Temple Run – Review – Most fun and fast-paced game on the iPhone

On February 1, 2012

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Temple Run – Review – Most fun and fast-paced game on the iPhone

Our rating:

By: Imangi Studios

Version #: 1.4.1

Date Released: 2011-12-03

Developer: Imangi Studios

Price: FREE

User Rating:

There are plenty of quality iPhone games out there, but it’s only on a rare occasion that we get treated to one that’s just completely unputdownable. Like many before it, Temple Run takes a very simple concept, and adapts it perfectly for the small screen.

At its base level, Temple Run is an infinity runner game. You’re a generic Indiana Jones wannabe type, and at the start of the game you run out of a tunnel chased by zombie monkeys. The man does the running for you, as you jump, slide, and direct him around obstacles on a narrow path.

The controls are slick and swipe-friendly, and the gameplay is very fast, fluid and responsive. The general rule seems to be that if you cock up twice, it’s game over for you and feeding time for the monkeys. To help you delay this inevitable fate, you can unlock power-ups for your character as you play through the game, eventually levelling them up into something of a mad sprinting demi-god.

As the game goes on, the obstacles come thicker and faster, but never to the extent that it feels unfair. Adding to the challenge is the option of collecting coins along your path to build up your score, but once you get past the 1,000,000 score mark, you’ll probably be thinking purely about surviving.

The 3rd-person perspective and stylish gameplay make Temple Run stand above other similar games. There are plenty of achievements to unlock, and your scores can be compared against fellow temple runners. It’s precisely these kinds of games that make your iPhone worth owning.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes.

Learning Curve:Low.

Who Is It For:Indiana Jones wannabes.

What I Like:Fast, responsive gameplay.

What I Don't Like:Not enough... levels?

Final Statement:Fast and slick 3rd person infinity runner.

Read the Developer's Notes:
"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." - SlideToPlay.com

From the makers of the award-winning best-seller Harbor Master® comes the most exhilarating running game on the App Store. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, and see how far you can run!


? "Best endless running game in the App Store… You'll love every minute." - AppleNApps.com

? Voted by TouchArcade Forums as Game of the Week

? One of TouchArcade's Best Games of the Month

? "Most thrilling and fun running game in a while, possibly ever." - TheAppera.com

? "A fast and frenzied iPhone experience." - IGN.com

? "Very addicting… definitely a very different running game." - Appolicious.com


? Simple swipe and tilt controls that are easy to use and just feel right
? Level up your character and use crazy powerups
? Original 3D running mechanic combining turning, jumping, sliding and tilting - the first of its kind!
? Play as 7 different characters!
? Game Center Leaderboards and Achievements to compete with your friends
? Incredibly fun, just one more time, endless game play!

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