Temple Run, the highly popular iOS game, has finally made its way to Google Play Store. Developed by Imangi Studio’s designer-couple Natalia Luckyanova and Keith Shepherd, the game is an Indiana Jones-style runner game that has seen over 45 million downloads from the iTunes App Store .
As of now, the developer is only offering a free, ad-supported version via Google’s mobile platform.
Temple Run is an endless running fun that will have you on the edge of your seat. The story revolves around a character who has stolen a cursed artifact from the temple and you have to stay out of the clutches of evil eagle-gorilla hybrid birds and avoid obstacles in your path by tilting and swiping your way through levels. As you try to escape the ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs, you have to manoeuvre your character left or right to collect coins that comes in your pathway. These coins can be used to buy items such as characters, power-ups, and utilities from the store. The game is a sheer test of your reflexes as you have to jump and slide to avoid obstacles.
At any point in time, you’ll not find the game getting too repetitive due to variety of obstacles: as there are trees to avoid and barriers to cross. To keep things edgy, the character will start running on thinner ground where it is much easier to fall off. The whole path, just like a maze is filled with unexpected turns and twists. The objective of this game is simple: score as many points as you can before the game ends! You can then tweet the score. In January, Justin Bieber tweeted a screenshot of his high score—9,290,772 on an iOS.
The controls of the game are pretty easy to learn. To move left and right, you need to swipe in the direction you want to go. Swipe up to jump over tree trunks and swipe down to slide under barrier points. You may wonder where does the game end? Simply put, it can go as long as you can run, and in the Android version, there are 36 achievements which you can unlock as you progress.
The Android version of the game is pretty snappier since it allows you to tweak the sensitivity of your gestures on your Android devices, which is unavailable in the iOS version.
One of the scoring features of the game is its crispy graphics which are surprisingly detailed. The game has it all with the graphics: smooth 3D effects, vivid colors, scary temple guardians and great looking obstacles like mossy rocks, cliffs, burning arches, and wooden docks. The temple path which starts out as sturdy stones quickly turns into sprawling tree roots, crumbled pathways and slippery stones. Trees and rocks, covered in moss, further ads to the superb background.
Coins and Power Ups
What makes this game more compelling are power-ups that you’ll activate when you run through enough of the coins. For instance, a coin power-up would increase the value of your coins. Another is invisibility, which will help you easily run past the obstacles without worrying about swiping. Further, coins can be used to buy utilities like Resurrect – which lets you start from where you fell. Coins can also be used to change your wallpaper or character. In total, there are seven different characters, with the only difference in clothes and gender. You can also purchase coins through an in-app purchase, which starts at $0.99 for 2500 coins and $19.99 for 200,000.
You’ll find that the game works equally well for different devices across the board. With not too many bugs to complain about, the developers have done a pretty decent job.
Overall, Temple Run offers an addictive, arcade-like experience that can keep you busy for hours.
Download the app here