Temple Run 2, the follow-up of the hugely popular game TempleRun, has landed at the Apple’s App Store as well as Google Play Store. Surprisingly, within the first week of its launch at the Apple’s App Store, the app has drawn 20 million downloads.
Such a magnificent figure has also made Temple Run 2 the fastest growing game to ever hit that mark, according to Polygon, besting the previous top app Angry Birds Space.
The sequel promises to be a greater hit than its predecessor, which has been downloaded more than 170 million times. If you enjoyed Imangi Studios’ iconic endless runnerTemple Run, this sequel is an essential download.
Just like the original TempleRun, which took the users through some danger-filled action-packed experience, this game features the same action but in a new and exciting environment. The game now offers power-ups, a mine cart, zip lines, and an even bigger monkey, according to the App Store description. The new iOS title also comes with improved graphics.
Imangi Studios says it rewrote Temple Run 2 from the scratch and worked on making the game more agreeable with future updates.
“Right from the first boot up you’ll get a sense of déjà vu. You’re still being chased by freaky monkeys and you’re still using a combination of swipes and tilts to jump or slide past obstacles and collect coins. This is totally TempleRun,” the company said.
Players must now guide the hero over rivers, across ziplines, up hills, and even through caves in a mine cart.
TempleRun, as you may be aware, is an endless running game in which you play a treasure hunter being chased by demon monkeys. Since the character runs on its own, all you need to do it to tilt the device to collect coins and swipe on the screen to turn corners and avoid obstacles. It’s easy to learn, but one has to be careful as the character speeds up when you remain longer on the gameplay scene. The new version doesn’t seem to mess up with the tried and tested success formula of the previous title.
The gameplay also appears to be more fluid and brings in a lot of variety. Developer Imangi Studios used the Unity development platform for Temple Run 2 and has convincingly fleshed out the game’s world.
Temple Run 2 has also introduced the mine-cart section, where your character reaches the mouth of a mine then leaps into a cart, which you then steer safely through forks by tilting left and right, while ducking under stray beams.
You are given four characters to choose from: Guy Dangerous, Scarlett Fox, Barry Bones, and Karma Lee. In terms of power-ups, shield protects you from the obstacles, boost whizzes you ahead at a faster pace, and coin magnet attracts all the coins – all for a limited period of time. Each of these characters also has one power-up built in, which you can use by double-tapping when you’ve collected enough coins to fill up the coin meter.
Since Temple Run 2 is a free game, the currencies available are same as the predecessor: coins and gems. Coins play a really important part as you can use them to increase the distance and duration of their power-ups, making the coin meter fill faster, and multiplying them. At the same time, gems are being used for restarting from the point you died rather than the very beginning, or one-time boosts of power-ups.
In order to boost your performance, you can purchase coins as in-app purchases: coins run from $0.99 to $9.99, while gems go from $4.99 to $19.99 for 500.
Overall, the Temple Run 2 is a stylish and interesting fresh take on the already popular free running genre with the added dose of fun. What’s good about it is that it does a good job in keeping up the user’s interest level high. It will surely appeal to those users who don’t always want to learn a complex new game with a lot of depth. The frenzied game is mindless, addictive, fast, fun, and free.