The App Store and Google Play Store seem to always be constantly bombarded by an endless array of endless running games. There’s something appealing about earning a high score on a bus ride, or pushing forward from your previous best while pushing out your previous meal. Temple Run was one of the most popular, rivaling Angry Birds and Jetpack Joyride as essential first downloads. Seemingly out of the blue, Temple Run 2 arrived recently to take over your commute life once more.
So Real I Swear I’m in an Indiana Jones Movie
The first thing I noticed was that the game has gone through a fairly significant graphical boost. While the first game had jaggy models and bland backgrounds, this game has nice curvy paths and more luscious scenery. The characters also look much better and it makes the whole game feel fresh again.
I was ready to bash Temple Run 2 for its failure to add any new elements when I got into the cart sequence. True, it doesn’t really change much of the gameplay, but the fact that there is a little bit more variety really helps the longevity of the game.
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Alas, the additional cart segment can only do so much. Only a few games in and it is apparent that this is basically the same game that we’ve been playing for the past 2 years. While other app games manage to tackle the space frontier, Temple Run 2 remains content being the same thing it always was. Nothing is worse than complacency.
Even so, there is a reason that Temple Run (the original) is still hanging out in the app charts. It’s a simple but entertaining game that excels at keeping people busy. While Temple Run 2 may be too similar to warrant a new shiny number, it’s still the same addicting gameplay. After all, how would Temple Run: Space work anyway?