Review by BolognaSammich
"Who knew running through a temple could be so addictive?"
It's Temple Run! For the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad, Temple Run provides a simple, free and fun time killer that you can pull out anywhere and have a blast.
Temple Run is very fun and easy to learn. When you first run the app, you'll be taken to the main screen. On the main screen you have a list of stats, objectives, options (volume and all that jazz) and some shameless advertising. When you click the play button for the first time you get an easy tutorial that gives you the controls, but the rest is fair game. You have to jump over fire, slide under walls and jump over holes as well as not tripping and getting caught by goblins.
To collect coins you cannot sit your iOS device down on a table, which is sort of a pain.
The game speeds up as it moves on, and there is a store with in game collected coins to buy power ups, new characters and tools to enhance your performance. You can buy coins with real money but by no means is it required. The controls are your fingers. Slide your fingers and tilt your iOS device. I love the touch screen controls. It just feels good to touch an iPod and play some Temple Run. I do not own an iPad, and I can imagine tilting the iPad being a pain; however the iCade accessory works with Temple Run. Another great feature is when you pause the game, it gives you 10 or so seconds to regain yourself when you continue a run.
Temple Run drains your battery being a 3D game. It will only last you a few hours which is forgivable considering there isn't much depth to this game to last you hours at a time.
Whether its competing with your friends, trying to beat your high score or just killing time waiting for the bus to work, almost everyone has something that they love about Temple Run. The game has never crashed for me and rarely lags, it runs very smooth. It's free with easy controls and every run is something different. Multiple modes would have been nice but this game wasn't meant to be in depth. It was meant to be a time killer and for that, it's nearly perfect as far as gameplay goes.
You are an adventurer running through a temple trying to get away with the idol...I'll just give no story for this category, because there really isn't one. While there are different characters, there's no background about those characters. It's just...Temple Run.
Graphics are very great. When running you see the trees, the temple, the fires, the ocean. The power ups and force fields that will appear look amazing as well. For Temple Run, the graphics could not get any better; and there is almost no lag.
There is volume control in the menu which is always nice. The sound effects are wonderful and realistic sounding which go against this game. The music is sort of obnoxious which is why I turn it off when I play. Also the game starts with the music on which can embarrass you in public, be sure to turn that off if playing in a public area.
Like I mentioned earlier, Temple Run's battery life is not very good. However, Temple Run is one of the most addictive games I have ever had the pleasure to play, with tons of power ups and levels, its just tons of fun.
Over 1 million people have played Temple Run. Chances are if you're reading this review you've already played Temple Run and just want to read a review but for those of you that haven't, I recommend Temple Run to anyone. Very addictive, simple to learn and play, and did I mention that it's free?
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 04/04/12
Game Release: Temple Run (US, 08/04/11)
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