Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Temple Run 2

 
If you have anything that starts with an "i" and fits in your hand, it's very likely that you own Temple Run. It's easy, addicting, fun, and free, so if you don't there's no reason for you not to. It is one of the most popular games on iOS, and if you're looking for some more unknown free games, you can look here. But this isn't about Temple Run, it's about its aptly named sequel, Temple Run 2. The question is, is it worthy enough to delete the original, or am I just wasting my time?

The first thing that's noticeable (and probably expected) is the graphical improvement. The 3D characters are a little more fleshed out (though you will not be able to play as the football player this time), and the environments are more detailed and varied. This boost in aesthetics means that some of the older models may not be able to run this, so double check if you're running on a dated piece of hardware. For most people though, the improved looks are beneficial rather than hurtful.

The next thing that you'll want to notice is the changes in gameplay. They're not huge, but they couldn't just make a reskinned Temple Run and tell people it's a sequel. New additions to the fast-paced formula include ziplines and minecarts, plus an altered take on the power-ups (you hit a button once you collect it, it's not automatic anymore) which adds a wee bit o' strategy to the mix.


These are all well and good but there is one thing that bothers me. In the original, everything can be bought with the coins you earn in your runs, and the prices weren't so ridiculously high that you had to use real money. Yeah, you could spend a few bucks if you were a little impatient and just needed to buy the Asian chick, but besides that you could earn the upgrades through repeated plays, which was easy because of the addiction that has gripped millions.

That system is still here in Temple Run 2, with a slight twist: little green gems. These upgrade your powerups much quicker than coins, and can revive you after you inevitably fail. You need to buy these, however, and that ruins it a bit. It takes away some of the dignity of getting an absurdly high score, because if you pay for these things you can kind of cheat your way into another million or two. Despite this, Temple Run 2 is still an improvement over the original, which was probably expected. The best thing about it is that it's still free, and still fun, and if you were doubting it or debating whether or not to get it, there's not much reason for you not to.

Find it on iTunes | Google Play

Developer: Imangi Studios

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