Temple Run is what Wikipedia calls an ‘endless running’ video game. While that description leaves us feeling like we’d be playing for an eternity, that’s where the excitement lies. The fun is very much in the chase, as Temple Run becomes available to more Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
[do action=”boxout”]Download Temple Run
- Press the Search button on your Nokia Lumia and then tap Vision
- Scan the QR code
- Tap on the link when it appears on the screen
- Install the application from the Windows Phone Store[/do]
When we previously covered Temple Run back in March, when it only ran on higher-specced Lumias such as the Nokia Lumia 920. Now, it runs on mid-range devices like the Nokia Lumia 720, Lumia 620 and Lumia 520.
As Hollywood will make us believe, an explorer’s work isn’t complete until he’s stolen a priceless artefact from an ancient ruin and is on the run from whatever evil menace he’s unleashed.
In Temple Run, the explorer has done precisely that and your task is to help him escape from the Evil Demon Monkeys who are in hot pursuit.
We’re using the word ‘escape’ loosely; as this is an endless running game, remember.
You start the game running out of a temple followed by the evil monkeys mentioned earlier. As the camera pans around to sit behind you (the explorer) your view of the game is the back of your character and what ever obstacle he’s swiftly running towards.
With no option to stop or slow down, your only controls are to either help him jump over holes or tree roots, slide under flames or holes in trees, turn left or right when he runs out of track or to lean left or right when the path grows narrow.
Sliding your finger across the screen in the obvious direction performs all turning, jumping and sliding movements. Leaning is accomplished by tilting the phone left or right.
Throughout your treacherous, never-ending journey you can collect coins that you can use as currency to purchase power-ups.
Some of these will help you collect more coins and others will help you evade the evil monkeys that are hot on your heels.
These coins can also be used to buy different characters in case you get bored playing the same guy.
During the chase, if at any point you stumble, you’ll notice the monkeys will gain on you at only an arms length away. All is not lost, though, keep running and continue flawlessly and you’ll notice yourself pull away.
If, however, you stumble again or run face-first into a tree, the monkeys are going to get their hands on you, and that’s not a pretty outcome.
The constant running and relentless chase of the monkeys makes you feel tense and leaves your hands feeling clammy – but in a good way.
How far can you run?
Video credit: NokNok.tv