Temple Run 2 review: This sequel goes the distance

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Temple Run 2 (Android)

(Part #: com.imangi.templerun2)

Free

4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Temple Run 2 has better graphics, more path variation, new obstacles, and tons of power-ups to make it an excellent sequel to the most popular running game on mobile devices.

The Bad In-app purchases allow for unlimited "continues," skewing the leaderboards to those who are willing to spend the money.

The Bottom Line If you like the original Temple Run or enjoy running games, Temple Run 2 is an excellent sequel with tons of new content, beautiful graphics, and more heart-pounding escape game action.

8.6 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 10.0
  • Performance 9.0

Temple Run 2 is the sequel to one of the most popular running games for mobile devices, and it has just enough new features to make it an excellent follow-up.

As in the original Temple Run, you use swipe controls to run, turn, and jump as you explore a floating temple. But in Temple Run 2, you're no longer limited to right-angle turns. The path you follow has dips and rises and jogs left and right to make the game more visually interesting than the original. You also get some new methods of transportation, with zip lines that you can speed down and a mine cart section that has you leaning from left to right as you ride fast and furious over rails underground.

The biggest difference from the original is the upgrade to the game's graphics, with great-looking visuals you can't help but notice, even as you frantically try to navigate your way through the twisting paths. Realistic-looking fire hazards keep you on your toes, and animated rotating grinders add more obstacles for you to slide under and jump over in your effort to stay alive.

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