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Jan
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With over 50 million downloads and almost a million 5-star ratings, Temple Run has set the bar rather high for its successor, Temple Run 2.

As is the case with most successful games, the basic premise of Temple Run 2 is the same as the original: you're in possession of an idol that's been stolen from an ancient temple, which has angered a particularly murderous monkey who wants to get it back.

Gameplay

So what's changed? Well, the maps are more elaborate - this you can tell straight away as you zip-line your way into a brand new environment. However, the basic swipe controls remain the same as the original game.

Zip-lines aren't the only addition to the Temple Run universe though; you'll also find revolving, spike-ridden wheels of doom, sudden cliff drops, water hazards, and the odd mine train that you'll have to tilt your way through (naturally).

If you found the original game difficult, it's unlikely that the sequel will provide you with much reprieve. As you rack up more points, the pace hastens rapidly. Combine this with the additional objects that are trying to kill you throughout the map, and Temple Run 2 is a very challenging game indeed. That doesn't mean that it's not casual though, in fact you now have the chance to use up your in-game gems to resume from where you left off when you die.

After spending many months playing on the original version of the game, the new environments are a breath of fresh air, with new elements such as zip-lines, alongside a number of new obstacles such as broken rocks and water hazards, making the game far more aesthetically pleasing than the last one.

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When you get bored of your default character, you can purchase three others with in-game coins. Each character has slightly different abilities, although these aren't made too obvious during the game. It would certainly add an extra dimension to the game if one character was particularly stronger, or more agile, than others, so that you could choose based on how you play the game, but as it is, you won't notice a massive amount of difference between them.

To keep you coming back for more, the game will set various challenges, such as "run 500m without collecting any coins," which you have to complete to progress your character to the next level. This helps to increase your score multiplier, allowing you to get high scores very quickly and make your friends jealous of your insane casual gaming abilities. Still, it helps to keep the gameplay fresh, as you're aiming for more than just the highest possible score, like every other time you play the game.

Graphics

Despite making Temple Run 2 available for most devices that are capable of running Android 2.1 and above, the developers have managed to make the game look really good.

I tested the game on a range of devices with different specs (including an HTC Explorer with a 600MHz CPU and Adreno 200 GPU) and Temple Run played smoothly on all of them. In fact, the game is compatible with every Android device I've owned.

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Of course, it's never going to look fantastic on a low-end device when you compare it to a Nexus 4 or a Galaxy S III, but it's definitely smooth and fast enough to be playable without any frustration.

In-Game Store

What makes Temple Run such a popular game, aside from the addictive gameplay and visually pleasing graphics, is the combination of it being free, and devoid of frustrating ads. Of course, the money has to come from somewhere, so the developers rely on gamers to buy coins and gems through the in-game store.

What's great about this model is that if you don't want to spend any money, you don't have to; you can do everything within the game without spending a dime - it will just take you longer to progress as you play your way through.

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For those who don't want to devote a lot of time to the game, the 5000 coin pack is available for $0.99 (69p), and you can go all the way up to 400,000 coins for $19.99 (£13.99).

Conclusion

With the addition of a new environment containing some interesting elements, as well as new obstacles to trip you up, Temple Run 2 remains a very visually pleasing title that you'll quickly find yourself picking up when you have a spare few minutes in your day. The various challenges will keep you coming back for a few weeks after you've downloaded the game, and manage to keep more accomplished players on their toes for a while.

If you're looking for a nice, casual time-killer, Temple Run 2 is a no brainer. Its namesake remains one of the best games - free or paid - available for Android, so you should definitely download it and take a look.

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nabillist Nabil Shaikh

    I wasnt a huge Temple run 1 fan, but this is really good!

  • abhisahara

    The only qualm that i have with TR2 is the upgrades section. U touch anywhere (the bars or the icons or the buttons) and if you have the coins it will purchase outright. Many times i have accidentally upgraded the ability that i don't want due to this, losing coins!

    • http://twitter.com/Sp1tfirestarter Marius Oprisan

      That happened to me as well. I find the game more interesting and easier than the original Temple Run. Don't remember prices for upgrades in the original, but from what i remember some of the upgrades had huge prices, sequel seems to have decent prices.

    • OldDogeyes

      Happened to me also... spent coin on an upgrade that I didn't want at that point...

    • http://twitter.com/canoewinslow Canoe

      Agreed, happened to me. The key is to do all the coin multiplier bonuses first then upgrade everything else after. I accidentally upgraded the score multiplier by doing this. I was choked. There should just be a "are you sure?" box after you click the upgrade button.

  • discovery

    Anyone running it on the Nexus S? it's lagging with me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamalsid Jamie Sidford

      no problems on my nexus s. I am running Rasbeanjelly custom ROM with marmite kernel, OC'd @ 1096MHz with the GPU OC'd too. Might be why it runs ok for me.

    • OldDogeyes

      Try lagfix if you have root access

      • discovery

        i am rooted but it seems that stock rom doesn't support lagfix...

    • follower

      It is very smooth, no lag at all. and full visual quality.
      running stock jelly bean rooted.

  • Sqube

    I really enjoy this, but I wish there was a way to show how many gems were used in getting a particular high score.

  • James Legault

    It runs so smoothly on my Galaxy S2 x in high graphics mode. Love it.

  • gunsranger

    It lags like hell in my Xperia Neo V ;((

    • BrAdDy

      on Neo V you might need to lower the game display.. but that will spoil the good part of TR2..

  • jpfrasier

    Check out xda for a hack that gives you unlimited coins and gems.

  • Guest

    do you guys have know the link for the coin hack on XDA??

  • http://twitter.com/canoewinslow Canoe

    I cannot wait to get to Level 9, you can make your bonus 2 Gems, scores are going to get INSANE!!

  • vanessa nail

    do not waste your money on it once you pay nothing will happen. I play 975 times the game finally I decide to make the purchase once you pay you $20 nothing happen no upgrades.everything about getting the score higher fast, or getting moretime with your pprotection NONE OF THAT HAPPEN..I FEEL LIKE I HAVE WADTE ALIT OF TIME.

  • Ivo Vanavitch

    Lost all stats including 1000 gems on game crash *!? This should never happen to anyone

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