Temple Run for iPad App Information

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Temple Run wasn't the first endless runner, but it put the genre on the map. Developed by Imangi Studios and released in 2011, Temple Run quickly became one of the most addictive games on the iPad and the iPhone. The game itself is rather simple, with your Indiana Jones-like hero running from a pack of monkeys after pillaging an ancient temple.

Endless runner games are procedurally generated, which means the actual twists and turns are completely random, creating an extra layer of replayability.

Temple Run's easy controls combined with this addictive gameplay launched it to the top of the casual games list.

But more importantly, Temple Run had a very successful "freemium" model that didn't stoop to nagging gamers or stopping game play until more money was inserted. The additions purchased through the in-app store were mostly cosmetic, and most of it could be eventually purchased via the coins gained while playing the game. As such, it has become a great model for those developers who want to go down the freemium route without constantly begging their customers for money.

Temple Run has spawned several sequels, including Temple Run 2 and Temple Run: Oz.

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Game Similar to Temple Run

So you are ready to move on from Temple Run but not quite ready to move on from that endless running game play?  Here are a few games that can satisfy that addiction:

  • Despicable Me: Minion Rush.  Perhaps the most popular endless runner at this time, Minion Rush adds those adorable minions to the mix.
  • Giant Boulder of Death. If you are looking for a humorous take on the genre that still has that same addictive quality, Giant Boulder of Death is your game.
  • Pitfall. A great game from the Atari 2600 era, Pitfall Harry made its way to iOS in the form of an interesting endless runner.
  • Sonic Dash. Another blast from the past, Sonic the super-fast hedgehog brings its own unique vision to the staple of endless runner games.

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