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In 2011, the gaming population was blown away by the arrival of Temple Run. The game features a character called Guy Dangerous who is an archaeologist on a quest to look for a golden idol from a temple located in the Gardens of Bornarzo in Italy. However, the valuable item happens to be found in a temple that “demonic monkeys” call home. The archaeologist is chased and must pass every obstacle and collect coins. Basically, the game is a never-ending chase where the player must avoid falling to their demise or eaten by a monkey.

Temple Run is created by a husband and wife, Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova. The game is published by Imangi Studios and was released initially to the iOS platform on August 4, 2011. Since then, the game has soared in popularity and still remains a top download.

The game was released on the Android platform on March 27, 2012. Although it was more than a year after the iOS release, it was welcomed by Android users who were excited about playing the game. How excited? The game garnered a billion downloads in just three days.

Temple Run was also released for Windows Phone users. It was released on March 27, 2013.

A sequel, Temple Run 2, was also released on Android and iOS and was equally as successful as the original game. The sequel featured improved graphics and new obstacles. Characters can also swing on ropes and navigate a minecart track. The enemy this time is one huge monkey rather than a bunch of monkeys of the first game.

The game also spawned two spinoffs: Temple Run: Brave which was meant to promote the film Brave and Temple Run: Oz to promote the film Oz the Great and Powerful.

There are rumors of a third Temple Run but so far no official details have been released. Although there is speculation about a Temple Run release for 2016, none of the rumors have been confirmed by the game’s makers. So far, Temple Run: Oz spinoff is the latest game in the series. There’s so many directions the game can be taken in, but it’s hard to speculate with no official word from the developers.