Seller: Imangi Studios
Compatibility: iPhone (4, 4S, 5), iPod touch (4th and 5th generation), iPad (2, 3rd and 4th generation, mini)
Requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
File Size: 45.7 MB
Age Rating: 9+ (Infrequent/Mild Cartoon Violence)
For Imangi Studios, developer of the hit iOS game Temple Run, the most daunting task they encountered while developing the sequel Temple Run 2 has got to be the fact that they had to offer something new, something better, and something funnier than the very popular original game.
Well, if anyone from the Imangi Studios is reading this, you can stop worrying now. You’ve successfully created a better game. And if you’re still worrying whether Temple Run fans will not love Temple Run 2, you can stop worrying about this as well. The second iteration of your game is funnier, bigger, better and more beautiful.
For the uninitiated, Temple Run 2 is another one of your endless running games that have been populating the app store since…well, since Temple Run came out. Naturally, the gameplay involves running, sliding, and jumping. Those three actions were good for Temple Run, but for Temple Run 2, they’re not enough. One of those new actions which I love is the part where you have to enter mines and get out by riding on a cart along a railway. While in the cart you will need to glide through the railings, docking obstacles and avoiding dead-ends.
Playing Temple Run 2 is easy and yet very hard to master. It’s a touch-based game; turning, jumping, and sliding are all executed via a simple swipe of the screen. If my observation is right, Imangi seemed to have tweaked the animation of the game whenever the character is turning to the left or to the right. The movement of the display seems to be more fluid this time.
When it comes to aesthetics, Temple Run easily trumps its predecessor. The lush game environment is more awesome and realistic with finer details.
Feature-wise, you’ll never run out specific objectives to achieve. There are also upgrades for items that your character can use while running—familiar stuff such as the magnet and invisibility abilities. The all-familiar golden coins are also scattered along the the path, waiting for you to collect. You can use these coins to unlock three other characters in the game, as well as to buy power-ups and upgrades.
Bottom line? If you’ve grown tired of playing Temple Run for the gazillionth time, Temple Run 2 offers something fresh without totally eliminating the same appeal and gameplay of the original (or its difficulty level). If you’re into endless running games, you should have no second thoughts about downloading Temple Run 2.
Do we need another endless running game? If that game is as beautiful and fun as Temple Run 2, we certainly have room for more.
Buy Temple Run 2