Temple Run

If you have an iPad and want to challenge your reflexes, you should’ve downloaded this free app by now. It was the most downloaded app in December 2011 and it eventually became the top grossing app.

Since I’m feeling lazy to describe the game and its objectives in my own words. I’ll just quote Wikipedia:

The game centers around Guy Dangerous and other explorers that steal an idol from an ancient temple. The players control the characters and to begin the game the player must take the idol. However, the player’s efforts to steal the treasure seem futile when a group of malignant demonic monkeys pursue the player out of the temple, thus initiating a “run.” The object of the game is to run as far as possible by avoiding obstacles that require the player to either jump (slide finger forward), duck (slide finger backwards), or turn (slide finger to the right or left) in a precise manner. While all of this is happening, the player will be pursued by the “demonic monkeys”. While playing, the player is required to tilt their device either to the left or the right to collect coins. These coins are primarily in the shape of a yellow diamond but according to their point value, they can also be a red diamond or a blue diamond, which is interpreted as a 2-point coin or a 3-point coin, respectively.

The coins the player collects in the game can be spent in the game’s “store”. At the store the player is able to purchase upgrades for allowing powerups that are acquired in the game more beneficial, as well as perks and unlockable characters and wallpapers. Also, in game play the further a player continues surviving the higher score, they get points. However, the points a player collects in their score can only be earned to unlock objectives. One’s score is determined by one’s distance and five times the number of coins collected, both times the number of objectives unlocked (plus 15). The formula is:
s = (o + 15)(d + 5c)

Coins can be earned in game play to unlock objectives, and can also be spent at the store.

There you go.

Now that you know what it is, I have to say that sometimes I feel the game is repetitive, but that doesn’t stop me from playing again and again trying to earn a higher score. =)


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