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    FAQ/Strategy Guide by ToiletPro

    Version: 1.10 | Updated: 01/30/12 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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    *                                   TEMPLE RUN                                 *
    *                               FAQ/Strategy Guide                             *
    *                                  Version 1.10                                *
    *                                  by ToiletPro                                *
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                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS
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       I. Introduction
    
      II. How to play
    
     III. Strategy
    
      IV. Store inventory
    
       V. Objectives
    
      VI. Guide info
    
    
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                                    I. INTRODUCTION
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    Temple Run is a game in which you control a treasure hunter who is escaping a
    temple while being chased by hostile monkeys. You must slide and jump while
    avoiding obstacles.
    
    It's a very popular iPhone app -- it's been the #1 free app in the App Store
    (in the United States, at least). And it's free!
    
    Download it from the iTunes App Store below:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/temple-run/id420009108?mt=8
    
    
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                                     II. HOW TO PLAY
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    A note about an in-game tutorial
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    To enable an in-game tutorial, go to the Options menu and enable tutorial. This
    tutorial will walk you through the controls of the game, and then let you loose
    on a level.
    
    This tutorial will be far more instructive than this guide will be, but the
    controls are below.
    
    The controls
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    * Swipe left - Turn left
    * Swipe right - Turn right
    * Swipe up - Jump
    * Swipe down - Slide
    * Tilt device left - Move to left side of lane
    * Tilt device right - Move to left side of right
    
    
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                                      III. STRATEGY
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    * The tutorial sometimes has you slide when you could've jumped (or vice-versa).
      Keep in mind that you can jump over fire and some other things.
    
    * I always forget about sliding. Don't forget about sliding!
    
    * To make sure that you grab all the coins when you're jumping, jump right as
      you pick up the final coin. I always used to jump too early until I figured
      this one out.
    
    * Some areas, like on mossy rocks and wooden docks, don't have walls, and you
      can fall off the sides of them. Careful when tilting to pick up coins!
    
    * Don't be greedy! I often run myself off the edge because I want money -- it's
      better to play it safe and get the money when it's less risky.
    
    * Check out the powerups. It can make the game much easier (and much more
      interesting!), allowing you to get more coins and a higher score.
    
    
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                                    IV. STORE INVENTORY
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    Powerups
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    * Mega Coin - Collecting one of these gives you a large sum of regular coins.
      - Level 1 - Unlock, Mega Coin worth 50 coins
      - Level 2 - Mega Coin worth 75 coins
      - Level 3 - Mega Coin worth 100 coins
      - Level 4 - Mega Coin worth 125 coins
      - Level 5 - Mega Coin worth 150 coins
    
    * Coin Magnet - Collecting this powerup brings nearby coins right to you.
      - Level 1 - Unlock
      - Level 2 - Increases duration
      - Level 3 - Double coin value
      - Level 4 - Increases duration (500m)
      - Level 5 - Triple coin value
    
    * Invisibility - Collecting this powerup allows you to pass through obstacles.
                     It also creates bridges across gaps.
      - Level 1 - Unlock
      - Level 2 - Increases duration
      - Level 3 - Increases duration
      - Level 4 - Increases duration
      - Level 5 - Increases duration
    
    * Boost - Collecting this quickly boosts you forward a distance, and you don't
              have to worry about turns or anything other than coins.
      - Level 1 - Unlock, Boosts for 250m
      - Level 2 - Boosts for 375m
      - Level 3 - Boosts for 500m
      - Level 4 - Boosts for 625m
      - Level 5 - Boosts for 750m
    
    * Coin Values - Double/triple coins' value after certain distances. Happens
                    automatically.
      - Level 1 - Unlock, Double coins after 1500m
      - Level 2 - Double coins after 1000m
      - Level 3 - Triple coins after 3000m
      - Level 4 - Triple coins after 2500m
      - Level 5 - Triple coins after 2000m
    
    Utilities
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    * Resurrect immediately after death - 500 coins
    * Boost ahead 1000m at the start of the game - 2500 coins
    * Mega Boost ahead 2500m at the start of the game - 10,000 coins
    
