There are plenty of quality iPhone games out there, but it’s only on a rare occasion that we get treated to one that’s just completely unputdownable. Like many before it, Temple Run takes a very simple concept, and adapts it perfectly for the small screen.
At its base level, Temple Run is an infinity runner game. You’re a generic Indiana Jones wannabe type, and at the start of the game you run out of a tunnel chased by zombie monkeys. The man does the running for you, as you jump, slide, and direct him around obstacles on a narrow path.
The controls are slick and swipe-friendly, and the gameplay is very fast, fluid and responsive. The general rule seems to be that if you cock up twice, it’s game over for you and feeding time for the monkeys. To help you delay this inevitable fate, you can unlock power-ups for your character as you play through the game, eventually levelling them up into something of a mad sprinting demi-god.
As the game goes on, the obstacles come thicker and faster, but never to the extent that it feels unfair. Adding to the challenge is the option of collecting coins along your path to build up your score, but once you get past the 1,000,000 score mark, you’ll probably be thinking purely about surviving.
The 3rd-person perspective and stylish gameplay make Temple Run stand above other similar games. There are plenty of achievements to unlock, and your scores can be compared against fellow temple runners. It’s precisely these kinds of games that make your iPhone worth owning.