Run is this scene and nothing else. And it’s amazing. It has all the intensity of the preeminent automatic runner Canabalt, but with a few extra twists and a incredibly well-suited theme.

Each game starts the same: you grab a mystical object and then the chase begins. A gang of terrifying monkey-like creatures is always at your heels as you attempt to navigate a twisting maze full of obstacles. Unlike most automatic runners, Temple Run isn’t a 2-D side-scroller, but instead is fully 3-D and uses a third-person, over-the-shoulder camera.

The game also ups the complexity quite a bit. Instead of being a one- or two-button game, Temple Run gives you a number of actions you can take. Swiping left or right on the screen will cause the thieving adventurer to change direction, while swiping up or down causes him to either jump over an obstacle or slide under it. You can also tilt your phone back and forth to guide him down the lane in an attempt to collect the plentiful coins that are littered around.

Prepare to turn on a dime.

It’s more complicated, but it never feels too complex. After just a few games the controls in Temple Run will soon feel second nature. In an interesting twist, the game also features power-ups, but you have to unlock them. As you collect coins you’ll be able to buy things like a magnet that will suck in nearby coins or an invisibility power-up that magically creates bridges over gaps. Not only that, but the power-ups can be upgraded, which means you always have an incentive to play just one more go to collect some more coins.

What Temple Run gets right is that, just like Canabalt, you constantly feel like you’re running from something, not just running for the sake of it. There’s this constant pressure that if you screw up those monkey monsters will be right there to catch you. And, in fact, if you stumble over a tree root or make another minor mistake, you’ll see them start to nip at your heels. It’s pretty intense.

The 3-D visuals in Temple Run aren’t all that detailed, but you probably won’t notice since you’ll be speeding by most of the scenery. The developers smartly decided to focus on making the game run fast and smooth– which it certainly does– as opposed to cramming it with unnecessary detail. Between the in-game visuals, the menus, and the music Temple Run manages to capture the pulpy adventure style perfectly.

Even if you think you’re sick of automatic runners, Temple Run proves there’s still much life left in the genre. It matches the sheer thrill and intensity of Canabalt, but with a completely new theme and perspective. We’ve all wanted to be Indiana Jones at some point, and now’s your chance.