Casual games are all the rage with touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets. Temple Run is one such title, and the runner has actually soared to popularity on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, garnering a million downloads on its first three days alone after launch on Google Play, and a total of 100 million downloads in its first year. The game has since had a spinoff, based on Disney’s Brave animated film. Just yesterday, Imangi Studios released version two of the wildly popular running game.
The game’s sequel was first launched in New Zealand, and will be made available to the rest of the world thereafter. The game has been updated with new gameplay features and storylines. The landscape is more diverse, and gameplay is made more exciting by new obstacles and traps.
Imangi Studios says the game features better graphics, new characters and special achievements. Oh, don’t forget the bigger monkey!
- Beautiful new graphics
- Gorgeous new organic environments
- New obstacles
- More powerups
- More achievements
- Special powers for each character
- Bigger monkey!!!
Folks who are not too excited with the basic gameplay can purchase upgrades in-game upgrades, which include Coin Value, Coin Magnet, Shield Duration, Pickup Spawn, Boost Distance, Power Meter and more.
A few points to note:
- The game eschews the traditional rainforest and temple setting, with the temple now starting high in the sky, almost at level with the clouds. This adds a host of new gameplay possibilities, including sliding down ziplines.
- Players also get to ride a mine cart, which you will need to steer through a mine zone.
- The game gets three new characters, apart from Guy Dangerous, which gives you four characters to play with, in total.
- Interface is more fluid, and animation has been improved.
- Download only the official version. The game has actually spawned a lot of copycats. While there’s nothing totally wrong with developing a game based on an already-popular gameplay mechanics, may we warn you against downloading from unofficial or unknown sources, which may be riddled with malware.
The initial release of Temple Run 2 is an iOS exclusive, but Imangi has promised that the Android variant — for both smartphones and tablets — will be out on Google Play next week. As before, the app is a freemium download, which means you can download it free, but will need to make in-app purchases when you want premium content. Check out the video below.