Temple Run for Android official – Did it live up to the hype?

Well it’s finally happened, today on March 27th 2012, the highly popular Temple Run iOS game by Imangi Studios finally got an Android version but did it live up to people’s expectations?

The short answer is no. Imangi Studios kept delaying and delaying the Android version of the game claiming their “code monkeys were working as fast as they can”, well monkeys is right, only monkeys could produce such a poor and pretty much unusable application. A lot of users have downloaded and installed it and have had a good experience but a lot of people havent.

Starting with the installation process, some people couldn’t even install it as it gave them an “Incompatible” error which doesn’t make sense because the app is said to work for Android 2.1 and above. There have been a lot of Force Close issues by Android 4.0 users and for some like myself the controls are completely unusable.

Temple Run on Galaxy Nexus

Temple Run on Galaxy Nexus (Image Credit: Android Community)

I swipe left and the character ducks or jumps and this is definitely due to poor coding, I really don’t understand why after so many delays they couldn’t make a simple app work. The gameplay is pretty much the same as the iOS version, there are in app purchases to get more coins and so on. However, I couldn’t even make it past the tutorial stage because the controls were so flaky. Granted I’ve got a rooted HTC Desire with an unofficial ICS rom on it but I’m not the only one experiencing problems, a lot of people are and overall it’s been a huge disappointment.

My friend Owen summarised the Temple Run for Android application quite well:

Another one of my friends, Ayobami said:

The above statement is very true, developers view the iOS platform and Apple’s App Store as a better initial location for launching their apps, then if and only if they do well and a lot of people request an Android version/port then they “may” work on it. Having said that, there are a lot of great Android applications that won’t come to iOS like Firefox but generally most of the highly enjoyable and succesful apps/games will forever remain to the iOS platform, and if they do get an Android version, it will just be a rushed port.

Here’s a video by Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) from Droiddog.com reviewing Temple Run for Android:

He’s demoing it on Google’s Android 4.0 flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the graphics seem a lot crisper then what I saw on my HTC Desire and also it seems to run smoother for him apart from the imminent force close.

Ultimately, Imangi Studios may as well not have released it now but rather spent a few more months fully polishing it, I really don’t know how/why people are giving this app 5 stars in the Google Play Store, it barely deserves 2 stars, since it’s pretty much unuseable. It’s been a huge letdown for a lot of people, myself included and I consequently uninstalled it, the iOS version is far superior.

Download it here >> Temple Run for Android

Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

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