Temple Run 2 is a sequel to the wildly popular Temple Run, obviously, and is fast becoming just as sought after as its older brother. It builds on the great elements of the original and adds some additional extras as well.
The first thing you’ll notice as an improvement is the upgrade in the graphics and the aesthetic appeal of the game. The colors are rather brilliant and the backdrops incorporate a fair bit more detail to really play off the floating lost city. The landscape shows a marked improvement and the usual hilly roads now boast a terrain with more dimension and depth. There is also the addition of landscape features such as waterfalls or scenic views so you’ll feel that this might lend a tad more realism to the repetitive setting of the first iteration. The new version also employs more options for mobility such as a mine cart to use to travel or the option to zipline from one area to another. You can slide down the ropes or the carts can help you to wind through the tracks within the caves.
The downside of these visual upgrades means that they draw a bit more memory and thus might cause a slight lag when your phone’s other functions kick in. The game might experience a bump if there is an incoming text or email and it might even kill your player off. Stupid texts.
Controlling the game remains the same in the new version – you will still use the swiping controls to turn and navigate around hazards that are in your path. You’ll want to escape the statues that breathe fire and you’ll need to hop around the rocks jutting out. If you use the tilt function you will be able to steer the carts and pick up items that line the paths such as coins or gemstones. If you pick up enough coins, you’ll be able to use them to purchase upgrades or unlock other characters beyond the original four that you are given at the beginning of the game. Each character comes with its own extras so they might be worth the buy. Gemstones will let you continue playing if your character should meet its demise…like if you get a text, for example.
These options weren’t available in the original which kind of cheats players out of achieving these thing through skill alone. You can fix your problems by throwing money at them? Defeats the aspect of game fantasy slightly, doesn’t it? Still you do have to earn the coins and gemstones and the gems are far less plentiful. So there’s that.
Overall, the upgrade is a pretty good iteration. It does truly improve upon the visuals and provides a better environment in which to play. It’s awesome that you can simply use the same controlling mechanisms that were the standard in the first version so you don’t have to figure that all out. Fans of the first one will be delighted with what has changed as well as with what has not, essentially. If you’re coming to the game with your skills already intact, you’ll feel a bit cheated by the fact that players that haven’t practiced their way to the top will now be able to buy their way up there, though.