Temple Run – the ‘Indiana Jones’ epic adventure for Android
Mar 29, 2012 8:03 AM –
Temple Run is the much anticipated game which has recently made the leap onto the Android platform after being more popular than oxygen on iOS. You take the role of Guy Dangerous who, after stealing a cursed idol, now has to escape the Evil Demon Monkeys. You must have been living in a cave (or remote jungle temple) if you haven’t heard of this addictive arcade-style game. I downloaded it pretty much within a few minutes of it hitting the Google Play Store, and here’s what I think after some relentless playing…
Price: Free, with the option of in-app purchases
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Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Superb graphics!
- Good sound!
- Lots of powerups, bonuses and extra characters to unlock!
- Easy to play!
- Occasionally unresponsive controls.
Well, Temple Run has made it to Android after frenzied anticipation. It has been a massive hit on the iOS platform, raking in something like 40 million downloads. I almost think that as an Android community we should try and beat that! In the game you play Guy Dangerous who has to escape from the clutches of some pretty angry-looking Demon Monkeys who seem somewhat upset at the fact you’ve stolen some precious idol of theirs.
Controls are simple and very intuitive. Swipe left and right to turn that way, swipe down to slide and swipe up to jump. The game also lets you veer from side to side on the path you’re on by tilting your device. Finally you can initiate certain bonuses by touching the screen during gameplay. If that sounds like a lot to remember it really isn’t and you get the hang of it very quickly. One disappointing element to the game is that all-too-often these controls aren’t quite as responsive as you’d like them to be. There’s been numerous times over the past couple of days of solid gameplay where I’ve ended up with a faceful of bark when I’m certain I swiped down to slide… sometimes controls aren’t quite as quick as you need them to be!
Gameplay is persistent, until you come to a messy end- and there are lots of gruesome ways to die in Temple Run, it’s like everything wants to kill you. As you progress you collect coins. These coins can be spent in the game store and there is loads of power-ups and utilities to choose from. These range from boosting value of coins to invisibility and speed boosts. You can also unlock different characters to use, these include: Scarlett Fox, Barry Bones, Karma Lee, Montana Smith, Francisco Montoya and Zack Wonder. Also, coming soon will be a range of unlockable wallpapers for your device!
Temple Run – Twist, turn, skid and jump your way to freedom
Temple Run – Those monkeys are probably going to rip you to pieces
Temple Run – The temple, right before you burst out of it
Temple Run – Swipe right to turn right, left to turn left
Temple Run – Slide now or get a faceful of bark
Temple Run – Fill the bar on the left for more bonuses
Temple Run – Collect coins to buy bonus items from the store
Temple Run – Game over screen
Temple Run – Main menu
Temple Run – Objectives
Temple Run – Powerups
Temple Run – Options
Gameplay is frenetic and high-paced, pull moves off correctly and it feels great but there’s something oddly satisfying when you eventually get killed. All around the game is loads of fun and does a great job of immersing you in the jeopardy of the escape. If you stumble over roots the Evil Demon Monkey’s come within a whisker of you- you can almost feel them breathing down your neck! Very convincing and lots of fun.
Temple Run is highly addictive and hugely engrossing. As soon as you die and the game is over you just want to try again and again. When you’ve built up enough coins there are several ways to upgrade power-ups and utilities so you’ll also want to try those out too. It’s a game that keeps you coming back for more, over and over.
The graphics are very detailed and look superb. The environment you run around in is genuinely sinister and the rich colours and details make for an immersive experience.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The accelerometer is very accurate and helps you veer to either side of the walls to collect coins. The sound is also very good, lots of jungle noises, angry monkey sounds and sickening thuds when you get creamed by obstacles.
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