Just looking at the number of downloads shows the popularity of the Temple Run games. According to CVG, the latest game in the series by Imangi, Temple Run 2, has clocked more than 20 million downloads on the iTunes App Store in the first four days.
While it may help that the game is free, it's also an indication of the popularity of Temple Run and the demand for casual games that you can pick up and play for two minutes and put away again.
According to Imangi co-founder Keith Shepherd, the success of Temple Run 2 means that the game will get further content and improvements. “We are thrilled players want more of the Temple Run universe, and we hope to grow and expand the game over the coming months,” he said.
More than 20 million downloads already?
The game was launched last week on iTunes for the iPhone and iPad. The sequel builds upon the original with new gameplay mechanics like the inclusion of the zipline, mine carts and a new power meter.
Shepherd said that the game is more of what fans loved, but with a depth that his team wasn't able to add in the first game. “We wanted to set out and do all the things we wanted to do with Temple Run but we couldn't fit in,” Shepherd says. “It feels like a bigger, better, more awesome version of the first game.”
The level design is also set to be much more aesthetically pleasing this time around. The game will take place in a floating temple in the clouds. “The world you're running in is much more rich and vibrant,” Shepherd says. “There are curves and hills and valleys and stairs.”
There will be more things to unlock this time, such as new characters that have their own specialised powers. “Our fans have been fantastic and have given us great ideas and feedback,” Shepherd says. “People always wanted more out of the game. It was so easy to unlock everything, so we're glad we can offer a lot more for this one.”
The game is set to come out for Android devices later this week. It will be interesting to note the download figures once the Android version is out. It would also be interesting to have a look at how much money Imangi has made fromt the in-app purchases that are present in the game.
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