Temple Run 2
|Temple Run 2|
|Platform(s)||iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Tizen|
Temple Run 2 is an endless running video game developed and published by Imangi Studios. A sequel to Temple Run, the game was produced, designed and programmed by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova, with art by Kiril Tchangov. It was released on the App Store on January 16, 2013, on Google Play on January 24, and on Windows Phone 8 on December 20.
As of June 2014, Temple Run 2 and its predecessor have been downloaded over 1 billion times.
Temple Run 2 features the same controls as its predecessor. However, the gameplay itself is slightly different insofar as it introduces new obstacles, such as zip-lines, mine tracks, sharper turns, waterfalls, and jets of fire. The game also features new power-ups, whose use is typically governed by an energy bar that is filled up by collecting coins, and players now have the ability to save the protagonist from death by using green gems that are collected while running, or purchased online. The game is set in a different location than the first game, and the main character runs faster. The three monkeys that chased the character in the original game have been eliminated. Now, a singular enlarged monkey called Cuchank is the sole antagonist.
The initial release featured Guy Dangerous as the default character, with Scarlett Fox, Barry Bones and Karma Lee being unlockable. In early versions of the game, Scarlett Fox must be purchased with coins, but this requirement was later dropped in an update on April 20, 2015, in support of gender equality, allowing people to play as the character immediately upon downloading the game.
In August 2013, Usain Bolt was made available for purchase for a limited-time, though this was later made permanent. In December, Santa Claus was made available for purchase, only for a limited-time.
In September 9, 2014, the character Maria Selva was released as part of a promotion with National Geographic Kids books. In October, several National Football League players were made available for purchase for a limited time.
- Guy Dangerous
- Scarlett Fox – described as a cunning escape artist
- Barry Bones – a city cop
- Karma Lee – described as the "fastest runner in the Far East"
- Sir Montague – skeletal explorer
- Zack Wonder – American football player
- Francisco Montoya – Spanish conquistador
- Montana Smith – the "second greatest explorer ever"
- Usain Bolt*
- Santa Claus
- Russell Wilson** - NFL player (Seattle Seahawks)
- Colin Kaepernick** - NFL player (San Francisco 49ers)
- Calvin Johnson** - NFL player (Detroit Lions)
- Tom Brady** - NFL player (New England Patriots)
- Peyton Manning** - NFL player (Denver Broncos)
- Cam Newton** - NFL player (Carolina Panthers)
- DeMarco Murray** - NFL player (Dallas Cowboys)
- LeSean McCoy** - NFL player (Buffalo Bills)
- Bruce Lee*
- Maria Selva
- Mrs. Claus
- Freya Coldheart - Viking from the land of Kaldr
- Sigur Frostbeard - Viking from the land of Kaldr
- Rahi Raaja
- Nidhi Nirmal
- King Fafnir
- Queen Astrid
- * - purchase required to unlock character
- ** - purchase required to unlock character, no longer available
Imangi introduced new concepts in Temple Run 2. Now, with updates Imangi started publishing new maps with different environments and music.
- Frozen Shadows : It was introduced on December 3, 2015, It was similarly based on a sub-Arctic frozen land with lots of frosted obstacles and even a frozen river slide.
- Blazing Sands : It was introduced on June 1, 2016, and its environment took place at Egyptian desert. The traditional temple was replaced with a pyramid, Egyptian temple (Hall of Kings).
- Lost Jungle : It was introduced on March 29, 2017, and its environment was based on an Indian jungle with snakes, carnivorous plants alike Venus-fly-trap named in-game "demon crocs", with a Hindu temple replacing the traditional one. Two Indian explorers Rahi Raaja and Nidhi Nirmal were also introduced in a new update.
- Pirate Cove: It was introduced on August 29, 2018 and is the fifth map to be introduced. As the name suggests, this map was likely inspired by pirates. In the temporarily free-to-play version of Pirate Cove, the environment highlights running along a beach with washed up ship fragments, treasure filled mines, and streets trimmed in gold. Two new players "Jean Benitez (Captain)" and "Simone Davies (Commodore)" were introduced along with the Golden Edition of the map, which players have to purchase with real money. The Golden Edition opens more hidden areas in Pirate Cove such as the fort, a gold treasure slide, and a dock (believed to pay homage to the original map in Temple Run). Some additional new content introduced alongside the Pirate Cove release (but not included in the Golden Edition purchase):
(1)Two new outfits: "Magnum G.U.Y." Guy Dangerous and "Castaway" Francisco Montoya, which can be unlocked by collecting 60 tokens of Magnum G.U.Y. and 30 tokens of Castaway respectively. (2) The new "Pirate Doubloon" coin skin. (3) Four sets of artifacts containing 8 artifacts in each set.
- Collecting all 8 Flora artifacts unlocks the "Blue Swirl Conch" hat.
- Collecting all 8 Fauna artifacts unlocks the "Angry Octopus" hat.
- Collecting all 8 Treasure artifacts unlocks the "Feathered Tricorne" hat
- Collecting all 8 Gear artifacts unlocks the "Cap'n Cranium" hat.
These maps could be tried for free for a limited time after their release, later players could buy them using 500 in-game gems.
However, apart from normal maps, some maps were introduced on special events and could be played only for limited time, after which users can't buy them using gems. These modified maps include Frozen Festival, Lantern Festival, Spooky Summit, Jungle Fall, Winter Wasteland, Holi Festival (March 2019), Blooming Sands (June 2019), Spooky Ridge (October 2019), and Holiday Havoc (November 2019).
- Christmas : Released on Christmas of 2015. It featured a set of Christmas artifacts, with a Santa Hat; featured a new map known as Frozen Shadows which features more and new obstacles with a frozen scenery. This event also featured alternative outfits for Guy Dangerous (Aviator) and Scarlett Fox (Mountaineer).
