A shock smartphone smash, the unique Temple Run was the unbiased sport that wouldn’t cease promoting. After a sluggish begin, it picked up pace by means of word-of-mouth, accelerating right into a dash with movie star endorsements on Twitter, and shortly took up residence on the high of the App Retailer charts. Its reputation has waned a little bit since its peak, nevertheless it’s nonetheless promoting, and at the moment boasts over 170 million downloads on Apple and Android units.
How, then, do you observe such successful? When you’re developer Imangi Studios, you make a sequel, after all. It’s instantly evident the place among the cash has been spent: this can be a a lot better-looking sport than its predecessor, with strikingly detailed environments and extra assorted degree topography. Your intrepid archaeologist now sprints away from an enormous demonic ape as an alternative of a number of smaller ones, and periodically glides down ziplines and hops into minecarts as his journey calls for.
In any other case, it appears little has modified. Your function as an avaricious Indiana Jones-type adventurer is all however an identical: he routinely runs down an countless labyrinth of paths in an finally doomed try to flee his simian foe, and it’s your job to to swipe, tilt and faucet to assist him flip corners, slide beneath obstacles and leap over obstacles. All of the whereas, you’re amassing cash that feed each into your rating and a cumulative complete, reserved for objects and upgrades that offer you a greater likelihood of reaching a higher distance in your subsequent run.
Sadly, like its hero, Imangi has succumbed to greed, like a wide-eyed Elsa Schneider rejecting Indy’s hand to know for the grail. An extra forex within the type of gems means that you can restart from the place you fell, and although subsequent recoveries are progressively costlier, cash-rich gamers can exploit each this and the improve system to easily purchase excessive scores. The visible overhaul, in the meantime, has undesirable side-effects, inflicting noticeable stutters on older and making obstacles tough to parse at excessive pace. The unique might look a little bit unhewn by comparability, however there’s a readability its sequel lacks.
It’s not possible to disclaim the frisson generated each time you cheat demise by a pixel’s width or a hundredth of a second: at its core, Temple Run remains to be a breathlessly thrilling sport. Equally, nevertheless, it’s laborious to not really feel a little bit cheated by a decidedly unambitious follow-up that has its eye firmly educated in your pockets.