    Characters
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    * Guy Dangerous - Unlocked
    * Scarlett Fox - 10,000 coins
    * Barry Bones - 10,000 coins
    * Karma Lee - 25,000 coins
    * Montana Smith - 25,000 coins
    * Francisco Montoya - 25,000 coins
    * Zach Wonder - 25,000 coins
    
    Wallpapers
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    * Temple Wall wallpaper - 5,000 coins
    * Guy Dangerous wallpaper - 5,000 coins
    * Evil Demon Monkeys wallpaper - 5,000 coins
    
    Spending real money
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    As of right now, the "exchange rate" from US dollars is as follows:
    
    * 2,500 coins for $0.99 (~2,525 coins per dollar)
    * 25,000 coins for $4.99 (~5,010 coins per dollar)
    * 75,000 coins for $9.99 (~7,508 coins per dollar)
    * 200,000 coins for $19.99 (~10,005 coins per dollar)
    
    As you can see, it is a better deal to buy more coins at once (but why are you
    spending any money on this game at all!?).
    
    
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                                      V. OBJECTIVES
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    Here is a list of the achievements. These are all fairly obvious, but they are
    listed here for your information.
    
    * Novice Runner - Ran 500 meters
    
    * Pocket Change - Collected 100 coins
    
    * Adventurer - Scored 25,000 points
    
    * Sprinter - Ran 1,000 meters
    
    * Mister Run - 500m collecting no coins
    
    * Piggy Bank - Collected 250 coins
    
    * Treasure Hunter - Scored 50,000 points
    
    * Mega Bonus - Fill the bonus meter 4x
    
    * Athlete - Run 2,500 meters
    
    * Lump Sum - Collect 500 coins
    
    * Resurrection - Resurrect after dying
      You must purchase this utility for 500 coins from the store.
    
    * Basic Powers - All Level 1 Powerups
    
    * High Roller - Score 100,000 points
    
    * Payday - Collect 750 coins
    
    * Head Start - Use a Head Start
    
    * Steady Feet - Run 2,500m without tripping
    
    * Allergic to Gold - 1,000m collecting no coins
    
    * 5K runner - Run 5,000 meters
    
    * No.Trip.Runner - Run 5,000m without tripping
    
    * 1/4 Million Club - Score 250,000 points
    
    * Double Resurrection - Resurrect twice in one run
      You must purchase this utility for 500 coins each from the store.
    
    * Money Bags - Collect 1,000 coins
    
    * 1/2 Million Club - Score 500,000 points
    
    * Super Powers - All Level 5 Powerups
    
    * Dynamic Duo - Unlock Two Characters
    
    * Million Club - Score 1,000,000 points
    
    * Money Bin - Collect 2,500 coins
    
    * Fantastic Four - Unlock Four Characters
    
    * Sexy Six - Unlock 6 characters
    
    * Interior Decorator - Unlock 3 wallpapers
    
    * 10K Runner - Run 10,000 meters
    
    * Fort Knox - Collect 5,000 coins
    
    * 2.5 Million Club - Score 2,500,000 points
    
    * 5 Million Club - Score 5,000,000 points
    
    * The Spartan - 1 million without powerups
    
    * 10 Million Club - Score 10,000,000 points
    
    
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                                      VI. GUIDE INFO
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    Version history
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    * Version 1.00 - 8 December 2011
      Instead of studying for my final exams, I wrote this short guide after I saw
      it on GameFAQs "Top 100 Most Wanted FAQs" page.
    
    * Version 1.10 - 30 January 2012
      Kelvin Liu sent in a list of the upgrades for the items in the store; I added
      this. Also changed wording in a couple of spots, and did a spellcheck.
    
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    Credits
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    * Kelvin Liu 
    
    * Me, ToiletPro. I'm the author of this guide.
    
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    Contact
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    If you wish to contact me, please send me an email. And please don't spam me. My
    email is below, but replace the "at" with @ and "dot" with a period.
    
    toiletpro at gmail dot com
    
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    Conclusion
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    Thanks for reading my guide to Temple Run. Enjoy your golden relics!