|Designer(s)||Keith Shepherd, Natalia Luckyanova|
|Engine||UnityTemple Run Engine|
|Latest version||1.4.1 1.0.2|
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Temple Run, as well as its variant Temple Run: Brave, is an endless action game developed by the Washington, D.C.-based Imangi Studios. The game revolves around several curious explorers attempting to steal an idol from a temple and being chased by "demonic monkeys". The player controls the explorers with a few simple touchscreen gestures and device tilting and aims to run as far as possible without dying. It is currently available for iOS systems, including the iPhone and the iPad, and the Android platform.
Temple Run centers around a group of wandering explorers, where one of the characters, whom you control, steals an idol from an ancient temple. You control the character's movements after they have stolen the idol. Immediately upon acquiring the idol, you are pursued by a group of malignant demonic monkeys who chase you out of the temple, thus initiating a "temple run".
There is no finish line nor are there levels; the object of the game is to run as far as possible by avoiding obstacles that require you to either jump, duck, or turn in a precise manner. While running you can also collect coins and powerups. You die from being caught by the monkeys that are chasing you, but there are numerous ways that can happen. Running into most obstacles will stop you completely, allowing the monkeys to catch you. Some obstacles will just make you stumble, which allows the monkeys to get close to you, but not catch you. If you run well, you will get back ahead of the monkeys, however if you stumble again while the monkeys are right behind you, they will catch you. You will also be caught by failing to turn with the path, falling of the path or making a turn in a direction that the path breaks.
The game is controlled by touch motions on the screen and by tilting the device.
- Jump: Swipe upward
- Slide: Swipe downward
- Turn left or right: Swipe left or right
- Move to left or right side of path: Tilt left or right
- Activate Resurrect utility: Double-tap screen
The camera is behind your character, who appears to be running away from you down the path during the game. The path takes up the majority of the screen, showing a limited amount of the path ahead so you can make decisions on avoiding obstacles and choosing which direction to turn. In the upper left hand corner is your bonus meter, which fills up and gives you a point bonus for every 100 coins you collect.
In the upper right hand corner of the screen are two counters and your Resurrect display. The top counter is your score and the one right below it is your coins. If you have a Resurrect utility, a pair of wings will display below the coin counter letting you know you can use them. The wings disappear when you use them, but will come back after 1,000 meters if you have more in your stock.
The last display item is in the lower right hand corner below the golden. You can use this pause button to pause the game. When you come back from a pause or back from leaving the game while in the middle of a run, you will start where you left off after a 3-2-1 countdown.
As you run different obstacles will be in your way, forcing you to move your character to avoid them. Some obstacles have multiple options for avoiding them, and the tutorial may only show you one way.
|Obstacle||How to Avoid||Cause of Stumbling||Cause of Death|
|Gaps||Jump||Landing close to the edge||Falling into it
Landing close to the edge while stumbling
|Large tree roots||Jump||N/A||Running into it|
|Small tree roots||Jump or run either side not occupied by the root||Running into it||Running into while stumbling|
|Tree trunks||Slide||N/A||Running into it|
|Stone gates||Jump or slide||N/A||Running into it|
|Flamethrowers||Jump or slide||N/A||Running into it|
|Path sides||Keep running||Swiping left or right||Swiping left or right while stumbling|
There are three types of terrain you will be running on and not every terrain has every type of obstacle.
- Brick path: This is the standard path that you start out on, and can contain every type of obstacle except stone gates, although tree trunks are relatively uncommon and both small and large tree roots are very common. After a certain distance, you will also encounter sides of the path being crumbled away, forcing you either jump over that portion or tilt to the good side.
- Wooden path: The wooden path is lower to the swamp, so you may not have to jump to get down to it, but makes it harder to get back up onto a different terrain. This terrain has every obstacle but tree trunks, the sides never crumble and it may give a long series of very quick turns as opposed to long straightaways.
