Run forest...I mean temple.
Grab the idol, then run like Indiana Jones trying to get away from a sixty year old Karen Allen (now there’s a Hollywood babe that didn’t keep her looks). Jump, slide and turn left or right. That’s it for Temple Run, the iApp that stole a week of my life back in January.
As another in the long line of endless running iPhone games, Temple Run once again proves that the simple concepts, when executed well, can be the most addictive.
With no real control over your running speed, all you can do is simply ‘swipe’ one of the four movements that enable you to avoid the various obstacles set to challenge you at every turn. Time things right and you’ll jump a troublesome tree root, skid deftly under a fiery wall or nip through a hole in a tree.
Hot on your heels is an angry horde of monkeys who’ll forgive you the occasional stumble but will take you down quicker than a Welsh rugby player when he’s found out you’ve been playing the ‘sausage’ game with his missus if your timing is out too many times in a row.
Achievements are a-plenty and indeed necessary. For each one gained your multiplier is added to, increasing your scoring potential from the thousands in early games to millions later on.
“Alright, leave me alone. You're not my real dad”
Dotted in long lines of OCD inducing patterns are coins. These can be used to purchase items to help prolong your running time or add directly to your score. There’s speed boosts, resurrection wings, coin multipliers and coin magnets. If you’re desperate to make your way up the scoring ranks quickly you can even spend real money on these power-ups. But where’s the fun in that, eh?
Temple Run has a good learning curve and a well-balanced game structure, with things starting slowly before sending you insane with that ‘one more go’ feeling, knowing that your last death was completely avoidable if you’d just been concentrating slightly better.
You'd do a lot worse than grab this if the likes of Mirror's Edge is your type of thing. Just be committed to writing off a good week of your life beforehand!