Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.0.4
The first thing I notice is that there's something about the Temple Run aesthetic (the font, the overall feel) that reminds me not only of Indiana Jones, but of the game Doom. Secondly, I quickly learn that the game itself is as simple as can be: the goal is to evade a bunch of monkeys that are intent on eating you up.
The setting – as the app's name suggests – is a temple and its grounds. Along the way you will encounter lots of obstacles and hurdles which you must overcome by jumping, sliding on the ground and ducking left and right. To do so, simply swype across the screen. The further you advance the more obstacles you will have to contend with.
Try to collect as many coins as possible (by tilting your device left and right) so that you can purchase power ups. These include speeding you up for a 250 metre run and activating other characters.
You can also attain objectives such as 'Sprinter' if you run 1000 metres, or 'Basic Powers' which you will get when you have collected all power ups in level 1.
Gaming stats include your high score, the longest run you've achieved and the amount of coins you've collected.
Temple Run is an easy-to-play and we predict it will continue on its course of success in the App Store / Play Store. Anyone can pick it up and jump right in, which is part of the appeal, I think. While it isn't my cup of tea, I'm not at all surprised that the game is doing so well: it's well made and a perfect casual game for those 'in between' moments.
Screen & Controls
Temple Run works in a similar way as Angry Birds: controls are simple and intuitive and there are a few key gestures that can be learned and applied easily.
Graphically the game doesn't knock us off our feet, but it's perfectly nice to look at.
Speed & Stability
Temple Run has been running smoothly ever since the update to version 1.0.1. It no longer crashes or lags. It's always nice to see ameliorations being made to an app!
Temple Run is available for free, so thumbs up for that. Powerups can be bought with coins you've collected, but you certainly don't need them in order to keep playing.