- Valentine's Special : Released on Valentine's Day of 2016. Features a new outfit for Zack Wonder (Romeo); a set of Valentine's artifacts with a Heart Hat. In the February 2018 update, a coin skin "Valentine's" was featured in the Coin Skins section, along with Dim Sum coins.
- St. Patrick's : Released on March 17, 2016. Featured a set of "St.Patrick's" artifacts with a Leprechaun Hat and the St.Patrick's coin skin (Shamrocks).
- Easter : Released on April 1, 2016. Featured a set of Easter artifacts with a Bunny Ears Hat; a new outfit for Guy Dangerous (Bunny Guy) and a new Easter coin skin.
- 4th of July : Released on July 4, 2016. Featured a set of artifacts with the Uncle Sam Hat.
- Halloween : Released on October 25, 2016. This event featured a new map known as Spooky Summit which is a spooky version of Sky Summit; new outfits for Guy Dangerous (Frankenguy), Scarlett Fox (Mountaineer), Barry Bones (Mummy Bones) and Karma Lee (Vampire Lee); two new characters Sir Montague and Wolfman and a set of Halloween artifacts with a Halloween Hat. In the October 2017 update, two new coin skins Halloween Ghosts and Halloween Candy were introduced.
- Spirits Cove : Based on Pirate Cove, a Limited Time Only offer of a "Spirits Bundle" containing a Spirits Cove map and Spirits Outfits is available for real money purchase through the Store. Pirate's Cove is no longer available for purchase (as of 2019).
- Spooky Ridge : Released in October 2019. Based on Frozen Shadows, a Limited Time Only offer featuring ghosts, fog, pumpkins and dark purple water.
- Holiday Havoc : Released on November 22, 2019, similar to Lost Jungle map. Features an uphill run on square blocks surrounded by fire, gargoyles; downhill snow slides and a cave run with lava rocks. This release added new characters King Fafnir and Queen Astrid and a Volcanic costume for Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, all of which are available for purchase with collected run tokens.
- Volcano Island : Released on January 8, 2020, based on Holiday Havoc map. Added Jewels and Armor items.
Development and release
Development of Temple Run 2 began in March 2012. Imangi Studios stated that the main goal of the game was to make the gameplay similar and familiar in relation to the original, while introducing new elements and creating a "redeveloped experience." According to Keith Shepherd, "Our biggest reason for doing the sequel instead of an update is that we just weren't going to be able to make these changes to the original. Under the hood, the game was completely re-written from scratch and it's now in much better shape to allow us to continue adding more to it over time." Natalia Luckyanova added "Once it became so popular, there was a ton we wanted to do to Temple Run but it really wasn't built for expansion. It's built on top of our in-house 3D engine, which is pretty limited and requires a lot of coding on our end to make any changes. Plus, we didn't want to change Temple Run too dramatically, since so many people were playing it and loving it. So we decided to make a brand new version, where we could update the graphics, play around with powers, create new environments, etc."
Temple Run 2 was announced in a surprise announcement by Imangi Studios on January 16, 2013, with the game being released in the App Store in New Zealand immediately, and an international release coming a few hours later. The Android version was released on January 24, 2013. The Windows Phone 8 version was released on December 20, 2013 with the inclusion of Xbox Live achievements. A version for Tizen was released on October 13, 2016. Within four days of its iOS release, the game had reached twenty million downloads, six million of which were within the first twenty-four hours. As of 2018, Imangi Studios continues to develop Temple Run 2 and other games from their Raleigh, NC location. 
Edge were impressed, scoring the game 8 out of 10 and writing "Temple Run 2 is a beautiful looking, natural extension of the series that never breaks stride for a second." Chris Reed of Slide to Play was equally impressed, scoring the game 4 out of 4, and arguing that it "improves on just about every aspect of the original."
Carter Dobson of 148Apps scored the game 4.5 out of 5, writing "The sequel is largely just full of minor tweaks that mostly improve the experience while leaving the addictive core untampered [...] Playing Temple Run 2 is a simple reminder of why the original was such a hit, and why it stands above all imitators. Its mechanics are still pristine. Its controls are still pretty much immaculate. The formula has been tweaked, and I think it has come out for the better." TouchArcade's Jared Nelson also gave a score of 4.5 out of 5, writing "Temple Run 2's simplicity and intangible 'something' is what made its predecessor a game that I always went back to even in the face of a smorgasbord of alternatives, and it's what will keep this on my device easily within thumb's reach for a long time to come."
AppSpy's Andrew Nesvadba gave the game 4 out of 5, the same score he had given the original, writing "The end result is a smoother experience that retains the core of Temple Run without adding too much complexity so as to alienate its base." Gamezebo's Jim Squires also scored the game 4 out of 5, writing "There are no big shifts in gameplay. There are no buzzworthy changes. At best, you can sum it up as "it's like Temple Run, but a little bit better".
Eurogamer's Owen Faraday was slightly less enthusiastic, scoring the game 7 out of 10 and writing, "The biggest flaw Temple Run 2 betrays is its conservatism. The amount of work that has gone into the game is evident, and it's hard to fault an accessible, thrilling game that offers itself to you for free - but it's so similar to its predecessor that it ultimately feels a bit unnecessary." Pocket Gamer's Harry Slatter also scored the game 3.5 out of 5 stars, writing "Endless-runners haven't really moved on since Temple Run first sprinted onto the scene. And, if anything, Temple Run 2 highlights that more than most. Where Imangi was blazing a new trail with the first game and setting trends left, right, and right again, Temple Run 2 is just another enjoyable entrant into a crowded genre."
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