How to Challenge a Friend in the Game Center

Get a Great Score? Challenge Your Friends to Beat It!

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It's one thing to be good at a game.  It's another thing to put your money where your mouth is.    One of the cool features of the Game Center is the ability to challenge your friends to see who can get the highest score.  And in a neat twist, the game doesn't actually need to support challenges.  All it needs is a high score leaderboard and the Game Center will do the rest.  So how do you get on your iPad and challenge your friend to see who can get the highest score in Temple Run 2?   It's actually quite easy...

Issue a Challenge From Within the Game:

If you can easily access the leaderboards from within the game, you can issue a challenge right there.  Leaderboards are divided between the scores from all of your friends playing the game and the scores from everyone in the world playing the game.  Your friends should be listed first.  Simply tap the name of the friend you want to challenge and the screen will change, allowing you to either share the game with them or send the challenge.    

Before you make your challenge, make sure you have a respectable score on the leaderboard.  You don't want a weak score that can be easily beat.

Challenge a Friend from the Game Center:

Sometimes, it's not as easy to access leaderboards from within the game.  Or you just thought of challenging someone to beat your high score, but you aren't actually in the game at that time.   You can also issue a challenge from the Game Center app.

This process is actually quite similar to doing the same from within the game.  In Game Center, tap your Games tab at the bottom of the screen.  Locate the game you want to issue the challenge from and tap the icon.  This will bring up the leaderboard with your friends listed on the left and all players listed on the right.   Tap your friend's name and the same screen allowing you to share the game or send a challenge will appear.  

In both cases, you'll see where you rank on your friend's list.  Try to issue challenges to people further down the list.   

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