Love 'em or hate 'em, successful franchises will keep coming back. This is especially true when they make for great movie crossovers like Temple Run: Brave and Angry Birds Star Wars. And now, the returning champion of endless runners is back with a new entry, Temple Run: Oz. This is, of course, a mash-up with Disney's new movie Oz the Great and Powerful, opening in theaters on March 8th.


Disney and Imangi Studios take us on a tour of the Yellow Brick Road where great peril is around every corner. You are in control of Oz as he runs, jumps, and slides to avoid obstacles while staying ahead of the Wicked Witch's flying baboons. The adventure may start on an old yellowed path, but it quickly turns towards dark forests, crumbling bridges, and even goes above the clouds in a hot-air balloon. The graphics look pretty good and the backdrops are wonderful. It's almost sad that you'll be too focused on the game to enjoy the scenery.

As in previous Temple Run games, swiping across the screen and tilting your device will maneuver Oz on his desperate dash. Unfortunately, the shooting mechanism of Brave is gone, but Oz does add something of a mini-game with the balloon ride. Once in the basket, players simply tilt to steer the vessel into rows of coins. Not only will players rack up the riches - this allows for a pleasant moment to relax before returning to land.

Of course, this is still just another Temple Run game. There is no story to speak of and no real goals other than running as far as you can. Some people are huge fans of endless runners while others dislike almost everything about them. Like previous entries in the Temple Run series, there are enough in-app purchase options that it's easy to guess how The Royal Treasure of Oz grew to be so large. If a player takes advantage of any IAPs, they can acquire gems, for use during the game, or coins to purchase power-ups, abilities, and utilities from the store. If you can't wait to break in your virtual running shoes, get over to the Play Store where Temple Run: Oz is available for $0.99.

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Anyone else tired of this franchise? Endless running games are so pointless and boring to me personally.

    • Laurence

      I mostly agree, although I do like Ski Safari :p

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I'm the same way. I find these, at best, to be interesting for about 5 minutes, and then I never want to touch them again. But, I assume, there must be a lot of people who love games that they can play for 5 minutes.
        Also, I really like Sky Safari, too. Somehow, it just doesn't feel like an endless runner to me. Everything about it is a total formula runner, but it doesn't rub my nerves raw in the same way. Though, I have finally unlocked almost everything, so I haven't played in a pretty long time.

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        Ski Safari is like crack in app form.

    • Fernando

      Since the first game of this style, I could not play 30 minutes and already found super boring.

    • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

      I played only TR2 (not the first one and not the Brave). So I'm not tired.

      But I fully agree with you that the concept of endless running must change. Example: Granny Smith (if I remember the name of the game). It is also about "running" and it is not endless.. it has levels.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Canabalt does it well, but Temple Run I am tired of.

    • Michael97F

      Temple Run 2 was fun, but I can't see myself getting sucked into another version.

    • claymo

      I played TR1, it was fun for a day.
      Then played TR2, only takes 15 minutes before uninstall.

      no more endless running in ma phone for foreseeable future!

    • fixxmyhead

      im just tired of the gay spinoffs like that disney one and this one. i REALLY REALLY hate the wizard of oz, its one of my top 3 worst movies of all time but i still like playing temple run i just dont play as much as i used to. i gotta beat my cousin its a never ending war between us

  • Kokusho

    Where 's Mila Kunis ?!

    • Himmat Singh

      Probably as an in-app purchase ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    Of course I bet that this remake won't having anything on the 1939 movie. At least for me.