If the success of the iOS version of Temple Run 2 is anything to go by, then we have a pretty good idea of what’s going to be sitting atop the Google Play free-app chart before the day’s out.
The sequel to the popular endless runner game launched on the Android platform early Thursday, promising “beautiful new graphics, gorgeous new environments and new obstacles”. And as well as running, sliding and jumping, you can now also swing on a rope and ride in a mine cart.
The iOS version of Temple Run 2 shot to the top of the free-app chart last week within eight hours of its release. Within 24 hours it had clocked up an astonishing six million downloads and on Monday, just four days after it first landed in the iOS app store, maker Imangi Studios announced it had been downloaded over 20 million times. Expect the Android version to follow suit.
Thanks to in-app purchases, Temple Run 2 has also landed in third spot in the iOS top-grossing-apps chart.
Imangi Studios’ co-founder Keith Shepherd called the response from fans of the game “overwhelming,” adding that there were plans to grow and expand it in the coming months.
The original Temple Run game has become a massive hit with mobile gamers since launching in August 2011, with more than 170 million downloads to date. That’s good going for a company that comprises just three people: Keith, his wife Natalia Luckyanova and artist Kiril Tchangov. The team is based in Washington DC and has been creating games since the company was founded in 2008.