WHAT IS IT?
Released on iOS and Android, Temple Run is a single player action adventure game developed by Imangi Studios. The object of the game - which can be downloaded for free - is to guide explorer Guy Dangerous around a seemingly endless game whilst he is being chased by demon monkeys. Using simple touchscreen movements, the player can make Dangerous jump, duck or turn in order to outmaneuver various obstacles and collect gems. The game became an instant hit with fans upon release and on Christmas Day 2012 the game was downloaded a whopping 2.5 million times!
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA:
Taking influences from the likes of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and King Solomon's Mines (1985), Temple Run had what all great games have, a simple premise that appealed to all ages. With smart phones and tablets on the rise, the game tapped into the i-Generation by presenting an easy to pick up (and hard to put down) adventure that could be played pretty much anywhere. Games would last as long as a player could keep Guy Dangerous running and could be played whilst waiting in line, whilst on the bus or whilst crashed out on the sofa.
Futuristic technology had arrived and never had its potential been so damn obvious than when playing a game so simple and fun as Temple Run.
WHAT'S THE STORY?
After escaping a temple - with a golden idol - Guy Dangerous runs and runs and runs and runs...
and runs and...
...well you get the idea.
ON THE RUN:
*Guy Dangerous wasn't the only playable character in Temple Run; other characters included Scarlett Fox, Barry Bones, Zack Wonder, Karma Lee and Franscisco Montoya.
*In 2012 Imagni Studios teamed up with Disney to produce a Temple Run spin-off based on the Pixar movie Brave.
*At the beginning of 2013 Temple Run 2 was released on iOS and Android to once again rave reviews. The game kept the same basic format of the original game, but introduced a few new elements including mine carts and ziplines.