An iPhone game—the perfect waste of time while walking to class, on a train, or when you’re on the john. If you’re anything like me though, you wont settle for any ole’ crappy game, one of those games with poor graphics and just awful control handling. My personal poison right now lies in the game Temple Run made by Imangi Studios. You can probably guess what the game entails based off of the title; you run through a temple. This is something that I felt had been done many times but this game is filled with achievements, power-ups, and well made controls to make the whole gaming experience fun.
The design of the game is simple: You’re in a temple; you have to jump/slide under obstacles, collect coins, and follow sharp turns in the game. The controls are definitely something that I think makes the game. To jump you simply swipe up on you’re iPhone or iPad, to turn which way you’re going you simply swipe which direction you want to turn when presented with a turn. Sliding under obstacles is similar to jumping where you simply swipe down. Coins are collected by either leaning left or right by tilting your iPhone in the corresponding direction or just keeping your straight ahead path. Putting all of these things together while slowly increasing your speed, as you progress in the game your character begins to run faster, can make this game very intense and very addicting. These controls don’t seem like anything out of the ordinary but the fact that they work with absolutely no bugs. Most games that I’ve played similar to this have buggy controls and the presentation of the game is poor. Temple run is different to this though where the game runs smoothly and has fun game play with little to no bugs.
Like stated before, the game also features a nice list of achievements that makes you feel rewarded when you progress through the game. The achievements run from simple tasks such as running 1k without collecting coins to challenging goals such as reaching 5 million points. The game also has a system of power-ups and different characters that you can purchase from the coins you collect during the game. The game is available for free on the App Store so there really is no reason why you should not check it out.
Sorry Android users, iOS only for now.