Temple Run Review: An Addicting Finger Sprint
You are not watching the next summer blockbuster movie.
You are on your 32nd attempt at beating your high score in Temple Run.
Obviously, this free app on the iPhone, iTouch, iPad or Android can be played to kill time on your morning commute or just for enjoyment. Temple Run can turn a non-gamer into a fierce competitor.
Temple Run is not difficult to understand or grasp the concept of. When you first download the app, you are introduced to the ultimate motive of the game – run as fast as you can for as long as you can. It shows you how to slide, jump, tilt, turn and collect coins with just the swipe of your finger.
Coins, the heart of the game, enhance your overall playing experience. The longer you stay alive, the more coins you can score. They help you attain power ups such as double and triple valued coins, coin magnets that increase your score and invisibility that lets you take a semi-break in between intense gaming sessions.
Everyone is familiar with Guy Dangerous, the redheaded “average explorer” since he is the default runner of Temple Run.
As you gain more experience with the game, you are able to unlock new characters such as a football player, city cop and even a conquistador. While the characters have no real differences in speeds or agility, to buy new ones, you must collect at the max, 25,000 coins. Since they are all virtually the same, it is advisable to get all the power ups before you try to unlock different characters.
Paying for coins can get you quicker access to power ups but it is not a necessity to purchase them.
While characters may die in all sorts of ways, there is no bloodshed, which makes this game child-friendly. Temple Run also mocks how you die which can be humorous to the gamer. For instance, if you run into a log, you are labeled a “tree-hugger.” If you fall in between jumps, you “fell to your death.”
Temple Run tends to kill battery life on phones and iPads, however, this game is so amusing you probably won’t mind too much. Also, it tends to cause these devices to heat up.
On its menu, Temple Run has a stats page where you can see how many games you have played, your high score, total coins you have collected and distance you have run. This will evoke many different emotions. It may make you proud that you are such a beast at this game or it could make you feel defeated that you have played 600 times and your high score is only 1 million.
Overall, Temple Run is an easy to learn and addicting game that anyone can learn to love.
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