- Editor's Rating
- Same addicting gameplay as original
- Better graphics than original
- New mine cart mechanic a nice addition
- It's free!
- Micro-transactions dilute competitive enviroment
Quick TakeTemple Run 2 is the perfect example how clean basic game design can create some of the most enjoyable experiences on the mobile platform.
The popular Temple Run series returns for its second installment with developer Imangi playing it close to the chest. Fans of the original game will be happy to see it’s more of the same; siding winding through continuous randomly generated levels populated with traps to avoid and coins to collect.
The controls are relatively the same as well, though they’ve added the ability to turn by swiping to turn. It’s allowed the levels to offer an even greater depth of turns and twists, which can be a bit jarring at first, but is enjoyable once you get used to it. The game also still allows players to lean to the right or left by tilting the device, which enables more precise control as well.
Graphically the game is much cleaner than its predecessor, and even offers a few new traps and mechanics. The new mine cart mode in particular helps to mix things up and is a nice surprise when it shows up in any run. However, despite these changes Temple Run 2 still feels the same as its predecessor, which is a good thing.
The only serious drawback to the game is its micro-transactions, which can dilute the game’s competitive element. With player’s being able to buy gems and coins to gain an unfair advantage, there is no way to tell if a player’s score is a product of their skill, or cash flow.
However, if you can get past this single roadblock, the game is simple clean and fun. Certainly worth the free download and a bit of your time. Besides, you can’t beat the price! Temple Run 2 is free and available for iOS, Android, and the Amazon’s Fire operating system.