Temple Run: Oz Review – Living up to his repute as The Great and Powerful

On April 11, 2013

App Type: Uncategorized

Temple Run: Oz Review – Living up to his repute as The Great and Powerful

Our rating:

By: Disney

Version #: 1.0.2

Date Released: 2013-03-05

Developer: Walt Disney

Price: 0.99

User Rating:

I’m sure many of us have enjoyed Temple Run and its sequel, Temple Run 2. Now, Disney has decided to come up with the Oz rendition of the popular game, aptly titling it Temple Run: Oz after the movie it is based on.

Like the the games it is based on, Temple Run: Oz is an endless runner than has the player running for as long as he can, where swipes in different directions activate actions from basic turns to maneuvers like jumps and slides. The ultimate purpose of the game is to survive as long as possible, with game pace speeding up as the game progresses which makes it increasingly difficult.

As introduced in Temple Run 2, players are now able to interact with the environment. Whereas in the original Temple Run players could only move left or right, jump and slide, Temple Run: Oz borrows elements from Temple Run 2 that throws greater challenges for the players by forcing interaction with the environment. This includes tilting the device slanted paths, jumping onto and controlling hot air balloons amongst other cool features.

What I loved about this game would be how the backdrop is way more extensive than the original 2 games. In the originals, the backdrop was a repetitive rendition of the titular temple that got stale after awhile. In Temple Run: Oz, the backdrop constantly changes between different scenes adapted from the movie, providing much eye candy indeed.

For a dollar, the gameplay is pretty much identical to the original 2 which are available for free download complete with similar power ups and upgrades. However, this dollar will buy a totally different gaming experience from the improved user interface. One extra function this version has over the free originals would be the ability to change worlds, where each world comes with its own perks and difficulties. Definitely worth the purchase to me.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:Simple. Just swipe and tilt

Who Is It For:Casual gamers

What I Like:The Oz theme is beautiful

What I Don't Like:In-app purchases are very expensive especially for a paid app

Final Statement:No amount of magic can save you now

Read the Developer's Notes:

Disney and Imangi Studios present Temple Run: Oz – a brand-new endless runner inspired by Temple Run 2 and the film Oz the Great and Powerful. Play as Oz and outrun the shrieking flying baboons as you turn, jump and slide your way across the land. Begin your exhilarating adventure now and see how far you can run!

• Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all.
• Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins.
• Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts!
• The environment changes as you run – test your reflexes.
• Compete in weekly challenges – beat your friends!

BONUS! Get 1500 coins for FREE when you download Temple Run: Oz today – that’s $.99 USD worth of coins to buy power-ups and more!

***For best results, play Temple Run: Oz on iOS 6.***
Don’t forget to see Oz the Great and Powerful in theaters - check local listings for showtimes!
What critics are saying about Temple Run 2:
• "One of the best-looking endless runner games..." – ArcadeSushi
• "More beautiful, dynamic, and intense than the original.” – SlideToPlay
• "Even more engaging, and thrilling run.” – Apple'n'Apps
• "With zip lines, new power-ups, characters, and a mine cart, Temple Run is better than ever." - CultofMac

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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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