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Take the Idol if you dare!
Temple Run (iPhone / iPad)
Member Name: BitterFusion
Temple Run (iPhone / iPad)
Advantages: Free, good graphics, addictive gameplay
Disadvantages: Some might find it too mindless/boring
Many of you who own an Android phone or an iPhone/iPad will probably have seen or heard of Temple Run, due to the fact that it is COMPLETELY FREE and just a little bit addictive. If not, let me introduce you to the game that will have you hooked and swiping your finger across your screen faster than you ever thought possible.
Guy Dangerous, 'just your average explorer', has stolen a golden monkey Idol from the Evil Demon Monkeys' temple. Unsurprisingly, they're not particularly happy about this and are adamant that they are going to chase him until they catch him, or until he manages to cause his own death. Can you help Guy Dangerous outrun the Evil Demon Monkeys....?
Playing the game
....well, no you can't actually. The game is infinite, and it doesn't matter how far you run or how skilled you are, you can never 'win' this game.
"So, what's the point?" I hear you ask.
Well, once you start playing, you forget that there isn't really a point to this game, and become absorbed in it.
Your job is to guide Guy Dangerous through the maze of ancient walls, decking and mossy stone, over tree roots protruding from the floor and great gaping holes, and under great big roots, flaming obstacles and other hazards. The game is wholly controlled through swiping the touchscreen. So if you want Guy Dangerous to turn left or right, you swipe accordingly. If you want him to slide, you swipe down, and jumping is swiping up. However, if you want him to edge to the either side of the path he's running on, you need to tilt your phone. You have no actual control over his running speed, and so all you have to focus on is keeping him on a safe path.
While running, there are coins that you can collect along the way, which can be spent in the game's store and they also help to increase your overall score. The further you manage to run and the more coins you collect, the higher your score. And it's as simple as that, really. One man that you need to keep alive for as long as possible in order to accumulate a greater score.
For a free game, this really impressed me in terms of the quality of the game. Although the scenery is highly repetitive, the design of the jungle is really well done. Certainly, compared to other free app games on the market, this feels very well done; the graphics look impressive, and Guy Dangerous moves fluidly through the mazes. While nothing spectacular was done with the soundtrack to this game (some bongo music in the background and the occasional grunt from your character as he jumps), this did not hinder my experience of the game in any way, as I become so absorbed in keeping old Guy alive that the can-can could have been playing in the background for all I cared, and I probably wouldn't have noticed.
In terms of controlling Guy, the game is pretty responsive to my swipes across the screen on the whole. However, sometimes, if I swiped left, the game would think that I'd swiped down, and consequently I'd slide to my death which was pretty annoying. This could have been more down to my fingers being lazy, but it is a little frustrating when the character heads in a direction you didn't intend for him to go.
As far as longevity of the game goes, you might be mistaken for thinking that it would soon become pretty boring just to repeat the same kinds of runs again and again. Fortunately, the developers of the game considered this, and included objectives to keep players on their toes. With each objective completed, your score multiplier goes up, and thus the potential to reach greater scores is gained. Some of the objectives are pretty tough as well, giving the game an extra challenge. For example, one called 'Allergic to Gold', in which you must run 1000m without collecting any gold, was particularly tough for me. Aside from the fact that it seems unnatural not to head in the direction of coins, often, turning a corner means that you unexpectedly run into a coin without being able to help it. Objectives like these meant that I continued playing this game long after I would have otherwise become bored with it.
Additionally, the ability to use your coins in store to unlock powerups adds further dimensions of interest to the game. Powerups include the likes of 'Coin Magnet' which essentially does what it says on the tin, and attracts all coins to you for a period of time. Additionally, 'Invisibility' means that you are able to run through and into obstacles without being killed for a period of time. There are different strengths to each powerup, and you can continually upgrade the strength of a powerup by spending your coins until you reach the maximum amount. As upgrading the powerups are part of the objectives, I played extensively in order to be able to afford each maximum powerup, further ensuring my interest in the game.
As well as powerups, you can also unlock utilities that can only be used once (e.g. 'Resurrection'), different playable characters, and various wallpapers. Again, unlocking the characters and wallpapers are part of the objectives, and as the characters are particularly expensive, I remained hooked on this game for some time. While you are able to cheat and buy coins with real money, I don't see the point, as you'll either love the game enough to collect all the coins you need by playing the game extensively, or not care enough to spend your hard earned cash on things in the store.
Having now completed almost all of the objectives, my interest in this game has dwindled somewhat. Nowadays I will only play it if I'm particularly bored or just fancy playing something that requires no thinking power. It is essentially a mindless game that requires very little skill, aside from being able to keep up with which way to turn next. However, if, like me, you become adamant that you're going to work your way through the objectives, you will become hooked on this game. And hey! Let's just reiterate here... it's FREE! And for a free game, it's not half bad. Go try it if you haven't already!
Summary: Nice little freebie from Imangi
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