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App of the Week – Temple Run 2

With the obvious exception of the Angry Birds franchise, perhaps no single title cemented the popularity of mobile gaming than Temple Run. First released for the iPhone in August 2011, the game has since been downloaded over 170 million times, becoming one of the most popular mobile games of all time.

The simple mechanics of the game attracted everyone from first-graders to grandparents, but players quickly learned that escaping those demonic monkeys was harder than it looked. Temple Run also helped transform the revenue model for mobile game developers, becoming the top-grossing iOS app, despite being offered as a free download for all but the first few weeks of its release.

Figuring that mobile gamers can never get too much of a good thing, Imangi Studios has now released Temple Run 2 for iOS, Android and Kindle devices.

Temple Run 2 has the same plot as the original, but this time you play as Guy Dangerous, a heroic-looking character, but one who also has the smarts to run for his life rather face a crazy ape. (Yes, there is now only one ape, but he appears no less unhinged than his predecessors.)

Perhaps the biggest difference in the gameplay is the fact that you are no longer restricted to right-angle turns. Instead you have to maneuver your character along a number of different paths, adding a welcome touch of variety. There are also new obstacles, including zip lines, mine tracks, forests, and belching flames. The game is also set in a new location, with the main character moving at a faster pace. The new graphics are spectacular, making the scenery far less one-dimensional than the original.

As your score mounts, you will encounter the usual power-ups and unlockables along the way, although, as before, you still have the option of buying your way to a high score. In fact, the developers have cleverly (or cunningly) made in-app purchases even more attractive by offering a pack of 5 death-defying gems for just 99 cents. That’s right – for less than a dollar, you can cheat death 5 times, extending your runs and gaining a place on the leaderboard with no questions asked!

Although the changes from the original Temple Run are limited, they are just enough to make Temple Run 2 interesting and freshly addictive. Will Temple Run 2 be as successful as its predecessor? Twenty million downloads in the first 4 days of release is a fairly solid start!

Temple Run 2 is recommended for everyone from kids to parents for action-packed adventure and hours of frustration. Very young kids might be alarmed at the fast-paced pursuit, the crazy ape, and the oft-repeated death of the main character.

Developer: Imangi Studios

Platform: iOS 4.2 or later; Android 2.1 or later

App Category: Games

Release Date: iOS - January 17; Android/Kindle: January 24

Price: Free

Comment by Senthea , posted 3/8/2014, 2:46 PM:

I love Temple Run! One of my favorites!
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