Temple Run is one of the biggest mobile gaming titles to have been created in the modern day and with the lure of being able to not only play on the move but the simplistic gameplay opened up the title to gamers of all ages and abilities, making it truly one of the greatest free games on the market.
Given the chance to become a fearless explorer that enters deep into the ancient temples in the hunt for treasure, you quickly become empowered with the sense of desire to escape with your priceless gold relic taken deep from the heart of the tomb but with you not being the only thing in that temple, will you be able to escape alive?
Created by developers Imangi Studios the game offered easy to use controls as a huge selling point towards their push to reach the mass market and with the gamification elements such as unlocking new runners for the never ending running game, there is always an achievement waiting for you to complete.
Cleverly brought to market as a free gaming title, downloads of the title were flying out of the virtual shelves, racking up millions of downloads within days of release with players across the globe scrambling to get their hands on the must have mobile game of 2012.
Unlike many of the other free mobile gaming titles on offer within the countless virtual stores that supply the world’s most popular smartphones and tablets, Temple Run offered advertising free action that was perfect for almost any time of the day, whether that be during a trip to school or work or even just sat at home with a little time to spare, the game was fast paced enough to ensure that whenever you wanted to take on the challenge, you only needed a matter of minutes.
With the popularity of Temple Run shooting past the scope that Imangi Studios ever imagined, they have since expanded their game series with the release of themed running games that still carried their brand, such as Temple Run Brave as well as Temple Run Oz, both of which targeting younger audiences within their community after being approached by their respected owners.
With the original Temple Run being so popular with mobile and tablet device gamers, Imangi created the need to be able to better themselves once again to ensure that they could keep their grasp of the fragile gaming market share that they held in the mobile industry with their sequel game, Temple Run 2.
Their second extension of the game brought new characters, better gameplay and new challenges to the table for their loyal fans that continued to push the title high into both the Google Play and iTunes app store charts, keeping them riding high while they competed with another hit title, Angry Birds at that time.
Although Temple Run 2 offered a new feel to the original title and Imangi Studios looked to push their original followers into the newer version, the first day impact within the markets was not as heavy as they believed it would be, hoping that their player base would race to be the first to get their hands on the new release but instead the game split opinion as to whether it was a successful move forward for the game or whether the new release was still needing to be worked in order to pull their gamers over.
Temple Run Online
Temple Run has always been created just for the mobile and tablet gaming markets however with the popularity of the game continuing to simmer in the competitive market that is freemium gaming, we have seen that Imangi Studios have looked to branch out their appeal, sanctioning the creation of physical arcade machine style remakes of the game which are designed to offer prize tickets to the user however there are no clear indicators that show that they plan to bring Temple Run online any point soon.
Although Temple Run may not be available to play online, free online game developers are racing to try to re-create the gameplay that Imangi have captured within their title, sparking the growth of the free online running game market within both Flash and Unity 3D style gaming sites.