There have been so many Endless Runner games released mimicking the style of Temple Run, and while some have succeeded, such as Subway Surfers, there have been a number of not-so-popular attempts too. Something we didn’t expect however was to see the same developers make the exact same game again, but change the characters and style of the game to match the film Brave.
Imangi worked with Disney to develop the great redo of the classic mobile time waster, and brought in some new features to make the game good enough to bring back the old players and also attract new players too.
There are only two new features that I have noticed in this game from playing it so far. This is of course an opinion piece and not a review. The first thing I noticed was the Archery feature that has been implemented into the title. When you are on a long straight and collecting some hard earned coins, you will find sometimes an archery icon pops up in the middle of the screen to notify you there are targets either side of the screen that you need to hit. Sometimes there will be 2, up to 5 targets to hit, and if you hit them all you get a bonus score added to your multiplier. You need to touch the right side of the screen matching the side the target is on to shoot it. Its easy at the start of the game, but once you get past 2 million points the game is getting rather fast, so you may end up missing the targets as they swoop over the screen too fast.
The second feature is one of the upgrades which seems to be changed. Although we now have only one character with different outfits instead of multiple characters as in the original title, we also have a new addition which is Increased Coin Reward. As you upgrade this stat, you will find that you get extra coins when you finish your runs, helping you save for those other upgrades a lot quicker. The same classic coin magnet and sprint still apply.
The game is good, and the graphics look considerably better than the original title, but as I have seen in the comments on various sites and the App download pages, there simply isn’t enough new stuff to make this a worthy title, and of course the original Temple Run is free, as they make their money from selling extra coins. They still sell the same coin bundles in this title, but you have to pay to buy the application as well, which is something that is not making too many people happy.
One other thing that I find is slightly strange is the fact that they have aimed at Brave for the game. This is because Brave is a children’s film by Disney. Therefore the game is being aimed at young children who I do not feel will be able to keep up with the style of the game. At the start it is fine as it is rather slow, but after a score of 100,000 the game speeds up and I feel that a young child would struggle to keep up with this style of game and require more patience from the application in order to progress. This is of course personal opinion, but I am sure many will agree. It also raises an issue that has been noted a lot in the news lately which is the fact that young children are easily able to purchase upgrades for games without the parents consent. For example in this game, the child could know the password to the iPhone or iPad Apple Account ID and simply be able to purchase a load of coins in order to quickly progress through the game by purchasing all the available upgrades.
Overall I feel that the game does not offer enough to be a great expansion to an already existing very popular title. Temple Run is played by millions around the world, and creating effectively the same thing again is not beneficial for anyone, which the ratings seem to be showing.