- Stone path: This is a narrow crumbled terrain where you can run off the sides to your death. Be careful not to tilt to far when collecting coins on this terrain. Besides the sides, this terrain only has gaps and tree trunks as obstacles, but they are frequent and you may encounter many consecutive short turns as on the wooden path.
The object is to survive, while also getting the most points and coins possible. The longer you survive, the more points you acquire, and your score can be used to unlock objectives. Your score is determined by the points you earn and your multiplier. You earn points by running farther and collecting coins and powerups.
- 1 point per meter
- 5 points per coin
- 25 points per powerup
Coins come in yellow, red and blue, worth 1, 2 and 3 points respectively. Coins appear in lines along the path in the center or to one of the sides and each line usually contains 25 coins if not broken by a turn in the path or an obstacle. The red and blue coins will start appearing the farther you run and are evenly interspersed into the coin lines. When you get to the reds, they replace ten of the normal coins and when you get to the blues, they replace another ten of the yellow ones.
You also earn points by filling up the bonus meter in the upper left corner each time you collect 100 coins. The circle at the top of the meter starts out empty, and every time you fill the meter a piece is added until all three pieces are in place. The first piece is worth is 100 points, the second is worth 250 points and the last is worth 500 points. Every time you fill the meter when the circle is full, you will get an additional 500 points. Stumbling or resurrecting will cause the bonus meter to reset, in which case you must earn all three pieces again.
Finally, your multiplier is applied to every point you earn. You start the game with a 10× multiplier and each objective you earn increases your multiplier by 1, so you can have a maximum multiplier of 67× after completing all the objectives.
In addition, you can boost your coins earned (and thereby your score) with the Coin Magnet powerup, which allows you to collect more coins and multiplies their value by 2× or 3× depending on how much you upgrade it. To score well, try to complete as many of the objectives as possible as early as possible, as they have the biggest impact on your score. After that, the Coin Magnet and Coin Value powerups will help the most, as will buying a lot of Resurrect utilities to keep your run going.
Coins collected in the game can be used to purchase items in the store. These can help you prolong your run, collect more coins or let you make cosmetic changes. It is also possible to buy coins with real money through the store.
Powerups are one time purchases that permanently change effects in runs. Each powerup has five upgrade levels.
|Mega Coin: Bonus coins|
|1||500||50 coin bonus|
|2||1,000||75 coin bonus|
|3||2,500||100 coin bonus|
|4||5,000||125 coin bonus|
|5||7,500||150 coin bonus|
|Coin Magnet: Coins drawn to you|
|3||2,500||2× coin worth|
|5||7,500||3× coin worth|
|Invisibility: Run through obstacles, over gaps|
|5||7,500||Lasts 30 seconds|
|Boost: Move forward a certain distance|
|1||500||Boost 250 meters|
|2||1,000||Boost 375 meters|
|3||2,500||Boost 500 meters|
|4||5,000||Boost 625 meters|
|5||7,500||Boost 750 meters|
|Coin value: Adds double worth coins (blue) and triple worth coins (red)|
|1||500||Double coins after 1,500 meters|
|2||1,000||Double coins after 1,000 meters|
|3||2,500||Triple coins after 3,000 meters|
|4||5,000||Triple coins after 2,500 meters|
|5||7,500||Triple coins after 2,000 meters|
Unlike powerups, utilities are consumable items and you can stock up on them as long as you have the coin to do so.
|Resurrect||500||Come back to life after dying||Double-tap screen when available|
|Boost||2,500||Boost ahead 1,000 meters from start||Tap button at start of run|
|Mega Boost||10,000||Boost ahead 2,500 meters from start||Tap button at start of run|
The different characters just change the appearance and sound of the runner, but all have the same abilities.
