I have to admit that I'm not a big gamer on Android. While I tried a couple of games ever since I switched to my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I simply do not have the time to play lots of games on the device. If I'd commute to work every day I'd probably change my mind about that, but at home, I prefer to play games on the big screen.
Temple Run 2 has been released and it is one of those games that everyone is talking about right now. Last week's iPhone release of the game was already downloaded more than 20 million times and it is very likely that the Android version will continue that success story for developer Imangi Studios.
The game puts you in the role of an Indiana Jones type archaeologist or his female pendant being pursuit by a Gorilla . It is the player's task to make sure that the protagonist stays on track so to speak. This is done not only by tilting the phone to the left or right to move the character automatically, but also by swiping motions on the screen to grab zip lines, dodge below obstacles, jump over walls or turn.
The game would quickly become boring if this was all it it about. To make things more interesting, achievements were added to the game. You get extras for running a certain distance, collecting a certain amount of coins and other feats that become more difficult as you get better in the game.
You can use the coins you earn to purchase upgrades, like becoming a coin magnet or filling the power bar faster. You can also spend coin on unlocking new characters, two female one male, that you can play with instead.
You will stumble upon new game elements the further you run. You will jump into a mining cart for instance which may remind you of the infamous Indiana Jones movie scene where Doctor Jones drives down a mine in such a cart.
The game is fun for a while. You run, jump, dodge and collect coins and try to get better. The randomness of the level makes it more enjoyable but also difficult at the same time as you never really now what is going to happen next.
The swiping motions on my phone sometimes did not work correctly, can't say if this has been caused by my phone or something else. What I do not like is that you can't change the screen orientation; the previously reviewed Pitfall game offered a better solution in my opinion.
Still if you liked the first part you will probably like the second part of Temple Run as well.
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