Temple Run speeds its way onto Google Play


Android users, the wait is over. The wildly popular iOS game, Temple Run, is now available for download on Google Play.

“We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios, the game’s developer. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players.”

If you haven’t already heard of Temple Run, it’s a ridiculous simple but addictive (that’s the classic formula, huh?) game that has your character running out of a Indiana Jones-esque temple and escaping “Evil Demon Monkeys” that come chasing after. Why do they want you, you ask? Well, apparently your character has stolen an important golden piece of craft and those monkeys want it back. But you’re not gonna let ’em off that easy, are you?

The gameplay is quite intuitive. As your character starts to run, you will encounter breaks in the road, tree branches, fire rings, and edgeless paths. Your job is to make quick decisions for the character by selecting up, down, left, right to make he or she turn toward a certain direction or dodge obstacles so you can’t be slowed down. If you do run into an obstacle, the monkeys will inch closer. One more crash and the monkeys will teach you a thing or two about stealing from their kind.

There are also gold coins and power ups along the run, which you can get by tilting your phone left and right or swiping up to make them jump. The long you continue your running streak, the harder the levels become and the faster you run. We’re pretty sure there’s no end to the game and your character will just run for as long as he or she can, so it’s not all too clear whether your character would eventually ever make it away from the demon monkeys. But the high scores are something to boot, and you can unlock different running characters as you play.

Temple Run was released in the iTunes App Store since August of last year, and became a popular sensation by the year’s end. It has certainly taken a long time for the app to translate to the Android platform. During this wait, many copycat apps appeared in the online shop formerly known as the Android Market. The issue is the same as the one Apple has been facing with fake apps trying to replicate popular games on the iTunes App Store.

Expect the file size to be on the larger side; Temple Run will take up approximately 26 MB per download. In comparison, Angry Birds Space is about 23 MB and Draw Something is a mere 5 MB. But if you want to diversify your range of crazy addictive gaming apps on your phone, be sure to add Temple Run to your mix.