You've no doubt all heard of Temple Run, right? I reckon the game has garnered a similar cult following as Angry Birds.
All clever devs know that when you've landed a jackpot with a game and gameplay, several variants of the original are the way forward. In this case, the developers teamed up with Disney and based the newest Temple Run version on the upcoming Disney film Brave.
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S3
Android version: 4.0.4
Temple Run: Brave is quite similar to the original Temple Run in as far as the gameplay goes in the sense that you still have to jump over or slide under obstacles. Controls are similar, too, in that you swipe left and right in order to turn corners, and you tilt the device in order to collect coins.
So what's new on the Temple Run horizon? Shooting a bow and arrow à la Merida in Brave, that's what. You will see target shields pop up on the left and right in bonus rounds, and you have to be quick on your feet, erm, finger tips and tap the correct side of the screen in order to shoot the arrow.
I was bit disappointed in the sense that the goals, achievements and powerups are almost identical to the normal Temple Run version. That said, I really dig some of the powerups (the coin magnet is great), so that's a small consolation. Some of the goals are also funny and original: gold allergy for the next 100 meters, for instance.
Temple Run: Brave is not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination—on the contrary! The game is just as much fun as the original and makes for a great time killer, it's just that I was hoping for some surprising new features or elements.
If you haven't yet tried out Temple Run, I highly recommend checking out Temple Run: Brave. The app is also great for the original Temple Run enthusiasts who are looking for a few small changes. The gameplay remains the same, and it's a whole lot of fun.
Screen & Controls
In this category we can see massive improvements in the new Temple Run: Brave in comparison with the original. Clearer, cleaner, sharper and more modern overall.
The gameplay is the same, just as simple and fun to play as ever.
Speed & Stability
Temple Run: Brave lagged a few times but ran very smoothly aside from these occasional hiccups.
Temple Run: Brave costs all of EUR Cents 82, 2500 free coins included. You can buy more coins alter on should you feel so inclined, but don't need to in order to advance in the game.