Temple Run 2 by Imangi Studios follows the steps of the original Temple Run by offering an endless running game that not only plays well, but has had a huge overhaul in the graphics department. Endless running games have a huge market on Android and iOS devices, and the reason for this is that they are so easy to pick up and play for a few minutes while wanting to pass a little bit of time.
So, with the huge amount of these games available on both stores, why should anyone play Temple Run 2? Well, apart from the new graphics and sound, the game has kept the winning formula and offers the player a great challenge with a game that has you screaming “just one more go” at every opportunity.
Temple Run 2 has set the bar high for endless running games. The idea is to keep running, collect as many coins as possible and avoid the many dangers that litter the path ahead. The developers have added the ability to continue a game by using gems that you also pick up on your journey, and it’s this one simple option, tied to a list of objectives that make the game insanely addictive.
The vast majority of the game the player will be running through a landscape that is much like running along the parapets of a fort or castle, or through an urban landscape of trees and rocks. Along the pathway will be obstacles such as rivers, huge wheels with spikes, low bridges, narrowed paths and much more. At the end of every little stretch will be 90 degree turn, and the idea is that the player will swipe various ways in order to keep running.
When the player has the option to turn, they must swipe left or right, when there is an obstacle in the path they must swipe upwards to make their chosen player jump, and when there is something low and overhanging they must swipe downward to slide. In addition to the swipe actions, the mobile device can be tilted in order to make the character on-screen be either to the left, middle or right of the pathway, in order to collect the coins where-ever they may be laying. At certain points in the game the character will jump onto a mining-cart that rolls down tracks at speed. Along the tracks there are more coins to be picked up, and some parts of the tracks will be missing so the player has to tilt the mobile device left or right. Just as in the countryside levels, there will be times when the need will be to tilt left or right in order to miss dead-ends or crash into walls.
With the addition of the train-track like sections, Temple Run 2 becomes a different game to the original version, and is altogether more fun and has a lot more to keep the player coming back for more.
Temple Run 2 looks like a totally different game to the original Temple Run. The liner shape to the game has changed, and now the tracks that the player runs along have sweeping bends and hills and dips. The game looks much more organic and the variety on offer keeps the player interested at all times.
The graphics are well designed and the use of color and shading means the game has quite a unique style in the world on endless running games. The graphics are not without some problems though, as pop-in can be seen on quite a few occasions during gameplay. The developers have tried to hide this by making mountains etc fade-in, but all too often your route just pops up in front of the player.
As in the original game, the sound is exciting and suits the gameplay by being fast and frantic, keeping up with the speedy gameplay. In addition the sound effects are nicely done and complement the gameplay.
For a game with no other object that trying to get as far as you can, Temple Run 2 is a master-class for other programmers of such games. It offers well balanced gameplay, an abundance of unlocks that are genuinely useful to the games mechanics, and has enough for every gamer to enjoy, regardless of age of gender. Temple Run 2 is one of those games that every gamer will have on their mobile devices at some point, and regardless of if the game is played on an Android device or a iOS device, the experience is identical and should be experienced by everybody.