Swipe to turn, jump, slide your way through Temple Run

Swipe to turn, jump, slide your way through Temple Run

By Jasmine Lee

Angry Birds, Words With Friends, Fruit Ninja. Downloads show that these games are nothing less than popular. Lately though, room is being made for a game that could be considered “up and coming.”

Temple Run is a game that takes minimal skill. Nothing but the quick swipes of your finger guide your character as he runs through a maze filled with turns and jumps, all the while being chased by evil creatures trying to eat him. No big deal? To many Lane students it is the exact opposite.

“It’s distracting, but so addicting!” said Aida Besirevic, Div. 362.

Sarah Nueschen, Div. 371, agrees that Temple Run has the power to distract you from other common daily activities.

“It gets in the way of some things, because once you start playing you become determined to get your high score, so it could go on forever!” Nueschen said.

So what makes this game so addicting?

“Everything about it is addicting. It’s just the overall need to beat your high score,” says Besirevic, “You want to get at least a million points and not die!”

“The score on my iPod is about a million, but on my iPad…like 7 million,” Nueschen said.

Casey Cusano, Div. 370, feels it’s not just the points that evoke the passion.

“Those monkeys are so scary,” Cusano says, “I just really want my guy to survive, so I get pretty emotionally involved.”

Besirevic heself knows all about being emotionally involved when it comes to Temple Run.

“This one time I was playing on the bus, really focused on the game, and I guess I was yelling and stomping my foot, and this woman was just glaring at me like I was crazy. I couldn’t help it though,” Besirevic says.

Playing on the bus is not unheard of, but it does add challenge to the game.

“I always get so mad when I play on the bus, because it makes the game harder,” Cusano says, “My guy on Temple Run is moving, I’m moving, the bus is moving. It’s annoying. But I play anyways, because it is just so worth it.”

For some, like Besirevic, setting isn’t a problem, finding an iPod or iPad to to play the game on is a mission in itself.

“I have to play on other people’s iPods. If they arent using them, I just play until they take them away,” said Besirevic, “and if I should be leaving, I’ll just stay and play until I reach the score I want. Even if I have to be home!”

While it may seem like this game can’t be left alone, there are some people who just are not consumed by its “addictive” quality.

“My relationship with Temple Run is complicated,” said Mercedes Lee, Div. 262. “I like to play occasionally when I have nothing better to do. You know, when I’m not at school, working, doing homework, or hanging out with friends.”

It may be hard to believe that there are people out there who think Temple Run is just a game, which is understandable considering the fact that as of Feb. 10th (and since being released Aug. 3, 2011), Temple Run reached 36 million downloads in the Apple App Store. That’s more than the population of Canada. And that’s is without it being released for Android users. For those Android users out there who have been waiting for it, according to androidpolice.com, it should be out Mar. 27th.

“I yell while I play at my house, and my mom always tells me I need to calm down because it’s ‘just a game’. She clearly just doesn’t understand the severity of the situation,” Cusano said.

While Temple Run’s download count may be small compared to that of games such as Angry Birds (whose dowlnoad count was last marked at 250 million), it has also only been around a short time in comparison to Angry Birds, which was released in December of 2009. That’s not to say Temple Run is the game for everyone though.

“I find Fruit Ninja to be more enjoyable. You get that little pomegranate thing at the end, and it’s exciting,” said Lee, “Temple Run is just the same thing over and over again.”

With Temple Run dominating the Top Five Free Apps in the Apple Market, and an Android release coming soon, Temple Run may just be around for a while, keeping people occupied one swipe at a time.