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Platform iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 Publisher Imangi Studios Developer Imangi Studios Release Date 2011-08-04

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A billion downloads later, Temple Run developer advises indies to play to their strengths

When Imangi Studios launched the 3D endless runner game Temple Run on the Apple App Store, studio co-founder Keith Shepherd admits the game didn't have a lot of competition. There were about 500 games in the store. Imangi was the first studio to have an endless runner that used swipe controls. Being the first to market was a big deal for the indie developer. Almost seven years and more than a billion downloads later, Shepherd says a lot has changed in mobile game development, but the key to finding success as an independent developer hasn't. Hundreds of new games are added to the App Store every day. The store is full of endless runners — both clones of Temple Run and games loosely inspired by it. Indies also have to now compete with bigger studios that have big teams and even bigger...


How pinball and boardwalk amusements gave rise to video games

But this story fails to take into account a huge history of boardwalk and pinball games that exerted immense cultural influence on the early days of video games, most especially in arcades, which is still being felt today. This summer a new exhibit at The Strong's National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, will seek to connect today's games with the mechanical amusements of the past, stretching back to the early years of the 20th Century. The exhibit, called The Boardwalk Arcade and Pinball Playfields, will feature a disparate selection of machines including some of the earliest boardwalk games and seminal pinball machines such as Ballyhoo (1932), Humpty Dumpty (1947) and Triple Action (1948). Last year, the museum held a smaller exhibit of arcane arcade machines that organizers say...


Warner Bros. developing Temple Run movie adaptation

Imangi Studios' endless runner Temple Run is getting the big screen treatment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Warner Bros. is reportedly in negotiations to adapt the franchise into a major motion picture with producer David Heyman attached to the project. Heyman has served as producer on Warner's Harry Potter film series and Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. The Temple Run movie would tell the story of "an explorer who, having stolen an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Temple Run was first released on iOS in 2011, with versions later coming to Android and Windows Phone. The game has seen multiple movie tie-ins, with versions of the game based on Disney's Brave and Oz the Great and Powerful. The franchise has seen more than 100...


Eight games making the multiplatform leap to Windows Phone

Several multiplatform games are set to enter the Windows Phone mobile ecosystem, according to a post today on the Windows Phone Blog. The games, which were announced at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi and many of which are available for Android and iOS, include: Asphalt 8: Airborne (pictured above) Danger Dash FIFA 14 My Talking Tom Rabbids Big Bang Rail Rush Rayman Fiesta Run Temple Run 2 Non-gaming apps like Instagram and Vine are also headed to Windows Phone, according to the blog. Check out our sister site, The Verge, to learn more about the latest in Windows Phone and Nokia World.


Playable Usain Bolt takes to Temple Run 2

If Temple Run 2's leaping, swinging, ducking and spinning aren't fast enough for you already, sprinter Usain Bolt has been added as a downloadable playable character. The Jamaican 100 meter and 200 meter word record holder appears in the game in his signature yellow and green national jersey. His character can "boost ahead at a record-breaking pace while activating the coin magnet at the same time," according to Temple Run 2's publisher Imangi Studios. Temple Run and its sequel have been downloaded 500 million times since the game was first introduced in 2011. The free-to-play endless runner monetizes through in-game coins and character sales. Bolt's character costs $0.99. "I am a big fan of Temple Run. I travel all over the world and travel time gives me lots of opportunity to...


Apple reveals top 50 apps of all time, counting down to 50 billion downloads

Nearly 50 billion apps have been download from Apple's App Store, the company announced today. To commemorate the approaching milestone, Apple revealed the 25 most downloaded apps in both the paid and free categories. Topping the paid apps list is the original Angry Birds, followed by Halfbrick Studios' Fruit Ninja, Lima Sky's Doodle Jump, Cut the Rope and Angry Birds Seasons. Words With Friends sits at number eight, while Angry Birds Space is tenth and PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies is number 12. Angry Birds Star Wars also makes the list at number 18, and Minecraft Pocket Edition takes the twenty-third spot. Facebook sits at number one on the free apps list, followed directly by Pandora Radio, Instagram, YouTube, Skype and Words With Friends Free. Twitter's application is eighth with T...


Temple Run launches on Windows phone 8 (update)

Temple Run is now available for Windows phone 8 after promises late last year of a release on the platform around the holidays. Despite releasing a tad later than expected, the original Temple Run — not to be confused with its recent sequel — can now be found on the Windows Phone Store. This launch comes roughly 18 months after the title's release on iOS devices. Microsoft's Windows Phone is getting a number of new additions to its roster of apps this week too. Chaos Rings, 6th Planet, Propel Man, Orcs Must Survive, Ruzzle, Fling Theory, and Drift Mania Championship 2 will all be made available in the Windows Phone Store this week. Gravity Guy 2 also launched, ahead of its release on iOS and Android. Update: Temple Run appears to have been pulled from the Windows Phone Store. We're...


Temple Run: Oz the Great and Powerful coming Feb. 27

Temple Run: Oz the Great and Powerful, a licensed tie-in inspired by the upcoming Sam Raimi-directed film of the same name, is scheduled to launch Feb. 27, Disney France PR representative Cecile Fouques confirmed on Twitter. The title was also referenced on the Facebook account of Patrick Faulkner, a tester for the game. This re-interpretation of the Temple Run franchise is set to release just one week before the official cinematic launch of the Raimi Film. The film version of Oz the Great and Powerful will hit theaters on March 8. While no official platforms for the game are announced as of yet, it's safe to assume it will most definitely hit mobile devices like the previous Temple Run release. This isn't the first time Disney has used this game as a marketing tool, either. Last...

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'Temple Run' breaks 100 million downloads after one year

Imangi Studios, the developer behind Temple Run, announced that the third-person infinite runner has been downloaded 100 million times since its launch one year ago today. Detailed in a press release, Imangi confirmed that the breakdown of downloads is 68% in favor of the iOS version of the game, with 32% of users downloading Temple Run on Android devices. Some more interesting stats: 10 billion game sessions have been played in the last year, which works out to an average of 100 games per user. For a deeper dive into the statistics, Imangi worked up a handy infographic. To celebrate the milestone, Imangi made all of its pre-Temple Run mobile games available for free for a short period of time. The company also released a new update to Temple Run, adding Retina graphics to the iPad,...


'Temple Run' and 'Squids' getting comic book adaptations

Comic book creator Ape Entertainment has secured licensing deals to adapt Imangi Studios' Temple Run and The Game Bakers' Squids mobile titles into their own comic series. The Temple Run books will focus on always-running protagonist Guy Dangerous, providing backstory for the thoroughly un-narrative mobile darling. The Squids comics will similarly flesh out the origins of Steev, Vahine and the other main characters of Squids and its recently released sequel, Squids Wild West. Both runs will be available in comic book shops, and in their own standalone iOS apps. Ape Entertainment has some experience with these sorts of adaptations, having brought Cut the Rope and Pocket God to the illustrated page over the past two years. Both Squids and Temple Run will receive the same treatment...

Temple Run Releases
North America
  • iOS
    • Released 08/04/2011
    • Publisher Imangi Studios
    • Developer Imangi Studios
  • Android
    • Released 03/27/2012
    • Publisher Imangi Studios
    • Developer Imangi Studios
  • Windows Phone 8
    • Released 03/27/2013
    • Publisher Imangi Studios
    • Developer Imangi Studios
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