If you’re a fan of endless running games, there’s a good chance that you’ve played Temple Run before. This mobile game took the world by storm and made endless running games a must-have on most smartphones. The developer, Imangi Studios, decided to take the game to a new level when it released the sequel. You can expect much of the same gameplay as the first one. However, this is a good thing because the simplistic gameplay is what makes this endless runner so great for short, pick-up-and-play gaming sessions.
Like the original, the sequel uses touch controls for jumping and turning as you make your way deeper inside an abandoned temple. Meanwhile, you’re being chased by vicious wild monkeys. As you run through the temple, you have to avoid obstacles that can kill you or slow you down. Hit enough obstacles, and the monkeys will catch you, which ends the run. To keep things interesting, you have to use different transportation methods to progress, such as mine carts and zip lines. While these sections are fun, they do very little to change the core gameplay experience.
Lastly, you can find rare gems while running. You can use them to continue running if you die. However, you can buy them as in-app purchases too. This brings me to the only problem that I have with the game. With the ability to purchase gems, players can continue running as much as they want if they’re willing to pay. As a result, the leader boards are more about how much people are willing to pay to get a top spot.
- New obstacles to overcome.
- Improved graphics.
- New power-ups to buy.
- Four playable characters, each with their own unique power-ups.
- New achievements to earn.
Pros and Cons
- Unlocking new characters keeps the gameplay fresh.
- Improved graphics make the game look nicer than the original.
- More variations in the run path keeps things interesting.
- Game is free to download, and in-app purchases are optional.
- In-app purchases skew the leader boards, essentially allowing you to “buy” a spot at the top.
One of my favorite aspects of Temple Run 2 is the four playable characters. Each of them has an upgrade path and special ability. In order to play as all of the characters, you have to unlock them. Having to unlock and upgrade them individually adds a lot of replay value to the game.
If you’re a fan of the original Temple Run, you should give the sequel a try. It improves on nearly everything that made the original so great. While it’s unfortunate that the pay-to-win model has hurt the leader boards, it’s still fun to compare your scores with friends and family. You would be hard-pressed to find a better game to download than Temple Run 2 if you like endless runners.