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Mar
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After countless bad copies, the official Temple Run game has finally hit the Google Play store! Like the iOS version, it's available for free and contains no adverts anywhere in the game. You can, however, make in-app purchases of coins to help you buy various items from the store as you progress. We'll cover that in a bit more detail later on, but for now, let's jump right in to the review!

Gameplay

When you load Temple Run for the first time, you're thrown straight into a game with a few pointers that allow you to get to grips with the controls and the aims of the game. Put simply, you've stolen a cursed artifact from the temple, and you have to make your way through its walls whilst being chased by an angry hoard of evil demon monkeys (seriously) who want to eat you for dinner. Of course, the monkeys aren't all that you have to contend with as you play the game. In fact, if you're playing it remotely well then you probably won't see them too much as they'll be too far behind to cause you any hassle.

As you make your way around the temple, you can maneuver your character by tilting your phone left and right to collect coins which lie on the ground. These coins can be used to purchase items such as characters, power-ups, and utilities from the store.

To mix things up and stop the game from becoming too repetitive, you will have to hop over tree trunks and slide under barriers that are blocking your way throughout the temple, and be ready to leap over gaps in the course too! Some parts of the temple will have barriers at either side of where you're running to prevent you from having too much fun with the accelerometer and sending your poor character off to swim with the fishes, but as you progress further you will be running on thinner ground where it is much easier to fall off.

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The controls are very simple and easy to master; just think of your screen as a big D-pad with four basic controls. To move left and right, you simply swipe in the direction which you want to go. Jumping over tree trunks and other obstacles can be done with a swipe up, and finally you can swipe down to slide under some obstacles.

So where does the game end? How do you complete it? Essentially, Temple Run will go on for as long as you can run around the temple's walls, but like the iOS version there are 36 achievements which can be unlocked as you go through the game. These achievements range from running certain distances in a game to collecting a certain amount of coins and unlocking various items from the store.

In-Game Store

The in-game store is split into four different categories: power-ups, utilities, characters and wallpapers. Different items within the store require a different amount of coins to purchase, ranging from just 250 to 25,000.

Purchasing power-ups will make it easier to score higher when you're playing Temple Run, as they place various items on the wall that you can jump in to whilst you're running. The utilities section includes items such as resurrection wings that will allow you to come back to life if you die whilst wearing them, and you can also buy boosts from here that allow you to start the game with 1000 or 2500 meters already covered.

There are 7 characters to choose from in the store, and these cost either 10,000 or 25,000 coins. Wallpapers aren't available on the Android version of the game just yet, but these cost 5000 coins each on the iOS version so you can expect the pricing to carry over when they become available in a future update.

If you don't want to collect the coins yourself or just happen to have some money lying in your bank account that you have to spend, you can buy more coins through an in-app purchase. The cost of the coins is the same as the iOS version, starting at $0.99 for 2500 coins and increasing to $19.99 for 200,000.

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Performance

I've been testing Temple Run on a Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo running Android 2.3.4, and so far I've found the performance of the game to be great. In the past I've played the same game on the iPhone 4S, so I expected to see a performance drop when going to a mid-range Android device, but the developers have done a really great job of optimizing the game for different phones across the board.

Considering that this is a 1.0 release of the game, there aren't that many bugs to complain about. As the Xperia Neo has a slightly strange aspect ratio, with a resolution of 480 x 854, some of the content that should be displayed on the edges of the screen, such as the 'Store' and 'More Coins!' buttons appears to be slightly cut off. I assume that the developers have optimized the game for phones with a more conventional aspect ratio, but it's an issue that will hopefully be addressed for the Neo and phones with similar displays in a future update.

Summary

Minor issues aside, playing Temple Run has been plain sailing for me so far. The game looks great on Android, and it's really responsive to the touch screen; I've not witnessed any lag at all when controlling the in-game characters.

As Temple Run is available for free without any adverts stopping you from fully enjoying the game, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking for a new casual game to play on the go. It's great fun and you don't have to spend money on coins if you don't want to, but be warned: it's highly addictive!

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • Kyle Kaestner

    I'm running it on the Nexus, and the game closes on me when I tap on "run again" more than 50% of the time. Still a fun game, just needs some polishing in that regard.

    • http://idante.ro Dan P.

      Same here on Galaxy Nexus. I can add tap on "menu" also

    • Aaron

      I've found it closes when you tap Run Again after coming from the store. If you go into the store, then back, press Main Menu, then press play from there. An extra step, but at least it doesn't close all the way.

    • http://www.comichippo.com Savita Bhabhi

      Same here on Galaxy S with Android 2.3.3 . However when I tap extreme right of the "Run Again" it works properly ( most of the time ) . Still this needs to be fixed .

  • koniczynek

    Too soon - crashes all the time on my LG P920.

  • http://justreboot.wordpress.com deidein

    several devices are showing lag/bugs/glitches/freezes/closes w/ this release. I hope the fragmentation issues don't discourage Imangi away from Android.
    Setting your governor to 'conservative' has been said to help with some of the issues/lag.

    ...tee hee, i got a review out before AP did... d'oh they have 1000000 times the readership i do lol

  • http://androidpolice.com John Thompson

    I guess I was one of the lucky ones when it came to any performance issues, then. Hopefully, Imangi can iron out some of the more serious ones pretty soon.

    It's a really positive start, though. I was surprised to see it running as well as it did on the Neo.

  • Greg

    Crash, crash, crash...really takes away from enjoying the game...sigh.

  • Robert

    No Razr Maxx support.

  • Alexis

    Runs fine on my Defy running Cyanogenmod 7.1.

  • Perry A

    Haven't had any crashes on the Samsung GS2 Epic 4G Touch with Android 2.3.6. Hopefully they'll smooth it out for everyone soon.

  • Martin

    no issues other than purchasing upgrades, need to tap like 3-4 times. runs great otherwise. xperia S

  • minnieme

    why cant i find it in the android market :(

    • http://justreboot.wordpress.com Dei

      use the link in this post, or search for 'temple run imangi studios'

  • natetheduck

    Pretty fun game, and no problems yet on my N1.

    I absolutely hate tilt controls though.

  • NuclearWinter

    I'm surprised that your review didn't mention the complete lack of leaderboards or friend highscores for the Android version.

  • http://www.cricketusers.com Keri

    Running 4.0.3 on my Galaxy Nexus and the game just randomly stops in the middle of running and then closes. I've also had part of my graphics turn purple....

  • Atul

    No problem at all on my sgs2.

  • Vikramaditya Rai

    Smooth so far on my Xperia Arc running 2.3.4!

  • Chromie

    Running smooth on Htc Hd2...but i dont like this game.

  • falconator

    No known problems yet on my A500. Running Thor ICS rom.

  • Waqas

    Temple run does not work on my samsung galaxy ace. I know why its because my phone is version 2.3.3. Is it possible that you could tell imangi studios to bring out the game on my version? Many people were waiting for temple run to come out on android but they got really annoyed when they found out it didnt work on their phones!

    • Go

      it is not to the fact that you have android version 2.3.3, the official version of temple run works on android 2.1 upwards but it is MAINLY compatible with armv7 phones. i have Xperia x8 on android 2.1. Xperia X8 and Samsung Galaxy Ace are armv6 phones.

  • http://www.igcent.com/ Crysis 3

    I just downloaded this game and already love it!

  • Jasondeloya

    can u play this on the exhibit 2 4g?

  • Krh5730

    Can up get it on galaxy s captivate? I'm getting one monday but I got a atrix too and it works great