Wallpapers can be downloaded and used as backgrounds on your phone or device.
|Evil Demon Monkeys||5,000|
Objectives are unlocked by performing certain actions during a run or by buying things in the store. Each objective you unlock adds to your score multiplier, making higher scores more easily attained the more objectives you earn. Objectives are unlocked at the runs, so even the store purchase objectives require you to at least complete one more run to obtain. At the end of runs you will be notified of any objectives you have obtained along with an update to your score multiplier and a notice of the next unobtained objective in the list.
|Novice Runner||Ran 500 meters|
|Pocket Change||Collected 100 coins|
|Adventurer||Scored 25,000 points|
|Sprinter||Ran 1,000 meters|
|Mister Run||500m collecting no coins|
|Piggy Bank||Collected 250 coins|
|Treasure Hunter||Scored 50,000 points|
|Mega Bonus||Fill the bonus meter 4×|
|Athlete||Run 2,500 meters|
|Lump Sum||Collect 500 coins|
|Resurrection||Resurrect after dying (requires store purchase)|
|Basic Powers||All Level 1 Powerups|
|High Roller||Score 100,000 points|
|Payday||Collect 750 coins|
|Head Start||Use a Head Start (requires store purchase)|
|Steady Feet||Run 2,500m without tripping|
|Allergic to Gold||1,000m collecting no coins|
|5K runner||Run 5,000 meters|
|No.Trip.Runner||Run 5,000m without tripping|
|1/4 Million Club||Score 250,000 points|
|Double Resurrection||Resurrect twice in one run (requires store purchase)|
|Money Bags||Collect 1,000 coins|
|1/2 Million Club||Score 500,000 points|
|Super Powers||All Level 5 Powerups|
|Dynamic Duo||Unlock Two Characters|
|Million Club||Score 1,000,000 points|
|Money Bin||Collect 2,500 coins|
|Fantastic Four||Unlock Four Characters|
|Sexy Six||Unlock 6 characters|
|Interior Decorator||Unlock 3 wallpapers|
|10K Runner||Run 10,000 meters|
|Fort Knox||Collect 5,000 coins|
|2.5 Million Club||Score 2,500,000 points|
|5 Million Club||Score 5,000,000 points|
|The Spartan||1 million without powerups (also cannot use utilities)|
|10 Million Club||Score 10,000,000 points|
Cheats and glitches
- Cheat codes: For iOS versions of the game before version 1.4, you can use the keyboard at the title screen. Since the 1.4 update, that feature has been disabled on all but jailbroken phones and the iPad Touch. "samhines86" unlocks permanent invincibility and "rxh7nigh" unlocks the characters.
- Infinite run: During the tutorial (turn tutorial to on in options), quickly swipe multiple times during a turn and the camera will flip around and you'll be on an infinite straightaway with no turns or obstacles. You score will continue to go up and you can collect coins through the Mega Coin powerup, but you can't keep either because the tutorial starts over if you kill yourself by running into the wall.
Temple Run: Brave
In June 2012, it was announced that Imangi Studios had tied up with Disney to promote the movie Brave with a game titled Temple Run: Brave that released on June 14 for the iOS and on June 25 for Android. Unlike the original free game, it costs 99 cents to purchase.
Temple Run: Brave is set in the forests and wild of Scotland, with the default and only character, Merida. Like the original Temple Run game, Temple Run: Brave has its own store, but different. In the Store one can buy the same boosts in the original Temple Run, and the player can upgrade them afterward, like Invisibility, Mega Coins, Coin Magnet, Double Value, and other utilities. The player can also buy gowns, dresses and armor for Merida to wear during the run, or some new wallpapers. As the original game, Temple Run: Brave's objective is to keep on running and avoiding the dangers along the way for the longest time, while being chased by a wild animal.
The all new feature for Temple Run: Brave is archery. Along the way on one's run, an archery symbol will appear and some dots above it, acting as a signal that there will be bullseyes to shoot at. The dots are the number of targets in this area. On the left and right hand sides, the player will then find archery targets; by just touching the screen, an arrow will be shot accurately on the upcoming target. When the player finishes hitting all targets in the area, they will take a coin bonus, and will have to wait for another area with archery targets.